A Journey Beyond Nature Itinerary
Arrival in Toronto
Arrive at Pearson International Airport in Toronto. Transfer independently to your downtown hotel. Pick up your Jonview Canada Roadbook at the front desk and check in. The remaining hours are yours to explore this cosmopolitan city. Enjoy the fine cuisine, varied nightlife and world-class shopping of Toronto. Overnight in Toronto.
With the city at your feet, you can explore the many facets of this world-class destination. Toronto boasts a fascinating mix of multi-cultural neighbourhoods. From Chinatown to Little Italy, Greektown on the Danforth to Little Portugal, you'll discover a virtual world within one city. We suggest a visit to the CN Tower. Standing 553 m tall, this symbol of Toronto and Canada not only offers sweeping panoramic views but also a world of entertainment. Ride the glass-fronted elevators to the top of the world's tallest structure (main deck). Dare to walk the glass floor, sample the exquisite cuisine at the revolving restaurant or relax in the Horizon's Café. Overnight in Toronto.
Toronto to Huntsville (215KM)
Travel north through charming rural villages to the pine and granite landscape of Muskoka cottage country, where we suggest a visit to the Muskoka Pioneer Village. Today's destination is Huntsville, just outside of Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario's coveted ‘cottage country', known for a gracious lifestyle, endless summer days spent on a multitude of freshwater lakes and rivers of spectacular natural beauty. The vast wilderness of Algonquin Provincial Park is particularly renowned for its network of hiking trails and waterways that invite you to discover the diverse beauty of the park's flora and fauna. Overnight in Huntsville.
Huntsville to Killarney (400KM)
This morning you bid farewell to the province's first provincial park and travel further into Ontario's hinterlands, passing by the small towns that have grown up around the lumber, mining and pulp industries common throughout the region. En route to Killarney, you may chose to stop in Sudbury, known affectionately as ‘Big Nickel' from its long history of nickel mining. Many modern retail outlets abound, as well as the hands-on exhibits of Science North. Continue onto Killarney on edge of Manitoulin Island, the largest island on fresh water. Manitoulin is home to five First Nations reserves and one of the oldest settlements in North America, dating back over 9 500 years. Overnight at Killarney Mountain Lodge. Dinner included.
The world-famous ‘Group of Seven' painters made this area their artistic inspiration - and you'll discover why as you further explore this striking landscape of pre- Cambrian granite and sparkling lakes. Known for its superb camping, Killarney Provincial Park also offers excellent canoeing and hiking trails. Your resort features a wide selection of additional activities such as tennis, kayaking, boating, fishing, and sail boating. Overnight at Killarney Mountain Lodge. Breakfast and dinner included.
Killarney to Timmins (413KM)
Continue north to Timmins today, passing through the Sudbury area. Located in Northeastern Ontario, the Timmins area is rich in minerals, especially gold, and boasts over 500 lakes and rivers. Take in the beautiful northern scenery, with its majestic forest and rocky landscape. Overnight in Timmins. Breakfast included.
Today you can explore this “City with a Heart of Gold,” which features local art galleries, golf, and an extensive trail system that winds through the city and surrounding Boreal forest. Overnight in Timmins.
Activity: Discover the region's lakes and rivers by kayak or canoe. Keep your eyes open for wildlife such as beavers, mink, martens and otters that reside in and around the waterways.
Timmins to Wawa (330KM)
As you leave Timmins, you will head west to Wawa through very remote areas of the province. The impressive scenery along the way includes long stretches of Boreal forest, dramatic cliffs, and lakes right by the side of the road. While in Wawa, you can relax at the waterfront park along Wawa Lake, or discover First Nations history at Sandy Beach Eco-Interpretive Park. Overnight in Wawa.
Wawa to Sault Ste Marie (228KM)
Today you will continue south on the Trans Canada highway and along the scenic, rocky coast of Lake Superior. Arriving in one of the largest cities of the northwest, Sault Ste Marie offers all the amenities of an urban area yet is just minutes from a system of forests and valleys that draws visitors from around the province Overnight in Sault Ste. Marie.
Sault Ste Marie
The day is yours to explore the sights and sounds of this northern Ontario city. The area is well known for as an eco-tourism and naturalist destination hub, close to parks and preserves such as Pancake Bay Provincial Park, Batchawana Bay Provincial Park and Lake Superior Provincial Park. Overnight in Sault Ste. Marie.
Activity: Embark on one of the most scenic rail passages in Ontario. You board the Agawa Canyon touring train for a one-day wilderness excursion 183 km north of Sault Ste. Marie. The route journeys over towering trestles, alongside pristine northern lakes and rivers and through the large granite rock formations and vast mixed forests of the Canadian Shield. At its farthest point, the train reaches Agawa Canyon. The rail line hugs the top of the canyon wall until it travels down 150m along a 16 km long path to the floor of the canyon. You will have an opportunity to explore the canyon for a short time before returning by rail to Sault Ste. Marie.
Sault Ste Marie to Manitoulin Island (349KM)
Today you get a second chance to visit the provincial parks or nature reserve as you retrace your route back along the top of Lake Huron to Killarney where you venture on to Manitoulin Island itself. The world's largest freshwater island, Manitoulin contains five native reservations and has discovered the perfect balance between outdoor recreation, native land stewardship and eco-tourism. You'll spend your day exploring the cultural and geographic history or the island and enjoying the variety of adventure activities available at your resort. Overnight on Manitoulin Island.
A geographic wonder, Manitoulin Island contains over 100 lakes, including Lake Manitou which itself contains several more lakes. With all this fresh water, it's no surprise that Manitoulin offers so many boating, fishing and scuba diving adventure activities. If you prefer dry land, don't miss a visit to Assininack Museum, Little Current-Howland Museum, or the well maintained Mississagi Lighthouse Museum. Overnight on Manitoulin Island.
Manitoulin Island to Tobermory (24KM) (Land Only)
Today you travel to the south shore of Manitoulin Island and board the Chi-Cheemaun ferry from South Baymouth to Tobermory on a leisurely 2-hour cruise in the deep waters of Lake Huron. After debarking at the ferry docks, you enter Bruce Peninsula National Park. The park and the surrounding area is home to a thrilling variety of hiking trails, outdoor adventure attractions and unique facilities such as Fathom Five National Marine Park – an underwater marine park that preserves shipwrecks and natural diving obstacles for recreational scuba divers. Overnight in Tobermory.
Tobermonry to Niagara (297KM)
Drive south along the Bruce Peninsula en route to Niagara Falls, the "honeymoon capital of the world." Approaching the southern reaches of Ontario, you pass through the hills of the Niagara Escarpment, featuring a variety of walking and cycling trails. The road continues through the lush orchards and vineyards of the Niagara growing region, boasting many world class winery chateaus that make for a decadent day of tasting and touring. Overnight in Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls to Toronto / End of Tour (130KM)
You check out of you hotel this morning and return to Toronto's Pearson International Airport for your flight home.