Walk in the footsteps of Toronto’s notorious prohibition-era gangsters and learn their colorful stories among the bars, restaurants and factories they once frequented to reveal an unexpected face of Canada’s capital of sophistication.
Discover the creative underbelly of sophisticated Toronto as you marvel at the stunning Frank Gehry-designed Art Gallery of Ontario and explore the independent galleries and artist’s studios that characterize the historic Distillery district. Shop among the designer boutiques on Bloor Street; cycle the picturesque bike paths on the Toronto Islands; learn about the city’s rich prohibition-era history; and take a private walking tour of the city’s diverse ethnic neighborhoods. Elsewhere, take some ‘me’ time in the beautiful hinterland town of Grafton where luxury spa treatments and indulgent culinary experiences will wash away the stresses of manic city life.
From expert historians to highly trained beauty therapists and renowned executive chefs, a long list of hospitality professionals will introduce you to the many pleasures of the greater Toronto region. Embrace busy city life as you meet the many faces of Toronto in a vibrant melting pot of history, art, fashion and cultural life, and then retire to a luxury wellness retreat in the picturesque countryside where you’ll reconnect with your inner calm.
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Meet your driver for a private airport transfer with vehicle and driver.
Enjoy some time exploring the many things to see and do in the cosmopolitan city of Toronto. If you are interested in art and culture, be sure to visit the newly expanded Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) which has an extensive permanent collection as well as ever changing temporary exhibitions. The newly revamped Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) showcases the best of Canadian and international art, all housed under an impressive building designed by Frank Gehry of Guggenheim fame - consider a private guided tour of the gallery. The Ontario Science centre is a fascinating museum which appeals to both adults and children. The Distillery district, one of Toronto's most historical areas makes for a pleasant morning or afternoon stroll as you can check out the many artisanal studios and galleries or take a shared or a private tour. There are often live musical performances on weekends during the summer. For shopaholics, Toronto's Rodeo drive equivalent is along Bloor street, on either side of Yonge street. Here you will find all of the top boutique names from Gucci to Tiffany's to Prada as well as the upscale department store Holt Renfrew. For a more eclectic shopping experience, head to Queen street west, where there are many independently run stores. Alternatively, escape it all and take the short ferry crossing over to the Toronto Islands where you can enjoy a stroll along the boardwalk or through the residential area with many traditional beach style houses. With a no car policy on the island, it is indeed a tranquil escape from the metropolis of Toronto. If you would like to do a tour, consider a shared or private walking tour of one of the interesting neighbourhoods of the city. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if any of these are of interest to you.
There are many great gastronomical restaurants to choose from in Toronto, including Ame - a Japanese focused cuisine with an extensive sushi and sashimi menu, Splendido - which serves high quality, seasonal, locally sourced products that have been traditionally prepared, and Wine Bar which offers fine dining in a more casual atmosphere.
Featured in the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2010 – as selected as one of The Best Places to Stay in the World, by the Readers of Condé Nast Traveler, the Hôtel Le Germain Dominion is located in the heart of the entertainment district in Toronto. Services include a Hotel Lounge which has an evening beverage service, a Library with open hearth fireplace featuring a complimentary cappuccino bar and internet access, Roof top terrace (seasonal) and putting green, 24 hour fitness facility with outdoor terrace (seasonal), Massage room and Victor Restaurant and Bar with a seasonal patio. The decor is urban - modern with neutral hues and natural materials in evidence.
Today meet up with Toronto’s most famous local historian for a guided walking tour of the historic village of the Distillery District.
Learn of the fascinating history (the site dates back to 1832) of this incredible factory complex with its original cobblestone pathways including the years it was visited by 1920’s gangsters during the heyday of Prohibition. After touring the Distillery the group will head out to the surrounding area and visit what most historians regard as the most famous spot in Toronto, the site of the First Parliament Buildings (the forerunner to Queen’s Park) where the roots of Ontario’s democracy got its start.
Then we proceed through the fascinating remains of the great Toronto Gas Works of the 19th century. At one time this enormous industrial complex (once home to the Consumers’ Gas Co) took up over 30 acres of prime downtown real estate. Today while most of it was demolished in the 1960’s some outstanding buildings still remain and have been converted into the new Police Station and the Canadian Stage Company both of which we will tour inside. Another stop is Berkeley Castle once a 19th century knitting mill and now one of the hidden treasures ofToronto. Its six buildings were converted into an enclave of prime office space surrounding an exquisite garden that is simply breathtaking the first time visiting.
Sit back and relax on your private transfer from Toronto to Grafton. The distance is approx. 130 kms and should take about 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Treat yourself to any of the many treatments available at St Anne's Spa today - with the added bonus of receiving $100 spa credit.
Enjoy a mid afternoon tea at the resort.
Enjoy dinner this evening in the elegant surroundings of St Anne's main dining room. Drawing from 25 years of professional experience Executive Chef Christopher Ennew now leads a culinary team at Ste. Anne's Spa that caters to the needs of spa guests from around the world. He understands that "the creation of exceptional food warms the soul and lifts the spirits of guests who need to relax and escape the pressures of their busy lives."
Situated on over 500 acres of rolling countryside with a spectacular view of Lake Ontario, St. Anne’s Main Inn is the marriage of a restored 1857 fieldstone castle and a new wing that compliments the original building nicely. The building contains 15 guest rooms (standard, deluxe, superior and suite), dining and spa facilities, outdoor hydrotherapy tubs and a eucalyptus steam room. Each room has its own distinct décor and wonderful views of the grounds. Guests are treated to luxurious comforts, close to all amenities. The unprecedented culinary expertise of Ste. Anne's chefs focuses on providing guests with well-balanced meals, thoughtfully prepared and beautifully presented. St. Anne’s offers a full range of spa treatments; each is specifically designed to refresh your outer body while rejuvenating your inner self.
Partake in a group wellness class today. Classes include yoga, meditation, stretch, and bosu/stability ball.
Take advantage of full use of the facilities at St Anne's during your stay which include hot tubs, steam rooms, indoor and outdoor (seasonal) pools, fitness equipment, tennis court, walking trails on 400 acres of private property and many lounge areas to relax in.
Sit back and relax on your private transfer from Grafton to Toronto. The distance is approx. 130 kms and should take about 1 hour and 45 minutes.
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December 19, 2011
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December 19, 2011
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