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Building a 3 week itinerary for September!

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Building a 3 week itinerary for September!

Hello,

We, a couple in our 60's, are trying to create a 3 week September vacation (dates to be decided) starting off in Toronto, our arrival city. Our interests lean toward cultural activity, arts and crafts etc. and sightseeing. Toronto and Niagara Falls seem a natural pairing where we could get by without a car. After that we could do some touring, possibly in a motorhome. Are there plenty of quality sites to hole up for one, two or more nights? However, I can't make a circuitous route that makes sense without having to do a lot of driving so can anyone recommend a fairly tight loop that would take in lakeside, rural and scenic stopovers? We could also tailor our plans to coincide with any special events taking place in September. Thank you!

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1. Re: Building a 3 week itinerary for September!

What are your exact dates?

What places, aside from Toronto & Niagara Falls are you interested in seeing/have caught your attention so far? You've said you've tried to make a loop, so if you tell us the places you're interested in so far, perhaps we can do a route for you.

You can start by reading through the Ontario Travel website - check under the Explore tab for various regional info. September is a great time to be traveling, and there are usually lots of studio tours, fall fairs, etc on during that month.

https://www.ontariotravel.net/en/home

The later in the month you are, more opportunity to see the beginning of fall foliage.

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Be aware that some trailer parks, especially up in the Kawarthas etc. do have temporary sites that you can rent out. I know our park has a very nice spot overlooking Lower Buckhorn Lake. Comes with hydro hook up and a concrete pad etc. Very nice up there in September, its cooler in the evening but worth it. But you have to book soon for alot of these types of places. As for the provincial parks a lot of them might be full already, especially for the weekends through September.

A tight loop in Canada could be complete different to what you might expect one would be in the UK. You have to drive longer distances to get to places over here. What you might want to do is look at something like Google and use Toronto as your centre point. Then find some locations north, west and east of that centre point and then find the driving time. For instance, Kingston is east of Toronto and would take you about 2 hours to get to on the 401 highway. (probably longer in an RV which is a bit slower moving).

North you could maybe use North Bay as the farthest point you want to go or even Huntsville which is a bit further south than North Bay. You could consider Collingwood and that area up in the Muskokas.

Stopping every two days and setting up and tearing down the RV site could be a real pain in the rear though. Maybe consider 4 days in each location? Just a thought.

(ps. when i say trailer parks, Im not necessarily describing something negative. Over here people can own trailers that they leave all year round in a park and that they only visit in the last Spring to early Autumn months. Its cheaper than owning a cottage and a lot of the parks are really well run and very tidy, I know mine is anyway)

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3. Re: Building a 3 week itinerary for September!

If you rented a motorhome you are going to be very restricted on touring around and seeing the sites. I realise that renting hotel rooms would be a bit more pricey, but if you have a car you will have way more freedom of movement and there really shouldnt be any issues renting hotel rooms at that time of year.

Also, most RV parks etc. are well outside of major areas to visit so how would get into somewhere if you RV is set up at a park. I would seriously considering ditching that idea and rent a decent car, maybe an SUV or similar and then you can see the province at your leisure.

With a car go as far as Ottawa to the east and spend a few days exploring the city and the area there. Its about 4.5 to 5 hours drive and you can always take highway 7 there which is way more scenic than the 401 highway. You could go as far as Algonquin park heading north up towards North Bay etc.

Just random thoughts anyway. Having a car would be a much better way to get out and about to see the sites.

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4. Re: Building a 3 week itinerary for September!

The majority of car rentals in Canada have unlimited mileage. So distanced driven has no additional expenses. The folks on the BC page often recommend our guests from the UK book rentals through Canadian Affair. Our insurance costs are expensive but you can not drive around without it. Canadian Affair ensures you have the correct insurance. And you could do a one way rental through them, without a big drop off fee.

If you drive east you could go along Lake Ontario.

Check out Prince Edward County

https://www.google.ca/search?q=prince+edward+county&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-ca&client=safari#trex=m_t:lcl_akp,rc_f:nav,rc_ludocids:11572627786808795678,rc_q:Prince%2520Edward%2520County,ru_q:Prince%2520Edward%2520County

Fort Henry in Kingston,

http://www.forthenry.com/

The thousand islands at Ganonoque

And then on to Montreal.

You can easily fly out of Montreal.

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5. Re: Building a 3 week itinerary for September!

I wouldn't do the motor home ... better to go with car, and hotels/motels/B&B's. Motor homes are lumbering, gas guzzlers for the most part, and are useless if you want to visit a city like Ottawa, or even a small city like Kingston. And as noted, they take time to set up and take down, you lose half a day at least on each end picking it up and dropping off.

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6. Re: Building a 3 week itinerary for September!

Apparently my link to PEC did not easily.

You can google search for detail.

Prince Edward County tourism. There are lots of BnB’s there

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http://prince-edward-county.com/

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8. Re: Building a 3 week itinerary for September!

Apparently my link to PEC did not easily.

You can google search for detail.

Prince Edward County tourism. There are lots of BnB’s there

Another thing to note, To rent an RV you have to pay the rental, the mileage you drive, fees to campgrounds. Extra gasoline used, ( today it’s $132.9 per litre and rising) and extra insurance because it’s a more expensive vehicle.

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9. Re: Building a 3 week itinerary for September!

Renting an RV and touring around is not going to be cheaper then Vehicle Hotels/B&B/VRBO trip when you include all the costs involved in renting an RV. RVing is a lifestyle that is best when you want to drive somewhere and stay for a while to walk around and enjoy the smaller places you might visit. They are a nuisance if you want to visit city and attractions the cities offer. RVs will only have about 200 km/day included in the base rate and you will need more than that to get anywhere unless you park it for most of the time.

Distances in Canada are nothing like in the UK where driving for 1 or 2 hrs will be a short drive and often there is not much in between so doing 3-4 hrs to relocate is often seen as a short day.

As suggested you could easily get a route planned to cover part of Ontario and end the trip in Montreal which is another flight hub to the UK + you get a better chance of getting fall colours if you do a loop north to Ottawa and down to Montreal timed for the end of Sept which is when colours could be good.

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10. Re: Building a 3 week itinerary for September!

Thank you all for your prompt replies and sharing your local knowledge. Based on your comments I think we'll forget the motorhome idea and hire a car! Another idea we had was to spend a week or so at a lake resort that was tranquil enough to enjoy the outdoors but near enough to some points of interest, artisan shops and eateries. We love the outdoors but do not partake in any of the energetic pursuits that would make use of the abundant facilities you enjoy. We tend to mosey rather than hike! We can arrange our dates to take in special events - even concerts that are of interest. That said, I'd rather optimise our chance of a bit of late summer sun rather than catching a bit of early autumn colour. I shall take a look at the links you provided and dig a little deeper. Cheers for now!

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