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A couple of questions about trip to Canada

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Posted: 2004-01-21 11:33:00   


My wife and I are in the early stage of planning a trip to Canada and USA this summer. We are hoping to visit Toronto and Montreal on the Canadian side but we don't know much about the area. We will of course purchase a guide book sooner or later but I would like to get some feedback on what to see and what to do in the Montreal / Toronto area. How long will it take to drive between these two cities? Is end of June a good time to go? Is it far from Toronto to Niagra falls?

Thanks in advance :)



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Posted: 2004-01-23 15:54:00   

Lots so see and do in Toronto and Montreal, but of course I would suggest spending more time in the latter. It's exceedingly charming. Driving time ranges between 5 and 7.5 hours between the two cities. From Toronto, Niagara Falls is another 60-90 minutes, depending on traffic.

In the past, I managed to do this itinerary in less than 24 hours: leave Montreal at 10am, get into Toronto at about 5pm, then into Niagara at about 7pm. Stayed at the Falls for dinner, crossed the Rainbow bridge to the US and came back to Canada. Left Niagara at about 1130pm, got slightly lost on the way back making a wrong turn into downtown Toronto, drove through the night arriving back at Montreal before 6am.

End of June is about the best time to visit, but the crowds are here. It does not get too warm yet until around late July/August. But the Canadian fall is indeed worth a trip to Quebec (late september to october).

I am writing this from Tokyo. When I get back home to Montreal, I will find time to post more pictures on my album. Cheers and have fun!

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Posted: 2004-08-17 22:09:00   

I guess it all depends on what you want to see. If you are interested in seeing a European style city, Montreal is where yu want to spend more time. If you want to see a cleaner version of a large US city, than Toronto is better. Both cities are multi-cultural, with lots to see and do otherwise.

Personally, I love hockey and wanted to see the Hockey Hall of Fame...but what else do you expect from a Canadian?

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