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Bridges 2017 Excursion

Monday, July 31st, 8:30am–6:00pm
Bridges participants and companions only
Advance ticket purchase required

Join us on Monday, July 31st for a fun excursion to sites of cultural and natural interest in southern Ontario. The planned itinerary is as follows:

The McMichael Gallery
Kleinburg, Ontario

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection stands alone as the only publicly funded fine art gallery in the nation that focuses on Canadian art and the Indigenous art of our country, both historical and contemporary. The permanent collection consists of over 6,400 artworks by Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven, their contemporaries, and First Nations, Métis, Inuit and contemporary artists who have contributed to the development of Canadian art.

Built of fieldstone and hand-hewn logs in a modernist design, the McMichael houses thirteen exhibition galleries where floor-to-ceiling windows enable visitors to enjoy views of the densely wooded Humber River Valley. Beyond the galleries are 100 acres of forested land, from a ridgetop ‘wilderness garden,’ planted by the McMichaels to echo the northern forest beloved of the Group of Seven, to the heritage wetlands and waterways.

(Image: Woodland Waterfall, Tom Thomson, 1916)

Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area
Milton, Ontario

We will stop at Rattlesnake Point to eat lunch and take in the beautiful scenery. Rattlesnake Point is one of the scenic stops along the Niagara Escarpment, and a popular spot for camping, hiking, rock climbing. There are easily accessible walking trails to panoramic views of the region.


Niagara Falls

In the afternoon, we will take in the incredible power and beauty of Niagara Falls, one of the world's most famous tourist attractions.




The planned timing of the excursion is as follows:

  • 8:30 am: Buses leave from University of Waterloo
  • 10:00 am: Arrive at McMichael Gallery
  • 12:00 pm: Depart McMichael Gallery
  • 12:50 pm: Arrive at Rattlesnake Point
  • 2:00 pm: Depart Rattlesnake Point
  • 3:00 pm: Arrive at Niagara Falls
  • 4:00 pm: Depart Niagara Falls
  • 6:00 pm: Return to Waterloo (with optional drop-off in uptown Waterloo for dinner)


Tickets are available for purchase before the conference, and will continue to be sold during the first day or two of Bridges (we will announce a deadline). The cost is $60 USD per person. This is a separate purchase on top of every level of conference registration. If you are interested in purchasing one or more tickets, please visit our shopsite page.