Draped in a black cloak, a figure holds a lantern to light the way along a weathered stone wall. As the tour group follows, the cloaked leader recounts a story, perhaps a tale about Canada?s last working gallows, or perhaps about the riots that once overtook the streets.
Though Haunted Walk?s guides are well known for their theatrical flair, the tales they tell are not so well known. As they lead walking tours of Kingston, Ottawa, and Toronto, the guides unveil fascinating yet rarely told tales of each city?s dark side. Narrations may include ghost stories backed by eye-witness accounts or the underpinnings of a nefarious political plot. Haunted Walk doesn't limit it tours to just the dark side ? they also offer Steampunk time-travel tours, which transport participants on a wacky adventure through the hidden secrets of Ottawa's past. Private tours are also available.
January 11, 2015 will mark the 200th birthday of Sir John A. Macdonald?Canada?s first prime minister. Theatrical walking tours allow both students and adults to learn about Sir John?s achievements by walking in his footsteps. On these tours?named the Best of 2012 by Vacay.ca?professional actors and musicians from the SALON Acting Company dress in period costumes to regale guests with Sir John?s triumphs and scandals. The tours visit the hotel where Mackenzie King spoke to the dead, the Market Square where the first Canada Day was celebrated in 1867, and the home of Sir John?s arch nemesis.
But the celebration of Sir John isn't limited to tours alone. SirJohnA2015 was founded to throw him a party, and like all great parties, its more than a year long. The cross-Canada celebration highlights Sir John?s life and achievements while weaving in entertainment to engage Canadians and recognize the life and legacy of Canada?s first Prime Minister.
When the founders of Adirondack River Outfitters first took their raft to the shores of Moose River, they didn't know it was widely renowned as one of the wildest, most intense waterway in the region. The spirited New Yorkers were just looking for adventure, fun, and a means to explore their homeland's natural beauty. After falling in love with the river's tumultuous rapids and scenic surrounding wilderness, the trailblazers began honing their rafting skills with regular trips, eventually bringing their friends and family along for the ride.
More than three decades later, the group of adventurous guides continues to lead tours down Moose River. The guides, however, have since expanded their inventory of trips to include three other major New York rivers, each characterized by unique classes of rapids and magnificent rural backdrops. A cheerful bunch, the guides always end trips with a homemade barbecue, along with thrilling stories, good-hearted jokes, and impressive recitations of the first 34 digits of pi.
Just a stone's throw from the shores of Lake Ontario?where views of the water can be seen beyond the rows of grapes?a cool breeze rustles the leaves of the grapes that thrive at Keint-He Winery & Vineyards. Along the rows, pinot noir, chardonnay, and melon de bourgogne grapes thrive in the sun, emulating the conditions of the central Burgundy region of France, which inspires all the winery's varietals. Densely planted, the vineyards stretch across 28 acres, and the result is a grape that crafts well-balanced but intriguing wines.
On a historic, windswept parcel of land that overlooks the shores of Lake Ontario, By Chadsey's Cairns Winery and Vineyard spreads out, overseen by its "present-day stewards," Richard Johnston and Vida Zalnieriunas. Specializing in grapes that thrive in a cool climate, the wines crafted onsite include a lively, mineral-forward riesling and a dry chenin blanc, perfectly paired with the region's famous seafood.
Travelling by motor coach is one of the most exciting ways to sightsee, according to Trip On. The tour company arranges single- and multiday trips that whisk travellers to popular destinations in the U.S.A. and Canada, all in the comfort of luxury coaches that never get stuck in cloud traffic. After collecting passengers from designated pickup locations, the coaches speed away to places such as the Kawartha Lakes, historic Gettysburg, or popular casinos. Most day trips include lunch and sightseeing tours led by Trip On’s knowledgeable guides, and multiday excursions also include hotel accommodations. The staff can also accommodate custom tour requests, to create a trip tailored to a customer’s unique adventurous spirit.