Ottawa Tulip Festival + Pretty Perth (3 Days/2 Night)
Bus Tours (2021) / by Bus
Canadian Tulip Festival
Each year, the Canadian Tulip Festival celebrates the return of spring by showcasing over a million tulips across Canada’s capital region. The festival is the largest of its kind in the world and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the globe.
OTTAWA and PERTH
3 Pick-up locations: Mississauga Carpool, York Mills Station, and Scarborough (*see below details)
Tour's duration: 3 days / 2 nights
Date: 22-24 May 2020 (Victoria Day long weekend)
DAY 1, SAT 22 MAY 2020: Toronto >> Ottawa
7:00 AM: Our 1st Pick-up location: Mississauga Carpool. (Please arrive 15 Min before the departure time)
7:30 AM: Our 2nd Pick-up location: York Mills Station.
8:00 AM: Our 3rd pick-up location is: Scarborough Town Centre
During the 4 hours drive (395 km), we will have 2 stops on the way for breakfast and lunch.
On our way to Ottawa, we will have a chance to visit "the Brockville Railway Tunnel". The Brockville Railway Tunnel is Canada's first railway tunnel.
3:00 PM: Check in to your hotel "The Novotel Ottawa- 4 star" and have a short rest.
Beautifully designed rooms include free Wi-Fi, and in-room Keurig™ coffee makers. Begin or end your day with a meal at "Spin" Kitchen & Bar, our hotel restaurant, or visit the on-site Starbucks® for a coffee. Enjoy a swim in the indoor pool, or a workout in the fitness centre.
5:00 - 7:00 PM: Enjoy the annual Tulip Festival at the Commissioners Park.
Evening free to enjoy optional activities such as visiting the Casino du Lac-Leamy in Gatineau // Enjoy a swim in the indoor pool, or a workout in the fitness centre at the hotel.
DAY 2, SUN 23 MAY 2020: Ottawa
7:30 - 9:00 AM: Enjoy a hot breakfast at the hotel
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM: enjoy a 3-hour guided city tour of Ottawa with professional Local Guide to see the highlights of Ottawa (including: Parliament Hill, the Supreme Court of Canada, the Residence of the Prime Minister, the Residence of the Governor-General, the National Gallery of Canada (outside) the Canadian Museum of History (outside). This tour includes 2-3 photo stops. A portion of this tour includes walking (weather permitting).
12:30 - 2:15 PM: We're in the heart of the city, and we have the opportunity to visit the historical ByWard Market, where we can also have a bite to eat before visiting the amazing Notre-Dame Cathedral.
2:30 – 3:30 PM: Enjoy a guided tour of the Royal Canadian Mint Museum (admission is included in our tour)
4.00 - 5.00 PM: Enjoy a guided visit to Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica (admission is included in our tour)
The Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica is a Roman Catholic minor basilica in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada located on 385 Sussex Drive in the Lower Town neighbourhood. It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1990.
If you have already been to Mint Museum / Notre-Dame Cathedral, you can use your free time to see other nearby attractions on your own: The Mint is within walking distance to many popular Ottawa attractions including "the National Gallery of Canada", open 10.00 am to 5.00 pm".
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM: Enjoy visiting the amazing tulip beds in Major's Hill Park in downtown Ottawa (close to the hotel). Major's Hill Park stands above the Rideau Canal at the point where it enters the Ottawa River. With a spectacular view of Parliament Hill as your backdrop, the tulip gardens throughout Major's Hill Park are not to be missed. Major’s Hill Park is located behind the Fairmont Château Laurier, is home to several impressive flower beds with scenic views of the Ottawa River. This is a great spot to take photos of tulips with landmarks in the background like Parliament Hill, the National Gallery of Canada or the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica.
DAY 3, MON 24 MAY 2020: Ottawa >> Perth >>Toronto
7:30 - 8:30 AM: Enjoy a hot breakfast at the hotel
9.00 AM: Check-out and drive towards Pretty Perth, ON!!!
10.00 AM - 4.00 PM: Visit the two amazing parks in Perth"Last Duel Park" and "Stewart Park". And the time to explore studios/ boutiques and restaurants in Downtown Heritage Perth.
4:00 PM: Drive towards Toronto
6:15 - 7.00 PM: A stop at the Big Apple for dinner and shop for pies, cakes, ciders, and jams.
8:00 PM: drop-off @ Scarborough Town Centre
8:30 PM: drop-off @ York Mills Station
9:00 PM: drop-off @ Mississauga Carpool
The drop off times are all approximate, and subject to change based on the Traffic.
Price & Inclusions
· Per person in double occupancy: $499 + 13% HST
· Per person in single room: $699 + 13% HST
**All prices are per person, in Canadian dollars.
**Children 8+ are welcome on this tour, same price as adults.
NOTES ABOUT SHARING ROOM:
If you are a solo traveler and would like to share the room with someone the same gender, please choose the "DOUBLE" Room option. We will match you with another person, same gender.
The standard rooms in the hotels have a maximum of 2 double beds. Therefore, if you are 3 or 4 people using a standard room, you need to know that two people will need to sleep in 1 double bed, as the hotel does NOT provide any extra bed/cot.
If you are 3 or 4 people, and need to stay in "one" standard room, for registration, you still need to select the "Double" room option since the price is the same. After the booking, please let us know that you need to stay in "one" room.
• Round trip transportation on an A/C Bus with washroom
• 2-night accommodation at The Novotel Ottawa- 4 star- High-speed Internet and the use of the pool and fitness centre are included.
• 2 hot breakfast at the hotel
• Visit the "Brockville Railway Tunnel"
• Visit the amazing Tulips at the "Commissioner's Park", and "Major's Hill Park"
• A 3-hour guided tour of Ottawa
• A guided tour of the Royal Canadian Mint Museum
• Visit the historical ByWard Market
• Visit Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica
• Visit the amazing Perth, ON, Downtown Heritage, "Last Duel Park" and "Stewart Park" + time to explore studios/ boutiques and restaurants
• Escorted tour by the tour director
• All gratuities
OPTIONAL activities are extra.
NEW in 2020 - End Plastic Pollution
Effective January 1, 2020, Toronto Fun Tours will no longer offer single-use plastic water bottles, many of which end up in our land fills, lakes, oceans, and rivers. We encourage you to bring a refillable water bottle. We will continue to offer our usual array of snacks.
PARKING / PICK- UP Location
1st pick-up location: Mississauga Carpool (Carpool Parking 401/ Hurontario)
Entrance into the carpool lot is on the west side of Hurontario, between the ramps to Hwy 401 East and Hwy 401 West. This parking lot is not easily visible from Hurontario and can be easily missed so please carefully follow the P Carpool signs. Detailed instructions from all four directions are given below. This is a Government of Ontario, Ministry of Transportation parking lot. Cars may be left here for up to 5 days, parking is free. This parking lot does not have a street address. The GPS location is 43.6300490, -79.6861980
Our bus stops in the parking area on your left hand side.
Mississauga Carpool MAP
2nd pick-up location: York Mills Station. The bus will stop on Yonge St., directly outside the Starbucks at 4025 Yonge St. This is the York Mills Centre office building on the North-East corner of Yonge St. & York Mills Rd. The York Mills subway station is in the basement of this building. If it is raining or snowing, you are welcome to wait either in Starbucks or in the lobby of the office tower until you see the bus stop in front of Starbucks.
FOR PARKING: For overnight and multi-day trips, cars cannot be left in the TTC parking lot or the Green P parking lot. Parking is allowed in the covered parking of the York Mills Centre. The parking lot has two entrances, one on York Mills Rd and one on Yonge St. Please note that the parking cost is $25 per day (2017 rates). Street address is the same as our bus pickup location, 4025 Yonge St.
3rd pick-up location: Scarborough Town Centre (Address: 300 Borough Dr, Scarborough, ON M1P 4P5) . The bus stops directly outside the Cineplex movie theatres at the Scarborough Town Centre. You are NOT allowed to park your car in this location for multi-day trips. If you wish to use this pickup location for a multi-day trip, please consider taking a taxi or public transit or have someone drop you off.
Ottawa is Canada’s capital, a dynamic showcase city of more than one million people. Located in Ontario at the Quebec border, it’s a place where you’ll hear English and French spoken in the streets; where you can discover Canada’s proud heritage at impressive national sites and famous landmarks, including the Rideau Canal (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). It’s a city steeped in culture, with world-class museums and galleries displaying stunning national collections and special exhibitions from Canada and around the world.
Like many of the world's finest capital cities, Ottawa showcases national finery in the way of museums, shops, architecture and governmental and historical highlights. The city has a cultured, yet friendly vibe. Building height restrictions and multiple pedestrian-friendly areas have kept it human in scale and comfortable to navigate. The majo highlights are: Parliament Hill, the Supreme Court of Canada, the Residence of the Prime Minister, the Residence of the Governor-General, the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian Museum of History.
The Godmother of all Ottawa Festivals, since 1953 the Canadian Tulip Festival has been the iconic Canadian brand synonymous with the arrival of spring in the Nations Capital. Drawing over 600,000 Canadian and International visitors to the outdoor festival of the warm weather season and one of Ottawa’s largest and longest running signature celebrations. Millions of Tulips set the stage for a celebration of authentic art, cultural, historic, culinary and family tulip experiences.
In summer, the tulips are replaced by thousands of annual flowers, which create beautiful scenic views with Dows Lake in the background. Located at the corner of Preston Street and the Queen Elizabeth Driveway, Commissioners Park extends over 8.95 hectares. It was built from the 1920s to 1950s on the site of a former lumberyard owned by J.R. Booth.
Major's Hill Park
Major’s Hill Park is the Capital’s first park, used as such since 1826, when the building of the Rideau Canal began. In 1867, fireworks and bonfires in the park marked the Capital’s first Canada Day celebrations. It was formally established as a park in 1875. Major’s Hill Park is an exceptional site to see tulips blooming in the spring.
Brockville Railway Tunnel
Although little known, the oldest railway tunnel in Canada actually exists under the downtown core of Brockville, Ontario, the tranquil community located on the shores of the St Lawrence River at the eastern edge of The Thousand Islands. The tunnel was built between 1854 and 1860 to allow the fledging Brockville and Ottawa Railway to connect the Brockville industrial waterfront area to the outlying areas lying between St Lawrence and Ottawa rivers.
The Royal Canadian Mint's headquarters occupy the historic building in central Ottawa where the Mint was founded in 1908. Today, the Ottawa facility produces hand-crafted collector and commemorative coins, gold bullion coins, medals and medallions. This is where the master tooling is done to create the dies that strike coin designs for both circulation and commemorative issues. The Mint's gold refining and advanced engineering operations are also located here in Ottawa.
Visit the Ottawa boutique to add to your coin collection, find exciting gift ideas and take home some Mint memorabilia. On our guided tour, you'll learn more about the exacting skill that goes into precision coin design.
Know more about The Mint: https://www.mint.ca/store/template/home.jsp OR https://www.mint.ca/store/mint/visit-the-mint/ottawa-location-8900022#.XRE3OuhKiUl
Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica
Welcome to Notre-Dame Cathedral, the seat of the Roman Catholic archbishop of Ottawa and the mother-church of the archdiocese of Ottawa. This historic building, begun in 1841, is the largest and oldest standing church in the nation's capital.
Since 1846, when nearby farmers traded their produce here, this has been the popular centre of town. Only one of the stalls dates back to 1867, but the market retains much of its 19th-century atmosphere. With its colourful stalls of fruit and vegetables, along with artsy shops, trendy restaurants and nightclubs, it’s a lively spot to visit – day and night.
The Novotel Ottawa
Novotel Ottawa is a trendy full-service 4-star hotel set in the heart of downtown Ottawa. Located just steps to the Byward Market and the Rideau Canal, a short walk to the Parliament and across the street from the Rideau Shopping Centre. Each modernly furnished guest room features a flat-screen LCD TV, a large ergonomic desk area, and tea/coffee making facilities. Bathrooms include a hairdryer and complimentary toiletries. Located on-site, the trendy Albion Rooms restaurant uses locally sourced produce to create an ever-changing menu. The bar is stocked with local craft beers, a selection of wines, and a number of house-made cocktails. Guests at Novotel Ottawa can take advantage of the 24-hour fitness centre, indoor swimming pool and whirlpool.
Heritage Perth, in the heart of Eastern Ontario, is a hidden gem, now recognized as one of the most beautiful towns in Canada. Perth Ontario is a very special place. Situated on the picturesque Tay River, it is not only a beautiful and charming town, but it is quite simply full of the creative spirit. From dramatic plays and professional music performances to well-developed sports facilities and top notch amenities, Perth is rich in culture and talent.
- Our tours are in ENGLISH language only.
- Appropriate clothing and footwear is highly recommended (based on the weather)
- We assign the seats based on first paid first served. In case you and your companion pay separately, to be seated together, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org after placing your order.
************* IMPORTANT NOTIFICATIONS *************
Reasonable Level of Fitness: In order to get the most from your travels and keep up with the group, a reasonable level of fitness is required. You will need to be able to walk for 1-2 hours at an Easy to Medium-pace (on an even/uneven surface), get on and off coaches, trains and boats unassisted. Therefore, we ask that anyone wanting to travel with us carefully consider whether any PHYSICAL LIMITATIONS prevent you from fully enjoying our trips.
Embrace the nature of Group Travel: To get the most out of your tour, pack a positive attitude and an open mind. These are most certainly valuable when travelling in a group. Our tours are packed with adventure, new experiences and feel-good moments. However, despite the very best intentions and planning, things can and do go wrong and occasionally we encounter problems beyond our control, such as adverse weather conditions, unexpected delays caused by traffic jams. In such situations, we ask for your patience and we will endeavor to keep as close to our scheduled itinerary as possible.
Traveling with children: Due to the activity level of our group tours, all children require adult supervision. Some of our more active excursions may not be suitable for children under the age of 8.