8 Days

Canadian Farm & Niagara Falls

Canada, especially the Ontario province, is packed full of interesting and innovative agriculture. Our tour begins in Detroit and travels northeast to the town of Blenheim, Ontario. Here you’ll see tobacco, tomatoes, white beans, cabbage, peas, pickles, corn, and wheat on several area farms. This variety of tobacco may differ from any other type you have seen around the world. Traveling north, you’ll see progressive farms, including one that harnesses methane from a nearby landfill for their agricultural needs. See a huge 40-acre greenhouse that houses red, yellow and orange bell peppers, visit a farrow-to-finish operation that will sell 40,000 fat hogs per year, poultry broiler barns, and a conventional cash crop farm growing corn, wheat and soybeans. Chat with a farmer who is also the chairman of a large packing plant to learn how they coped with the early COVID-19 crisis. Travel southeast to visit a large ginseng farm and learn about growing, harvesting, and selling this interesting product. We finish with a visit to Niagara Falls to enjoy one of the largest waterfalls in the world. View these impressive falls while meandering along its banks and also from the giant sky view Ferris Wheel – which provides a whole different and unique perspective. We’ll visit wineries and vineyards as well as a local brewery owned by a farmer. Visit Toronto, Canada’s largest city, and dine in the CN revolving restaurant, known for being the tallest tower in the western hemisphere, for incredible views of the city.

Dates Available
  • September 7 - 14, 2021

Itinerary

Day 1:                  Detroit
Arrive in Detroit and overnight. Your guide will be available to chat about the ensuing days on tour.  We had an opportunity to travel this region of Canada to visit farms and see the sights - We had a lot of fun and learned some things as well!

Day 2:                  Detroit / Blenheim, Canada / Chatham
Depart Detroit and travel about an hour and a half to Blenheim, Canada. Here we will meet with a local farmer, Jack Rigby, and his son for a tour of their farm. Jack will travel with us today as we visit other farms in the area sharing many aspects of Canadian farming as well as answering your questions. You may be surprised to learn farming in Canada is a tad different in some aspects than farming in the USA. We’ll see canola, tobacco, potatoes, wheat, and a few other crops. After lunch, we’ll visit Debrouwer Family Farms, where they grow wheat, corn, barley, and about 600 acres of tomatoes. Most farms grow wheat and corn but also have high dollar specialty crops that can kick back great profits if all goes well. We overnight in Chatham, Ontario. (B, L, D)

Day 3:                  Chatham
Today we shift gears and visit the world-famous R & M Classic Cars.  They restore high-end classic cars to better-than-new condition for customers all over the globe. You’ll see their work at the Barrett-Jackson auctions and other auction houses of that caliber.  People like Jay Leno, Nicolas Cage, and many others have done business with this world-renowned body shop and actually stayed in the same town that we stay!  Following the visit we travel a very short distance to another farm that grows tobacco.  In Ontario they grow flue tobacco, where they harvest the entire stalk of the plant and haul it to barns to hang and dry with fire.  Enjoy lunch on Mark and Wilma Boersma’s farm prior to our visit to their operation.  Mark & Wilma grow corn, soybeans, wheat, white beans, and peas. While in the neighborhood we visit a pickle factory. (B, L, D)

Day 4:                  Watford
This morning we drive north to the farm of George & Carolyn Cornelissen in Watford, Ontario.  They have a diversified operation split into three divisions: A) Cash Crops consisting of corn, wheat, and soybeans grown on 2,750 acres. B) Twin Creeks Greenhouse Inc. that has a huge 40-acre greenhouse and grows red, yellow, and orange bell peppers with an automated picking and packing system on another four acres, for the utmost efficiency.  Their greenhouses harness the methane produced by a local landfill to aid in heating the greenhouse through the winter months.  C) Cornelissen Poultry Inc. owns and operates six broiler barns that produce 8+ pound birds.  The barns are state-of-the-art concrete (sandwich) walls with evaporating cooling pads, floor heat with hydronic heaters and heat exchangers. Overnight in the town Forest, which lies along the banks of Lake Huron. (B, L, D)

Day 5:                  Thedford / Simco / Niagara-on-the-Lake
Today we travel a bit farther north to visit Will and Michelle Peters of the Henry J Peters Farms Ltd. near Thedford, Ontario.  They run a 2,000+ farrow to finish hog operation, selling 40,000 market hogs each year.  The Peters also grow several thousand acres of corn, specialty beans, and wheat for manure rotation, making this operation totally integrated.  Learn how their local cooperative processing facility, Conestoga Meats, coped with COVID-19 from Will Peters, Chairman of this growing packing plant.  Next, we have lunch and drive to Simco, Ontario, to visit a Ginseng Farm. Everyone has heard of ginseng but few people know much about it.  They will tell you all about the crop, its uses, and the viability and profit margins.   After our visit we travel to Niagara-on-the-Lake for our overnight stay. This cute little town will steal your heart with the lovely flowers and quaint shops.  (B, L, D)

Day 6:                  Niagara Falls / Toronto
This morning we travel a short distance to Niagara. The Niagara River is fairly young, only 12,000 years old, a microsecond in geological time. The Niagara Escarpment, which was created by erosion, is much older. The glaciers pressed down on the land during the last Ice Age and laid down layers of sediment then the slow process of erosion of ice and water ate at the surface of the escarpment. The mighty river plunges over a cliff of dolostone and shale. We visit the famed Niagara Falls from the Canadian side, which boasts having the better view. Niagara Falls is one of the largest waterfalls on the globe.  84% of North America’s surface freshwater lies in the four Upper Great Lakes - Michigan, Huron, Superior and Erie.  This equates to 21% of the world’s surface freshwater!  The entire outflow empties into the Niagara River and eventually cascades over the Falls.  After a leisurely stroll along the Falls, we’ll take you on the Niagara SkyWheel for incredible aerial views of the falls.  The SkyWheel is similar to a Ferris Wheel, but with large enclosed and temperature-controlled pods for your comfort. Later, we travel north toward Toronto and stop at a winery, where we’ll be treated to a tour of the vineyard as well as a wine tasting and lunch.  Arrive in Toronto just in time for an early hotel check-in and an unforgettable dinner in one of the tallest restaurants in the world, Canada’s National Tower, standing 1,815 feet. The “360 Restaurant” revolves once every 72 minutes and provides one of the country’s finest dining experiences featuring regional ingredients, showcasing Canada’s best from coast-to-coast.  (B, L, D)

Day 7:                  Toronto
Enjoy a locally guided tour of Toronto, the largest city in Canada and the fourth largest in North America. Toronto is also the capital of the Ontario Province and lies along the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario. It’s a dynamic metropolis with a core of soaring skyscrapers, all dwarfed by the iconic, free-standing CN Tower. Toronto also 
has many green spaces, from the orderly oval of Queen’s Park to the 400-acre High Park and its trails,
sports facilities, and zoo. (B, L, D)

Day 8:                  Toronto / Depart Home
Transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)

Rupiper Tours reserves the right to make minor adjustments to the itinerary if necessary.

What's Included

Transportation by Deluxe Motorcoach
All Hotel Accommodations
Meals as per itinerary B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner 
Admission to events, special sights, and activities listed

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