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Toronto & Niagara: Wining, Dining & Waterfalls

Toronto isn’t necessarily the first place that comes to mind when one thinks of a short break destination. We’re certain that it should be though. For this year it’s all about uncovering the culinary, cultural and quintessentially Canadian delights that lie at the gateway to this vast and vibrant country. Whether on land, on water or up in the air, we’ll be shedding the light on some of Ontario’s well-known icons, as well as some under the radar hidden gems. Complete with a gourmet meal and wine pairing around every corner and we’ve pulled out all the stops to make this a long weekend to remember, leaving you with no excuse not to stray away from the crowds next time you’re looking to get away.

APPETISERS

Diving straight into Toronto, your first stop at the historic St. Lawrence Market is definitely one you’ll want to savour. One of the best markets in the world, St. Lawrence has been thriving for over 200 years. Your personal tour of the hundreds of speciality vendors will introduce you to the vibrant scents and smells of Toronto’s culinary scene. Make sure you stop by the Carousel Bakery and try the famous Peameal bacon sandwich or head over to the Stonemill and sample some baked-from-scratch fresh bread; with over 40 different types to choose from, we hope you’ve come hungry.

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SAVOUR THE SIGHTS

In the morning, you’ll be getting a little closer to the Toronto skyline on a private helicopter tour above the gorgeous city. Gaze down as bustling urbanites fill the streets or gaze across the horizon at the splendour of the CN Tower. After touching back down, prepare to experience some of Toronto’s best kept culinary secrets courtesy of your very own private tour. You’ll be visiting local restaurants, hidden gems and independent eateries that only the most informed of locals frequent. Spend your time checking out the hippest restaurants in the up-and-coming location of Dundas West, featuring Asian-European cuisine, Middle Eastern delights and some of the meatiest menus in town.

NIAGARA PERSPECTIVE

Tomorrow, journey out of the city and toward the historic and charming town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. You’ve been wined and dined non-stop since touching down, so our next activity will give you the opportunity to (leisurely) burn off some of those meals. Kayaking on the Niagara River is a great way to soak in the beautiful nature that envelops Niagara-on-the-Lake; drift on expansive waterways past pine and forests and catch glimpses of the old town from your vessel. Then, switch perspective from the shores of the river to the skies above as your private helicopter tour takes you over the same rivers you’ve just spent the afternoon on and towards the magnificent Niagra Falls. Your gaze will surely be fixed out of the window as you pass over the curve of the Horseshoe Falls and watch as the sun reflects off the surface to create a mesmeric mist that ships disappear into and emerge from.

PERFECT PAIRING AND WONDROUS WANDERINGS

Niagara-on-the-Lake also happens to be prime wine territory, so another day trip out of the city will see you embarking on a private visit to some of the most acclaimed vineyards on offer. You’ll visit four award-winning wineries as your personal guides explain to you the delicate and meticulous process of bottling top-class wine. You’ll also be invited to sample no less than 12 palatable glasses, including Icewine; a luxury dessert wine that is made from grapes that have been frozen whilst still sitting on the vine. Soak it all up with a gourmet lunch at the Riverbed Inn before an afternoon’s private winery cooking lesson. Learn how to whip up impressive dishes and how to perfectly pair wines to them; you’re sure to leave with some sommelier knowledge that will impress even the most knowledgeable wine connoisseur. Tomorrow, head for some fresh air along the hiking trails of Niagara Park as they wind their way through six different nature areas past some of the rarest flora, fauna and wildlife in Canada.

BACK TO THE CITY

On your final day in the city, head out for a few hours of exquisite shopping at Yorkville Village and Holt Renfrew where you’ll find all of our favourite designer boutiques. Then, as evening comes closer, head back up to the skies for a final dinner in the elegant Restaurant Canoe on the 54th floor of Toronto’s massive TD bank tower. Post-dinner, we’ll have you booked in to see a show of your choice at one of Toronto’s many theatres. A truly creative city, the offering here is varied and award-winning, and no matter when you go, we’ll be able to ensure your time in Toronto ends on a theatrical high…

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