Vintage One Wines puts the power of winemaking into the hands of Toronto's toasters. With this offer, clients have the opportunity to guide a malbec or chardonnay into flavourful fruition from grapes sourced from the vineyards of Chile and Argentina. The process begins with a tour of Vintage One Wines' 10,000-square-foot facility, followed by a one-on-one consultation with a professional winemaker. From there, clients can use a monthly production calendar to be as hands on as they like throughout the entire two-month winemaking process, including fermentation, filtration, and stabilization, or they can just let the wine take its own course while they spend the interim traversing the globe on a falcon-guided vision quest.
When Colio Estate Winery opened in 1980, they were the first winery in the area to seek a license since prohibition was lifted. This is surprising, since these vineyards lie on the same latitude as famed wine regions in northern California and Tuscany, Italy, which indicates that the regions could have similar growing climates. The area also boasts lush, fertile soil and a growing season longer than most of Canada, making it a favorable place to ripen grapes.
Today, Colio Estate Winery produces more than 400,000 cases of wine per year, including big red wines and refreshing whites. Knowing collaboration is key in the winemaking process, winemaker Lawrence Buhler and vineyard manager Kevin Donohue work in tandem to produce high quality wines in varietals such as Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Guests at the winery can learn about their process on tours, wander the vineyard, or recline in the outdoor pavilion to enjoy glasses of wine in the open air.
In addition to hosting Unlockthecity events, Urban Expeditions quenches humans’ innate thirst for exploration and knowledge with tours of Toronto that showcase noteworthy cultural and infrastructural sites, as well as its useful urban resources. During tours, wayfarers use game boards and online tools to drive their voyage in collaboration with a seasoned and friendly guide. Urban Expeditions offers casual walks, 5K trots, and bicycle rides through the city, so guests can acquaint themselves with Toronto’s novel features in the mode of transit they find most appealing.
Lovingly recreated to emulate the riverboats that paddled along Lake Ontario in years past, Jubilee Queen's eponymous ship first wet its hull in 1986. More than two decades' worth of rays have since bathed the sweeping sun deck, which sits above a dining room lined with linen-covered tables. In the galley, the Queen's chefs whip up dishes suitable for any event, from full-course meals to buffets peppered with international cuisine, all of which are prepared fresh in a fully equipped kitchen onboard. In the cabin, a fully stocked bar keep guests' sea legs limber as they dance to the tunes of a live DJ amid views of the Toronto skyline and the distant shadow of the lighthouse haunted by the spirits of burnt-out bulbs.
From the 360-degree observation deck that crowns both of Yankee Lady Yacht Charters' ships, passengers can look up at the staggering height of the CN Tower or let their gaze drift upon the horizon of Lake Ontario. These two ships—the Yankee Lady III and Yankee Lady IV—boast three floors that accommodate up to 300 party guests as the vessels cruise around Toronto Harbour and the lake. Whether public or private, fetes find passengers digging into buffets at linen-dressed tables and then floating out to the dance floor as a DJ spins tunes or an understudy DJ hums classic winter-weather advisories. For private occasions, hosts can customize their festivities with casino games, decorations, and song requests.
ISX Tours' passionate guides illuminate Canada's cultural and geographic diversity, blazing charter bus trails to camera-worthy destinations. During the Niagara Falls day trip, guests hop aboard spacious charter buses from Pacific Western Transportation, whose gentle purr harmonizes with sing-a-longs on the all-day expedition. Buses that depart on August 28 or September 11 release passengers outside of one of Ontario's award-winning wineries, where oenophiles can tour the premises and sample wines while scoping out new bottle-homes for miniature ships. Alternatively, buses that depart on August 27 or September 10 lead passengers to the Canada One Factory Outlets mall teeming with 40 brand-name stores. Next, tour groups infiltrate Niagara-on-the-Lake, admiring quaint shops and historic sites. Buses then cruise alongside the Niagara River, stopping at Whirlpool Gorge for passengers to marvel at its circular currents that stem from schools of indecisive fish. While in Niagara Falls, clients can also opt to embark on a Maid of the Mist boat tour or climb to the top of the Skylon Tower. Alternatively, sightseers can spend their day meandering through Niagara Falls before hopping back on the bus and reuniting with Toronto by 8:30 p.m.
By day, the Empress of Canada explores a glass-smooth surface that reflects Toronto’s cityscape from the CN Tower to the Harbourfront Centre. By night, it glides over a glittering harbour lit up like a piscine casino by the urban aurora. No matter the time, the luxury vessel welcomes guests with red-carpet treatment. Rooftop dancing to DJ-spun tunes and dinner cruises with sumptuous international buffets keep nearly 500 guests entertained as the Empress makes her way around the harbour in public and private tours.