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06-08-2012, 04:33 PM
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Places to visit in Canada?

Hey.. this might be a little of topic but I gotta ask.

I'm planning to re-visit the country where i first learnt to skate, and hopefully can join in a pickup game or something a bit more competitive, but still fun. Not that i'm looking for a week-long tournament or anything since I'll be going with missus.

Any recommendations for great tourism spots, great dining and stuff (I'm curious about poutin too)? I've visited Vancouver but that's like 23 years ago, and probably too dumb to remember any places back then.

Any websites or such will be nice too (besides the ones i've found on google)
Thanks!

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canada is a pretty big place

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What area in Canada are you thinking of visiting?

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I'd say check out the waterfront in Halifax, then if you have a bit of time, make the drive up to Whistler.

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Ottawa. First and foremost its the capital. Secondly during the winter you can skate on the Rideau Canal.

Montreal and Quebec City are really great places. Very historic. If you had to choose i would say Montreal.

Toronto is a very busy and crowded place. In some sense the Canadian version of New York. So it could be worth a look.


Skip...Edmonton , Calgary and Winnipeg

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Ottawa. First and foremost its the capital. Secondly during the winter you can skate on the Rideau Canal.

Montreal and Quebec City are really great places. Very historic. If you had to choose i would say Montreal.

Toronto is a very busy and crowded place. In some sense the Canadian version of New York. So it could be worth a look.


Skip...Edmonton , Calgary and Winnipeg
I've heard good things about Montreal!
Between Ottawa, Quebec, and Montreal. How far are they? I'm planning to stay for 2 weeks, will be great if I can visit them all. Would be great if i can try some awesome poutin too.

Probably gonna skip Toronto, I didn't like NY.. it's a cleaner version of my city

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What, no Vancouver?

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to me toronto is a pretty boring city...but if you like big, crowded, frantic cities it's certainly one of those...

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The Niagara Region has tons to offer, including of course, Niagara Falls!

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I made my first trip to oronto for HNA nationals a few weeks ago and want to go back RIGHT NOW.

Downtown was awesome, as previously said it's very busy (if your taking the highway chances are your not getting anywhere fast) but I was very impressed with how clean the city was. There's a Pro Hockey Life store at Vaughan Mills Mall that was awesome.

We flew into Buffalo from STL and drove up to Toronto (much cheaper, went through Niagara Falls and that was pretty cool.

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What, no Vancouver?
I dunno, do you think I can visit them all in just 2 weeks?

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The Niagara region is beautiful, even though the falls are a big tourist trap.

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Uh.. I always thought Niagara Falls is in the USA lol

What did you mean by tourist trap?

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Well there are the Canadian side of the falls and the American side. All of the stuff is on the Canadian side though (the casino, tours, Clifton Hill)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tourist_trap

aka Clifton Hill

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Ah that kind of trap, I thought it was a part of the falls where tourists gets trapped and die a horrible death xD

I probably can visit Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, and Quebec right? They seem pretty close to each other.

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I travel across Canada and US for work all the time ... For poutine, my go to chain in Quebec was Chez Ashton. For great Quebecois food, go to Au Pied de Cochon in Montreal.

Are you going in the summer or next fall/winter? Try to catch some games, if not the NHL, WHA, OHL, QMJHL, or AHL whereever you will be.

There's always pickup/shinny (all year around in major cities) if you decide to lace em up.

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Haha I've heard great things about Au Pied Du Cochon, Martin Picard is a legend! I've always wanted to try his foie gras dishes.

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Haha I've heard great things about Au Pied Du Cochon, Martin Picard is a legend! I've always wanted to try his foie gras dishes.
Yes, Marty is a legend and half the menu items have foie gras in it. All very tasty. In fact, come to think of it, PDC tastes like great hockey

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I travel across Canada and US for work all the time ... For poutine, my go to chain in Quebec was Chez Ashton. For great Quebecois food, go to Au Pied de Cochon in Montreal.

Are you going in the summer or next fall/winter? Try to catch some games, if not the NHL, WHA, OHL, QMJHL, or AHL whereever you will be.

There's always pickup/shinny (all year around in major cities) if you decide to lace em up.
Wanna be there in fall/winter. I hope applying the visa will be easy enough (unlike the US..)

Hell yeah I'll definitely try to watch some games!
Pickups are generally open for public, right?

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to me toronto is a pretty boring city...but if you like big, crowded, frantic cities it's certainly one of those...
how is big, crowded and frantic "boring"?

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Toronto can be very vibrant if you find the right neighborhoods. The Annex/Yorkville, Little Italy, Chinatown, Kensington, St.Lawrence Market, the islands etc.etc.

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Toronto can be very vibrant if you find the right neighborhoods. The Annex/Yorkville, Little Italy, Chinatown, Kensington, St.Lawrence Market, the islands etc.etc.
Agreed. King West also seems to be booming now. Liberty Village is a very nice area. I can also attest to Yorkville/Annex. I just moved out of South Hill (100 steps from casa Loma) and I miss the area a TON. I was down there last week and it is so nice in the summer.

Those who don't lik Toronto only seem to visit Front St and Yonge Street, which aren't bad places, but there is SOOO much more to Toronto than those 2 streets.

I'd add the distillery district as well to the neighbourhoods to visit.

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Alright, i'll put up Toronto on my list then

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Yeah Yonge is boring LOL.

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I wouldn't bother going to Toronto... If you only have 2 weeks spend... You're spreading yourself pretty thin going to 4 different cities.

Id say go to 3 cities, Maximum!!!

And personally, i think 2 cities is all you should try and see in 2


? Or are you going to be flying between these cities??? That could get pretty expensive if your flying. Regional flights within Canada are NOT cheap... Look it up! I'd stick to two cities. And I'd pick Vancouver and Montreal.

Personally, if it was up to me and I was visiting Canada from a foreign country but had to spend 2 weeks in the middle of winter ... It would be Montreal, hands down.

I'm assuming youre from Jakarta, Indonesia or some other huge city... If you felt NYC was a "clean" version of your own city

Personally, I find NYC to be very ditty... Manhattan is just full of garbage on every single street... but I digress.

If you didn't like NYC that much... I wouldn't expect much out of Toronto. I think NYC is great, same with Chicago... And don't think Toronto holds a candle to either of those cities from a tourism perspective... Montreal and Vancouver on the other hand... Definitely compete with NYC, Chicago, and even LA as tourist destinations... Toronto just isn't that great of a place to visit...


Unless you really, really, really want to go to the HHOF in Toronto... I'd much rather spend more time in Montreal and skip Toronto altogether....Just my opinion.

Again... I say stick to two cities, and make sure Montreal is one of them!

Vancouver isn't very cold, and probably won't even have snow on the ground... But take the train up to whistler and you'll find lots of snow...

Plus, you'll get enough ice and snow with a week in Montreal.

Stick to 2 places... And I suggest Montreal/Vancouver. With an emphasis on Montreal.


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