Spring Blossoms in Niagara Region
One Day / Bus Tour
EXPERIENCE NIAGARA PARKS IN BLOOM
Celebrate the arrival of spring and delight in the sights, sounds and aromas of Niagara Parks this weekend. Enjoy the stunning magnolias and flowering Japanese cherry trees throughout the Park, before making your way to Sunday brunch at one of Niagara Parks’ certified restaurants. Niagara Parks truly has something for everyone on this special weekend
Tour's duration: approx. 12 hours
3 Pick-up locations: (Scarborough, York Mills, and Mississauga)
************ ITINERARY ***************
8:30 AM: Our 1st Pick-up location is Scarborough Town Centre (Please arrive 15 Min before the departure)
9:00 AM: Our 2nd Pick-up location is York Mills Station
9:30 AM: Our 3rd pick-up location is: Mississauga. See below details for pick-ups/parking*
Visit the amazing gardens and Spring Blossoms along Niagara River
Springtime in Niagara brings millions of tulips, everywhere you look you’ll see the brightly coloured flowers. You can’t help smelling spring at the Centennial Lilac Garden, down river near the Lewiston-Queenston International Bridge. It’s a-bloom with more than 1,200 aromatic lilac bushes.
11:00 – 11:30 AM: Niagara Parks' Botanical Gardens
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM: Walk along the Niagara Recreation Trail (3 KM from the Botanical Gardens to the Centennial Lilac Garden) and enjoy the amazing spring blossoms on our way (led by your tour director).
This is a 3-kilometer trail that’s rated as moderate, and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.
During your walk, you will be visiting the following amazing places:
• CANADIAN NIAGARA POWER GENERATING STATION
• Niagara Floral Clock
• Centennial Lilac Garden
1:15 PM – 2:30 PM: Enjoy Sunday Brunch Buffet at Queenston Heights Restaurant
2:40 PM: Drive towards Niagara Falls through the scenic “Niagara Parkway”.
3:00 – 6:00 PM: You will have 3 hours free time in Niagara Falls and you have 2 options:
OPTION A) Explore the beautiful attractions of Niagara Falls on your own:
You will be dropped off at the intersection of FALLS AVENUE and CLIFTON HILL at 3.00 PM, and you will be picked up from the same place at 6.00 PM.
• Walk along the falls to the Table Rock Welcome Centre, perched directly above the Horseshoe Falls
• Visit Casino Niagara /or/ Fallsview Casino Resort
• Visit Clifton Hill, known the "Street of Fun" and the exciting Niagara SkyWheel
• Visit the Bird Kingdom
• Fallsview Indoor Waterpark
• Walk to Queen Victoria Park to see the magnificent magnolia trees, tulips, daffodils,…
• Enjoy Hornblower Niagara Cruises. Operation: every 30 min
OPTION B) Continue exploring more spring gardens & Flowers (led by your tour director).
You will be dropped off at the Floral Showhouse at 3:10 PM, and you will be picked up from the intersection of FALLS AVENUE and CLIFTON HILL at 6:00 PM
During your walk, you will be visiting the following amazing places:
• Floral Showhouse
• Stunning Magnolia Alley
• Table Rock Welcome Centre
• Queen Victoria Park
6:00 PM: The bus will pick-up everyone from the intersection of FALLS AVENUE and CLIFTON HILL.
6:00 PM: Drive back to Toronto.
7:30 PM: drop-off @ Mississauga
8:00 PM: drop-off @ York Mills Station
8:30 PM: drop-off @ Scarborough Town Centre
Price & Inclusions
Per person: $129 + HST
**All prices are per person, in Canadian dollars.
**Children 8+ are welcome on this tour, same price as adults.
• Round trip transportation on a deluxe highway motor coach with washroom
• A delicious "Sunday brunch buffet” at the famous Queenston Heights Restaurant
• Visit the amazing attractions such as: Niagara Parks' Botanical Gardens, Sir Adam Beck Power Generating Station Lookouts, Niagara Floral Clock, Centennial Lilac Garden, Queenston Heights, Floral Showhouse, Stunning Magnolia Alley, Table Rock Welcome Centre, Queen Victoria Park,… (Led by your tour director)
• Free time in Niagara Falls
• Escorted tour by the tour director
• All gratuities
What’s NOT included:
• Admission to Floral Showhouse: $7.00 + Tax for Adults (13+) $4 + Tax for Children (6 to 12)
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 Locations
1st 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. This pickup location is suitable for day trips. IF YOU NEED TO PARK YOUR CAR: Park anywhere near the movie theatres. Free parking all day. Cars cannot be left overnight after 2 AM.
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 day trips, cars can be parked in the parking lot directly across the street on the North-West corner of Yonge & York Mills Rd. This is a pay and display parking lot.
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3rd pick-up location: Mississauga - The address of the plaza is 30 Courtney Park Drive East, Mississauga. The bus will stop outside the plaza, right in front of the McDonalds- on Hurontario. You can wait in the McDonalds until the bus arrives. The bus will be visible through the restaurant windows. Cars can be parked for the day in the plaza parking lot. Parking is free.
Niagara Parks' Botanical Gardens
Niagara Parks' Botanical Gardens is located on the scenic Niagara Parkway and the Great Gorge. Established in 1936, you'll enjoy 40 hectares (99 acres) of beautifully maintained gardens with stunning colorful springtime flowers. You’ll understand the expression,”it’s like a breath of spring air” when you visit the gardens.
Niagara Recreation Trail
(from the Botanical Gardens to the Centennial Lilac Garden) and enjoy the amazing spring blossoms on our way. This is a 3-kilometer trail that’s rated as moderate, and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. During our walk, we will be visiting the following amazing places:
CANADIAN NIAGARA POWER GENERATING STATION
First powerhouse to produce hydroelectric power for transmission and sale outside of Niagara Falls, Canada Niagara Parks is home to two active power generating stations owned and operated by Ontario Power Generation (OPG).
SIR ADAM BECK GENERATING STATIONS 1 AND 2
Located in Queenston, Sir Adam Beck 1 built in 1917 and Sir Adam Beck 2 built in 1950.
As per the Niagara River Water Diversion Treaty, water that is diverted for hydroelectric power generating purposes is shared equally between Canada and the United States.
Niagara Floral Clock
This unique attraction is a very popular stop on the Niagara Parkway and is photographed almost as often as the Falls! The planted face is maintained by Niagara Parks horticulture staff, while the mechanism is kept in working order by Ontario Hydro, the organization that originally built the clock in 1950. The intricate designs on the face of the timepiece are created with up to 16,000 carpet bedding plants. The floral design is changed twice each year, featuring viola in the Spring and four cultivars of Alternanthera along with green and grey forms of Santolina Sage during the Summer and Fall. California Golden Privet and Blue Festuca Grass may be used for contrast. The Floral Clock is 40 feet wide, with a planted area 38 feet wide, making it one of the largest such clocks in the world. Each year, the face of the clock is filled with 15,000 to 20,000 carpet plants and colourful annuals, planted in unique, intricate designs. This floral showpiece has become one of the most photographed attractions in Niagara Parks.
Centennial Lilac Garden
This is a special visit to Niagara Parks to experience our fragrant Lilac Garden. Located on a ten acre area just to the north side of the Floral Clock, this collection contains over 1,200 plants with over 200 different varieties. Come out at this special time of year to experience the whole range of colors and gorgeous fragrances.
Created in 1967 to commemorate Canada's Centennial Year, the American Rotary Clubs of District 709 contributed funds towards the development of this unique garden.
Queenston Heights Restaurant
A spectacular brunch prepared by Niagara Parks’ talented culinary team. Celebrate the unique tastes and culinary profile of the Niagara region, while enjoying stunning views, garden settings and fantastic service. Each of Niagara Parks’ #FeastON certified restaurants are strong supporters of our local economy, featuring Ontario farm-fresh produce and products and a selection of outstanding local wine, beer and spirits.
Nestled high atop the Niagara Escarpment, Queenston Heights Park combines leisure and history in one scenic location. At the entrance to this historic park, visitors are greeted by grand carpet bedding displays that surround both the Brock and Laura Secord Monuments. Facilities include two picnic pavilions, washrooms, a children’s splash pad, tennis courts, a band shell, snack bar, playground and seasonal fine dining at Queenston Heights Restaurant.
While collections of orchids, succulents and other tropical plant species are on display throughout the year, visit from May 3 to June 3 for their especially ‘Springy’ Annual Hydrangea Show. The annual Hydrangea display features stunning floral spheres bursting with magnificent colours of blue, purple, pink and white throughout the warm, tropical setting. Plus, don’t miss the spectacular gardens surrounding the Floral Showhouse, including the instrammable Magnolia Alley – the pink tree framed walkway that leads to the Showhouse building.
Admission: $7.00 + Tax for Adults (13+) $4 + Tax for Children (6 to 12)
Stunning Magnolia Alley
While many confuse them with Cherry Blossoms, Magnolia Trees make for an absolutely breathtaking sight as they begin to bloom in the middle of spring. When you visit Niagara during the first few weeks of May, you’re likely to encounter the lush pink trees near the Niagara Parkway by the top of the Horseshoe Falls, especially on ‘Magnolia Alley’ - the pathway that leads up the Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse.
Table Rock Welcome Centre
Table Rock Welcome Centre is the heart of Niagara Parks - where every year millions of visitors stand close to the thundering water rushing over the brink of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls! The Table Rock Welcome Centre is a retail and observation complex located right at the Falls.
Queen Victoria Park
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. 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. 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.
• The tour is considered as easy-medium activity
• Please dress based on the weather + comfortable walking shoes.
• We assign the seats based on first paid first served. In case you and your companion pay separately, to be seated together, please mention while you are placing your order. If you forgot to do so, you can send an email to support@FunTours.ca 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.