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Ottawa: Sightseeing River Cruise

1. Ottawa: Sightseeing River Cruise

Discover the natural beauty of the region that captured the imagination of the first European explorer Samuel de Champlain. Climb aboard the 'Paula D' for a 1.5-hour sightseeing cruise on the Ottawa River. This must-do experience offers an entertaining glimpse of the region's rich history and leaves you with plenty of time to enjoy the rest of your stay. For your convenience, there are two departure docks, one located in Gatineau and another in Ottawa. Once boarded, sit back and relax as you cruise down the river. Enjoy spectacular views of the city and learn about the river's past life as a watery highway for transporting resources with your guide's engaging and informative commentary in both English and French. During your cruise, you'll have the opportunity to see the Parliament Buildings, the Rideau Canal Locks, and the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau from the river. You'll also be able to spot some sights that are only visible from the water or from Gatineau. While you're taking in the sights, savor a nice cold beverage (at your own expense) on the large open-air upper deck. Alternatively, escape the elements and visit the closed-in lower deck to take advantage of the on-board canteen with a bar.

Ottawa: 1-Hour Bilingual Guided Tour by Amphibious Bus

2. Ottawa: 1-Hour Bilingual Guided Tour by Amphibious Bus

Climb aboard a unique vehicle that can travel on land and water and discover the historical attractions of Ottawa and the Ottawa River from different perspectives. Spend 40 minutes on land and 20 minutes on the water. Admire landmark monuments and attractions such as Lake Dow, Landsdowne Park and Byward Market. Get a magnificent view of the city as you cruise along the river aboard the amphibious vehicle. See all the important sights of Ottawa and the city of Gatineau, located just across the water. Avail of an activity that is both fun and educational for the entire family, and ideal for those who are short of time but want to see it all.

Niagara Falls, Canada: Clifton Hill 6 Attraction Fun Pass

3. 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. Located just steps from the falls, the entertainment centre features thrilling rides, games, and attractions, all included in your fun pass. Visit and save on the top 6 family attractions including the Niagara SkyWheel with its breathtaking views of Niagara Falls by day or night. Face the multi-sensory Zombie Attack adventure featuring 6D graphics, or play a round of golf with wizards or dinosaurs.  Meet 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. Enjoy some games at the Great Canadian Midway with your free tokens.

Niagara Falls: Marineland Canada Day Pass

4. Niagara Falls: Marineland Canada Day Pass

Visit Marineland Canada for a fun, wonder-filled day just minutes from the actual falls. Pre-book your ticket to observe marine life and enjoy fun and educational activities. Enjoy the entertaining and Educational Presentation featuring dolphins and sea lions. Discover the park's orca and beluga whales, with surface-level walkways and underwater viewing for an up-close look at what’s happening beneath the waves. Marineland is also home to North American black bears, bison, elk, and red deer. Visit the penguin palace, a place to watch these cute, little flightless birds play and swim about in their specially designed habitat. Get wet at Polar Splash, a 2-acre water play area featuring waterfalls and life-size replicas of marine mammals. Enjoy loads of interactive fun and cool off on those hot summer days (open July and August weather permitting). More thrills await you as the park features amusement rides suitable for all ages. As an added bonus, guests can upgrade to a Fun Card Season Pass at no extra charge and visit the park as many times as they would like until it closes for the season. To take advantage of this offer, guests must go to the Fun Card Centre to receive their Fun Card Season Passes before leaving the park.

Royal Ontario Museum: General Admission Ticket

5. Royal Ontario Museum: General Admission Ticket

No trip to Toronto is complete without a visit to the Royal Ontario Museum—Canada’s largest museum. Explore stunning galleries of dinosaurs, Indigenous art and culture, ancient Egypt, minerals and gems, and more. Explore each of these 16 Must-See Treasures with the aid of bilingual multi-media kiosks. Discover an exceptional array of themed galleries throughout the Museum, spanning both world cultures and natural history. Must-See Treasures at the Museum include:  • The Nisga’a and Haida totem poles • The Death of General Wolfe painting • The Chinese Temple Art mural The Paradise of Maitreya  • The Tomb Mound of General Zu Dashou (“Ming Tomb”)  • The rare Southern White Rhinoceros • The Barosaurus (“Gordo”), Canada’s largest dinosaur on display  • The duck-billed hadrosaur Parasaurolophus walkeri • The exceptionally well-preserved fossils from the Burgess Shale  • The 900-carat Light of the Desert Cerussite gem • The Tagish Lake Meteorite • The Bust of Cleopatra VII • The Statue of Sekhmet — one of the oldest known Egyptian deities  • The Egyptian Book of the Dead • Earl of Pembroke’s Armour • Kunti Sculpture (“Blue Lady”)  • The Striding Lion Terracotta Relief 

Toronto: Casa Loma Entry Ticket with Audio Guide

6. Toronto: Casa Loma Entry Ticket with Audio Guide

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.

Niagara Falls, Canada: Walking Tour with Cruise & the Falls

7. Niagara Falls, Canada: Walking Tour with Cruise & the Falls

Dedicate a day to the mesmerizing Niagara Falls on a guided walking tour. Be on the first funicular of the day and descend into the gorge for the Voyage to the Falls boat tour. Walk around the boardwalk before taking part in the Journey Behind the Falls experience. Meet your friendly guide and group in front of the funicular in the morning and take in panoramic views as you make your way down to the Voyage to the Falls boat tour. Climb aboard and feel the power of Niagara Falls up close. Ascend back up and enjoy an informative walking tour around the boardwalk. View the site of the former Honeymoon Bridge, learn about famous celebrities and daredevils who visited this site, and take a great photo at Horseshoe Falls. Arrive at the Table Rock Welcome Center and get ready for the Journey Behind the Falls experience. Climb down the stairs into the rocky caves behind the waterfalls and follow a ledge to a viewing point beside the cascades.

Ottawa: Hop-On Hop-Off Guided City Tour Day Ticket

8. Ottawa: Hop-On Hop-Off Guided City Tour Day Ticket

All aboard for this popular hop-on hop-off city bus tour of Ottawa that’s filled with fun, facts, and history! Stay on the bus for the complete 1.5-hour round-trip tour or hop off and back on throughout the validity of your ticket. Explore Ottawa's main sights like the Canadian Parliament buildings, Byward Market, and more en route. See the sights of Ottawa from a classic open-top, double-decker bus. Sit on the lower deck and enjoy the inside comfort or ride on the top deck and enjoy the fantastic views as your knowledgeable, bilingual guide points out landmarks and shares the city's history with you. Hop off at sites you want to explore and hop back on to resume your city tour. Do this at your own pace, and visit as many of Ottawa’s top sites as you like. See museums, parks, galleries, the Byward Market, the Canadian Parliament buildings, and lots more. Explore, dine, and shop throughout the capital city!

Toronto: Harbour Cruise with Lunch, Brunch, or Dinner

9. Toronto: Harbour Cruise with Lunch, Brunch, or Dinner

Admire Toronto from the water and watch the city go by from your table on a harbor cruise. Step outside onto one of the outdoor observation decks to snap some pictures, take in the stunning views, and enjoy the fresh air. Select from three unique cruise and dining options.  Your cruise departs from Queen's Quay West in downtown Toronto. Be greeted by the Captain and crew as you step aboard, where the ship's photographer will capture the moment. Once on deck, your host will greet you and escort you to your table. Relax and admire unobstructed views of passing landmarks like the Harbourfront Centre, CN Tower, Sugar Beach, the Redpath Sugar Refinery, and the historic Gibraltar Point Lighthouse. Savor a market-fresh buffet-style meal (either brunch, lunch or dinner) that is freshly prepared onboard daily. Complement your meal with a beverage from the fully stocked cash-bar offering beer, wine, and cocktail selections (own expense).  Sample lunch or dinner menu Entrees: Oven-roasted fish fillet Pot roast Vegetable stir fry Honey sesame chicken Rolls and Salads: Assorted bread and rolls Pasta salad Kidney bean, black bean, and chickpea salad Baby kale and spinach salad Vegetables, Potatoes and Pasta: Oven-roasted potatoes Baked pasta dish Steamed seasonal vegetables Yellow Spanish rice Desserts: Signature dessert station Coffee and tea Sample brunch menu Cold Entrees: Continental bakery basket Freshly cut fruit Red skin potato salad Caesar salad Cold smoked salmon and Cedar hot smoked salmon Hot Entrees: Assortment of mini quiches Scrambled eggs Breakfast meats Signature French toast Oven-roasted red bliss potatoes Desserts: Signature dessert station Coffee and tea

Kingston: Ghost & Mystery Trolley Tour

10. Kingston: Ghost & Mystery Trolley Tour

Discover Kingston’s lesser-known and difficult-to-access haunted spots on an evening trolley tour. Learn about the city's mysterious past, darkest stories, and best-kept secrets over 1.5-hours. Kingston is one of the oldest cities in Ontario and has amassed an impressive list of hauntings and mysteries. Hear them all from your entertaining guide as the tour winds through downtown Kingston, around the back of Fort Henry Hill and Deadman’s Bay. The tour will also take you by the Kingston Penitentiary and the Rockwood Asylum.

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Our guide Nancy was fantastic! I was a little nervous about the boat and she stayed close by and checked in with me to make sure I was okay. The walking tour was great. Nancy had a lot of great stories, pictures to share and was very personable. She also made sure we had breaks in the shade, pit stops for beverages and restrooms. I highly recommend this tour! The sites were incredible!

We actually live here in Ottawa and we looking for something to do. A bus that goes in the water sounded like fun and it was so much fun and educational. I didn't realize that so many embassy's were here in Ottawa, and actually leaned so much more about this city. It's a great tour for tourists and people who live here with an hour to spare. You won't regret it.

This was one of the most amazing river cruise I ever had. It was just a wonderful experience on the Paula D cruise. The guide on the cruise was well knowledge of the history and relevance of the various points of interest. I would do this again. Hopefully next year I will be back.

Such a fun night and our guide was spectacular. Fun. Funny. Engaging and entertaining. She told us about the upcoming Winter Garden Theatre tour and I can’t wait.

I enjoyed the food and all the passengers were nice and friendly