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Hosted By: Kurt Pegler
WMBD/WYZZ Sports Director
Escape to defining cities and marvel at natural wonders on this extensive tour of Eastern Canada. Fly into Buffalo, New York, and travel to Niagara Falls along the picturesque Canadian side of the border. Embark on a boat tour through the Niagara Gorge getting as close to the falls as possible for the thrill of a lifetime! Watch the falls from high atop Skylon Tower and explore the Niagara Parks’ White Water Walk. Travel to Toronto, to witness the lovely Royal Botanical Gardens, towering CN tower, and lively cosmopolitan center. Enjoy New York State’s Thousand Islands region with a visit to Boldt Castle. Travel to Parliament Hill in Ottawa’s Crownland and enjoy a walking tour of Montreal where French is its official language.
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June 9th, 2024 - June 18th, 2024
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Final Payment Date: 03/26/2024
Day 1 : Travel to Canada
We begin with a pleasant flight to Buffalo, New York and travel across the border to Niagara Falls, admiring the idyllic beauty of the Canadian side of the grand waterfalls. We then check in to our hotel and have the remainder of the evening at leisure.
Day 2 : Niagara Falls
This morning we embark on a guided tour of the Niagara Falls area, exploring a stunning sample of Ontario geography, including the Whirlpool Rapids and other remarkable natural wonders. Enjoy a Holiday Vacations Welcome Lunch as we mingle with new friends. Then we experience Niagara Parks’ Journey Behind the Falls, taking an elevator down to get close-up views and feel the power of the falls on the outdoor deck. Later, we have a serene stroll on Niagara Parks’ self-guided White Water Walk along the rapids of the park’s boardwalk.
Day 3 : Niagara Boat Tour
Today begins with a thrilling Hornblower Niagara Cruises™ boat tour. Sail as close as possible to the powerful falls as we journey through the Niagara Great Gorge, and cruise past famous Bridal Veil Falls, American Falls, and into the heart of Horseshoe Falls for an exhilarating experience. After, enjoy the IMAX® Theatre presentation Niagara: Legends of Adventure presented on Canada’s largest movie screen! Lunch today is a treat in the revolving restaurant atop Skylon Tower, 775 feet above Niagara Falls! Enjoy delectable food and marvelous views. There is free time this afternoon to explore more of the Niagara area, purchase any last souvenirs, or relax at the hotel. After dark, witness a spectacular illumination of the falls that reveal colorful, gorgeous hues.
Day 4 : Scenic Queen Elizabeth Way
We depart Niagara Falls and travel north towards Toronto, driving around the western tip of Lake Ontario along scenic Queen Elizabeth Way. Halfway, we stop in Burlington to witness the lovely Royal Botanical Gardens. Then after lunch, we continue to Toronto, the fourth largest city in North America. We check in to our Toronto accommodations with the evening at leisure.
Day 5 : Toronto
Seize the day with a tour of the eclectic city of Toronto. Comparable to New York City in size and diversity, the lively Canadian cosmopolitan center delights and intrigues with its varied neighborhoods including Old Town, the Main Square, Garden District, University of Toronto, Little Italy, and abundant parks. In the Entertainment District near Inner Harbour, we ascend the CN Tower. Standing at nearly 2,000 feet, this observation and communications tower held the world’s record for the tallest freestanding structure until 2007.
Day 6 : Alexandria Bay
This morning we cross the border to Alexandria Bay where we grab lunch on our own before our afternoon excursion. We embark on a delightful Uncle Sam Boat Tour and marvel at the deep green waters of the St. Lawrence River. Get a glimpse of the water boundary line between the United States and Canada! Later we check in to our Alexandria Bay accommodations with dinner included.
Day 7 : Boldt Castle & Parliament Hill
Before we travel back into Canada, enjoy New York State's Thousand Islands region more as we board a water taxi to tour Boldt Castle on an island in the St. Lawrence River. This fortress of a mansion began as a frame cottage before its grand expansion by George Boldt in 1900 who oversaw the construction of what would be one of the biggest private homes in America in its day. We stop for lunch and journey back into Canada to Ottawa, the capital city. Witness Parliament Hill in Ottawa’s Crownland, downtown along the serene riverbanks. Originally a military base, the beautiful Gothic revival style edifice sits on lush greenery, complete with spires, miniature towers, and other evocative architecture that symbolize Canada’s national identity. We stay in Ottawa for two nights.
Day 8 : Ottawa
This morning we stop at the Canadian War Museum to learn how human conflict, in Canada and around the globe, has impacted the world. We then enjoy an included lunch in Ottawa before returning to the hotel to enjoy an evening at leisure to relax and explore Canada’s Capital on your own.
Day 9 : Montreal
We bid Ottawa goodbye this morning and travel towards Montreal with a detour at Sucrerie de la Montagne in Rigaud, a traditional sugar shack offering tours, entertainment, and handcrafted sweets. Tour the delightful shack and indulge in artisan fare during a special Holiday Vacations Farewell Lunch with new friends. After arriving in Montreal, we have a lovely walking tour of the charming island city that blends history with natural beauty and contemporary life.
Day 10 : Fly Home
WMBD TV Pickup Locations:
Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport
East Peoria, IL - Holiday Inn & Suites
Normal, IL - Sam's Club
Kurt worked at WMBD 31 as a college intern from Illinois State University in 1987. Three years later, he was hired as a full time reporter.
Kurt has covered the Major League Baseball post-season, the NCAA Final Four, PGA and LPGA Tour events, NFL, NBA and NHL games along with NASCAR races. He’s been a finalist for the best downstate sportscast award presented by the Illinois Broadcasters Association every year since 1993, winning the honor in 1994, 2003 and 2004. He has also done play-by-play work for local broadcasts of Missouri Valley Conference men’s and women’s basketball games since 1993. Kurt has called the state tournament boys and girls basketball finals for the Illinois High School Association TV network since 2000.
Kurt has previously hosted several Holiday Vacation tours. Join him and WMBD/WYZZ viewers on this spectacular vacation!
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Tour days usually move at a leisurely pace. Some days’ scheduled activities last longer than others. Expect standing and walking for long periods of time on occasionally uneven terrain. You may experience changes in altitude or temperature.
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Tour days tend to be long, move at a brisk pace, and may include lengthy travel days. Expect long periods of walking and standing on uneven surfaces. Scheduled activities may require physical effort or have distinct changes in altitude or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a vigorous pace, and may include lengthy travel days. Expect long periods of walking and standing on rough surfaces. Scheduled activities may require physical effort or have distinct changes in altitude or temperature.