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Day Trip - Butterflies, Tropical Gardens & Museum with Buffet Lunch & High Tea!

It's February and it's cold outside so what could be better than visiting a tropical paradise and having lunch surrounded by butterflies and waterfalls and lush tropical rain forest?

Join us on a very interesting, informative and jam-packed day trip to the Tri-City area (Cambridge, Kitchener & Waterloo). As usual, our day is filled with lots of stuff to see and do and lots to eat!

What's Included?

  • Round trip transportation on deluxe highway motor coach equipped with a bathroom.
  • Admission to the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory.
  • Guided tour of the Butterfly Conservatory.
  • Buffet lunch in the Paradise Garden Cafe.
  • Admission to the new Waterloo Region Museum.
  • A private presentation at the museum for our group titled "Edwardian Edibles". We will be delving into fascinating kitchen gadgets and examining the food and unique recipes in use at the turn of the last century aka around 1900! And oh yeah, we will also be trying some scrumptous samples of food and drink from that era.
  • A visit to the quaint township of Wilmot.
  • English Afternoon Tea with the world's best scones, clotted cream, locally made preserves, pastries, cakes and mini desserts. And we will be enjoying our tea in a converted and renovated 1887 building that is a beautiful example of Victorian mercantile architecture.
  • All taxes & tips.

Trip Price

$119 per person. Includes everything mentioned above, all taxes & all tips.

Pickup Locations

We will have 4 pickup locations in the Toronto area.

  • Hwy 400 & Hwy 7, Woodbridge
  • York Mills Subway Station, Toronto
  • Hurontario & Hwy 401, Mississauga
  • Trafalgar Rd & Hwy 401, Milton

Departure and return times

We leave at approximately 8:00 AM. Actual pickup times vary by stop and will be sent out in the final email to all registered attendees, 2 days before the trip.

We return to Toronto at approximately 7:00 PM.

And Now For The Details...

Waterloo Region Museum

We start off our day at the new Waterloo Region Museum, the largest community museum in Ontario.

Have you heard of the TV Show "Downton Abbey"? That was set in the Edwardian era and as you know, much time in that era seems to be centered around the kitchen.

So our very first activity today will be a one hour private presentation for our group titled "Edwardian Edibles" which will delve into the fascinating kitchen gadgetry, food history and unique recipes in use in this area during the Edwardian era . As part of this presentation, we will get to sample some foods and drinks of that era, made as they would have been back in 1900.

After the presentation we will wander the museum and check out the exhibits which include 12,000 years of the history of Southern Ontario, the "Coming Of Age" exhibit which explores the experiences of our teenage years, the Hmong exhibit which examines the Hmong tribes of Laos, Vietnam, Thailand and China; and the Museum also houses the Waterloo Region Hall of Fame.

Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

After the Waterloo Museum, we now travel to the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory.

Upon arrival we start off with a delicious buffet lunch in the Paradise Garden Cafe at the Conservatory. Lunch will include assorted soups, salad bar, deli sandwiches, quiche and dessert squares. Tea, coffee and various fruit juices included.

After our lunch, we will enter a lush tropical garden and walk amongst thousands of freely flying butterflies! The conservatory features over 2,000 free-flying tropical butterflies and moths.

At the Emergence Window, you can watch as butterflies emerge from their chrysalides, dry their wings and prepare for their very first flight into the Conservatory. Some butterfly species are reared onsite so that you can observe all four of the stages of metamorphosis: egg, caterpillar, pupa, and butterfly.

In addition to butterflies, the Conservatory also features many species of tropical birds and bugs, and hundreds of tropical plants.

New Dundee

After the visit to the conservatory we will be travelling to the lovely little township of Wilmot and the quaint village of New Dundee.

You are going to walk through the circa 1887 front door of this classsically Victorian building to be greeted by the gentle chime of the same bell that has announced customers for 126 continuous years. Hardwood floors creak beneath your feet and invite you to slow your pace. The artisanal giftware and gourmet food products that line the original shelves

We will settle into our seats at our private tables for a traditional English afternoon tea service consisting of tea or coffee with world famous scones, devon cream, locally made preserves and a delectable selection of pastries and cakes including minature spiced cakes, shortbread cookies and an assortment of other sweets. Yum!

After we finish our tea amidst lots of laughter and conversation and mirth and merriment, we alas have to board our bus and head back to Toronto. Is it just me or do some of you also feel a slight pang of regret when a great day trip comes to an end?


Children 10 and older are welcome on this trip.

Payment Method

Simply sign up for this trip by clicking on the RSVP button in the top right hand corner and pay online. Payment methods accepted are Visa, Mastercard, American Express & Paypal.

If you don't wish to pay online we can accept cash, cheque, money order & Interac email money transfer. Please contact us via email and let us know how you wish to pay and we will email you the appropriate instructions.

Full details of pickup locations and times and some other final instructions will be sent to all registered passengers 2 days before the trip on February 21, 2013.

This trip is being arranged by:

Marville Travel Ltd.
TICO #[masked]

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  • Krista

    Another stellar outing! Thanks Sash!

    February 25, 2013

  • Dinshaw


    February 25, 2013

  • sue

    Had a wonderful day for my first trip! Everything was very well organized. Lots of laughs too, and met some really wonderful people for the first time.

    February 25, 2013

  • Sue B

    Everything was delightful, the butterflies, the tea and the people :)

    February 24, 2013

  • Carole

    It was a very good day. The trip was well organized and everything went like clockwise. The places were prepared for the group and all were very interesting.

    February 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well organized, beautiful and serene for nature lovers, fascinating for seekers of Canadian history, delicious treat for food lovers and shoppers seeking unique items.

    February 24, 2013

  • Kim W.

    Fabulous. So many activites and well organized. THe tropical climate in the butterfly conservatory made it a pleasant break from winter. And homemade butter. MMMmmmmm

    February 23, 2013

  • Roman

    Well organized and affably hosted by Sach, a very enjoyable day!

    February 23, 2013

  • Jackie

    The trip was fantastic. My sister and I really enjoyed the experience and meeting everyone! Thanks so much for organizing! :D

    February 23, 2013

  • Dawn

    The trip was amazing. I've never been so up close and personal with so many butterflies. I got lots of great pictures. The lunch was amazing. Everything was so well organized.

    February 23, 2013

  • Yvonne M.

    I am very sorry but today I got a flu and will not be able to go on the trip. There is one person waiting. . Would you be able to sell my ticket to that person? If you will, is it possible for me to get a refund?

    February 22, 2013

  • Sithessan

    i want to pay by cash so when i get there can i pay u there

    February 19, 2013

    • Sash

      Hello Sithessan, I'm sorry but payment is required in advance to reserve your seat. Also, the bus only has one empty seat left at this time so I expect that the trip will be sold out by Saturday. Please let me know if you wish to make alternate arrangements and I can send you an email with the details.

      February 19, 2013

  • sue

    me too butterflies in February! And the high tea will by first time having it, so should be a great experience.

    February 7, 2013

  • Wanda

    Looking forward to this trip. It should be lots of fun--butterflies in February!!!!

    1 · February 6, 2013

  • Mel

    prior committment - enjoy the day!

    February 6, 2013

  • Iskou - H.

    Such a wonderful event, unfortunately cannot make it!

    February 4, 2013

  • Kelly

    Sounds like a fantastic day!

    January 23, 2013

  • mitch w. k.

    in school that morning plus lack of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    January 12, 2013

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Your organizer's refund policy for Day Trip - Butterflies, Tropical Gardens & Museum with Buffet Lunch & High Tea!

Refunds offered if:

  • the Meetup is cancelled
  • the Meetup is rescheduled

Additional notes: Full refund if you request cancellation by 9AM on Saturday February 16 2013. No refunds after that date but your seat is fully transferable and we will also help sell your spot to someone on the waiting list, if there is a waiting list.

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