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Tours to Ontario

Welcome to Ontario

Group Tours in Ontario means charming countrysides, old-growth forests, massive wilderness, bustling, urban cities and more! Ontario is Canada's second largest province with a capital city of Toronto. It is also home to the Nation's capital city, Ottawa where the Prime Minister lives.

Use the attractions below as ideas to help build your custom tour or discover previous itineraries here.

Nathan Philips Square, Toronto

Walk the streets of TORONTO and you walk across the world. The most multicultural city on earth, Toronto sews the best parts of other places into its city-sized cultural quilt. Those with bohemian hearts take in the thick air of jerk and curry in Kensington Market. In the Distillery District, cobblestone streets wind between red brick Victorian warehouses. Discover galleries and museums of global acclaim, and a nightlife that makes the city buzz, Toronto’s eclectic patchwork appeals to all stripes.

CN Tower

Defining the Toronto skyline at 553.33m (1,815ft 5in) the CN Tower is Canada's most recognizable and celebrated icon. The CN Tower is an internationally renowned architectural triumph, an engineering Wonder of the Modern World, world-class entertainment and dining destination and a must see for anyone visiting Toronto. Each year, over 1.9 million people visit Canada’s National Tower to take in the breathtaking views and enjoy all the CN Tower has to offer.

Ripley's Aquarium

Immerse yourself in a world of 20,000 aquatic animals and discover your own underwater adventure. The Aquarium features North America’s longest underwater viewing tunnel with more than 5.7 million litres of water and over 100 interactive opportunities. Get up close and personal with several touch exhibits featuring horseshoe crabs, sharks, scarlet cleaner shrimp, and stingrays as well as daily dive shows every 2 hours. This awe-inspiring attraction consists of nine carefully curated galleries showcasing a cross section of saltwater and freshwater environments from around the world – starting with species from Toronto’s backyard, the Great Lakes basin.

St. Lawrence Market

Named the world's best food market by National Geographic in 2012, The St.Lawrence Market is comprised of three buildings and is home to merchants and artisans offering a wide variety of fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, grains, baked goods and dairy products, as well as unique non-food items. Established in 1803, a visit to the St, Lawrence Market will leave you inspired and have you dabbling in new foods and traditions from across Toronto’s vibrant cultural tapestry.

Casa Loma

Experience the only full size castle in North America with a visit to Casa Loma. Built from 1911 to 1914 for financier Sir Henry Pellatt, the castle features 98 elaborately decorated rooms, secret passageways, lush gardens, vintage automobiles, and other Edwardian era artifacts.

Photo courtesy: Toronto Tourism

ROM

Founded in 1914, the Royal Ontario Museum is Canada’s largest and most comprehensive museum showcasing art, culture and nature from around the world and across the ages. It is home to a collection of 13 million artworks, cultural objects and natural history specimens, featured in 40 gallery and exhibition spaces.

Ontario Science Centre

A home for technology and innovation, the Ontario Science Centre was one of the world's first interactive science museums. With a  focus on hands-on learning for visitors of all ages, the museum offers experiences and insights into science and technology that help us understand the world around us.

Photo courtesy: Toronto Tourism

Aga Khan Museum

The Aga Khan Museum is the first museum in the western world dedicated to Islamic art and objects and presents an overview of the artistic, intellectual, and scientific contributions that Muslim civilizations have made to world heritage. The museum is home to more than 1000 rare objects from the private collections of His Highness the Aga Khan, the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London, and Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan

Located just west of downtown Toronto is the National Historic Site of Fort York. It was built by the British Army and Canadian militia troops in the late 18th and early 19th centuries to protect the area from military attacks. It is now home to Canada's largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings and 1813 battle site, various exhibits, such as restored period rooms and traditional museum galleries, as well as other displays that explore the story of Ontario's turbulent military past.
Photo courtesy: Vlad Litvinov from Toronto

Toronto Zoo The Toronto Zoo is the largest zoo in Canada and home to over 5000 animals representing over 500 species. The zoo is a recognized leader in animal conservation, scientific research, and wildlife health. Animals are divided into 7 zoographic regions with each region showing animals and plants from that part of the world.

Photo courtesy: Toronto Tourism

Kensington MarketListed as a National Historic Site of Canada and known as one of Toronto’s most vibrant and culturally diverse neighborhoods, the area known as Kensington Market has played a vital role in the 20th century immigration experience and the development of modern-day Toronto. With a bohemian feel, the area is not so much a traditional “market” but a broad range of cafes, restaurants, vintage stores, bars, and specialty food shops. Explore old Victorian homes, graffitied alleys, and impressive street art and discover everything that makes Kensington Market one of Toronto's most unique neighborhoods.

Photo courtesy: Toronto Tourism

Distillery District The Distillery District is a historical, arts and entertainment district comprised of more than 40 Victorian-era buildings of the former Gooderham and Worts Distillery. Designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1988, the District contains one of a kind cafes, restaurants, boutiques, theatres, galleries, and more.

Hockey Hall of Fame

The Hockey Hall of Fame is a museum and a hall of fame dedicated to the history of hockey. The museum has 15 exhibits areas that includes players, teams, NHL records, memorabilia, and trophies including the Stanley Cup. Visitors can view portraits and biographical information on every Hall of Fame inductee in The Esso Great Hall.

While many of the exhibits are dedicated to the NHL, there are exhibits dedicated to International hockey including Olympic competition.

Bata Shoe Museum

The Bata Shoe Museum is the only museum in North America dedicated solely to the history of footwear. Their collection of shoes span thousands of years, six continents and many walks of life. Starting with the pharaohs in Egypt, footwear is presented and used as a tool to help demonstrate and understand cultures. Celebrity footwear includes Queen Victoria’s ballroom slippers, Terry Fox’s running shoe, Elvis Presley’s blue patent loafers, and more. A visit to this unique museum, where every shoe tells a story, will enhance your appreciation of human ingenuity and captivate your imagination.

Black Creek Pioneer VillageBlack Creek Pioneer Village is an open-air heritage museum that features over forty 19th century buildings recreating what life in rural Ontario would have been like during the 1800s. A core of the buildings are on their original sites while the others have been moved from across Southern Ontario. The museum also has 70 rare and heritage breed animals, 10 heritage gardens, and costumed educators demonstrative trades and crafts of the era.

Museum of IllusionsEnter the world of intriguing visuals and sensory experiences at the Museum of Illusions. Fusing fun and entertainment with education and learning, test your sense of balance while navigating the Vortex tunnel, unleash your inner Einstein while solving Dilemma games, and experience the laws of gravity and size ratio through the Ames and Tilted rooms. All illusions, holograms, installations and exhibits provide a personalized experience that is sure to amaze everyone.

Photo courtesy: Museum of Illusions

Canada's WonderlandPrepare for thrills and a wild time at Canada’s Wonderland, Canada’s first and largest amusement park. The massive theme park has 70 rides, musical entertainment, and a wide variety of food.

Photo courtesy: Canada's Wonderland

As if an angry giant stomped his foot and pushed the earth straight down, NIAGARA FALLS is a place of thunderous water wonder. The surrounding region stretches away, draped in grape vines that boast 32 varieties. Taste awardwinning vintages, cheese, and chocolate and discover Niagara-on-the-Lake’s handsome historic district.

Photo courtesy: Ontario Tourism

Niagara Falls is a group of three waterfalls: the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Horseshoe Falls, also known as the Canadian Falls. The Horseshoe Falls are the largest of the three waterfalls and all three Falls combined, produce the highest flow rate of any waterfall on earth.

A Journey Behind the Falls provides visitors with a completely different perspective.  Gaze at the thunderous water through viewing openings as you walk through tunnels and arrive at Observation Platforms at the base of the magnificent Horseshoe Falls.

Visit the Falls by boat with Hornblower Niagara Cruises, a must-do attraction that takes visitors up close and personal with the American Falls, Canadian Horseshoe Falls, and breathtaking Great Gorge.

With an amazing night life, Niagara Falls boast two great casinos for gaming enthusiasts.

Casino Niagara offers 2 action packed floors with over 1300 slot machines, 40 gamin tables, a 24 hr poker room, a premier sporting and gaming entertainment at their sports bar, and dining options to satisfy everyone. 

Fallsview Casino Resort overlooks the Horseshoe Falls and is the largest and most elegant gaming resort facility in Canada. This world class casino features 3000 slot machines, 130 gaming tables, 374-room luxury hotel, full service spa and fitness centre, and a 1500-seat state of the art entertainment venue.

Known as the entertainment district of Niagara Falls, Clifton Hill features entertaining live shows, exciting attractions, hotels, shopping, and world class restaurants.

Attractions include: Nightmares Fear Factory, Rock Legends Wax Museum, Louis Tussaud's Wax Museum, Greg Frewin Theatre, Niagara Skywheel, Fallsview Indoor Waterpark, Ripley's Believe it or not Niagara, Dinosaur Adventure Golf, and Ripley's Moving Theatre.

Photo courtesy: cliftonhill.com

Blue butterfly in Costa Rica

Transport yourself to a tropical paradise featuring over 2,000 colourful butterflies. The Butterfly Conservatory is made up of 45 different species of butterflies that float freely among lush, exotic blossoms and trickling waterfalls. Walk through the rainforest setting and see the “Emergence Window” where butterflies leave their pupae and prepare to take their first flight!

Marvel at over 400 birds at the world’s largest, free-flying indoor aviary, Bird Kingdom. This multi-level rainforest setting includes a 40-foot waterfall, tropical plants and hundreds of birds from around the world.

Marvel at the beauty of nature and human creativity at Niagara's Floral Clock. Launched in 1950, the Clock is 40ft in diameter, consists of over 24,000 colourful plants, and is the largest of its kind in the world. The tower at the back of the clock houses Westminster chimes that sing each quarter hour.

Photo courtesy: Niagara Falls Tourism

Take a 52 second ride up the 233 meter (764 feet) high Skylon Tower and be amazed at the breathtaking views of the Falls. Complete with 3 observation decks, visibility of Observation on a clear day is 80 miles (129km).

Photo courtesy: Skylon Tower

Travel back in time to the Laura Second Homestead to see where the heroic story began. Listen to authentically costumed guides relay the story of a brave woman, who during the war of 1812 set out dangerous voyage in the service of her country and stepped forever into the history and folklore of Niagara.

Photo courtesy: Niagara Falls Tourism

Known as one of the prettiest town's in Ontario, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a well-preserved 19th-century village with tree lined streets, remarkable architecture,  quaint restaurants, several wineries, breweries and distilleries, and interesting boutiques. Located just 20 km (12.4 mi) from the Horseshoe Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a perfect addition to any Niagara Falls itinerary.

Photo courtesy: Ontario Tourism

Experience the early military history of Niagara as you discover Fort George, the headquarters for the Centre Division of the British Army during the War of 1812. Tour through 19th century military architecture including the Blockhouses, Officers' Quarters, Artificers Shop, Guard House, and the powder magazine, which is the only building to have survived the Battle of Fort George and is the oldest military building in Ontario today!

Photo courtesy: Parks Canada

Gypsy the PlayInspired by the wit and passion of Bernard Shaw, the Shaw Festival is a contemporary theatre that features a smart, provocative, potent and diverse mix of plays from the past and present, performed by our celebrated repertory theatre Ensemble. 

Photo courtesy: Shaw Festival

Winery

Gaining an international recognition as a 'must visit' destination to enjoy a beautiful country escape with a bit of food and drink, the Niagara region is home to over 50 wineries with 25 vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake alone.

Photo courtesy: Ontario Tourism

Rich in history and culture, Kingston is situated between Toronto and Ottawa at the gateway to the UNESCO-designated Rideau Canal. The city is home to a number of festivals and live concerts, museums, art galleries, historic sites, architecture, and the oldest continuously run Farmers' market in North America.

Photo courtesy: Ontario Tourism

Visit Canada's oldest and most notorious maximum security prison with a guided tour. Opened in 1835 and closed in 2013, this National Historic Site of Canada reveals what life was like for prisoners during their incarceration. 

Photo courtesy: Ontario Tourism

Located across the street from the Kingston Penitentiary, in what was once the residence of the warden, is Canada's Penitentiary Museum. Dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the history of Canada's federal penitentiary system, the museum is home to a wide range of artifacts from across Canada's federal Correctional system. 

Photo courtesy: visitkingston.com

Travel back to the 1860s and discover what life was like in rural Canada with a visit to Upper Canada Village. See over 40 historical buildings, costumed interpreters, and artifacts as you stroll around the Village.

Photo courtesy: Ottawa Tourism

Fort Henry was built from 1832-1837 to replace an existing fortification from the War of 1812 era. It opened as a museum and historic site "in the name of all British soldiers who served there" by Prime Minister Mackenzie King in August 1938. Today visitors are transported back to the 19th century and get an insight into military life of the time.  

Photo courtesy: Dwayne Brown

Visit the home of Canada's first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. Discover the kitchen garden, orchard and ornamental garden on a guided tour that explores Macdonald’s legacy and how the initial seeds for the birth of a country were sown in Kingston. 

Visit Kingston's first museum, the Murney Tower. Built in 1846 as part of the defensive Martello tower fortifications of Kingston, this museum has 3 floors displaying a collection of military and domestic artifacts of 19th-century Kingston.

Photo courtesy: Parks Canada

Discover Kingston's Military Communications and Electronics Museum and see how the development and application of communications has advanced Canada's troops.  Its huge collection includes military jeeps, tanks, equipment for laying cable, radar built so well that it served the Air Force for over 50 years and displays telling the story of the incredibly difficult conditions that soldiers worked under. 

Enjoy seeing Kingston by water with a 1000 Island region cruise.  Highlights include Kingston’s harbour, Fort Henry, shipwrecks, classical architecture, Canada’s Royal Military College and the imposing Kingston Penitentiary. 

Photo courtesy: Ontario Tourism

The Museum of Healthcare tells the story of Canada's medical and health care past and provides perspective on today's health issues. The museum is located in the Ann Baillie Building National Historic site, a former residence for student nurses built in 1904.

Built in 1901 for Senator George Taylor Fulford, a Canadian businessman and politician, the Fulford Place Museum is an Edwardian Mansion filled with period artifacts owned by two generations of the Fulford family. Learn about the family patent medicine business, enjoy their beautiful art and collectibles as well as stroll in the Italianate garden. 

Photo courtesy: Glyn Davies

Ottawa is Canada’s capital, a dynamic showcase city where you’ll hear English and French spoken in the streets.  Discover Canada’s proud heritage at impressive national sites, famous landmarks, museums and galleries.

Parliament Hill is one of Canada’s most iconic sites and proudly displays Canada's Parliament Buildings. Three  buildings are arranged around three sides of Parliament Hill's centre lawn. East and West Block contain ministers' and senators' offices, meeting rooms, and administrative spaces with Centre Block traditionally holding the Senate and Commons chambers (Note: Centre Block is currently under renovation and offices have been moved to accommodate this endeavor). 

The focal point of the Centre Block is the Peace Tower.  Both a bell and clock tower, it was completed in 1920 after the Great Fire destroyed the Victoria Tower in 1916. It was designed as a memorial to the Canadians who had given their lives during the Great War.  Inside the Peace Tower is the Memorial Chamber, a stained glass room illustrating Canada's war record and the Books of Remembrance. The books list the names of all Canadians who have died in service of the Crown and are displayed in glass cases on seven altars around the chamber. The pages of each book are turned at 11 a.m. daily so every name is on display to visitors at least once during each calendar year. 

Parliament Hill is a hub of activity offering free tours, free ceremonies such as the Changing of the Guard, light shows, and also hosts Canada's biggest birthday party on Canada Day.

Designated as Ontario's only UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rideau Canal was built between 1826 and 1832 and connects Ottawa with Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. It is the only 19th century canal to remain operational with most of its original structures intact. Guinness Book of World Records designated the Rideau Canal as the worlds largest naturally frozen skating rink and it welcomes nearly one million visitors for winter fun.

Photo courtesy: Ottawa Tourism

Discover the history of Canada’s military, starting with the Boer War and ending with our military’s current international presence at the Canadian War Museum. This world class museum houses several engaging and interactive exhibits as well as a variety of vehicles of war such as aircraft and tanks.

Photo courtesy: Ottawa Tourism

The National Holocaust Monument is located across the road from the Canadian War Museum on the LeBreton Flats.  This moving monument is an abstract structure, built in the shape of an elongated Star of David and is intended to create a unique space for people to remember the the six million Jewish people who were murdered during the Holocaust, and the millions of other victims of Nazi Germany and its collaborators.

Originally built to commemorate the Canadians who died in the First World War, the National War Memorial is now dedicated to every Canadians killed in all past and future conflicts. In 2000, the tomb of the unknown soldier was added to the front of the memorial and stands as a symbol of the sacrifices made by all Canadians. Since 1940, the National War Memorial has been the site for the national Remembrance Day Ceremony.

Photo courtesy: Ottawa Tourism

Housed in the beautiful Victoria Memorial Museum building, which has been designated a National Historic Site of Canada, the Canadian Museum of Nature offers a vast collection of interactive exhibits that explore our fascinating planet and the life forms that call it home. See a real whale skeleton, live insects, dinosaur fossils, beautiful rocks and minerals and impressive Canadian mammals.

Photo courtesy: Ottawa Tourism

Visit the famous Byward Market, Ottawa’s number one tourist attraction located in the heart of the city.  This premier destination for shopping, dining, arts and entertainment is home to both a local farmers’ market - now one of the oldest farmers' markets in Canada- and artisans with over 260 stands as well as over 600 businesses including unique boutique shops and restaurants.

Photo courtesy: Ottawa Tourism

Learn how coins are made at the Royal Canadian Mint's headquarters in the original historic building which was founded in 1908. There are three locations across Canada with the Ottawa location producing commemorative and collector coins, gold bullion coins, medals and medallions. In 2007, the largest coin in the world was produced out of 99.999% pure gold, weighing 100 kg, with a face value of $1 million. 

Photo courtesy: Ottawa Tourism

Travel across into Gatineau, Quebec to visit the Canadian Museum of History (formerly the Canadian Museum of Civilization), the most visited museum in Canada. The museum houses breathtaking exhibitions such as the First People’s Hall, Canada Hall, and Grand Hall housing the world’s largest indoor collection of totem poles.

The Canadian Aviation and Space Museum is Canada's national aviation history museum. It holds approximately 130 military and civilian aircraft, a collection of vintage bushplanes, the Space Shuttle Endeavour's Canadarm, the Space Shuttles' Canadian-built robotic arm, and other interactive displays. 

Photo courtesy: Ottawa Tourism

Built at the height of the cold War to protect the government from nuclear attack, this once top-secret bunker is now a museum and National Historic Site of Canada. This unique facility takes you through a time warp to 1960s era government rooms, living quarters and cryptographic areas. The bunker in its entirety is over 100,000 square feet in size, spanning 4 stories all underground. Highlights include the Prime Minister’s suite, the War Cabinet Room, CBC Radio Studio, the Bank of Canada vault and the Emergency Government Situation Centre.

Photo courtesy: Ottawa Tourism

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