It will take your breath away! Welcome aboard one of the most popular train tours in North America. This one-day wilderness excursion will transport you 114 miles north of Sault Ste. Marie over towering trestles, alongside pristine northern lakes and rivers through the awesome granite rock formations and vast mixed forests of the Canadian Shield. Just when you thought you’d experienced it all, the train will begin its descent into the canyon at Mile 102 and as the rail line hugs the top of the canyon wall you will travel down 500 feet over the next 10 miles to the floor of the Agawa Canyon, created over 1.2 billion years ago by faulting and widened and reshaped by the last ice-age that retreated 10,000 years ago. As the train pulls to a stop at Mile 114, you’ll have an hour and a half to experience the pristine beauty of Canyon Park up close. The whole family can enjoy scenic walks on gravelled trails leading to several waterfalls or experience an invigorating climb up over 300 stairs to the breathtaking Lookout, perched 250 feet above the canyon floor. For those who are looking for something a little more relaxing, enjoy a peaceful lunch in the many picnic areas throughout the park or just pull up a bench and watch the Agawa River flow peacefully by. Though well maintained, this is a wilderness park setting and we recommend seasonal recreational clothing and footwear. There’s also plenty to photograph during your excursion so be sure to pack your camera. In the summer and fall you’ll have an hour and a half to enjoy the pristine beauty of Agawa Canyon Wilderness Park. The park has a variety of trails that lead to the most scenic spots, including four waterfalls and the breathtaking Lookout.
ITINERARY AT A GLANCE
8:00 am Depart Kingston Shrine Club. Please see other pickup times and locations on the reverse page.Regular stops will be made en route for stretching, coffee, and lunch. Our destination tonight is Sudbury, where we overnight at the Radisson Sudbury. Relax this evening and enjoy dinner on your own.
Hotel: Radisson Sudbury 705-675-1123
DAY TWO: SUN, OCT 1st
Depart hotel for Science North. Science North maintains the second largest science centre in Canada. This morning we will enjoy an IMAX presentation before allowing you some free time to explore on your own. Lunch will be on your own today at the Elements Food Court at Science North before resuming our journey across Northern Ontario towards Sault Ste Marie. Upon arrival we will check into our hotel, the new Holiday Inn Express. Our rooms come with flat-screen TVs and desks, plus minifridges, microwaves and coffee makers and there’s free WIFI in every room, as well as a choice of hard and soft pillows. If you have time, enjoy the indoor heated pool, a whirlpool and a sauna. There’s also an exercise room if you’re so inclined! Giving you time to relax and freshen up, the remainder of the evening is free to explore and enjoy the hotel facilities. Dinner tonight is on your own.
Hotel: Holiday Inn Express (705) 759-8200
DAY THREE: MON, OCT 2nd
We head to Algoma Central Railway where we will be welcomed aboard one of the most spectacular train excursions in North America, the Agawa Canyon Tour Train! Breakfast this morning is provided on the train. We will be travelling 114 miles north of Sault Ste. Marie, crossing towering trestles, along pristine Northern lakes and rivers, through the awesome granite rock formations and mixed forests of the Canadian Shield. Just when you thought you’d seen it all, we coast 500 feet down to the floor of the Agawa Canyon where you have an hour and a half to experience the rugged beauty up close. Enjoy the scenic hiking trails, cascading waterfalls and speckled trout feeding in one of the pools or an invigorating climb to the breathtaking Canyon Lookout. If you are looking for something a little more relaxing, you can visit the Souvenir Car or pull up a bench and watch the Agawa River flow by. Enjoy a boxed lunch on the train. Once again we board the Agawa Canyon Train and take the beautiful ride back to Sault Ste. Marie. We will depart for the hotel where you are free to relax and enjoy the facilities. Dinner tonight is on your own.
Hotel: Holiday Inn Express (705) 759-8200
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
DAY FOUR: TUES, OCT 3rd
After a continental breakfast at the hotel, we depart Sault Ste. Marie, travelling to the very scenic Manitoulin Island. We will stop at South Baymouth on the Island, where there is a winding boardwalk as well as number of shops and places to get lunch. Lunch is on your own. After lunch, we will board the Chi-Cheemaun ferry for our 2 hour transport to Tobermory at the Bruce Peninsula. Once we reach Tobermory we will have an included dinner. Our final destination tonight is Owen Sound. Upon arrival we check-in to our hotel, Best Western Inn on the Bay in Owen Sound. This hotel features a restaurant and lounge plus an indoor pool & hot tub. The remainder of the evening is free for you to relax.
Hotel: Best Western on the Bay, Owen Sound 519-371-9200
DAY FIVE: WED, OCT 4th
After continental breakfast at the hotel, we depart on the final leg of our journey, travelling through Collingwood, Barrie & Toronto. We expect an evening arrival home.
EARLY BOOKING BONUS $50 OFF PER PERSON IF PAID IN FULL BY JUNE 30, ’17
ROOM PRICE – NO ADDITIONAL TAX
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- A deposit of $100 is required at the time of booking, the balance is due 60 days prior to departure
- Refunds are not available within 30 days of travel
- Early booking bonus of $50 off applies to bookings paid in full June 30, 2017
5:00 am Depart from Ottawa Robbies Italian Resturant 1531 St Laurent Blvd (parking).
5:25 am Depart from Ottawa All Saints Lutheran Chruch 1061 Pinecrest Rd (parking).
5:55 am Depart Kemptville from Stinson Gas Bar.
6:30 am Depart Brockville from Food Basics.
7:00 am Depart from Gananoque HWY#2 Carpool Lot.
8:00 am Depart from Kingston Shrine Club 3260 Princess St.
8:30 am Depart from Napanee Flying J Northeast Corner of the Parking Lot.
9:00 am Depart from Belleville Maple Leaf Office at 81 Millennium Parkway (parking).
Radisson Sudbury – 705-675-1123
This laid-back hotel in downtown Sudbury has bright, airy rooms, come with flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, desks and coffeemakers. There’s a relaxed restaurant and bar, and parking is free. Other amenities include an airport shuttle (fee), an indoor pool, a fitness room and a whirlpool tub, plus a business centre and 2,973 sq m of meeting space.
Holiday Inn Express – 705-759-8200
Our rooms come with flat-screen TVs and desks, plus minifridges, microwaves and coffeemakers and there’s free WiFi in every room, as well as a choice of hard and soft pillows. Suites add separate living spaces and kitchenettes, as well as dining tables and whirlpool tubs. If you have time, enjoy the indoor heated pool, a whirlpool and a sauna. There’s also an exercise room if you’re so inclined! Giving you time to relax and freshen up, the remainder of the evening is free to explore and enjoy the hotel facilities.
Best Western Inn on the Bay, Owen Sound – 519-371-9200
Set on the shores of Georgian Bay, this low-key hotel is 2 km from the Billy Bishop Home and Museum and 3.2 from Kelso Beach. The relaxed rooms offer free WiFi, flat-screen TVs and desks, plus minifridges and coffeemakers. Some rooms have fireplaces and/or bay views. Suites add separate living areas with pull-out sofas, and some include whirlpool tubs or kitchenettes. Continental breakfast and parking are complimentary. There’s a bar and a restaurant with a seasonal patio and bay views. Other amenities include an exercise room, a whirlpool and a sauna, as well as a business centre and event space.
BEFORE YOU GO
- Portage of 1 large suite case per person, you may also bring 1 carry-on per person
- Please keep all medication with your person not in luggage
- Cancellation and Medical insurance is not covered in your package but is strongly recommended for out of province travel
- Insurance is available through Maple Leaf, please call to inquire today!
- There are regular stops made for comfort breaks
- Tipping for tour director and driver is voluntary depending on quality of service
- For the comfort of fellow travellers, kindly refrain from using scented products