ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM
This is Canada's largest museum and it houses a rare combination
of decorative arts, archeology and science. We have arranged
docent-guided tours which will focus on items in the collections
of Jane's time. After this formal tour you might wish to spend
more time in the Museum or right across the road is The Gardiner
Museum of Ceramic Art (admission fee) with notable collections
of 18th century European porcelain and Chinese blue and white.
Thursday, Oct. 10, 10:00 a.m.- 11:15 a.m.
Friday, Oct. 11, 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO & THE GRANGE
Docent-guided tours covering items of particular interest
to Janeites have been arranged. A major aspect will be a tour
of the Grange; Toronto's oldest standing brick house. See
how the gentry of colonial York lived. One of the early residents,
Goldwin Smith, authored (favourable) essays on Jane's writings.
If you choose to walk back to the Hilton afterwards (10 minutes)
you could take in Campbell House (admission fee) the oldest
remaining building from the Town of York.
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 11, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
OLD TOWN WALK
Town 1793, come and explore where Toronto began. The walk
will cover the original eight-block layout of the Town of
York (1793-1834) and a little beyond while the historic sites
will include The Cathedral Church of St. James, Toronto's
first Post Office (try your hand with a quill pen!)and St.
Lawrence Market. Registrants will receive a map and instructions
on how to reach the assembly point.
Thursday, Oct.10, 2:00 p.m.- 3:15 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 11, 10:00 a.m.- 11:15 p.m.
Niagara-on-the-Lake ( some 65 miles from Toronto) is probably
best known now as the home of the Shaw Festival but is one
of Canada's most historic towns. It was the first capital
of Upper Canada (later, Ontario) and was a highly contested
battleground in the War of 1812. With peace, the town was
rebuilt and became a thriving centre for business, the fruit-growing
industry and shipbuilding. On the walking part of the tour
we will see several houses, churches and sites of Jane's period.
The tour will also include Fort George which has been restored
to its state on the eve of the 1812 War. Lunch will be at
one of Niagara-On-The-Lakes excellent restaurants.
Thursday, Oct. 10, 9:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
NIAGARA WINERY TOUR
If you like water with your wine how about seeing Niagara
Falls followed by a winery tour? Start with a drive along
the scenic parkway to the Falls. Lunch overlooking the Falls
then on to several wineries for tasting (small charge per
taste). Niagara is Canada's most celebrated grape and wine
producing region. The blending of soils and temperate climate
nourishes and matures grapes for the finest wines. Old and
New World expertise produce wines that win many medals internationally.
Ice wine is a particular specialty - one benefit of a Canadian
Thursday, Oct. 10, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
FORT YORK BANQUET
York was built in 1793 to protect the new capital of Upper
Canada. It was destroyed in the War of 1812 but was rebuilt
in 1813. Several of the Fort's original buildings remain and
we will be eating in one of them. On Sunday evening we will
move (1 1/2 miles) from Toronto, 2002 to Fort York, 1812.
We will be greeted at the Fort by a sentry in the uniform
of the Canadian Defensible Regiment who will escort us to
the two-storey Centre Block House. The lower level houses
exhibits and displays depicting the Battle of York. Dinner
will be served by candle light on the second level. The menu
should help us to imagine ourselves in the Officer's Mess
at Fort York. A fifer and drummer will further strengthen
Sunday, Oct.13, 6:00 p.m.- 10:00
ON YOUR OWN
Monday, October 14, is Thanksgiving Day in Canada so we are
unable to offer customized tours that day. However the major
museums and historic homes are open, commercial tours of the
City and beyond are available and you can gamble - so there
is plenty to do.