Exclusive VIP Behind-The-Scenes Niagara Falls Driving Tour
Explore one of North America’s most impressive, most popular and most powerful natural wonders — Niagara Falls — as well as several also-incredible nearby attractions along the Niagara River, on this exhilarating driving tour and exclusive behind-the-scenes experiences, from the best vantage point possible: the cockpit of your Porsche!
A plethora of exciting and rare opportunities await as PCA UCR is granted unprecedented access to Old Fort Erie and the sights and sounds of this War Of 1812 National Historic Site, a putting competition at Legends On The Niagara championship golf course complete with prizes, scrumptious gourmet lunch at Table Rock House Restaurant overlooking the mighty Niagara Falls (and with private Porsche parking!), a very exclusive tour of the century-old decommissioned Canadian Niagara Power Plant (never open to the public!), Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse, as well as a cruise through picturesque Old Town Niagara-On-The-Lake.
The day’s extraordinary events begin with a mid-morning meet-up just off the QEW in Vineland and a blast through some wonderful twists and turns, ups and downs, in Niagara escarpment backcountry, on the way to Old Fort Erie.
In 1943, Winston Churchill called the curvy meandering road along the Niagara River “the prettiest Sunday afternoon drive in the world.” For this driving tour, however, we plot the route on a Friday for less traffic and fewer tourists, complete from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario.
The day wraps up with a late-afternoon refreshment reception at Queenston Heights Restaurant. Did you know this is where Niagara Falls was originally located 12,300 years ago? Erosion has taken it away 11.4 kilometres down the river. Just one of many trivia tidbits to be gleaned, so don’t miss what will certainly be one of the most talked-about driving tours of the 2019 season!
Hosted by Kimberly Willis and Stefan Walther, email@example.com,
- 40 Porsches
- 200 kilometres
- cost $109.00 per person (includes lunch at Table Rock House Restaurant in Niagara Falls, admission into several attractions, wrap-up refreshment reception at Queenston Heights Restaurant, other highlights)
Registration via ClubReg is currently open
Muskoka Locks Driving Tour (Trent-Severn Waterway)
Back by popular demand, join us for a great day of Porsche driving on some of the best twisty roads through Muskoka, exploring the incredible mighty locks of the Trent-Severn Waterway, with a pit stop into Crossroads restaurant for a scrumptious lunch! The tour features three types of locks used in the Trent-Severn Waterway, a canal system initially conceived for military purposes, then commercial considerations and finally recreational use by the time it was finished. The Kirkfield Lift Lock was originally completed in 1907 and then modernized in 1969, the smaller of the lift locks on the Trent-Severn Waterway, with a lift of 49 feet. We explore wonderful roads that dance and sweep up and around and over the Canadian Shield. We pop into the Big Chute Marine Railway, originally built in 1917, and the current carriage is the third, completed in 1978, capable of carrying boats up to 100 feet long — it is an impressive feat of engineering. We also visit Port Severn’s classic lock, the last of the Trent-Severn system before Georgian Bay. Afterwards we enjoy a brief stop for refreshments before departing back to the GTA. Or maybe make this the start of a wonderful weekend vacation getaway in cottage country!
Hosted by Larry Funnell firstname.lastname@example.org, 30 Porsches, 300 kilometres, cost $43 per person (includes Crossroads buffet lunch)
Registration via ClubReg opens Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 9 p.m.
Celebrate all that is good and great about summer with this fabulous driving tour through Niagara wine country — a curvy route perfect for Porsches followed by a delicious gourmet southern-style cook-out crafted by local chef Collin Goodine and hosted by fellow club member Klaus Reif at his namesake Reif Estate Winery, a founding winery of the region situated on the Niagara River in Niagara-On-The-Lake!
In addition, Klaus will lead a private tour and tastings for his fellow club members and their guests.
And if that isn’t enough, Reif Estate Winery will offer a custom-labelled PCA UCR Special Reserve two-bottle pack (cabernet merlot and riesling) at a very special “club member only” price.
Klaus is a huge auto enthusiast and Porsche fan, currently owning many cars — several of them Porsches. Reif Estate Winery has played host to many car club get-togethers including Corvette (Klaus owns two) and Tesla.
This driving tour’s route is the very latest and greatest of Niagara’s twists and turns, honed to perfection over numerous PCA UCR driving tours, starting in the Hamilton area around noon and riding the mighty escarpment all the way into Niagara-On-The-Lake.
The tour wraps on the lawn of Reif Estate Winery where chef Collin Goodine crafts several new takes on southern cook-out favourites — buttermilk fried chicken, pulled pork, Philly cheesesteak, cedar-plank salmon, unique salads, finished with a selection of delectable desserts — that you won’t want to miss!
Being the long weekend, perhaps book a bed and breakfast, and make this driving tour into a little mini vacation in Niagara.
Hosted by Klaus Reif, email@example.com, 30 Porsches, 200 kilometres, cost $69 per person (includes mini car show, private winery tour and tastings, and gourmet southern cook-out at Reif Estate Winery)
Registration via ClubReg opens Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 9 p.m.
Erwin Komenda, designer, engineer and metallurgist, was one of the first hires to the newly founded Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche GmbH in 1931. Working with Porsche, he would design the bodywork for Auto Union and Cisitalia Grand Prix cars, the Volkswagen Beetle, and most importantly to Porschephiles, the 356 and 901. His simple, fluid design language continues in Porsches today, including the new 992 generation of the 911. Join this driving tour for an enjoyable day celebrating his accomplishments and the impact they have had on our favourite marque. Coffee, tea and delicious scones and tea biscuits are served at our starting location, located close to the lake in Oakville. A brief introduction to Komenda’s life and design precedes our setting off for a scenic and leisurely drive west along Lakeshore Road. We travel to Ontario’s best wine appellation, stopping at several favourite locations for wine tasting and other delights of the Beamsville Bench. An ability to appreciate fine food, beverages and great driving roads is highly encouraged.
Hosted by Stephen and Jenn Fowler, firstname.lastname@example.org, 15 Porsches, $50 per person (includes the day’s refreshments and attraction stops)
Registration via ClubReg opens Sunday, June 16, 2019 at 9 p.m.
Driving Tour To South Coast Jazz Festival Weekend (Port Dover)
Sign up early for the second iteration of one of the most sought-after driving tours of the 2018 season! This time, we plan the tour as a full weekend event! As before, we depart from Milton and follow a special route over and around Hamilton Mountain and then stop for a group lunch enroute to Port Dover in Norfolk County, the home of a number of wineries and lavender farms. Jeremy outlined a great route in 2018 which had us crisscrossing the escarpment on some exciting roads, many of us felt this was the most fun driving tour we had been engaged in that year! Port Dover is the home of the South Coast Jazz Festival, now in its sixth year and attracting top-tier jazz and blues performers over the festival weekend (Saturday and Sunday), with the main event taking place Saturday evening. This driving tour includes a special ticket for each person to the festival which includes a reception, dinner and the evening performances. A special “Porsche Paddock” is again planned next to the main event venue, so parking at this busy festival is taken care of! On Sunday, a group brunch happens at the Brant Hill Inn, one of the focal points of the festival, followed by an exclusive boat tour of the Grand River. All included in this driving tour. A block of hotel and bed-and-breakfast rooms has been reserved but be warned — the number of hotel and rooms in Norfolk County is rather limited so, if you would like to reserve a room, please register early and then contact John Buckingham regarding the available accommodation options. In any case, the block of rooms will be released by July 1, in fairness to the demand from other festival participants. And the festival ticket gives you access to any of the other festival performances on Sunday. For more info on the festival, visit http://www.southcoastjazz.com/
Hosted by John Buckingham and Jeremy Gunness, email@example.com, 25 Porsches, $226 per person (includes South Coast Jazz Festival ticket, lunch, reception, dinner, performances, brunch, boat tour)
Registration via ClubReg is currently open
This driving tour starts mid-morning in one of the best ways possible — mingling with fellow Porsche enthusiasts and club members, surrounded by the shiniest of the latest and greatest that our favourite automaker has to offer, in the bright inviting showroom of our host, Downtown Porsche. If there is a good time to drive in Toronto, it would certainly be early on a Sunday. No worries, however, we aren’t hanging around long — as the heart of the city wakes up and starts beating, we set out east to drive some of the best GTA roads that hug the shores of Lake Ontario, with pit stops into several interesting picturesque areas, opportunities to take in the magnificent scenery and pose for a couple of photo-ops. Afterwards we wrap up the cruise much the same way as we began, with a delicious meal, compliments of the host, Downtown Porsche, at a nice east-end eatery.
Hosted by Downtown Porsche, firstname.lastname@example.org, 25 Porsches, free of charge (includes morning refreshments and lunch, compliments of the host)
Registration via ClubReg opens Sunday, June 30, 2019 at 9 p.m.
Bon voyage! Registration has closed and over 30 PCA UCR club members and their guests are jetting off!
September 11-23, 2019 – PORSCHE MUSEUM AND FACTORY TOUR IN STUTTGART — the worldwide beating heart of Porsche and production hub of the iconic 911, Cayman, Boxster and, very soon, electric Taycan!
HOSTED BY: Stefan Walther – Click to Contact
Join fellow Porsche aficionados and be a part of the first annual Porsche Centre North Toronto Enthusiast Cruise! Departing from Porsche Centre North Toronto, we drive north and flow out of the city with exciting and delicious stops along the way. Our route includes some back roads, some highways — and a full dose of fun. The day begins at 10 a.m. with a light breakfast and gift at the Carrera Café inside Porsche Centre North Toronto, then we take the on-ramp heading northbound away from the city before arriving at our first stop, Engineered Automotive, where we enjoy the sights (and sounds) of the dealership’s 911 GT3 Cup car, along with classic Porsche cars that accompany great stories. Next we continue north until we reach our lunch destination, after which we work our way through some of the roads less traveled where we take in the beauty of our Porsche convoy driving together on the open road. Finally, we arrive at our last destination where we have the opportunity to take a group photo together to remember the first-ever Porsche Centre North Toronto Enthusiast Cruise.
Hosted by Porsche Centre North Toronto, email@example.com, 25 Porsches, free of charge (includes light breakfast, lunch and gift, compliments of the host)
Registration via ClubReg opens Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 9 p.m.
You don’t need to venture outside of the Toronto area to have an amazing Sunday drive — you just have to get out on the road early enough. Starting with coffee and refreshments at Pfaff Porsche in Vaughn, this Sunday drive strings together some of the most picturesque roads in the GTA — as well as some of its best on- and off-ramps. It’s a great way to explore the city in your Porsche, then end the day with lunch and an opportunity for socializing with fellow Porsche aficionados.
Hosted by Pfaff Porsche, firstname.lastname@example.org, 25 Porsches, free of charge (includes morning refreshments and lunch, compliments of the host)
Registration via ClubReg opens Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 9 p.m.
Fire up your Porsche for one of 2019’s final — and best — driving tours as we carve our way through Kawartha Lakes’ rolling hills, rugged rock and flat plains, set ablaze in all their autumn glory, via some of the smoothest and curviest highways, with a relaxing gourmet lunch stop at Stone 21 restaurant at the fabulous Pinestone Resort in Haliburton.
This extraordinary drive begins at 10 a.m. just north of Toronto, in Uxbridge, warming up with some sweeping curves and straight blasts as we head into rural lake country. We snag a quick pit stop in Bobcaygeon and then tackle some seriously fantastic highways on our way to Haliburton and a delicious lunch at Stone 21 restaurant, relaxing among Kawartha Lakes’ tremendous natural beauty, amped up by fall’s foliage and crisp clear air.
After lunch, we snake our way back towards civilization through the heart of the Kawarthas, again on some of the area’s best roads, nestled among various waterways and marshlands, scattered farms, mature woods and sprawling countryside.
To wrap up, we pop into a diner for a refreshing beverage, possibly a snack, to share some stories of the day’s great adventure before dispersing and setting off for our respective homes.
This driving tour has been moved up two weeks from last year’s edition so that we find more coloured leaves on the trees rather than on the ground — though there was still a spectacular kaleidoscope hanging on — as well as a slightly warmer temperature.
It won’t be long before many Porsches are tucked away into hibernation for the cold winter, so don’t miss one of 2019’s final exciting driving tours!
Hosted by PCA UCR Driving Tours, email@example.com, 30 Porsches, 300 kilometres, cost $52 per person (includes gourmet lunch at Stone 21 restaurant)
Registration via ClubReg opens Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019 at 9 p.m.