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Sunday Excursions - LTAD 2017 in Toronto

Niagara Falls Geology Walk

This tour will pass by the world famous Niagara Falls (on the Canadian side), allowing some time for photographs. Then on to a special (challenging) hike to see how the falls came to be. Bert Murphy, a geologist at Brock University, will be our guide.

The Niagara Glen is one of several unique geological features which can be observed along the Niagara Gorge between the present day waterfalls and the Niagara Escarpment itself. Visitors approaching the edge of the gorge from the Glen parking lot seldom realize they are walking in the former bed of the river where the waters cascaded into the gorge some 8,000 years ago. To the observant eye however, there are clues in the landscape both above and below the gorge edge.

In a one hour visit you will descend the cliff face and trek down to the base of the former cataract. This tour requires you descend and ascend a multi-level staircase and climb down several stone steps.

•  A bus will leave the Intercontinental Hotel at 8:00 am and arrive at Niagara Falls at approximately 10:00 am.
•  There will be time for lunch at a nearby restaurant.
•  Our private tour will commence at 1:30 pm, lasting for approximately 1 hour.
•  We will have a rest stop on the way back to Toronto, and expect to be arriving back at the Intercontinental Hotel at approximately 5:00 pm.
•  Sturdy walking/hiking shoes are required (no open-toed shoes). Sun screen, sun hat, sweater/fleece, and raincoat are recommended.

Bruce Trail Hike

The Bruce Trail, Canada’s oldest and longest marked footpath, provides the only continuous public access to the magnificent Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Running along the Escarpment from Niagara to Tobermory, it spans more than 890 km of main Trail and over 400 km of associated side trails. The spectacular Niagara Escarpment encompasses farms, recreation areas, sweeping scenic views, 1,675 foot cliffs, clear streams, wetlands, pebbled beaches, rolling hills, pristine waterfalls, wildlife habitats, historic sites, villages, towns and cities.

The hike will feature Crawford Lake Conservation Area, a fire of colour in autumn. Shutterbugs, prepare your lenses for the beauty of the red, orange, and yellow fall colours reflected on the meromictic lake. Take your time and walk around the boardwalk for the full effect of the autumnal season at Crawford.

Explore the Iroquoian village. Visit the Deer Clan Longhouse and see the art exhibit currently on display. Visit the grinding stone artifact in the village and imagine what Crawford Lake was like 600 years ago, pre-contact.

•  A gentle (3kph) hike of approximately 5 kilometers.
•  Bus departs from the Intercontinental Hotel at 8:30 am, arriving at the trail at approximately 9:30 am.
•  The bus will depart from the end of the hike at approximately 12:30 pm, arriving at the Intercontinental Hotel at approximately 2:00 pm. 
•  There will be an opportunity to purchase a quick lunch.
•  Comfortable walking shoes (close-toed) are recommended, as well as sun screen, sun hats, sweater or fleece, and rain coats (just in case).

McMichael Canadian Art Collection

Explore one of Canada’s premium art collections.

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection stands alone as the only publicly funded fine art gallery in the nation that focuses on Canadian art and the Indigenous art of our country, both historical and contemporary. The permanent collection consists of over 6,400 artworks by Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven, their contemporaries, and First Nations, M├ętis, Inuit and contemporary artists who have contributed to the development of Canadian art. The McMichael is also the gallery of record for works on paper from the Inuit community of Cape Dorset, as we are the custodians for the Cape Dorset archive, totalling more than 100,000 artworks.

•  Bus leaves the Intercontinental Hotel at 10:00 am, arriving at the McMichael Collection at approximately 10:45 am.
•  Bus leaves the McMichael Collection at 2:30 pm, arriving at the Intercontinental Hotel at approximately 3:30 pm.
•  Public transportation is available (allow for 2 hours one way - check at the Gallery front desk for details).
•  There is a restaurant available on site, but participants may want to bring a bagged lunch to eat at one of the picnic tables outside the gallery.
•  Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Sweater and/or raincoat for walking on the trails outside the gallery.

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