Algonquin Adventure Tours introduced daily private guided 3 hour bicycle tours, to Algonquin Provincial Park, in 2014. If you like bikes and nature, you will have an awesome time! We are proudly celebrating our 25th anniversary in 2021. GT & Devinci mountain bikes, freshly washed helmets (mandatory at all times) and 15-20km on a scenic rail trail, with breaks for panoramic photos, are all part of your adventure. Your guide will teach about the history of Algonquin Park and the flora/fauna encountered during the adventure. A delicious meal (with a Henrietta’s sandwich & granola bar) and tour photos are included on all tours.
All campgrounds are serviced by drinking water taps, vault toilets and a central comfort station complete with flush toilets and showers. Laundry facilities are included at the comfort stations in Turtle, Hawk and Bear Campgrounds. Private and shaded campsites including pet-free camping and radio-free camping. Several kilometers of park roads are available for cyclists. Bikes are also allowed on the Beach, Bluff and Brule Trails. Since these are multi-use trails, racing is not permitted and cyclists must yield to pedestrians and hikers. Cyclists are encouraged to respect and protect the often sensitive environments that these trails pass through by riding only on the designated trail surface.
The Backus-Page House Museum is located within the grounds of the John E. Pearce Provincial Park, situated within a restored Georgian style house which was constructed in 1850. It is one of the first brick homes built in what would eventually become Dunwich Township. The house was commissioned by Andrew and Mary Jane Backus. The Backus family was one of several families that had obtained land from Colonel Thomas Talbot and settled in the area which quickly came to be known as Little Ireland (a namesake due to the Irish ancestry of the settlers). The property that Andrew built his house on was given to him by his grandmother, Mary Storey, who received her original land grant in 1809. Upon the death of Andrew Backus in 1865 the estate along with what remained of the original land grant allotted to Mary Storey was bequeathed to his son, Andrew Storey Backus. Andrew Storey Backus sold the northern portion of that bequest, where in the house was located, to Robert Kennedy of Leskinfere Gorey, Co. Wexford, Ireland. Mr. Kennedy only owned the property 2 or 3 years before he returned to Ireland. The Backus-Page House and property was obtained by Jonas Page in 1925. The Page family had settled in the area in 1845 and maintained property further up Lakeview Line. Members of the Page family resided on the estate and farmed the property for over 40 years. The house underwent a number of physical changes as it aged, moving it away from its original 1850’s state. Morley and Grace Page were the last of the Pages to live on the farm and they sold it to the Ministry of Natural Resources in 1968. The Ministry of Natural Resources currently retains ownership of the Backus-Page House. The Ministry has entered into a lease agreement with the Tyrconnell Heritage Society. The society was incorporated in 1994 with the express purpose of restoring the house and property to its 1850’s condition. In 1998 the society undertook a restoration of the property, renamed the house in tribute to both its longtime owners and undertook a mandate of preservation and historical education regarding the estate and the Talbot Settlement in general.
Visit this early 19th century homestead once home to the Gage family. The Gages worked the land with their ten children and became a strong voice in the hamlet of Stoney Creek. During the War of 1812, the family retreated to their cellar as the Battle of Stoney Creek raged outside. The 100-foot-high Battlefield Monument stands as a symbol of peace and commemorates those soldiers who died on June 6, 1813. Nestled under the scenic Niagara Escarpment, this historic site encompasses 32 acres of parkland divided by Battlefield Creek.
The only Visitor Information Centre located within steps of Highway 17 Trans-Canada Highway on Muskrat lake. The Cobden VIC is located in a park area, with Muskrat Lake view and access to the Main Street of the village of Cobden. This VIC offers picnic areas, beach access, overnight camping, clean bathrooms free WIFI and showers. Camping sites costs $10-$15 and gives you the combination to access the showers. Call Elmer at 613 570-8492. Some sites also offer hydro and water. The VIC is within short walking distance to many of the villages quaint specialty shops and unique dining experiences. This community thrives during peak tourism season as it serves as the gateway to the Whitewater Rafting companies. Promotional Materials, Maps, brochures, pamphlets, information, suggestions, vacation planning, trip planning. Open from 10 am – 4pm daily from July 1 to Thanksgiving Day weekend. Free WIFI and washrooms are available
The 6-storey upscale Diamond Award Winning Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Burlington/Oakville features 135 guestrooms including 10 suites. Each room includes 55\” LED televisions with Netflix access, flexible workspace and plush bedding with Paul Mitchell grooming essentials. The hotel is conveniently located on the QEW, providing close proximity from Niagara Falls, Toronto and Pearson & Hamilton International Airports. Guests will enjoy our state-of-the-art BISTRO Restaurant/Lounge & Patio at the center of it all, serving breakfast, lunch & dinner. Our hotel also offers inviting, flexible workspaces with free Wi-Fi, a well-equipped fitness centre & indoor saltwater pool. Adjacent to the Burlington Convention Centre, we can accommodate any meeting needs with electric vehicle charging stations and ample free parking. Whether you’re here for business or pleasure, the nearby business, financial & shopping districts are only a few steps away. From work to tourist exploration, stay brilliant at Courtyard Burlington/Oakville in Canada’s number one mid-sized safest city.
Located at the Base of Blue Mountain we are an ideal hub to enjoy what the local area has to offer. Hike the Bruce Trail, bike the Georgian Trail, visit the Blue Mountain Village or use your permit to gain free access to Wasaga Beach Provincial Park. All campsites are accessible by road. There are four comfort stations located throughout the park so all campsites are within a short distance of one. Two of our comfort stations offer shower facilities and one offers laundry facilities. Located on the southern shore of Georgian Bay Fractured plates of shale that form our shoreline contain fossils that are 450 million years old
Campsites can accommodate various sizes of equipment from tents only to large RVs. Boat rentals, swimming, a park store are only a short distance away. Amenities such as comfort stations with showers, water taps, and laundry facilities are near by. Large outdoor swimming pool open from July 1 to Labour Day Great hiking trails including one paved trail for accessibility
Located next to Sugarbowl Park and minutes from the Niagara River. Canadian National Railway steam engine 6218 is the cornerstone artifact of the Fort Erie Railway Museum. Built in 1948, the 4-8-4 wheel configuration Northern type served well into the 1960s. In its retirement it serves as a reminder of days past when Fort Erie boasted the third-largest rail yard in Canada. As well as a host of artifacts including tools and telegraphic equipment, the original Grand Trunk Railway Station in Ridgeway and the CN B-1 station (used to monitor traffic over the International Railway Bridge) were moved to the railroad museum site and are being preserved. The B-1 serves as office and gift shop. The Ridgeway Station houses the main exhibit area. This Museum is managed by Fort Erie Museum & Cultural Services. It is open 7 days a week from late May to Labour Day and closed for the fall and winter. Please check the website to confirm hours before you arrive. Note: the park remains accessible even when Museum is closed.
Fort Henry is both a museum and a spectacular historic site. In fact Fort Henry is part of Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the Rideau Canal. Once inside the fortification’s wooden gates visitors enter a marvellous reproduction of 19th century military life. The site offers guided tours, scenic views, and musical performances from a military band and military and marching demonstrations by the Fort Henry Guard. The Fort also plays host to numerous special ceremonies and events throughout the tourist season, so don’t be surprised if you get a little unforeseen bonus during your visit. Special bonus to visitors: Fort Henry offers a Reciprocal Program with its partner historic site Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg, Ontario. When you purchase an admission during the regular season (May 16- September 6) you will receive an admission ticket FREE to use to visit Fort Henry again or to visit Upper Canada Village. It’s Ontario’s best family deal!
Hilton Falls is an outdoor athlete’s heaven. Rushing rivers and budding greenery are a photographer’s delight. Did you know mountain biking at Conservation Halton began here?
There are three bike-only trails that are a mix of novice level, and technically challenging rock-gardens. Mountain Biking purists will love riding on any one of the trails like the Wandering Lynx Backcountry or the Bent Rim.
Niagara Parks’ Botanical Gardens is located on the scenic Niagara Parkway and the Great Gorge, just a 10 minute drive north of the Falls. This beautiful Garden setting is home to the Butterfly Conservatory and serves as the unique outdoor classroom for students attending the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture. Established in 1936, you’ll enjoy 40 hectares (99 acres) of beautifully maintained gardens, including perennials, rhododendrons, azaleas, a formal parterre garden, shade, herb and vegetable plantings, an aviary as well as our world-famous rose garden featuring over 2,400 roses. Footpaths wind past the Butterfly Conservatory and butterfly garden, ponds and an arboretum featuring one of Canada’s finest collections of ornamental trees and shrubs. Horticultural excellence is the emphasis of The School of Horticulture and the students are responsible for the maintenance and development of the Botanical Gardens throughout the year.
Queen Victoria Park is literally the “heart” of Niagara Parks. Bounded by the steep Fallsview moraine and the Niagara River Great Gorge, the Park contains a valuable collection of unique native and international plants and beautifully maintained gardens. Walking through the Park beside the Falls, from Clifton Hill to beyond Dufferin Islands, you can enjoy a rock garden, hanging baskets, a Hybrid tea rose garden and attractive carpet-bedding displays. Park benches and well-groomed lawns provide pleasant venues for relaxation and photography. Queen Victoria Park celebrates every season in style. In spring, over 500,000 daffodils start the season in their bright and welcoming way. Magnificent magnolia trees, breathtaking tulips and other blooms are all there for you to enjoy. Summer features carpet bedding displays as well as thousands of bedding plants. Fuchsia and lantana standards, cannas, coleus and many other plants provide horticultural and aesthetic points of interest. Chrysanthemums and kale are used in the Fall to provide interest after the arrival of “Jack Frost”. During the winter months, the stark branches of trees and shrubs create visual and special interest for our visitors, especially when beautifully covered with the freezing mist of the Falls.
At the entrance to this historic Park you will be greeted by carpet bedding displays, along with formalized annual bedding schemes that surround both the Brock and Laura Secord Monuments. Nestled high atop the Niagara Escarpment, this is the birthplace of Niagara Falls – garden and nature lovers, hikers and picnickers have used this park for generations. Facilities include two picnic pavilions, washrooms, children’s splash pad, tennis courts, a band shell, snack bar, children’s playground and fine dining at Queenston Heights Restaurant with its award-winning VQA wine cellar. Queenston Heights Park is also a terminus point of the Bruce Trail, which winds its way northward over several hundred kilometers to Tobermory. This trail passes through the Niagara Escarpment, which has been recognized as a world biosphere by U.N.E.S.C.O. Finally, Parks Canada oversees the operation of Brock’s Monument and also has a walking tour of the historic sites associated with this important battleground. Brock’s Monument: A self-guided tour of the Battle of Queenston Heights starts at the foot of the monument and includes a climb to the top for a magnificent view towards Lake Ontario in the north and Niagara Falls in the south. The monument is open for an interpretive programmes 7 days/week, 10-5 daily from May until Labour Day weekend.
Ojibway Nature Centre is open from 10am to 5pm daily. Exhibits in the Nature Centre provide an opportunity to learn more about local ecology.