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Visiting Toronoto for 2 weeks.

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Visiting Toronoto for 2 weeks.

Hi, Myself, husband and son (15) are heading to Toronto in October this year to visit my daughter who is going to be studying at Humber College as an exchange student for 4 months. The trip is mainly to see her and see Toronto but looking for help as to whether to travel a bit more and see more of Canada.

To work in with her uni we thought we would stay in Toronto for 5 nights. We then thought of Niargra and Niagra on the Lakes. How long would you advise to stay here? Should we hire a car from Toronto to get here and travel around? We also thought about travelling up to Montreal. My husband is unsure about driving (he has drove in Orlando before and managed!) How many days would you recommend to see this. Would 3 days be suffice time? We are flying out of Toronto so would need to head back there for the final 3/4 days. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you. Claire

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1. Re: Visiting Toronoto for 2 weeks.

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2. Re: Visiting Toronoto for 2 weeks.

Please advise where you are coming from. I'm assuming the UK, but it is always helpful to add your location to your profile. It would also help if you included your actual dates in October. Our Thanksgiving holiday weekend is October 6-8th.

3 days is not really enough time for Montreal - it's a 6 hour drive each way from Toronto so that time will really cut into your time there. And Montreal traffic is pretty awful. You can however take a train to Montreal - again it's a 5 hour trip each way, but not as tiring. And a vehicle is not necessary in either city.

Niagara Falls and NOTL can easily be a 3 day trip, assuming you want to take in the various activities in both areas - wineries, history, theatre, and of course the falls.

You might also consider some day or overnight trips out of the city to see the fall foliage.

Edited: 14 August 2018, 06:36
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3. Re: Visiting Toronoto for 2 weeks.

Hi Sorry 1st time doing this for advice! We are from UK and arriving 12/10/18 - 26/10/18. I am wondering if we should just do Niagra and NOTL instead of the long journey to Montreal. Where else would you advice outwith the city to see the fall foliage? Thanks

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4. Re: Visiting Toronoto for 2 weeks.

Claire,

Note that Niagara (note spelling) is a large region. Niagara Falls is a city and Niagara-on-the-Lake is a town within that region. If you look at the forums for those places there is lots of information about the things to see and do.

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There are enough places within the city of Toronto to see Fall colors. The city has an extensive ravine system that has bike paths and walking trails and these produce an amazing spectacle. The colors will peak during the last week of October so plan your trips so that you will be in Toronto area at the end of your stay.

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Montreal is a vibrant and beautiful city. It is more compact and older than Toronto. More importantly, you'll get a taste of French Canadian culture. Whether you should go is something only you can answer. In a very broad way it is like someone coming to London for a couple of weeks and wondering if they should also take a trip to Paris.

For Montreal, you can make a nice trip of it:

Jet lag recovery - 1 day

Toronto - 5 days

Niagara - 1 day

Travel to Kingston and the 1000 Islands - 1 day

Kingston/1000 Islands - 1 day

Travel to Montreal - 1 day

Montreal - 4 days

You can do the entire trip by train or bus if you're not up to driving. In fact, there's really no need for a car at all, only if you wanted to take a more scenic route to Kingston or do more touring around Niagara. FWIW, I'd choose Montreal over pretty much anything else in the region, unless you want to get away from cities.

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7. Re: Visiting Toronoto for 2 weeks.

Except, as noted, they want to be back in Toronto for 3/4 days at the end of the trip.

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8. Re: Visiting Toronoto for 2 weeks.

Hi Claire;

After Toronto, Niagara Falls & Niagara on the Lake, I would suggest a small 2-3 day trip away.

About 165 miles / 265 km, a 3 hour drive east of Toronto, are the towns of Kingston and Gananoque.

In the town of Kingston, you won't want to miss Fort Henry, which has been designated a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization. (UNESCO)

The original Fort Henry was built during the War of 1812, between Canada and the United States.

tripadvisor.ca/Attraction_Review-g154992-d65…

http://www.forthenry.com/

Just 18 miles / 28 km east of Kingston is Gananoque (pronounced Gan-an-ock-way), the "Gateway to the Thousand Islands". You can take a 1 hr, 2.5 hr, or 5 hr boat tour of the 1000 Islands.

tripadvisor.ca/Attraction_Review-g182143-d13…

www.ganboatline.com/

The 5 hour tour stops at Boldt Castle, which was built in 1900 by the former owner of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. If you wish to walk about the island and tour through the castle, you will need to clear U.S. Customs, as the island is in American waters. Be sure that you bring your identification as required.

tripadvisor.ca/Attraction_Review-g29794-d105…

www.boldtcastle.com/

While in Gananoque, check out;

Robeson’s Country General Store for a nice family style breakfast, brunch or lunch.

http://www.robesonsgeneralstore.com

https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review…

The Thousand Islands Playhouse for great live theatre.

tripadvisor.ca/Travel-g182143-c88400/Gananoq…

http://www.1000islandsplayhouse.com/

1000 Islands Tower for great panoramic views

tripadvisor.ca/Attraction_Review-g1200493-d1…

http://1000islandstower.com/

1000 Islands Helicopters for fabulous views from above.

https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Attraction_Review…

http://fly1000islands.ca/

Canada has a natural beauty that MUST be seen, which is why I'm suggesting sometime in the 1000 Islands Region.

For more info on the 1000 Islands;

www.1000islandsgananoque.com

www.visit1000islands.com/

www.1000islandsinfo.com/

www.thegreatwaterway.com/

Best Regards

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9. Re: Visiting Toronoto for 2 weeks.

Indeed Canada does have a natural beauty that must be seen and there are many places to be seen. If you consider the above suggestion, do make sure you check whether things are open. The Thanksgiving weekend marks the end of traditional tourist season, and many attractions either close or on limited hours. For example, the 1000 Islands playhouse noted above closes its season on October 14th. The boat cruises begin to wind down around the same time.

The Ontario tourism site will have various events, festivals, etc. listed on their site for the fall season. Keep your eye on that. And the foliage colour report is indispensable.

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

https://www.ontarioparks.com/fallcolour

https:/…colour-progression-report

If you are interested in wineries, breweries and ciders, Niagara and Prince Edward County are the two main producing regions in the province and are good for 2-3 day trips.

https://winecountryontario.ca/

The Stratford Festival (not just Shakespeare) runs right through to end of October and the town is a lovely heritage community.

https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/

Lots of suggestions for day trips here - this link is from 2017, but it will be updated for this year:

https:/…

As noted above, the foliage peak will be past further north, but areas in southern Ontario near to and along the lake shore will be in colour.

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10. Re: Visiting Toronoto for 2 weeks.

Thank you so much for everyone’s helpful advice. I feel we have a better idea what to do now.

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