Hort Coach Tour 20 September 2014

Great Canadian Holidays and Coaches, our operator

SADLY, this tour has been cancelled because of insufficient numbers. 

Enjoy the fall harvest season in the Niagara Peninsula by joining members and friends for our annual bus excursion, scheduled for September 20.  New this year is a luxury European-designed coach, guaranteed comfortable!  Spaces are limited to only 32, so reserve your place early!  The cost will be $60 per person. To purchase tickets on-line please click here.

Our Planned Itinerary

Departure from the Keele subway station parking lot at 8:30AM (entrance is on Indian Road just north of Bloor. Parking is free on Saturdays).

Direct via QEW to Queenston Heights, where a brief pit-stop will also provide an opportunity to enjoy the spectacular view and the gardens.

Niagara Botanical GardensOn via Niagara Parkway to the Niagara Botanical Gardens, where we will have a brief presentation by the Director, and enough time to explore the extensive and interesting grounds or simply relax in the scenic surroundings.  To see more of what is offered at these wonderful gardens from the Niagara Parks website please click here. Optional but recommended is a visit to the Butterfly Conservatory at the Gardens - group rate if 10 or more people want to visit is $13.73 (including tax) - well worth it! To find out more click here.

Lunch is not included in the package this year:  bring your own picnic from home, or sample the range of sandwiches, wraps, soup and desserts the Gardens cafeteria has to offer.  Coffee, tea and cold drinks are available at any time during the visit; there is plenty of indoor and sheltered outdoor seating if the weather turns wet, or picnic spots on the grounds if it’s sunny.

In the afternoon we will follow scenic Highway 81 along the foot of the Escarpment to Kacaba Wineries, an award-winning boutique winery for a wine tasting.  Click here to find out more. Along the same highway are fruit stands overflowing at this time of year with seasonal fruit and vegetables. We will ensure an opportunity to stop and purchase!

Last stop will be a visit to Vineland Nurseries, specialist plant growers particularly known for Japanese maples, rhodos and interesting smaller evergreens.  Many of you are already familiar with the exceptional offerings at Vineland, but if not, it’s worth consulting their website (  If there is something special you’re looking for, a good idea is to contact them in advance (Phone 844-371-7553).

Then we drive back to the QEW, with target arrival time at the Keele subway station of 5:30PM.

To Book Your Spot

Please send email (and questions) to and pay online below, or send a cheque, made payable to the “Horticultural Societies of Parkdale & Toronto” along with the names of participants, your phone number and email address (so reservations can be acknowledged) to Christopher Egerton, 21 Maynard Ave, Apt 407, Toronto M6K 2Z8.  We will maintain a waiting list in the event the coach tour is over subscribed. Minimum of 30 participants needed to go ahead. Booking deadline 10 September, 2014. Tour goes ahead rain or shine. To download the poster for this event click here.  

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