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Niagara Falls, Canada: Small Group Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

1. Niagara Falls, Canada: Small Group Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy a guided tour of the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. Experience the mighty waterfalls with stunning views of both the American Falls and the Horseshoe Falls. See the power of Niagara up close, onboard the Hornblower Niagara Cruises boat ride Voyage to the Falls. Hear about the origins of the falls and see the American and Canadian power plants that run on the Niagara River's waters. Stop to admire the beautiful Floral Clock, made up of more than 16,000 carpet bedding plants. Learn about the Niagara Glen and the Whirlpool Golf Course, and enjoy fully narrated stops at the Whirlpool Rapids Observation Deck and the Brink of the Falls. Then, ascend the Skylon Tower for panoramic aerial views and descend behind the falls as feel the Horseshoe Falls cascading above you at the Journey Behind the Falls. Cruise past the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls aboard a Hornblower Niagara cruise boat. From December to April, when the boat tour is non-operational, visit the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory and Niagara's Fury attraction instead. Step inside a 4D motion theater and discover the ancient story of Niagara Falls in a multi-sensory simulation of the last Ice Age

Ottawa: Hop On Hop Off Winter Tour by Vintage Bus

2. Ottawa: Hop On Hop Off Winter Tour by Vintage Bus

Step into a cozy, vintage bus on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of Ottawa and Gatineau. Listen as a live guide provides fascinating context about the sights you pass along the way. Take in Ottawa’s historic scenery in the national capital area like the Rideau Canal. Hop aboard a bus that looks like an old-fashioned red trolley. Take a seat on a wooden bench and travel through Ottawa and Gatineau in this well-preserved piece of nostalgia. See as much of the city as you can in a short period of time. Experience Ottawa from the local perspective with a live guide on board. This unique multilingual tour of Canada’s capital lets you appreciate Ottawa’s historic scenery from every possible angle. Pass by sites like the Rideau Canal which connects the city to Lake Ontario and the Saint Lawrence River. Cruise by the lush Confederation Park and take in the Modern architecture of the Canadian War Museum. View where the money is printed as you pass the Royal Canadian Mint.

Toronto: Niagara Falls Premium Day Trip with Optional Cruise

3. Toronto: Niagara Falls Premium Day Trip with Optional Cruise

Visit the world-famous Niagara Falls on a hassle-free tour by premium bus from Toronto. With three tour options to choose from, prepare for an experience that will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. Relax in the comfort of a premium climate-controlled bus as you begin your journey with a pickup from downtown Toronto. Enjoy lively commentary from your experienced guide on the scenic drive into the Niagara Region.  Pending the selected option, in Niagara Falls you can enjoy free time, savor a delicious a la carte lunch, and/or experience an attraction. In Summer, sail into the mist of the Falls with access to the seasonal boat ride 'Voyage to the Falls'. In winter or when the boat is not operating, there are two alternate attractions offered. Experience the 'Journey Behind the Falls', a year-round attraction that offers a unique view of the Falls, or re-live a lifetime of Niagara's sensational true stories at the Imax Theater. The most popular tour option includes the attraction upgrade and lunch. Taste the very best of Niagara with exclusive seating at Queen Victoria Place Restaurant and savor a locally sourced a la carte menu, paired with Ontario craft beers and Niagara VQA wines.  Your tour concludes with your return to Toronto.

Niagara Falls, Canada: Journey Behind the Falls Entry Ticket

4. Niagara Falls, Canada: Journey Behind the Falls Entry Ticket

View the world-famous Niagara Falls from a unique perspective with an entry ticket to 'Journey Behind the Falls'. Descend 125 feet and explore the 130-year-old tunnels that are dug through the bedrock. Feel the thunderous vibration of the Horseshoe Falls before you see them. Throughout your walk underground, informational posters are hung where you will learn fun facts and information about the history and evolution of the hallways you walk through. Ascend above ground to the observation deck at the foot of the falls and take in the breathtaking views of the cascading water. Stay dry as you get close to the mighty falls with a complimentary souvenir poncho. Look through the viewing portals cut straight through the rock, offering another unique viewpoint of the falls.

Toronto: Casa Loma Entry Ticket

5. Toronto: Casa Loma Entry Ticket

Step back in time to a period of European elegance and splendor at Canada's majestic castle, Casa Loma, located in midtown Toronto. Your entry ticket includes a documentary experience on Sir Henry Pellatt and access to the castle’s café and other features. Completed in 1914 by Sir Henry Pellatt and spanning over 200,000 square feet, Casa Loma is a must-see when visiting Toronto. Today, Casa Loma is one of Toronto’s top tourist attractions. Its unique architecture has also made it a highly desirable location for film, television, and photoshoots. Casa Loma features permanent installations such as the Dark Side of Toronto photo exhibit and the Classic Car Collection in Casa Loma’s stables. Casa Loma also curates special exhibits on a regular basis, pertaining to early Toronto and Canadian history. The Dark Side Tunnel ExhibitThe stables and carriage house are connected to Casa Loma by an 800-foot tunnel that runs 18 feet below Austin Terrace. The tunnel features an exhibit of Toronto’s dark side, which tells the story in archival photographs of Toronto’s darker days, such as the Prohibition Era, the Great Depression, the plague, the Great Fire of Toronto, and Toronto’s first plane crash. Antique Car DisplayThe garage and carriage room feature an exhibition of vintage cars from the early 1900s, the period in which Sir Henry Pellatt would have inhabited Casa Loma. The collection includes a 1910 Maxwell Model Q Standard, 1924-1925 Ford Model T Touring, 1910 Maxwell Model Q Standard, and more. The RoomsYou’ll also get to explore the former estate of Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, the prominent Toronto financier, industrialist, and military man behind the origins of the castle. Sir Henry asked the architect E.J. Lennox to help him realize a life-long dream – the creation of a medieval castle overlooking Toronto. Casa Loma features nearly 98 rooms, many of which exemplify the Edwardian era and are decorated with authentic period furnishings and antiques. Group of Seven CollectionLocated on the third floor of Casa Loma, this collection is comprised of artwork by various members of the Group of Seven. Active from 1920 to 1933, the Group of Seven (which eventually grew to ten members) was comprised of Canadian landscape painters. Hollywood Film GalleryLocated in the basement level of Casa Loma, the Hollywood Film Gallery highlights the castle as a prime location for major motion pictures, revealing glimpses behind the scenes. For over 30 years, Casa Loma has been a popular location for use in film and television. The Queen’s Own Rifles of CanadaThe Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada Regimental Museum occupies a major part of the third floor of the Casa Loma.

From New York City: Niagara Falls One Day Tour

6. From New York City: Niagara Falls One Day Tour

Depart New York City and journey to Niagara Falls in New York State to experience the natural wonder from multiple perspectives. Ride the famous Maid of the Mist boat and get up close to attractions such as Horseshoe Falls and American Falls. Leave NYC late at night to arrive in the early morning to morning-mist rainbows and the falls’ magnificent roars. Alternatively, depart New York City in the morning for a chance to see the falls change from day to night, and to witness a light show and fireworks. Hear the roar of the waterfalls and see magical rainbows that'll take your breath away in the early morning before the crowds arrive. Climb aboard the famous Maid of the Mist boat to get up close to the immense Horseshoe Falls. Visit attractions such as the uninhabited Goat Island and Luna Island on the Niagara River. Get stunning views of the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls and gaze in awe at the rapids of the Niagara River as it tumbles towards the amazing cascades.

Toronto: Pearson Airport (YYZ) Plaza Premium Lounge Access

7. Toronto: Pearson Airport (YYZ) Plaza Premium Lounge Access

Relax and refresh before your departure or in-between flights in the comfort of a Plaza Premium Lounge at Toronto Pearson International Airport. Lounges are located in the international departure at terminal 1 and terminal 2. Recline in the sleek, contemporary departure lounge, and make use of first-class services and facilities, including delicious food and high-speed Wi-Fi. Choose from a 3 or 6-hour package to suit your schedule.

Niagara Falls, Canada: Clifton Hill 6 Attraction Fun Pass

8. Niagara Falls, Canada: Clifton Hill 6 Attraction Fun Pass

Take a break from sightseeing the magnificent cascades of Niagara Falls and enjoy a host of activities at Clifton Hill's street of fun visitor attractions. Try some thrilling rides, games, and attractions, all included in your fun pass. First, visit the top 6 family attractions including the Niagara SkyWheel with its breathtaking views of Niagara Falls by day or night. Then, face the multi-sensory Zombie Attack adventure featuring 6D graphics, or play a round of golf with wizards or dinosaurs. After, you can see the stars of movie classics and current hits at Movieland Wax Museum. Take a rocking ride through space on Cosmic Coaster and blast away ghosts on Ghostblasters Dark Ride.  Conclude your tour with a zip through the Niagara speedway track, where you can race with your friends on an elevated speedway that circles around the grounds.

Niagara Falls: Wild Magic Ticket

9. Niagara Falls: Wild Magic Ticket

Greg Frewin has appeared all over the globe, including a command performance for Prince Rainier in Monte Carlo and over 35 TV appearances worldwide. Recognized by his peers as "The International Grand Champion of Magic," you owe it to yourself to see him. And what better place to see him than at his Niagara Falls theater in Canada? The theatre opened its doors in 2005, and Greg performs his magic show over 200 times a year. The 90-minute show will capture your imagination, just as it captured the imagination of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, who awarded him 1st place in a competition of professional magicians, and the Society of American Magicians, who lauded him with 1st place honors at their annual magic convention. But forget the gongs; experience the Las Vegas style extravaganza for yourself and see grand illusions, along with appearances by rare tigers, exotic birds, and beautiful dancers. It is an unbeatable ticket.

Niagara Falls, Canada: Skylon Tower Observation Deck Ticket

10. Niagara Falls, Canada: Skylon Tower Observation Deck Ticket

Book your flexible date ticket in advance to visit Skylon Tower around your travel plans and the weather. Your ticket is valid for entry within seven days of the booked date. Year-round, under the sun or stars, enjoy the best panoramic views of the Falls and surrounding city from 236 meters above the Niagara Gorge. Your visit begins with the 'Ride to the Top' in a glass-enclosed, exterior elevator. A smooth 52-second trip will have you to the top of the tower, ready to discover the sights from the indoor and outdoor observation deck. Admire aerial views of Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, Great Gorge, and the Niagara River. During the day, take in views of the Niagara wine region and the skyscrapers of Toronto and Buffalo, when the conditions are right. Visit at night to see the Falls illuminated in a cascade of colors and admire the seasonal Falls Fireworks display overhead.  The Revolving Dining Room and the Summit Suite Buffet offer sumptuous meal options (at your own expense). At the base of Skylon Tower is a family fun center with interactive games and rides for all ages. Browse the shopping concourse with a wide selection of specialty shops featuring distinctive Canadian souvenirs, giftware, clothing, jewelry, and native crafts.

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The castle was decorated for Christmas and was magical!! Absolutely gorgeous. The special events - ice skating/magician/ribbon acrobat were a wonderful addon to the day. What a fantastic job in the concert “house” as well as the Christmas Carol - so well done.

excursion très bien organisée. Guide très intéressant par ses explications et ses commentaires, et prêt à répondre à toutes questions relatives à l'excursion et, plus largement, à la visite de Toronto.

It was a beautiful experience with my family! Watching the Christmas lights in the mist , was a sight to sore eyes!

The tour was great, the part that I didn't like was the Maple syrup tasting.

Distillery District is very interesting for its colourful history.