Driving Tours – 2018 Events & Dates

 

Below are the confirmed events for 2018. If you haven’t been on one of these events before, click here for more information about what you can expect. As each event approaches, the hosts will provide further details to each registered member, including event logistics and meal plans. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact the relevant event host.

To register for Driving Tour events, contact the host directly OR if the host has chosen Club Reg for their event, please go to www.clubregistration.net.  If you have difficulty registering, click here for step-by-step instructions on how to register.

2018 Season

Many more will be added so check back often.

 


FRIDAY JUNE 15, 2018

Muskoka Locks Driving Tour (Trent-Severn Waterway)

The tour will feature 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.  Our tour will kick off in Brechin, east of Lake Simcoe and south of Orillia.  The firs stop will be the Kirkfield Lift Lock, originally completed in 1907, and modernized in 1969.  This is the smaller of the lift locks on the Trent-Severn waterway, with a lift of 49 feet.  The route from Kirkfield will head north west through Washago, taking a brief blast up Highway 11 to follow Route 13, a wonderful route that dances over the Canadian Shield into Bala where we will stop for lunch.  After lunch, we will head out along Highway 38, full of nice sweeping curves to Highway 400 for a short run down to Route 34,  which will take us to the Big Chute Marine Railway.  Originally built in 1917, the current carriage is the third, completed in 1978, and is capable of carrying boats up to 100 feet long.  It is an impressive feat of engineering.  After a visit we will continue to Port Severn, where we will visit a classic lock, which is also the last lock of the Trent-Severn system before Georgian Bay.  We will have a brief stop for refreshments, after which participants can arrange to return to the GTA or enjoy a weekend in cottage country.

  • Hosted by Larry Funnell(email: [email protected])
  • 20 Porsches, 200 kilometres, 3½ hours total drive time, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • $29 (includes lunch with dessert and beverage, tax and tip)
  • Registration via ClubReg opens Sunday, April 22nd at 9 p.m.

SATURDAY JUNE 23, 2018

Southern Georgian Bay Driving Tour

We will meet as usual at 0800 at the Tim Hortons in Thornton (intersection of Innisfil Beach Rd and Hwy 27).  After the sign-in and briefing, we will leave in two groups, winding our way through the backroads of Clearview Township (motto: beautiful landscapes – friendly people).  Our first stop will be the Edenvale Airport, where we will visit the Edenvale Classic Aircraft Foundation (http://www.classicaircraft.ca) to have a look at their classic planes.  We will then continue along the shores of Southern Georgian Bay to Penetanguishene, where we will visit historic Discovery Harbour (http://www.discoveryharbour.on.ca/dh/en/Home/index.htm) and have lunch in their beautiful dockside restaurant at the edge of the water.  After lunch, we will continue to travel to Midland and visit the Wye Marsh Conservation Centre (https://www.wyemarsh.com) where we will be treated to a guided tour of the facility.  We will cap off our travels with a drive to Martin’s farm in Angus, where we will arrive around 1700 for a scrumptious BBQ, concluding our program for the day.

  • Hosted by Martin Hederich(email: [email protected])
  • 30 Porsches, 200 kilometres, 3½ hours total drive time, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Cost $65/person(includes admissions to venues, 3 course lunch, evening BBQ)
  • Registration via ClubRegopens Sunday, April 29 at 9 p.m.

FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2018

The Land Between Driving Tour

An exceptional route is being carefully designed that meets the needs of Porsche enthusiasts and their high-performance cars – minimal traffic and great pavement! Please join us for a great day exploring a very rural area northeast of Toronto with fabulous roads and breathtaking rugged sights you likely have never seen. The Land Between has been described by author Brian Robert as “the chaotic collision of the St. Lawrence Lowlands and Canadian Shield,” a large swath of area that runs from Georgian Bay in the west to Kingston in the east — “rolling hills, flat plains, hard rock and conifers.” Further details will be published here prior to registration opening, stay tuned!

  • Hosted by James Biggar [email protected]
  • 30 Porsches
  • Cost: $40 per person (includes lunch, tax and tip).
  • Registration via ClubReg opens Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 9 p.m.

SATURDAY, JULY 14, 2018

Best Of Wine Country Driving Tour (East Edition: Prince Edward County)

Join us for a fun and memorable adventure in Ontario’s enchanting Prince Edward County. This driving tour explores some of the best twists and turns that PEC’s country roads have to offer. First stop is the Traynor Family Vineyard, where we will sample some of their critically acclaimed varietals. Next stop is Huff Estates, where we will indulge our taste buds with a special lunch, served on the winery’s scenic outdoor patio. After lunch, we can take in an art exhibition at Oeno Gallery, where Canadian contemporary artists’ creations shine.

  • Hosted by Eric Wang [email protected]
  • 20 Porsches, cost $38 (includes wine tasting and special lunch)
  • Registration via ClubReg opens Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 9 p.m.

SUNDAY, AUG. 5, 2018

Summer Cruise And German Barbecue Niagara Driving Tour

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 German barbecue crafted by local chef Stacie Royds and hosted by fellow club member Klaus Reif, newly joined last year, 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.  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 — three of them Porsches, two of them 911s. Reif Estate Winery has played host to many car club get-togethers including Corvette (Klaus owns two) and Tesla (Klaus says he’ll own one soon, unless the Mission E distracts him first).

This driving tour’s route is the very latest and greatest of Niagara’s twists and turns discovered from behind the wheel of Stefan Walther’s 2015 Guards Red Cayman, honed to perfection over seven driving tours, and features sections never before travelled on one of his PCA UCR events.

The tour wraps on the lawn of Reif Estate Winery where chef Stacie Royds will craft several new takes on German favourites — bratwurst, schnitzel, potato dumplings, unique salads — 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 and Stefan Walther [email protected]
  • 30 Porsches, 200 kilometres, cost $49 per person (includes mini car show and gourmet German barbecue at Reif Estate Winery)
  • Registration via ClubReg opens Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 9 p.m.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Blue Mountains Art Appreciation Tour

Join us for our 9th Annual Blue Mountains Driving Tour, which takes a meandering route from Primrose (north of Orangeville) to Clarksburg (aka “Artsburg”). For this year’s event, based on the success of the last couple of years, we’ll have an art appreciation theme.  We’ll travel some scenic backroads alongside winding rivers, go up and down the Niagara Escarpment through a number of quaint villages and our rest-stops will be in towns featuring local artists.  After an enjoyable lunch stop in Collingwood, our curvy route continues through the picturesque Blue Mountains to more artsy towns and we’ll end with a late afternoon Wine & Cheese reception alongside the Beaver River.

  • Hosted by Hazel de Burgh & Martin Tekela:  [email protected] and  Paul & Peggy Biggin:  [email protected]
  • Cost:  $60/pp (including gourmet lunch, taxes & gratuities; wine & cheese reception; and prizes for the best teams in the art appreciation quiz)
  • Maximum Cars:  33
  • Registration Opens: 9 PM, Sunday, June 17, 2018
  • Registration via https://clubregistration.net

SATURDAY, AUG. 18, 2018

Driving Tour To South Coast Jazz Festival (Port Dover)

Sign up early for perhaps the most interesting driving tour of the 2018 season! We currently plan to leave from either Oakville or 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. Jeremy organized a great event in 2017 which had us crisscrossing the escarpment on some exciting roads, which many of us felt was the best event we had been engaged in that year; this driving tour will encompass a number of those elements.

Port Dover is the home of the South Coast Jazz Festival, now in its fifth year and attracting top-tier jazz and blues performers over the festival weekend (starts Friday and concludes Sunday afternoon), with the main event taking place Saturday evening, the day of this driving tour. This driving tour includes a ticket for each person to the festival, which includes a reception hosted by Dini Petty, dinner and the evening performances. A special “Porsche paddock” is planned next to the main event venue, so parking at this busy festival is taken care of!

For those who wish to stay overnight, a block of hotel rooms has been reserved but be warned — the number of hotel rooms in Norfolk County is rather limited so, if you want to reserve a room, please register early and then contact John Buckingham regarding the available hotel options. In any case, the block of rooms will be released by June 1, in fairness to the demand from other festival participants. And, for those staying over, a group breakfast is being considered AND your festival ticket will give you access to any of the other performances that day.

Cost for the event is $130 per person and includes lunch and the festival events (reception, dinner, performances). For more information on the South Coast Jazz Festival, please visit http://www.southcoastjazz.com/

  • Hosted by John Buckingham and Jeremy Gunness, [email protected],
  • 25 Porsches, 225 kilometres
  • cost $130 (includes reception, dinner, music performances)
  • Registration via ClubReg is currently open

SATURDAY, AUG. 25, 2018

Best Of Wine Country Driving Tour (West Edition: Niagara)

Enjoy a fun day touring Vineland and Niagara-On-The-Lake in your Porsche with fellow club members —  starting with Southbrook Vineyards, we visit their thoughtfully designed and LEED-certified hospitality pavilion. Through the guided wine tasting, we learn about Southbrook’s award-winning, sustainable and biodynamic viticulture practices. A picnic lunch and wine pairings are served. After lunch, stretch your legs as we take the scenic route to Vineland. Next stop is 13th Street Winery where we sample a couple of Ontario’s quintessential varietals, tour the estate, and don’t forget to treat yourself to butter tarts and other goodies from the famous 13th Bakery! For the art lovers, the gallery at 13th showcases original works by Canadian artists. Last but not the least, a pit stop at Cherry Lane for snacks and juices, before we head back home.

  • Hosted by Eric Wang [email protected]
  • 20 Porsches, cost $48 (includes wine tasting and gourmet picnic lunch)
  • Registration via ClubReg opens Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 9 p.m.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 23, 2018

Pfaff Porsche GTA Urban Circuit Driving Tour

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. For more information, please contact Diana Kwok at [email protected].

  • Hosted by Pfaff Porsche [email protected] 
  • 25 Porsches, no cost (includes refreshments)
  • Registration via ClubReg opens Sunday, July 29, 2018 at 9 p.m.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2018

Nickelball Bay to Shining Bay Pre-Thanksgiving Weekend Tour

On Saturday morning at 9:00 AM, our Nickelball Tour takes the group North from Parry Sound across the newest and smoothest section of Highway 400, with its playful exits and on-ramps, past the historic canoe route to the west, then through the Canadian Shield for lunch in Sudbury overlooking one of the city’s 330 lakes.  After lunch, our route heads to the famous Big Nickel and then further North past the picturesque A.Y. Jackson Lookout returning for our dinner and overnight stay.   Sunday brings breakfast and takes us West across the Trans-Canada Highway to the curves and white quartzite mountains of our approach to Manitoulin Island. We’ll grab lunch and touring the largest freshwater island in the world along open and clear roads, with a stop or two along the way to shop local stores and galleries. Running back and forth on the island roads, we’ll arrive at South Baymouth where some of us will catch the return ferry while others may take the North route back through Little Current on the mainland route. All told, this event presents the most diverse, varied and unexpected landscapes in the province.

Note: Once you are registered, we will send you detailed instructions for hotel and ferry bookings.

  • Hosted by Greg Oldenburg ([email protected]) & Dennis Centis ([email protected])
  • 30 Porsches – 1,200 kilometres – endless hours of thrilling driving
  • Cost: $234 (includes all meals, special Nickelball Tour coin, commemorative T-shirt, road atlas, Porsche swag, gift bag, entry to French River Experience), Hotel $140 and Ferry $65 are extra.
  • Registration via ClubReg opens Sunday, July 1 at 9 p.m.

2 thoughts on “Driving Tours – 2018 Events & Dates

  1. Hello
    Can anyone tell me what are the 2018 driving tour dates? I believe i may have seen them on a past issue of Provinz, but i’m uncertain. I have also checked on Clubregistration.net and only see the March event. Any help will be appreciated.

    sincerely,
    John Esteves

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