FAM Tours

The following FAM Tours are organized by the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation (OTMPC) specifically for RVC buyers and RVC Media.

Thank you for your interest in the RVC 2015 FAM tours.  All FAM tours are now full.

Please contact sonya.stevenson@ontario.ca if you have any questions regarding the pre and post FAM tours.

Click here for a more detailed PDF version of the tours. 

See Toronto Now Pre FAM – Sold Out
May 22-25, 2015

Toronto is an ever growing city with constant innovative changes and new developments that will pique your interest.   Join this FAM for a scheduled program that will see you visit iconic attractions such as the CN Tower, Casa Loma, Royal Ontario Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario and Distillery District, as well as Toronto’s newest attraction – Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada.   Highlights of this FAM will also include a visit to the newly redeveloped Harbourfront area and time to explore the recently completed “South Core” district.  This program includes an exclusive invitation to the “Celebrate Toronto” event being hosted by Tourism Toronto and partners on the evening of Sunday, May 24th.  On Monday afternoon, you will depart on a special RVC VIA Rail transfer to Niagara Falls from Toronto’s Union Station.

Starts in Toronto on Friday, May 22
Ends in Niagara Falls on Monday, May 25.
Max: 20

Toronto a la carte FIT Pre FAM – Sold Out
May 22-25, 2014

If you are eager to discover Toronto on your own prior to Rendez-vous Canada, this three day FAM is for you!  A VIP Attractions Pass will be provided, offering complimentary access to over 27 of Toronto’s key attraction and sightseeing tours to explore at your leisure.  Accommodation for three nights will be provided. You will also receive an exclusive invitation to attend the “Celebrate Toronto” event being hosted by Tourism Toronto and partners on the evening of Sunday, May 24th.   On Monday afternoon, you will depart on a special RVC VIA Rail transfer to Niagara Falls from Toronto’s Union Station.

Starts in Toronto on Friday, May 22 (arrivals throughout the day)
Ends in Niagara Falls on Monday, May 25
Max: 20

Toronto, St Jacobs and Stratford Pre FAM – Sold Out
May 21-25, 2014

This tour offers a variety of Ontario Signature Experiences and hidden gems.  Step back in time in St Jacobs Country, a rural destination that’s home to Old Order Mennonites, great food traditions, working artisans, Canada’s largest year round farmers’ market and more.   Experience the countryside on a cycling tour.   Experience a performance of the beloved “Sound of Music” at the famous Stratford Festival, in charming Stratford. Change pace in Toronto’s bustling and dynamic urban core.  Experience the city’s melting pot of cultures through visits to diverse neighbourhoods and unique museums & galleries.   Be part of the “Celebrate Toronto” event being hosted by Tourism Toronto and partners on the evening of Sunday, May 24th.  On Monday afternoon, you will depart on a special RVC VIA Rail transfer to Niagara Falls from Toronto’s Union Station.

Starts in Toronto on Thursday, May 21
Ends in Niagara Falls on Monday, May 25 (late afternoon)
Max: 20

Georgian Bay Circle Route Pre FAM – Sold Out
May 20-25, 2014

Georgian Bay is the perfect playground for nature lovers, with its 30,000 islands and 2,000 kilometres of shoreline.  You will start your tour just two hours from downtown Toronto at Blue Mountain, offering a full menu of four-season recreational activities for all ages and fitness levels, unique shops, tempting dining and culinary adventures, tranquil spas and exciting festivals and events.  You’ll get a sampling during your visit.  Then it’s on to the Bruce Peninsula, with its rugged shoreline, recognized as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. You will spend one night in the quaint village of Tobermory on the tip of the Bruce.  Cruise the waters of crystal clear water of Georgian Bay’s Fathom Five National Marine Park, and take a short hike to the famous Grotto at the National Park.  Next your journey takes you to Manitoulin Island, the world’s largest freshwater island, where you will sample Aboriginal experiences and enjoy the laid back atmosphere.  The City of Greater Sudbury will surprise you with Science North and Dynamic Earth, two of Canada’s top science centres, not to mention its warm northern hospitality and culinary delights. The final leg of your journey has you learning about the area’s rich cultural past with a stop in Midland, Ontario before your journey to Niagara Falls.

Starts in Toronto on Wednesday, May 20 (Flights may arrive throughout the day; shuttles will be scheduled to Blue Mountain at various times throughout the day)

Ends in Niagara Falls on Monday, May 25.

Canadian Canoe Route Pre FAM
May 21-25, 2014

The Canadian CANOE - an iconic symbol of Canada. Explore Ontario’s waterways via the Canadian Canoe Route (CCR).  Start in Canada’s Capital, Ottawa, with ceremonial passage via Voyageur Canoe from the Rideau Locks to Victoria Island.  Be greeted by traditional Algonquin First Nations dancers and share their way of life, past and present. Validate your CCR passport and transfer upriver to OWL Rafting for outdoor dining, campfire and overnight in rustic cabins.  Next day, like the Voyageurs, engage in a guided high adventure raft excursion shooting the rapids of the Ottawa River with a return pontoon boat cruise and BBQ luncheon.  Transfer and meet the First Nations people, the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan, the master builders of the birch bark canoe.  Eddy out on the Madawaska River at the international renowned whitewater paddling resort, the Madawaska Kanu Centre for delicious fare and special comfort in a wilderness setting. Learn how to paddle your own canoe in moving water with professional instructors.  Visit the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough that celebrates Canada’s love affair with the canoe and engage in crafting your own mini-paddle. Our final cottage stay at Rice Lake’s Elmhirst Resort connects us to the Trent Severn canal system for a moonlit passage or early morning flatwater canoe and sumptuous cuisine.  Upon arrival in Toronto on Monday, the CCR passport is commemorated with a visit to Hudson Bay Company’s private art collection.  You will depart on a special RVC VIA Rail transfer to Niagara Falls from Toronto’s Union Station. Come journey the Canadian Canoe Route and discover why the CANOE is called: THE CANADIAN ….

Starts in Ottawa on Friday May 22 in morning; participants must arrive in Ottawa by Thursday May 21.
Ends in Niagara Falls on Monday, May 25
Max: 16

Northern Ontario Pre FAM – Sold Out
May 20-25, 2015

Feel the immensity of Ontario’s North. Explore towering old growth forest, lush wetlands, thundering white water, cascading falls and landscapes beyond compare.  Share the space with the wildlife that call Northern Ontairo home – including deer, eagles, fish, moose and bear.  Too massive to cover in four short days, this FAM introduces the diversity of Northern Ontario through a visit to the Northwest and the Sault Ste Marie-Algoma regions.  Visit Thunder Bay and have a sailing experience on the world’s largest freshwater lake – Lake Superior.  Visit a fly-in fishing lodge deep in the wilderness. Take the Algoma Central Railway passenger train through the spectacular Agawa Canyon, to Sault Ste Marie.  Experience Porter Airlines, a refined air travel experience that makes the North easily accessible from downtown Toronto.

Important:  This FAM commences on the morning of Thursday, May 21 in Toronto.  Participants must arrive in Toronto on Wednesday, May 20.

Starts in Toronto on Thursday, May 21
Ends in Niagara in Monday, May 25
Min:  6 / Max:  12

Eastern Ontario Post FAM
May 30 – June 2, 2014

This tour journeys east from Niagara Falls to Ottawa, through a region steeped with Canadian history and home to some of Ontario’s most beloved getaway destinations.  Be intrigued by Kingston, a city built on a grand heritage and defined by an exquisite ability to blend the beauty of yesterday with the passion and sophistication of today.  Admire the breathtaking scenery of the 1000 Islands on a cruise and discover hidden gems as you follow the Rideau Heritage Route to Ottawa.   Savour the diversity of Canada’s capital on a cycling tour to several museums and a culinary walking tour of the ByWard Market.  You will have some time to explore before your flight out on June 2nd.

Starts in Niagara Falls on Saturday May 30
Ends in Ottawa.  Participants to depart throughout the day on Tuesday, June 2.
Max: 20

Ontario’s Playground Post FAM
Central Counties, Haliburton, Algonquin, Muskoka and Blue Mountain
May 30 – June 3, 2015

Ontario is the perfect playground for nature lovers, whether you want to get active or just enjoy the scenery.  Your first stop is the Central Counties region where the atmosphere varies from urban sophistication to rural simplicity; see some key sights during your one night stay.  Then it’s on to Haliburton, where you’ll visit the Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Reserve, which offers various outdoor adventures, and stay one-night at Pinestone Resort.  The next morning, it’s a short drive to the famous Algonquin Park, an adventurer’s paradise, for some outdoor activity.  Next, visit the Muskoka Region, home to sparkling lakes, towering forests, granite cliffs and quaint small towns!  With more than 80 resorts to escape to – including luxurious hotels, family-run lodges, quaint inns and rustic cottage resorts – Muskoka’s accommodations offer something for everyone.  See a variety of accommodation choices to meet all your clients’ needs, including the JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort and Spa.  Your last destination, Blue Mountain Resort, offers the complete package … A full menu of four-season recreational activities for all ages & fitness levels, unique shops, tempting dining & culinary adventures, tranquil spas and exciting festivals & events.  You’ll get a sampling during your two night stay.

Important:  The last stop of this fam is Blue Mountain.  On Wed June 3rd, there will be a transfer to Toronto for flights out.

Starts in Niagara Falls on Saturday, May 30
Ends in Toronto on Wednesday, June 3

Heart of Ontario and Long Point Eco Adventures Post FAM
May 30 – June 2, 2015

Discover some new ideas from Ontario’s Signature Experiences on this short fam.  On Saturday morning, it’s a quick transfer to the “Heart of Ontario” region (Hamilton Halton Brant), conveniently located between Toronto and Niagara Falls.  Your day will include visits to the Royal Botanical Gardens and the Canadian Warplane Museum, plus an introduction to the outdoor adventure opportunities.   On Sunday morning “Wake up the Wild” at African Lion Safari, then it’s another short transfer to Long Point Eco Adventures.  Glide through the Carolinian forest on a thrilling zip line and canopy tour adventure or take a zodiac tour on Lake Erie (one of the Great Lakes).  Sample local wines and cuisine at the Burning Kiln Winery. Overnight in unique, luxury “glamping” accommodations on site.  You will return to Toronto on Monday morning for flights out.

Starts in Niagara Falls on Saturday, May 30
Ends in Toronto on Monday, June 1

Windsor Essex Pelee Island – Cancelled
May 30 – June 1, 2015

This short fam tour introduces new product ideas in Ontario’s most southern region.  Sip and savour in the picturesque EPIC (Essex Pelee Island Coast) wine region, home to over 20 wineries.  The region is also a birding hotspot, with over 370 species of rare and migratory birds flocking here each spring and fall through Point Pelee National Park and other birding locations. Learn about Windsor and Essex County’s intriguing cultural and heritage experiences, including the Canadian Club Brand Centre.  You will return to Toronto by Sunday evening for flights out on Monday.   Or you may choose to depart from Detroit, Michigan.

Starts in Niagara Falls on Saturday, May 30
Ends in Toronto on the evening of Sunday, May 31 (for flights out on Monday)

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