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SIMS XVII is being jointly organized by The University at Buffalo (New York, USA), The University of Toronto (Toronto, ON) and The University of Western Ontario (London, ON).









Tours will be offered on Wednesday, September 16th.  Please register for tours when you complete your registration. The following three tours will be available:

  1. Niagara Falls and Niagara on the Lake
  2. Jordan Village & Twenty Valley Winery Tour
  3. McMichael Art Gallery

1. Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake
One of the seven natural wonders of the world. Niagara Falls is a world famous attraction that draws visitors from around the world.   More information is at           

The group will depart from the hotel at 11:30 am and enjoy lunch on the bus trip through the Niagara Wine Region on the way to the “Falls”.  A one hour stop at the “Falls” will allow the participants to see the Falls and enjoy the local attractions. The bus will depart the “Falls” and follow the Niagara River to the old town of Niagara-on-the Lake.  

Niagara-on-the-Lake was Canada’s first capital and today maintains the ambience of the old town and incorporates the first of Canada’s growing wine producers.  The bus will stop in Niagara-on-the-Lake for people to explore the picturesque main street and then return to the hotel for 6:30 pm.

2. Jordan Village & Twenty Valley Winery Tour
Jordan Village is a touch of time gone by, situated amidst the wineries of the Niagara Escarpment in Niagara’s Twenty Valley. The village is brimming with things to do and see – visit the award-winning wineries, cool historic museums, spas or nature trails.

The group will depart from the hotel at 12:00 pm and enjoy lunch on the bus trip through the Niagara Wine Region on the way to Jordan Village.  A tour of one of the unique local wineries will be followed by free time to explore the main street of Jordan Village.  The bus will depart the village at 4:00 pm for arrival back at the hotel by 5:30 pm.

3. McMichael Art Gallery
This tour will depart the hotel at 12:00 pm en route to a good dim-sum lunch (Chinese food in Toronto is indeed outstanding) at a restaurant just north of Toronto. Arriving at the McMichael Art Gallery around 2:00 pm, you will enjoy a 60 minute guided tour and free time until 4:00 pm.  From 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm the group will be able to enjoy a hike though the valley to enjoy the outdoor charms of the Ontario woodlands.  The bus will return to the hotel by approximately 6:30 pm.

Please note:

  • The committee reserves the right to cancel tours that do not attain a minimum attendance level.
  • Boxed lunches or Lunch vouchers may be provided in the case of tours to Niagara Falls, Jordan Valley and the Wineries



SIMS XVII Conference Secretariat: Ron Dewar - Meeting Management Services - (905) 335-7993 or (800) 625-7925 -

SIMS XVII Conference Co-Chairs: Dr. Joseph Gardella, Jr., University at Buffalo
Dr. Rana Sodhi
, University of Toronto
Dr. Leo Lau, University of Western Ontario