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Destination: Staycation is in support of the Better Living family of organizations, which includes seniors care and support in our long-term care home in the Don Mills and North York communities, programs offered through our location sites, and our residential and community hospice services in York Region. Through Destination: Staycation, our goal is to connect our community through shared virtual travel to selection destinations around the world.

How it works

We heard your feedback from last year and are excited to be partnering with a new tour company, and with professional tour guides that will be leading us on in-person guided walking tours in each destination that we visit.

We will be experiencing landmarks and exotic locations such as the traditional downtown and cultural district in Tokyo, a Buddhist temple, and the famous waterfront in Auckland, New Zealand.

Join us and travel (virtually) to these destinations from the comfort of your own home. Each tour will be accompanied by a special gift that represents the destination we will be visiting!

Tour Descriptions

Tour 1: Tokyo’s Traditional Downtown and Historic Cultural District

During this tour, we’ll explore the bustling Ameyoko Market with 400 shops selling everything and anything from clothes, spices, cosmetics, and fresh fish. Our tour guide will take us through the famous Ueno Park to enjoy the beautiful serenity of its Lotus Pond. Finally, we’ll purify ourselves at the Marishiten Buddhist Temple. Our tour guide will share some of the special traditions observed upon approaching the temple. One of the most popular districts in Tokyo, every turn has something new to discover!

Date: July 20th
Time: 8:00 – 9:00 PM

Register for Tokyo

Tour 2: Explore A Buddhist Temple With A Thai Monk

We will discover the beauty of Wat Suan Dok Buddhist Temple in Chiang Mai with a local Buddhist monk as our guide! A tranquil escape within the city, Wat Suan Dok is a 700-year-old Buddhist temple where novices and monks learn and study the teachings of Buddhism. During the tour, we’ll explore the surrounding memorial grounds with their beautiful monuments and ceremonial bells. Within the temple, a friendly Buddhist monk will greet us and show us around the different areas of the temple, from the main shrine and mediation areas to the collection of unique Buddha statues and the beautiful carved wooden murals that decorate the hall. We’ll be able to ask questions as our guide explains and demonstrates the various rituals practiced in the temple.

Date: August 30th
Time: 8:00 – 9:00 PM

Register for Chiang Mai

Tour 3: Auckland’s Famous Waterfront, New Zealand

Auckland’s Waterfront is a lively district filled with the local seaside culture and daily living. In the busy atmosphere full of constant change, we’ll see the superyachts, the beautiful harbor views, and the iconic downtown city skyline, including Sky Tower – the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere. A little walk away, we’ll venture over the Te Wero drawbridge into the Viaduct Harbour and explore some of the history and culture of Auckland. Past Team New Zealand HQ and around the new Park Hyatt Hotel, our guide will share with us one of the best places to sit and watch the world sail by.

Date: September 28th
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Register for Auckland

For a sneak peak of what to expect, check out this video from Hop A Tour!

Destination Staycation sneak peak video

Email us at [email protected] to learn more about our upcoming travel adventure.