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.
EcoCab's expert Driver Guides transport scavenging teams as they solve clues during a one-hour scavenger hunt and multi-bike challenge. After meeting up with their EcoCab Driver Guides at Yonge-Dundas Square, teams forage for clues across historic city areas, including the CN Tower and the entertainment district. Search for items at Queens Quay, solve riddles along the waterfront, or hitch opposing team members to a flagpole at Queen’s Park. Scavenging duos sit comfortably in a three-wheeled, electric-assisted EcoCab, which transports scavengers across city streets in an eco-friendly vehicle. Professionally trained Driver Guides pedal toward each clue while pointing out key landmarks and answering questions. Use your detective skills by researching clues on a personal electronic device, phoning a friend, or channeling a neighborhood sensai for help. The team with the most points at the end of the summer season receives a $100 gift card to the Eaton Centre, and every team receives a coupon book ($120 value) for discounts at some of the attractions they saw.
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.
Craft Brewery Tours safely ferries small groups of passengers from brew house to beer factory, inviting guests to sample microbrews and small batches of Ontario’s most delicious beers, some of which aren't available for purchase elsewhere. Drivers cart bachelorette parties, corporate groups, and sightseers to multiple breweries, showing behind-the-scenes peeks into how all-natural suds, exotic brews, and award-winning beverages are made. During expeditions, visitors taste samples and at times meet the owners of a brewery, giving them the opportunity to prove that beer is actually made by people and not gifted from the top of Mount Olympus.
Once one of the largest liquor producers in the world, the enormous complex of the Gooderham and Worts Distillery used to turn out millions of gallons a year and contribute more taxes to the government than any other single enterprise. After closing in 1990 following 153 years of continuous operation, the distillery's buildings remained the largest collection of Victorian industrial architecture in North America, playing host to hundreds of movie sets while the interiors lay fallow.
Beginning in 2001, an ambitious renovation program transformed the district into a thriving village, overflowing with art, food, and entertainment while preserving the area's historic architecture. Todays, dozens of restaurants, art galleries, and theatres occupy the antique brick structures, welcoming visitors as they walk around the pedestrian-only district and make faces at the excluded cars outside.
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.