Day 1 Cornwall – Sudbury, ON Following the Ottawa River up through the valley this morning, we will arrive Mattawa for lunch. For several miles this afternoon, we will be within sight of the North Shore of Lake Nipissing. Our breaks and photo stops will be great ‘fresh air’ breaks. This evening we will stay in the heart of Sudbury at The Travelway Inn. (L)
Day 2 Sudbury – Sault Ste Marie, ON It is only a leisurely half day drive as we enjoy rugged vistas following the shoreline of the North Channel of Georgian Bay to Sault Ste Marie. This afternoon we will visit the Canadian Bush Plane Heritage Centre located on the north bank of the St. Marys River in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. This museum is dedicated to preserving the history of bush flying and forest protection in Canada. You will see an exhibit of 27 bush planes and learn about them and the amazing pilots that flew them. They are, to this day, instrumental in firefighting and accessing areas with water bombs that have no road access. Prior to the 1920’s, vast portions of the Canadian north were uncharted and unknown. Bush flying was instrumental in opening those vast regions. Lastly, you will see the exclusive Roberta Bondar Exhibit. She is a proud native of Sault Ste Marie, and on January 22, 1992, Dr. Roberta Bondar became the first Canadian Woman in Space. The Canadian Bush Plane Heritage Centre is proud to exclusively host her exhibit, and to share her achievement with visitors from around the world year-round. We will be staying at the Quality Inn & Suites Bay Front, next door to The Station Mall for the next two nights. (B)
Day 3 With boxed lunches and cameras ready, we board the train at the Algoma Station in Sault Ste. Marie, ready for a picture-perfect adventure and the breath-taking scenery that inspired The Group of Seven Artists to paint their masterpieces. This full day is devoted to the 114-mile round trip adventure to THE AGAWA CANYON. (B, L)
Day 4 Sault-Ste Marie – Gravenhurst, ON It is an easy few hours drive as we skirt around Georgian Bay and the Thirty Thousand Islands on our way to the small community of Bala in the Muskoka Region. Hosted in this village annually is a huge community party celebrating the harvesting of cranberries. While we are a few days prior to the harvest beginning, we will visit the Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery for a ‘bog to bottle’ tour and tasting before checking in at the lovely Residence Inn, Gravenhurst for the evening. It is beautifully situated right on the Warf over-looking Muskoka Bay. (B)
Day 5 Gravenhurst – Cornwall, ON Mid-morning we will begin our journey toward home going through the bottom end of Algonquin Park to the east gate at Whitney. Our homebound afternoon of travel will be through the Ottawa Valley.