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1 August / September Places to Visit OBW Orientation August 2011

2 Toronto

3 Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) Permanent Exhibitions –World Cultures –Natural History Hot Tip –Free guided walking tours in Toronto

4 ROM: Current Special Exhibitions Water: The Exhibition Bollywood Cinema Showcards: Indian Film Art from the 1950s to the 1980s Whos Drawing the Lines: The Journey of Judith Snow Embellished Reality: Indian Painted Photographs Sitting Still: Faces of Childhood Riotous Colour, Daring Patterns: Fashions + Textiles 18 th to 21 st Centuries Godin Tepe Jane Ash Poitras: New Acquisitions of Contemporary First Nations Art

5 Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) Permanent Collections Current Temporary Exhibitions –Abstract Impressionist New York –Haute Couture: General Idea –Songs of the Future: Canadian Industrial Photographs, 1858 to Today –Painting on Paper: The Drawings of Robert Motherwell –The Thomson Collection

6 Other Toronto Museums Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art Ontario Science Centre Bata Shoe Museum The Design Exchange Fort York Black Creek Pioneer Village Etc., etc.

7 Fresh Air in Toronto Toronto Islands The Beaches The Ravines High Park

8 Other Fun Stuff in T.O. Kensington Market St. Lawrence Market Distillery Historic District Chinatown, Greek Town, Little Italy Ontario Parliament Building CN Tower Harbourfront Ontario Place Canadian National Exhibition (The Ex) Pro Sports: Blue Jays, Argonauts, Maple Leafs, Toronto FC Clubs, Live Music, etc. Toronto International Film Festival

9 Public transportation (Long-distance buses) Greyhound Bus –Check for special offers, buddy fares, etc. –ISIC discount –Website includes other bus lines –Check journey times –May pick-up and drop on campus at weekends (certain universities) – Megabus –

10 Transportation (Trains) Via Rail –More comfortable and usually more expensive than bus –Schedule is limited (sometimes very limited!) –Discounts for booking ahead –Tickets are train-specific (certain trains sell- out ahead of time) –ISIC discount –Check journey times

11 Trainsportation (Air) From Canada –Air Canada (Canada, USA, International) –Westjet (Canada, USA) –Porter Airlines (Toronto and points east, mostly) –Air Transat (Charters, holiday destinations, incl. Europe) –Major US airlines (to USA and beyond) In USA –Look at departures from Buffalo, Detroit, etc. –Major airlines (American, United, Northwest, Delta, etc.) –Discount airlines (Spirit Air, Jet Blue, Independence Air, etc.) Seat sales Add-on fees (beware!) Package trips (mostly Carribean, Latin America, Florida) –Travel agencies –Last-minute offers

12 Renting a Car Shop around –Big companies (Alamo, Avis, Hertz, Budget, etc.)? –Local company? Unlimited kms. or pay by distance driven? Age restrictions? Young driver fee? Collision Damage Waiver (CDW)? Liability Insurance Credit cards Options for ADAC members

13 Around Toronto McMichael Canadian Art Collection – Canadas Wonderland – St. Jacobs / Elora Gorge – Royal Botanical Gardens –

14 Niagara Falls

15 Getting there (from Toronto)… –Bus (2¼ - 2½ hours each way) –Train (2 hours) –Car (1½ - 2 hours) –Guided tour Canadian Falls American Falls Niagara Parkway Niagara-on-the-Lake Niagara Peninsula

16 Parry Sound / Thirty Thousand Islands

17 Getting there (ca. 2 hours from Toronto: bus or car) Holiday town Hiking Canoeing Camping Boat tours Float plane flights

18 Ottawa

19 Getting there (from Toronto)... –Bus (5 - 5½ hours) –Train (4 - 4½ hours) –Car (4 - 5 hours) –Air Parliament Buildings National Gallery Museum of Civilization (Hull, Qué.) Other museums and galleries Byward Market Rideau Canal Laurentians

20 Algonquin Provincial Park

21 N.E. Ontario Getting there –Car (3+ hours from Toronto) Camping Hiking Canoeing Wildlife (very wild)

22 Bruce Trail

23 Niagara Escarpment Hamilton area (Royal Botanical Gardens) Guelph area Collingwood area Bruce Peninsula –Tobermory –Chi-Cheemaun ferry: Manitoulin Island –The Lions Head Trail (highly recommended!) –Bruce Peninsula National Park –Fathom Five National Park Bruce Trail Reference (26 th ed.) Most trails reached only by private transportation

24 Manitoulin Island

25 Chi-Cheemaun Ferry from Tobermory – – Access from Hwy 17 MChigeeng (West Bay) First Nation Annual Traditional Pow-Wow (Labour Day Weekend [I think])

26 Killarney Provincial Park

27 N.E. Ontario (near Sudbury) Getting there –Car (4 hours from Toronto) Hiking Canoeing Group of Seven (Ontario Artists Society)

28 Frontenac Provincial Park E. Ontario (near Kingston) Getting there –Car Camping Hiking Canoeing Near Thousand Islands National Park

29 The Pinery Provincial Park

30 S.W. Ontario (near London, Windsor) Lake Huron Getting there –Car (1 hour from London) Camping Beaches Walking Grand Bend

31 Suggested Road-Trips (10+ Days) 1.Eastern Ontario (and beyond) 2.Georgian Bay Circle 3.Georgian Bay / Huronia / Southwestern Ontario

32 Road Trip 1 Eastern Ontario and beyond Suggestions…. –Kingston –Frontenac Provincial Park –The Thousand Islands (National Park) –Lake Placid, NY –Ottawa –The Laurentians –Montréal –Algonquin Provincial Park

33 Road Trip 2: Georgian Bay Circle Suggestions –Parry Sound –The 30,000 Islands –Killarney Provincial Park –Sudbury (The Big Nickel) –Manitoulin Island –Bruce Peninsula (Lions Head!) –Bruce Peninsula and Fathom Five National Parks –Collingwood / Wasaga Beach –Grand Bend / The Pinery Provincial Park –Mennonite Country

34 Road Trip 3: Georgian Bay / Huronia / S.W. Ontario Midland / Sainte Marie au pays des Hurons Collingwood / Wasaga Beach Bruce Peninsula Lake Huron Shoreline The Pinery Provincial Park London, Stratford, K-W St. Jacobs / Mennonite Country Extensions –North-East: Parry Sound –South-West: Pointe Pelee (Pelee Island) –South-East: Niagara Peninsula

35 City Destinations Montréal Québec New York Boston Chicago

36 Montréal Getting there (from Toronto): –Bus (7½ - 10½ hours) –Train (4¼ - 5 hours; 8 overnight) –Car (5+ hours) –Air La vieille ville Le plateau Clubs Food Museums and galleries Festival des Films du Monde

37 Québec Getting there (from Montréal)… –Bus (3½ - 4 hours) –Train (3 - 3¼ hours) –Car (3+ hours) –Air La vieille ville Further east: the Gulf of St. Lawrence….

38 Whale Watching in Québec Government of Québec website – en/observationfaune0.html en/observationfaune0.html – fr/observationfaune.html fr/observationfaune.html Whales online – highly recommended! –

39 Whale Watching in Québec National and Provincial Parks –Saguenay-St.Lawrence Marine Park –Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve –Forillon National Park

40 New York Getting there (from Toronto) –Bus (10 – 18 hours) –Train (13 hours) –Car (10+ hours) –Air

41 Boston From Toronto (bus: hours) From Montreal (bus 7½ - 13 hours) From New York (bus 4¼ - 8 hours)

42 Chicago Getting there (from Toronto) –Bus (11½ - 17½ hours) –Car (10+ hours) –Air

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