Toronto, Canada Trip • June 2018

The Valley Bands will be traveling to Toronto, Canada for an exciting opportunity to take their musical talents beyond the borders of our nation.  This trip will occur June 15-21, 2018.

Please see the tabs below for information on the payment schedule, important details, and the trip itinerary.  Contact Terry and Michelle Montgomery at bandtrip@valleybands.org with any specific questions about the trip.

Details

Passports

All students and chaperones traveling to Canada will need a valid passport.  These passports will be checked around March 1, 2018. 

For information about obtaining a passport: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports.html

Fundraising Committee

Up to three fundraising opportunities for the trip will be available if there are sufficient volunteers to form a Trip Fundraising Committee.  To volunteer for the committee, please contact Terry & Michelle Montgomery at bandtrip@valleybands.org.

Payment Schedule

Fee Payment Schedule

Non Refundable Deposit $200 May 15, 2017

First Payment $250 September 1, 2017

Second Payment $250 November 1, 2017

Third Payment $250 February 1, 2018

Fourth Payment $250 April 1, 2018

TOTAL $1200

Payments can be made via multiple methods:  Check, Credit/Debit Card, Available Band Credit.  Credit/debit payments can be made through Charms.  Please mail checks payable to Valley Band Boosters to Craig Graves, Valley Band Boosters Treasurer, 409 Valley West Drive, West Des Moines, IA 50265

Itinerary

FRIDAY, JUNE 15

8:00 PM Load Motor Coaches depart for Sandusky, OH

SATURDAY, JUNE 16 – Sandusky, OH

Cedar Point Amusement Park

Spend the day at Cedar Point, the roller coaster capital of the world!

Stay overnight in Sandusky, OH.

SUNDAY, JUNE 17 – Dearborn, MI

Greenfield Village

Greenfield Village is a vast outdoor museum spread across more than 80 acres, a place where America’s past feels like right now.  Just outside of Detroit, Michigan; there are 83 authentic historic structures, from the lab where Thomas Edison gave the world light to the workshop where the Wright Brothers gave us wings and the building where Abraham Lincoln practiced law.  Visit the home where Noah Webster wrote the first American dictionary and the farmhouse where Henry Ford grew up.

Henry Ford Museum

Looking for inspiring things to do?  From race cars to freedom rides, modular houses to microprocessors, the wide-ranging exhibits of the Henry Ford Museum bring you face to face with real things that have the power to inspire, inform, and engage you in ways no image or description can do on its own.

Stay overnight in suburban Dearborn, MI

MONDAY, JUNE 18 – Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Niagara Falls is far more than a natural phenomenon.  Come and see what makes Niagara Falls one of the world’s favorite destinations!

Journey Behind the Falls

Elevators transport you down to observation decks right at the base of the Horseshoe Falls.  Walk behind the Falls and feel the thunder of Niagara first-hand.

Hornblower

Take a boat ride on the Hornblower for an up close and personal view at the foot of Niagara Falls for a wet and wild view of the Falls from 13 stories below!

Clifton Hill (student cost)

Clifton Hill is just one block to the falls and the beautiful Queen Victoria Park.  When you stay in Niagara Falls, be sure to discover all the fun exploring the great attractions and amusements on Clifton Hill. 

Rainforest Cafe

Niagara Falls Illuminations

Every evening beginning at dusk the Falls are lit in the colors of the rainbow – don’t miss the unmatched beauty of the Falls at night

Stay in Toronto (6/18 – 6/21)TUESDAY, JUNE 19 – Toronto, Canada

Valley High School Band participates in a clinic at the University of Toronto

Eaton Centre

The Easton Centre, Toronto’s preeminent downtown mall, covers several city blocks as it boasts more than 250 stores in a bright, airy atmosphere in central, downtown Toronto. 

Hockey Hall of Fame Museum

The world’s one and only!  Experience the game that defines Canada and a sport that has been adopted by over 80 countries.  Spread across over 60,000 square feet, the Hall of Fame offers something for everyone!

CN Tower

View the city from the observation deck.  The world’s 5th tallest tower and free standing structure, standing over 1,815 ft.

Famous People Players Theatre

Famous People Players are dedicated to helping those who are developmentally challenged, performances include achievements from those who have dared to believe in themselves.  From the moment you step into the venue and are greeted by one of the gracious hosts, you’ll experience a splendor to all of your senses.  Enter the innovative Phil Collins Theatre and as the lights dim, a troupe of exceptional performers await you.  The one hour performances, each a unique inspiration in themselves, celebrate famous people and their exceptional achievements through a combination of long-loved music, dance, electrifying special effects and endearing life-sized characters.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20 – Toronto, Canada

Ontario Science Center

Visit one of Canada’s most famous attractions!  With new temporary exhibitions, science demonstrations, hundreds of interactive experiences, and new films under the IMAX® Dome we’ve got something for all ages!

Valley High School Band performance at the Ontario Science Center

Lawrence Market

It’s one of the world’s great markets!  The mothers, sons, fathers and daughters whose hard work and passion for food and their craft make up the collective story of the Market.  You’re here, and part of the story. There’s so much to see, taste and discover – now, where to begin?

Royal Ontario Museum

No trip to Toronto is complete without a visit to the Royal Ontario Museum – Canada’s largest museum of world cultures and natural history located in the heart of downtown.  Permanent exhibits include Ancient Egypt, precious gemstones, and dinosaur fossils and castings.

Mariposa Cruises

A Mariposa Dinner Cruise is truly a unique dining experience.  Cruise the Toronto harbor aboard one of our seven magnificent ships, watch the sunset, and experience the sights and sounds of the city’s waterfront and breathtaking skyline.  Your memorable evening includes a 3-hour cruise through Toronto’s spectacular harbor front and a delicious buffet-style dinner prepared fresh by our Chef.  Dance the night away under starry skies with our professional DJ.

THURSDAY, JUNE 21

Leave Toronto on Motor Coaches for Valley High School, arrive approximately 1:30 AM (6/22).

Trip includes:  Roundtrip transportation aboard deluxe motor coaches, 5 nights of hotel accommodations, (Sandusky, OH, Dearborn, MI, & Toronto), 5 breakfasts at the hotels, 4 dinners, plus admission to the listed attractions (unless indicated as student cost).