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1000 Islands: 10, 20, or 30-Minute Scenic Helicopter Tour

1. 1000 Islands: 10, 20, or 30-Minute Scenic Helicopter Tour

Experience the 1000 Islands from the air on a breathtaking helicopter tour. Choose your own adventure with three unique tour options ranging from 10 to 30 minutes. Depart from Gananoque Heliport, located within a 20-minute drive east of Kingston via Highway 401 in beautiful Gananoque, Ontario.  Check in at the front desk then relax in the lounge before your pre-flight briefing. Feel the thrill as you rise above lush greenery, sandy beaches, and rocky cliffs, admiring the sights from your guaranteed window seat.  Wear audio headsets complete with microphones for easy communication. Enjoy pilot-narrated commentary in English or select one of the recorded multilingual audio tours. The duration depends on your selected option. Choose the 10-minute tour for a taste of the 1000 Islands, including the town of Gananoque, the Admiralty Islands, Navy Islands, and the Lake Fleet Islands. Explore further on an Ontario Signature Experience: a 20-minute tour that includes both the U.S. and Canadian spans of the Ivy Lea Bridge, and Boldt Castle on Heart Island.  The most popular option is a Canadian Signature Experience: an extended 30-minute ‘Two Castle’ tour that sends you flying over sunken shipwrecks and nation-spanning bridges, as well as Boldt and Singer Castles.

Niagara Falls, Canada: Skylon Tower Observation Deck Ticket

2. 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.

Ottawa: Scenic Helicopter Flight

3. Ottawa: Scenic Helicopter Flight

Soar over Ottawa city, the capital of Canada, snap breathtaking photos, and enjoy the view on this picturesque helicopter flight. Gaze out of the panoramic and curved windows and spot the serene Meech Lake and the Champlain. Start at the Rockcliffe airport at the Canadian Space and Aviation Museum. Have a quick safety briefing before boarding your helicopter. See Parliament Hill, the home of the Parliament of Canada, and Rideau Hall, the official residence of the Canadian monarch from above. Take-off in a Robinson R44 aircraft and fly at a cruising speed of 180 km/h. Choose between a 10-minute flight covering 30 KM, a 20-minute flight covering 60 KM, or a 30-minute flight covering 90 KM.

Ottawa: Haunted Night Walking Tour

4. Ottawa: Haunted Night Walking Tour

Experience Ottawa like never before on a 75-minute Original Haunted Walk. Spend an evening with fascinating tour guides who are chosen from the best local storytellers and have a passion for sharing the unexpected side of Canada's capital city.  On the Original Haunted Walk, your expert cloaked guide will reveal to you their favorite ghost stories from the Downtown Ottawa area and lead you by lantern light to some of the city's most well-known haunted spots. Visit locations such as the Fairmont Château Laurier, Grant House, and Ottawa’s haunted high school. A favorite stop is the haunted Bytown Museum where many of the guides have had their own experiences to share. You’ll never look at the city and these buildings the same again.  After being led through the streets of Downtown Ottawa, your guide can walk you back to the start location or leave you to enjoy a (sleepless) night in the city.

Niagara: Half-Day Winery Tour with Tastings

5. Niagara: Half-Day Winery Tour with Tastings

Embark on a guided tour of Niagara's renowned wine region with an inclusive experience designed for everyone, whether you're a connoisseur or simply want to share a drink with friends. The Wine Country tour centers around the Niagara-on-the-lake region, nestled on Lake Ontario, near the mouth of Niagara Falls. Travel along the historical Niagara Parkway to the charming town of Niagara on the Lake. Sample wines at Pillitteri Estates, Inniskillin, and Konzelmann Estates. Then, enjoy free time for lunch and shopping in the quaint town voted the prettiest town in Canada. Finally, enjoy the convenience of a return transfer to your pickup location.

Toronto: Private Helicopter Tour for Two

6. Toronto: Private Helicopter Tour for Two

Discover Toronto’s highlights from above on a scenic private helicopter tour for two. From private sightseeing to a romantic twilight interlude, choose from three tour package options for a unique and personalized experience. Your adventure begins at a boutique island airport in downtown, located just minutes from the Toronto Harbor Front, Rogers Center, and CN Tower. Check in at the front desk and meet the crew who will ensure you make the most of your private aerial experience. Be lifted 2,000 feet over the city and fly eye to eye with the pod of the CN Tower. The route is carefully designed to ensure you’ll both enjoy fabulous views. On a clear day, see the mist coming off the Niagara Falls. High-quality interactive headsets will be provided to make communication with each other easier. The private tour concludes with your return to the helicopter base where you'll receive one printed photograph to remember your experience.

From New York City: 5-Day Tour w/Niagara Falls & White House

7. From New York City: 5-Day Tour w/Niagara Falls & White House

Embark on a 5-day trip to Niagara Falls, Toronto, the 1000 Islands, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and the Amish Country in Lancaster from New York City. Witness the magnificent Niagara Falls, visit the Arlington National Cemetery, and enjoy the convenience of included accommodation and entry tickets. Day 1: NEW YORK – FINGER LAKES – NIAGARA FALLS Depart from the Big Apple heading north where you will pass the beautiful Delaware Water Gap to Watkins Glen State Park in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Walk through Watkins Glen Canyon to visit the beautiful waterfalls and then continue to Niagara Falls passing Seneca Lake, arriving in the late afternoon. Tour the US side of Niagara including the American Falls, Goat Island, and Luna Island. Experience the power of Niagara aboard the Maid of the Mist. At night, you can appreciate the colorful lighting of the waters. Stay at the Ramada by Wyndham. Day 2: NIAGARA FALLS – TORONTO – 1000 ISLANDS Start with the magnificent Horseshoe Falls view followed by the visit to the picturesque village of Niagara on The Lake. Continue to Toronto, the financial capital of Canada. Visit the HTO Park, Brookfield Place — home of the Hockey Hall of Fame — City Hall, and The Distillery Historic District. Towards the evening, depart Toronto east along the world-famous Lake Ontario for an evening arrival to the 1000 Islands area (in April, based on weather conditions the tour may return to Niagara Falls for overnight). Stay overnight at Gananoque – Comfort Inn (April, Niagara Falls – Ramada by Wyndham). Day 3: 1000 ISLANDS – NEW YORK Start the day with a cruise through the amazing 1000 Islands along the St. Laurence River. See the houses of the rich and famous built atop private islands — such as Boldt Castle and Heart Island. Enjoy a shopping excursion at one of the large outlet malls along the way. Arrive at your hotel in New Jersey at the La Quinta Inn and Suites. Day 4: NEW JERSEY – PHILADELPHIA – WASHINGTON DC Depart from New Jersey to Pennsylvania and to the city of brotherly love Philadelphia. Visit the famous Liberty Bell, Constitution square, and Congress Hall. Continue on a panoramic tour of Philadelphia that includes the financial district, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Historic Philadelphia, and more. See the famous “Rocky Steps” and then continue to Lancaster county home of the Amish people. Enjoy an authentic Amish Buggy ride through the Amish farm country. In the late afternoon, depart east for an evening arrival in Washington DC where you will stay at the Fairfield Inn and Suites Alexandria. Day 5: WASHINGTON DC – NEW YORK Start the day with a visit to Thomas Jefferson Memorial, by the Tidal Basin, surrounded by famous Japanese cherry blossom trees. Visit the Arlington National Cemetery, the Changing of the Guard, and the Kennedy family gravesite. The next stop is Capitol Hill. See the US Capitol and the White House to understand the core of the US government. Continue to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (while the Air and Space Museum is closed due to renovations) before visiting the Lincoln, Korea, and Vietnam Memorials. In the late afternoon, depart for an evening arrival in New York.

Ottawa: Floating Tiki Bar Cruise on the Ottawa River

8. Ottawa: Floating Tiki Bar Cruise on the Ottawa River

Take a relaxing tour up and down the Ottawa River on a floating tiki bar. Just head to one of the embarkment sites, climb aboard and get the party started. The activity provider's captains are all small vessel certified and licensed. Enjoy fancy drinks and snacks as the floating palapa boat takes you along the river, offering stunning views of the shoreline. Whether it’s just hanging out with friends for a fun time, spending some relaxing time with your family, taking a romantic cruise, or a group excursion, this tour is one of the most unique ways to get out on the water. Cruise the time away sipping drinks, and listening to or singing karaoke to your favorite tropical tunes.

Niagara Falls, Canada: Dining Experience at The Watermark

9. Niagara Falls, Canada: Dining Experience at The Watermark

Book dinner at a time of your choice, then head to the 33rd floor of the Hilton Hotel & Suites in Niagara Falls, Canada. Take your seat at the Watermark Fallsview Restaurant and prepare for a dining experience at new heights as you enjoy a delicious meal. Marvel at the panoramic evening views of the American and Horseshoe Falls through the stunning floor-to-ceiling windows. Take in the illumination of the Falls as they are lit in a cascade of colors after dark. On weekends and every summer night starting in June, marvel at the fireworks over Niagara Falls. Customize your dining experience as you select three courses from a prix fixe menu. The Executive Chef, Tim O'Donnell, uses fresh seasonal ingredients for creative dishes. A variety of local and international beverages are available for purchase to complement your meal.

Niagara Falls, Canada: Illumination Tower and Wine Tasting

10. Niagara Falls, Canada: Illumination Tower and Wine Tasting

Delight your senses with a local wine tasting experience at Queen Victoria Palace in Niagara Falls. Meet the light master with a a ticket to the Illimitation Tower and color the falls at night with bright lights. Meet your guide as the sun begins to set and head up to your reserved table on the balcony of Queen Victoria Palace. Gaze out over unobstructed views of the falls as your guide tells you the history of Niagara and the Falls. Sit in a spot where Princess Diana and the two princes of England once stood in to admire the falls. Indulge in a tasting of 4 specially selected regional wines and hear about the winemaking process. Pair your wine with an artisanal charcuterie board of mouth-watering delights. Continue on a short walk to the Illumination Tower where to meet the veteran Light Master. Discover the magic of painting the falls with light as you take charge of the lighting system and choose your own colors to light up the night with. Learn about when the falls were first lit up in 1860 and be a part of this local tradition. Return to your meeting point at the end of your tour.

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We were part of the group that was involved in the accident on Saturday, October 22. Our driver, David, was amazing in his efforts to make sure we were safe. His actions resulted in our not having any threatening injuries. After the incident, the owners of the Between the Lines winery were amazing. They stepped up and made sure we were OK and offered their winery while we waited for another tour bus. They offered us food and many servings of their incredible wine. Our new driver, Richard, went out of his way to make sure we were happy with our other tasting sessions. Can't say enough about how well we were treated and taken care of by your staff. From a situation that could have been traumatic, we came out with 6 new amazing friends. Based on our situation, our experience did end up being very memorable.

It was our first time doing a winery tour and this tour did not disappoint. It was a great overall experience. Konzelman winery stood out with the famous peach wine and beautiful family story. Pilliteri's had some great ice wines and we got to see the famous 42 ft. Long concrete table. Inniskilin was a little busier but a beautiful property. We weren't informed much about the history of the winery but we got to enjoy the wine outside on the picnic benches and just relax. Their Vidal ice wine was delicious!

We really enjoyed this tour, visited three awesome wineries, tasted and learned a lot. We also had time to visit and had lunch at Niagara on the Lake.

Experience was great and our driver was fabulous. Thanks so much!!! See you next year.

We totally loved our tour! It is a fun activity to do with kids too.