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New England / Canada Fall Trip 2013

Itinerary Canada / Fall Color  Sept 24- Oct 1, 2013


Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse

Tuesday, September 24th  – Portland – Acadia Park
Sunset: 6:26pm

Pick up Rental – Budget

101 Westbrook St
Portland, ME 04102

Leave noon for Acadia National Park  — Sieur de Monts 3 hours 10 minutes  – 179 miles

Arrive 3pm
Sieur de Monts Nature Center   44.362097 N        -68.207830 W

Otter Cliff            Parking Area      44.310803 N        -68.189828 W

Jordan Pond House                         44.320484 N        -68.253658 W
Sunset at Bass Harbor Light

Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse     Parking Area      44.222568            -68.337273

Robbins Motel
396 State highway 3
Bar Harbor (Maine), ME 04609

Wednesday  – Acadia – Maine –  Boston

Sunrise 6:24am

Sunrise on Cadillac Mountain

Otter Cliffs

Otter Cliffs

Cadillac Mountain  Parking Area  44.352643   -68.224610

Maybe Otter Cliffs for pre-sunrise

8:30am leave Acadia for Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse, 81.4 mi, 1 hour 57 mins

U.S. 1 S  to  44.115683, -69.084242

Leave 11:30am from Rockland light to Cape Neddick Light 2.5 hours – 128 miles
Sohier Park Rd, York, ME 03909 –  43.165921, -70.593942

Leave 2:45 for Point Judith Lighthouse – Rhode Island 3 hours 160 miles

Arrive 5:45 Point Judith Lighthouse, Ocean Rd, Narragansett, RI     41.362094,-71.481654
maybe if time allows – Castle Hill Lighthouse at Sunset – Newport Rhode Island  (50 min drive)

Sunset 6:37pm for Narragansett, RI

Arrive 10:30 pm 3.5 hours to Secaucus, NJ   174 miles


Cape Neddick Light, York Maine

Cape Neddick Light, York Maine

Thursday – Philadelphia
NYC – Sunrise 6:48am

Leave NJ for Philadelphia

Independence Hall

Independence Hall, Philadelphia, PA

Leave 7:00am for Philadelphia, PA

Christ Church, founded in 1695, is a wonderful place to explore Colonial and Revolution-Era history.  Its burial ground, which includes the tomb of Benjamin Franklin – Christ Church Philadelphia  – 2nd Street above Market
Philadelphia, PA Monday-Saturday – 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

1:15 Eastern State Penitentiary

2027 Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Leave 3:15pm for Independence Hall and Pick up ticket by 3:45pm

After Independence Hall, Liberty Bell, Ben Franklin Burial Site, Old City Hall, Betsy Ross House, Elfreth’s Alley is centrally located on 2nd Street, between Race and Arch.

  • Belmont Plateau: Skyline view from 10 minutes west of Center City. Take Schuylkill Expressway west to Montgomery Avenue and turn right onto Belmont Avenue. This shot only works during clear weather.

Leave 2:00  for Concord Point Lighthouse 700 Concord Street Havre de Grace, MD 21078  65 mi, 1 hour 15 mins

3:30 Leave for  Gettysburg  87 miles 1 hour 46 mins

Sunset for Gettysburg 6:59 pm
Colton Motel Gettysburg
232 Steinwehr
Gettysburg,  PA 17325

Friday – Niagara Falls – Old Fort Erie

Sunrise 7:02am for Gettysburg / Sunset 7:05 pm for Toronto / Niagara Falls

Gettysburg, PA

Gettysburg, PA


The park is open daily from 6:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M. April 1 to October 31
8:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.- April 1 to October 31.

The Museum and Visitor Center is located at 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania GPS coordinates- 77.22 degrees West, 39.81 degrees North.

Sunset over Arnold’s Battery

The Round Tops

Soldiers’ National Cemetery

The Henry Spangler Farm

9:00am Leave Gettysburg for Niagara falls 344 mi, 6 hours

3pm Arrive Niagara Falls Observation Tower

 Niagara Falls from Canada side

Niagara Falls from Canada side

240 Rainbow Boulevard Niagara Falls, NY 14303

Maid of the Mist Boat Tour

Maid of the Mist Boat Tour at Horseshoe Falls


4:00 pm Skylon Tower
5200 Robinson St, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 2A3, Canada

If possible – Old Fort Erie – 350 Lakeshore Rd  Fort Erie, ON L0S 1J0, Canada open to 5pm

Fireworks at 10 pm

Best vantage points for viewing the Fireworks:

Oakes Garden Theatre & Queen Victoria Park in Canada

Prospect Point in New York

Rainbow Bridge

From Skylon Tower to Hotel – 1 hour 30 minutes  79 miles

The Westin Harbour Castle hotel – One Harbour Square Toronto, ON M5J 1A6 Canada

Saturday – Toronto

Sunrise 6:40am / Sunset 6:34pm

Toronto by land, air and sea from the Toronto Islands

Toronto by land, air and sea from the Toronto Islands


CN Tower  – 17 minute walk from hotel 1.3 km open 9am to 11pm – 301 Front St. West ( & John St.)

$7.—ferry ride to Toronto Islands – Gibraltar Point Lighthouse Normal travel time by ferry to and from the Toronto Islands is about 15 minutes in each direction.

Centre Island Schedule
Monday to Friday Service* Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays
Departs City Departs Centre Island Departs City Departs Centre Island
9:00 a.m. 9:15 a.m. 8:00 a.m.** 8:15 a.m.**
9:45 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m.** 9:15 a.m.**
11:00 a.m. 11:15 a.m. 9:30 a.m.** 9:45 a.m.**
11:45 a.m. 12:01 p.m. 10:00 a.m.** 10:15 a.m.**
12:30 p.m.** 12:45 p.m.** Every 30 minutes Every 30 minutes
1:00 p.m. 1:15 p.m.
1:45 p.m. 2:00 p.m.
2:30 p.m.** 2:45 p.m.**
3:15 p.m. 3:30 p.m.
4:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m.
4:45 p.m. 5:15 p.m.
5:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m.
6:15 p.m. 6:45 p.m. 7:30 p.m.** 7:45 p.m.**
7:15 p.m. 7:45 p.m. 8:30 p.m.** 8:45 p.m.**
8:30 p.m. 9:00 p.m. 9:30 p.m.** 9:45 p.m.**
9:30 p.m. 10:00 p.m. 10:30 p.m. 11:00 p.m.
10:30 p.m. 11:00 p.m. 11:15 p.m. 11:45 p.m.

*Centre Island schedule will increase to every 15 minutes depending upon weather and crowd requirements. **Direct route

Possible places to see – Royal Ontario Museum, Casa Loma, Toronto Zoo, Ontario Science Centre

6:30 10 minute walk –  Family guy Live – Sony Centre for the Performing Arts   – 1 Front Street East  Toronto, ON M5E 1B2, Canada

Sunday –  Toronto – Ottawa – Montreal

Sunrise 7:13am for TO  / sunset 6:38pm for Montreal

Montreal Biosphère

Montreal Biosphère

Leave Toronto 7am for Ottawa scenic route on Trans- Canada Hwy is 5 hour 48 mins 314 miles

Arrive near 2pm

See Centre Block on Parliament Hill

Left to right above the Ottawa River:

  1. Alexandra Bridge
  2. Samuel de Champlain Statue
  3. glass section of the National Gallery of Canada
  4. pale building with turrets – Fairmont Château Laurier Hotel
  5. Rideau Canal Locks
  6. Parliament Hill – Parliament of Canada Building
  7. round shaped – Library of Parliament
  8. with clock and national flag – Peace Tower
  9. downtown buildings, government offices
  10. circular roof structure – Ottawa Marriott Hotel
  11. above trees, grey with black roof – The Supreme Court of Canada Building

Leave 4:00pm Ottawa to Montreal 2 hours 124 miles

Hotel & Suites Place des Arts
270 rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Montréal (Québec), H2X 1X9

Monday – Vermont

Sunrise for Woodstock, VT 6:47 am

New Hampshire RR in the Fog 44.400078, -71.502141

New Hampshire RR in the Fog 44.400078, -71.502141


  1. Stowe, Vermont – Mt. Mansfield
  2. Lake Willoughby – Mt Hor Flanks the Western Side of Lake Willoughby, VT
  3. Danville, VT then 12 minutes away Church and Red Barn in Peacham, Peacham, VT
  4. Sleepy Hollow Farm, So. Pomfret, VT
  5. 43° 31′ 34.47″ N 72° 33′ 27.44″ W – Jenne Farm
  6. Sunset at Franconia Notch State Park

For the Sugar House:
8.6 Back to Rte 106. Turn right on Route 6. Take first road on LEFT to the SUGAR HOUSE

The Jenne Farm is in central Vermont, about a 15 minutes drive south of Woodstock on Route 106. If you are driving south on 106, go through South Woodstock, then follow the road up Reading Hill. After it crests and you start to go down, slow down and look for a small sign on the right hand side. (There will also be a sign for the Jenne Farm Road) See our road map of the area

Franconia Notch State Park – 9 Franconia Notch Parkway Franconia/Lincoln, NH 03580
Exit 34B Ride the Aerial Tramway to the Summit of Cannon Mountain – N 44° 10.367’
W 071° 41.536’

Sunset 6:29pm for Franconia

29 miles 38 minutes to Inn from Franconia

The Spalding Inn – 199 Mt View Rd.  Whitefield, NH 03598

Tuesday – NH- Portland

Sunrise 6:44am

Leave 6:30am – Mt Washington Auto Road  – 31.8 mi, 41 mins

Opens at 1 Mount Washington Auto Road, Gorham, NH
GPS coordinates: 44.28850 Lat., -71.22580 Long.

Start of the Mt. Washington Auto Road, NH

Start of the Mt. Washington Auto Road, NH

North Conway, New Hampshire

Eaton, NH, Crystal Lake –  church across lake

Chocorua Lake – 43°54′02″N 71°14′14″W

Leave 1pm towards Portland to return car 101 Westbrook St  Portland, ME 04102 by 4:15 at latest

Church in the Mountains, Sugar Hill, NH
Long pond – Benton, NH
Newfound Lake, Bristol, NH

Maybe Old First Church of West Bennington
1 Monument Circle
Bennington, Vermont 0520