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The First Step to a Holiday of a Lifetime

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Great Lakes Vistas

CAN - GreatLakes1Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake Huron, Georgian Bay and the Algonquins. Changing scenery, historic villages, the great lakes, natural monuments, mountains, ancient forests, and a renowned raceway, our Great Lakes Vistas tour has them all. Mix in several ‘rest’ days that give you the flexibility to tailor your tour to how you like to ride, a ferry crossing and Niagara Falls, and you have a real adventure on your hands. And all on an iconic Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Our tour has been carefully planned to cover lakeside roads and by-ways, which are on the beaten-track but off the main roads, allowing you to enjoy the best scenery along the way.

Day 1 Arrive Kingston. After your flight there’s time to relax and prepare for the fun ahead. Kingston was Canada’s first capital city, located at the point where the mighty St Lawrence river flows out of Lake Ontario, and wears its ‘limestone city’ nickname with honour and pleasure. It was developed as an inland naval city, especially around the time of the war of 1812, and is home to Queens University, the Royal Military College and the impressive British Fort Henry which guards the naval dockyard below – now part of the Royal Military College campus. There is enough to see and do in Kingston for an entire week so chose your attractions carefully. We recommend that before you leave Canada, you should make the time to visit Fort Henry, take a Thousand Islands cruise or the nightly Ghost walk. Holiday Inn Waterfront.

CAN - GreatLakes23Day 2 Kingston - Sackets Harbour (95 km or 400 km). Pick up your Harley-Davidson motorcycle and your holiday really begins. Your first day is a short but scenic ride to Sackets Harbour, New York State, where the American fleet was based during the War of 1812 and it is from here that the fleet sailed to attack what was then called ‘York’, later re-named Toronto. Sackets Harbour has a wonderful battlefield museum and an excellent restored town centre. The riding is slow because the roads wind around the south shore of Lake Ontario and through pretty villages and towns. En-route to Sackets Harbour you pass through Alexandria Bay where it’s possible to take a boat out to see the extravagant Boldt Castle in the middle of the St Lawrence River, an ever so slightly over the top residence, built by the owner of the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York, through Clayton, which lays claim to what is arguably the world’s finest antique boat museum. The itinerary also allows you time to explore Kingston before you set off, or, if you prefer a good day’s ride, we have a much longer ride, looping back to Sackets Harbour. Jacob Brewster House.

Day 3 Sackets Harbour (free day). If you didn’t do it yesterday, today you can ride the 300 km loop through the Adirondacks. Alternatively, explore the Lake Ontario Shore and the upstate New York countryside or just take it easy in Sackets Harbour where you can visit the historic battlefield site, the seaway trail discovery centre or the historic community of Madison Barracks. Jacob Brewster House.

Day 4 Sackets Harbour - Watkins Glen (250 km). The Finger Lake region just south of Sackets is a lovely rural and scenic part of New York State and home to the pretty village of Watkins Glen which, with its awesome motor racing circuit, has become a shrine for motorsports fans from around the globe. ‘The Glen’, as it is known locally, is located at the head of Seneca Lake and is a popular resort town frequented by Canadians and American visitors. Seneca B&B.

Day 5 Watkin’s Glen (free day). Plenty of options today. You could spend a day at the race track, go sailing or fishing on the lake, r take a ride out around the Finger Lakes or visit one the nature reserves or some of the numerous waterfalls and wineries in the area. Seneca B&B.

CAN - GreatLakes56Day 6 Watkins Glen - Niagara on the Lake (385 km). From ‘The Glen’ you ride back into Canada, crossing at Niagara Falls, the route is flexible but do take a peak at the Falls from the US side before parking up in Canada to appreciate their full majesty. It’s then a very short ride on the Niagara Parkway to the pretty town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. We suggest you check out the superb Shaw Theatre or the restored Apothecary dating from 1866. Just outside the town is the Fort George National Historic Site. John’s Gate B&B.

Day 7 Niagara on the Lake (free day). Again, plenty of choices. Take a trip under the Falls in the ‘Maid of the Mist’ or take a helicopter ride over the falls. Other attractions to choose from include the Butterfly Conservatory, some excellent wineries, jet boating on the Niagara River, the beaches of Lake Ontario and the magnificent 1150 ha Royal Botanic Gardens in Hamilton, or why not ride along the Lake Erie shoreline and just explore. John’s Gate B&B.

Day 8 Niagara on the Lake - Owen Sound (545 km). This day’s ride across southern Ontario to Owen Sound can be quite varied as you avoid the metropolitan area of Toronto (the GTA) as much as possible and keep to the country roads. We suggest visiting Stratford, home of the Shakespearean festival theatre, and Brantford, where you can visit the historic homestead of Alexander Graham Bell from where in 1876 the first ‘long distance’ phone call was made over just 7 miles. St Jacob’s is a lovely village founded by Mennonites where you can learn about their simple lifestyle and buy their produce arts and crafts. Or you may choose to take the quickest route and spend more time in Owen Sound where you are close to the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve with 65m cliffs and home to100 species of trees and 320 species of birds. There is also a Marine and Rail Museum in Owen Sound. Owen Sound Inn

Day 9 Owen Sound - Little Current (140 km). This morning, you make the short ride along the beautiful Bruce Peninsula to Tobermory. ‘The Bruce’ contains two of Ontario’s most fascinating national parks, Bruce Peninsula National Marine Park contains 40 species of orchid in its wetlands, and Fathom Five National Marine Park has underwater caves and limestone columns known as the flowerpots. You can take a glass bottom boat trip to view this spectacular underwater landscape. At the end of the road you take the ferry from Tobermory across Georgian Bay to mysterious Manitoulin Island, home to a considerable First Nations community and the largest freshwater island in the world. Once off the ferry, your accommodation has been arranged in Little Current, the island’s main commercial centre. We suggest you visit the Ojibwa Cultural Centre before leaving town or try kayaking, horse riding excursions and fishing. Anchor Inn.

Day 10 Little Current - Parry Sound (315 km). The road off the island crosses the narrow Little Current Bridge then winds through La Cloche and Birch islands, which are the northern end of the Niagara escarpment. The ride to Parry Sound continues through the small towns of Whitefish and Espanola before turning south just after Sudbury to run along the eastern shore of Georgian Bay, before crossing French River near the settlement of the same name. Continuing along the eastern shore of Georgian Bay there’s a chance to leave the main highway to enjoy some of the quiet back-roads, visiting some of the lakeside settlements and parks with their wild and rugged scenery and great views. In Parry Sound you can choose to visit a museum, take a float plane ride, go fishing in Georgian Bay, often referred to as the sixth Great Lake or just take it easy. Parry Sound also enjoys spectacular sunsets, so why not take a sunset cruise on the bay. Quality Inn.

CAN - GreatLakes1112Day 11 Parry Sound - Ottawa (405 km). Today’s ride is a spectacular change as you ride through Algonquin Park, where you will really experience the flavour of the Canadian forested wilderness, with lovely mountain scenery and lonely picturesque lakes. Wolf howling and loon calling are pastimes of the locals in this magnificent wilderness area. The ride is quite long but the scenery just keeps on coming. You pass through Huntsville, which is the main tourist resort town for the Algonquin. Do fill up here as it’s a long ride to Ottawa through scenic wilderness, areas of countless lakes, provincial parks and small communities. Each has something to see and you will wonder just how many pretty lakes are there here? Arriving in Ottawa you will find so many attractions you really need several days to take it all in. Delta Ottawa.

Day 12 Ottawa (free day). We recommend a walk in the city centre because the scale is quite compact and most attractions radiate out from the Parliament buildings. You can also take a boat trip on the Rideau Canal for a slightly different view of the city. Ottawa is also surrounded by glorious rolling countryside and you might like to ride the nearby Gatineau Hills and possibly to Hull across the river in French speaking Quebec. Delta Ottawa.

Day 13 Ottawa - Kingston (195 km). The Rideau Canal which runs between Kingston and Ottawa was built as a result of the War of 1812, in case another attack came from the USA to the south. That attack never came and this amazing engineering feat was recently recognized by UNESCO and designated a World Heritage Site. It is well worth riding down the winding Highway 15 to Smiths Falls and Merrickville, one of Canada’s prettiest villages to soak up the busy lock activities and inspect the fort guarding the canal. From here it’s a short ride by several different routes back into Kingston to return your motorbike. Holiday Inn Waterfront.

Day 14 Depart Kingston. It’s time to say farewell and take your overnight flights home.

Total distance  c. 2700 km

Start dates Daily, 01 May – 30 Sep

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Price includes: 12 days Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail or Electraglide Ultraclassic hire with factory luggage, unlimited mileage, CDW and theft insurance (C$2500 excess) and C$1 million liability covers; 13 nts accommodation, taxes, detailed tour description, road maps and toll-free phone assistance; hotel – rental location transfers; luggage storage.

Price excludes: See also our Prebookable extras. Flights and travel insurance; refundable security deposit C$2500); entrance fees; all meals (allow c. 25-30/p/day); fuel (allow c. 10/day). Riding gear is not provided, please bring your own.

Great Lakes Vistas self-guided tour

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Single room supplement

2,925.00

1,025.00

975.00

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| Peak Performance | Mountain Roads | Western Bike Explorer | Ride the Rockies |
| Gaspesie | Quebec and Ontario | Gaspesie and Niagara Falls | Gaspesie, Quebec and Ontario |
| Superior Lake Superior | Great Lakes Vistas | Rental |

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