Excursions: 15 July

Excursions must be signed up for on the main registration page at Hart House Tickets. The simplest way to do this is at the same time you register.

Please note that all excursion times are subject to change; we will update this page with final information closer to the conference.

Niagara Wine and Grape Tour and Lunch - $150

Note that this excursion will go ahead with a minimum of 20 people - if it is cancelled, we will reimburse those affected.  
Wine and Grape Tours offers an escape to magnificent Niagara Wine Country. Discover some of the most incredible wines, stroll through grape vineyards and shop at the winery boutiques. Your knowledgeable tour guide will present details and the history of Niagara’s sites and attractions for your tour. Guests will have an opportunity to experience how wine is made with a private wine tour of the vineyard and barrel cellar. Everyone will enjoy sipping a variety of wines at three unique style wineries. A delicious barbecue steak and chicken lunch will be served on a picturesque covered patio (weather permitting) at beautiful Rockway Vineyards prepared by a top chef who uses fresh ingredients to create decadent dishes.

+ 10:30 am pick up in Toronto
+ 12:00 private wine tour and tasting at Flatrock Cellars Winery
+ 1:15 private wine tastings &andbarbecue steak and chicken lunch
+ 3:15 private wine tasting at Green Lane Winery
+ 3:45 return to Toronto

Ward’s Island - Walk and Lunch - $95

Note that this excursion has a cap of 30 people.
The Toronto Island community at Ward's Island is a charming residential neighbourhood, unique in the urban, North American context. This year-round cottage-like community of 650 people living in wood-frame homes is car free, and store-free, yet only a 10 minute ferry boat ride from the downtown core of Canada's largest city, Toronto. Join Susan and Linda, two long-time Island residents for a one hour guided walk through this vibrant and unusual neighbourhood. The guests will have a 1:30 hour walking tour that includes homes, gardens, public spaces, etc. They will learn about the Island's rich 150-year history – from its days as a healing ground for Indigenous peoples, to a resort community for Toronto's wealthiest families, to today's thriving community of writers, artists and mixed-income families living in the lush green Toronto Island Park. We’ll then take everyone back to The Shaw House for wine, coffee/tea and selections of homemade desserts. The Shaw House has a beautiful garden that overlooks Lake Ontario. If the weather’s good, we’ll set up our buffet and drink tables outdoors.

+ 12:30 pm meet at the ferry 
+ 12:45 pm ferry to the Island
+ 1:00 pm tour begins
+ 4:30 pm return to the mainland

Stratford Festival - Play and Picnic - $200

Located in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, the Stratford Festival is North America’s largest classical repertory theatre company. Each season, they present a dozen or more productions in four distinctive venues. They produce classics, contemporary dramas and musicals, with special emphasis on the plays of Shakespeare. After a bus ride through scenic southern Ontario, enjoy a specially catered lunch and take in a performance of Oscar Wilde’s “An Ideal Husband”, directed by Lezlie Wade, featuring Tim Campbell, Brad Hodder, and Joseph Ziegler, in the historic Avon Theatre.

+ 9:30 am pick up in Toronto
+ 12:30 pm picnic lunch
+ 2:00 pm “An Ideal Husband”
+ 4:30 pm return to Toronto

Royal Ontario and Aga Khan Museums - Visit and Lunch - $150

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is Canada’s largest museum, of both natural history and world cultures. Opened in 1914, the ROM currently holds six million objects in its collections with over 30 galleries showcasing art, archaeology and natural science. It is one of North America's great museums, a research institution of international renown and a leading cultural attraction for the city, province and country. The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto offers visitors a window into worlds unknown or unfamiliar: the artistic, intellectual, and scientific heritage of Muslim civilizations across the centuries from the Iberian Peninsula to China. Join us for a visit to each of these stunning museums and a catered lunch at the Diwan Restaurant, which features food inspired by the Middle East, North Africa, and the Indian subcontinent. Diwan’s elegant interior - complete with floor-to-ceiling windows - features 19th-century wooden panels hand-carved and painted in Damascus.

+ 10:30 am meet at Royal Ontario Museum 
+ 12:00 pm bus to Aga Khan Museum
+ 12:30 pm lunch at Diwan Restaurant
+ 2:00 pm visit Aga Khan Museum
+ 4:00 pm bus return to Toronto    

Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve - Visit and Lunch - $90

Six Nations Tourism offers an opportunity to learn the rich culture of the Haudenosaunee. Visitors will be provided with information about the successes and failures of Canada's continuing Truth and Reconciliation process, Iroquois culture, history, events, facilities, organizations, and services on the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. The trip includes a visit to Her Majesty’s Royal Chapel of the Mohawks; built in 1785, it is the oldest surviving church in Ontario and the only remaining building of the original Mohawk Village. For NCS 2018 are especially honored to feature an hour long discussion and Q&A with a Six Nations Elder on the subject of water.

+ 9:00 am bus to Six Nations
+ 10:30 am tour of Woodland Cultural Centre - Residential School
+ 12:30 pm lunch (provided)
+ 1:30 pm tour Museum at Woodland Cultural Centre
+ 2:30 pm travel to Her Majesty’s Royal Chapel of the Mohawks
+ 2:45 pm tour of Her Majesty’s Royal Chapel of the Mohawks
+ 3:30 pm travel to Kayanase
+ 4:00 pm guided tour of Kayanase, a 17th century longhouse
+ 5:00 pm step-on bus tour
+ 6:00 pm discussion with Elder
+ 7:00 pm return to Toronto