Looking for a spectacular way to spend your summer? Well look no further. This year, the Smithsonian Institution is hosting “Smithsonian Journeys,” a set of four tours providing guests with a first-hand look at all the splendor that Canada has to offer. Whether you want to experience the grandiose scenery of the Canadian Rockies, take in the spectacular views of the Great Lakes, or get an insider’s look on the Canadian film and theatre industry, you’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for this summer with “Smithsonian Journeys.”
Tour the Great Lakes on the “Canadian Splendors” tour from Jul 25 to Aug 3, 2011. On this delightful tour, patrons get the opportunity to take a cruise on the Grande Mariner for a week-long expedition through the majestic views of the Great Lakes and Georgian Bay, passing through a number of wildlife sanctuaries and national parks on the way. During the cruise, Smithsonian expert Nadine Fabbi will be your guide, providing in-depth descriptions and interesting facts about the many places you visit.
Aside from the beautiful wilderness scenery, tour-goers will also get to stop off in the charming towns of Stratford and Goderich, learn about Native American culture at the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation in Manitoulin, and even visit the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit and the Rock and Roll Museum in Cleveland. The tour ends at the Niagara Falls, where guests can experience the sheer power and staunch beauty of the falls first-hand.
From August 3 – 7, theatre enthusiasts can enjoy the Smithsonian’s tour of the Stratford Theatre. While in Stratford, guests will not only get to see six performances in the Stratford Theatre Festival, including several plays by Shakespeare, a performance of the rock opera Jesus Chris Superstar, and Molière’s The Misanthrope, but Smithsonian guide Marc Glassman (film programmer, documentary producer) will help you make the most of your experience by providing insight into the theatre industry and the plays themselves. As an added bonus, tour-goers get the opportunity to attend VIP cast receptions and behind the scene tours, and the great selection of local restaurants are perfect for a quick bite between shows.
A Canadian Rockies Adventure
Explore the Canadian Rockies with “A Canadian Rockies Adventure” from August 5th to the 12th with Canadian historian Barry Lane as your personal guide. Guests will first spend two days on the the Rocky Mountaineer train as they travel through Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels, and a number of other attractions with a spectacular view from the Smithsonian’s 360-degree view dome car. After venturing through the breathtaking scenery of the Rockies, guests get to kick back on a relaxed cruise of Malign Lake and absorb the magnificence of the mountains from a distance
Toronto International Film Festival
The last tour in the “Smithsonian Journeys” gives guests an inside look at the film industry at the Toronto International Film Festival from September 7 – 12. Tour-goers are given “industry” passes to the festival, allowing them to skip the hassle of lines and attend multiple screenings each day. The tour also includes private lectures from film makers, critics, and industry insiders, and to top it all off guests can attend a premiere gala screening with stars, producers, and directors of the various films.
Find out more at SmithsonianJourneys.org/travelcanada.