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06-12-2012, 06:01 AM
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I probably can visit Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, and Quebec right? They seem pretty close to each other.
I think that's a great plan. Don't listen to the people who trash Toronto because it's what non-Torontonians seem to do. It's a great multicultural city with tons to do. It also has the Hockey Hall of Fame. Ottawa and particularly Quebec City are beautiful cities and Montreal is a blast. Beautiful women and a great nightlife.

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Don't listen to Torontonians... Spend as little time there as possible. I can promise that you and the missus will have a better time in Montreal!!!

I'd rank Toronto as the third best city to visit in Canada. Montreal and Vancouver being the best cities to visit...

If I was on a two week trip, Id stick to three cities... Max... Personally I'd stick to two cities for a two week stay in the country. I would absolutely not try and see 4 cities in Canada within 2 weeks... You could do it I guess... Between Quebec, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto, but I think you'll have a much better trip sticking to 2 or 3 cities. 4 cities is just too much travelling for 2 weeks.

Either way... I'd look to spend most of your time in Montreal. There's just so much to do in Montreal, and has a truly unique feel to it. Toronto especially, I find is just like a typical big city in the USA, not very unique... Unlike, Montreal and Vancouver are. Which are very much unique cities by Canadian/USA standards.

I'd want to spend at least one full week in Montreal... Which if you're planning on seeing three other cities... Could leave you missing out in your experiences there.

If money isn't a worry and you're flying everywhere... And you're dead set on seeing a minumum of three Canadian cities... This is what I'd do... (assuming your flying from Indonesia)

Pick one of Vancouver/Calgary. (then check out the ski resorts nearby either of those cities) both cities are great in the winter time... Calgary will have more options for pickup hockey though... Colder and more outdoor rinks for people playing hockey.

Pick one of Toronto/Ottawa. Depends what you're more interested in... But there is definitely more to see in Toronto... But considering you're only going to be there for 3 or 4 days... there's lots to see in either city in that amount of time.

And definitely go to Montreal. Try and spend a week there. It's the best city to visit in Canada, IMO.

(and start off in the East and travel West, so you gain a little bit of time going Westward)


Van->Calgary->Toronto->Ottawa->Montreal->Quebec city.


From West to East... Those are the cities I would consider going to, but again I suggest only going to three of them, since you will only be in Canada for 14 days... and you'll lose some time travelling between cities. I'd only bother going to two cities though.

Don't try and see 4 cities!!!! You will waste way too much time travelling!!!!

You have a ton of time now...Figure out which cities you'd like to see the most. We'll be sure to help you out.

If it was up to me... To pick 3 places... I'd pick Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal, no question.

Personally... If I had two weeks... I'd only go to two places... I'd spend 8-9 days in Montreal, and the rest in Vancouver


Again... I'm just assuming you're from Indonesia... So I think I'd start the trip off in Montreal... You'll probably end up flying through Vancouver on the way to Montreal... But whatever. pretty much unavoidable considering Vancouver is the hub for flights from Asia coming into Canada.


I think it makes sense to start off in Montreal though, because flying from Montreal to Vancouver you will gain three hours because Vancouver is 3 hours behind Montreal. Plus this way makes getting back to Indonesia a lot less of a pain in the butt... I'm sure Vancouver to Indonesia is considerably less bothersome than Montreal to Indonesia... I'd get the big flight out of the way at the start of your vacation, and work my way back to Vancouver.

If you spend 9 days in Montreal... You will have time to see just about everything... Montreal is a great city for outdoor hockey in the winter... So you won't have to spend any money or find out schedules for open hockey at indoor rinks... (which is always a lot less frequent during the fall/winter, because that's when hockey leagues are most active, and they take up a lot of ice time)

You just show up to one of the many outdoor rinks in Montreal and play... People will be there. And I'm sure they will enjoy the fact some dude from Indonesia showed up to play Shinny!

End the trip off with 5 days in Vancouver... You'll see a lot of Canada... And you'll have ample amount of time in both cities. Maybe go 8 days Montreal/ 6 days Vancouver.


If you go to three or 4 cities... I really think you're just selling yourself short. Stick with 2 cities, and your trip will be more enjoyable! 3 or 4 cities in two weeks... = too much travelling, IMO.

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Agreed there is some trap attractions but if you stay to the park area its pretty good. Scenic tunnels, maid of the mist, all quality stuff. Don't waste your time on the American side, there is nothing there.

This weekend some dude is walking over the falls on a tightrope. First time ever. Not bad for a free attraction.


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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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I agree with Montreal being at the top of whatever list you have.

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I think it makes sense to start off in Montreal though, because flying from Montreal to Vancouver you will gain three hours because Vancouver is 3 hours behind Montreal. Plus this way makes getting back to Indonesia a lot less of a pain in the butt... I'm sure Vancouver to Indonesia is considerably less bothersome than Montreal to Indonesia... I'd get the big flight out of the way at the start of your vacation, and work my way back to Vancouver.

If you spend 9 days in Montreal... You will have time to see just about everything... Montreal is a great city for outdoor hockey in the winter... So you won't have to spend any money or find out schedules for open hockey at indoor rinks... (which is always a lot less frequent during the fall/winter, because that's when hockey leagues are most active, and they take up a lot of ice time)

You just show up to one of the many outdoor rinks in Montreal and play... People will be there. And I'm sure they will enjoy the fact some dude from Indonesia showed up to play Shinny!

End the trip off with 5 days in Vancouver... You'll see a lot of Canada... And you'll have ample amount of time in both cities. Maybe go 8 days Montreal/ 6 days Vancouver.


If you go to three or 4 cities... I really think you're just selling yourself short. Stick with 2 cities, and your trip will be more enjoyable! 3 or 4 cities in two weeks... = too much travelling, IMO.

hope this helped.
I think you just made me my travel plans, buddy! Thanks, this certainly will help a lot.

Especially the bit about flight routes andt time differences, I didn't know that at all and yes I'm flying from Indonesia

The reason I didn't like NY is because it's not really suitable for relaxation or vacation, you know.. the city is busy and people are walking too fast. Yes, I live in Jakarta.. it's pretty much a busy city like NY, except a lot dirtier..

Though i would really love to visit the HHOF, is it worth the trip?

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Though i would really love to visit the HHOF, is it worth the trip?
No doubt about it.

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My wife really wants to visit Toronto to see the Italian parts, and then I wanted to spend some time relaxing in the country side.

Can anyone recommend any places outside of Toronto that I can spend a few weeks in the summer with my family? I am thinking like a house near a lake, or something of that sort. I'm not sure if there are any known lakes or getaway places like this?

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My wife really wants to visit Toronto to see the Italian parts, and then I wanted to spend some time relaxing in the country side.

Can anyone recommend any places outside of Toronto that I can spend a few weeks in the summer with my family? I am thinking like a house near a lake, or something of that sort. I'm not sure if there are any known lakes or getaway places like this?
If you have the coin, Lake Joseph is nice. If not there are THOUSANDS of lakes to choose from in the Maskokas and Kawarthas (1-2 hours from Toronto)


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You have a HUGE list of options in either the Kawarthas or Muskoka region like the above poster said. If you prefer a more quiet atmosphere though, I would recommend staying away from the more popular lakes where water skiiers and the large number of boats might ruin it for you lol.

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You have a HUGE list of options in either the Kawarthas or Muskoka region like the above poster said. If you prefer a more quiet atmosphere though, I would recommend staying away from the more popular lakes where water skiiers and the large number of boats might ruin it for you lol.
This times 293720274-282-284-3^902

There are a TON of lakes that aren't busy, if you are looking for some quite time.

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i put no stock in anyone who bashes Toronto and then praises Chicago. i will say this. Torontonians are not great people as a whole, and if people make a city, then some flak is warrented. But its a big beautiful, clean city with lots to do and if you disagree you are kidding yourself and are probably just a boring person. Oh but i personally recommend Yellowknife.

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Torontonians are not great people as a whole,

This is true, I hate MANY people in my own city, mostly the drivers. If you want nice people Vancouver (save the riots) and Calgary are the places to be. Halifax is also great for nice people.

That said, once you get 20 minutes out of the city the people do a 180 and are VERY nice.

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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
You can easily see Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City in 2 weeks. Ottawa and Quebec City are a only 5-6 hours drive apart, and Montreal is in between but a bit closer to Ottawa (2 hours drive).

Ottawa is beautiful and has the museums/national art gallery/parliament buildings.
Montreal has the amazing nightlife, culture, and energy.
Quebec City has the history and architecture and is also really beautiful (especially in the winter).
If you go in the winter it will be cold as ****, but very very easy to find a pickup hockey game. You can find one in basically any neighborhood park in any of those cities and people will be more than happy to have you. Summer might be a bit tougher but I could give you the names of some places in Ottawa that I know have weekly shinny if you want.

Edit: And as for poutine, just try to find the smallest, most out of the way little roadside shack off a highway in Quebec somewhere and that's where you will find the best poutine.

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i put no stock in anyone who bashes Toronto and then praises Chicago. i will say this. Torontonians are not great people as a whole, and if people make a city, then some flak is warrented. But its a big beautiful, clean city with lots to do and if you disagree you are kidding yourself and are probably just a boring person. Oh but i personally recommend Yellowknife.
Chicago is great... I'd rather vacation there than Toronto, but let's not get into that...

I said Toronto is The third best city to visit in Canada... And never said there wasn't lots of stuff to do there.

But theres just as much stuff to do in Montreal or Vancouver, plus I think the atmospheres of Montreal and Vancouver is just more pleasant than the atmosphere in Toronto.

Torontos easily the city that hustles and Bussles the most in Canada... But he's coming from Jakarta, Indonesia... Sounds like he wants a break from the hussle and bussle.

The HHOF is a great place to visit... But I'm not sure I'd bother flying there just to see the HHOF... It's a interesting place for a hockey fan... But, personally, I think he'd have a better/more memorable experience playing shinny on the outdoor rinks of Montreal, than he would have visiting the HHOF for a couple hours.

(just a reminder, outdoor rinks typically don't open until mid/late December)

I guess they could go to Toronto for one day, than fly out to Vancouver from Toronto. If going to the HHOF is an absolute must for this trip into Canada...

Two ways to get there...

It's cheaper to take the train from Montreal to Toronto (one way) but the train is about 4-6 hours, compared to a one hour flight from Montreal to Toronto.

There's value in the train ride, if they want to see some of the countryside, and other cities in between Montreal and Toronto...

But there's also lost value in the extra 4-5 hours spent on a train.

I think the train will be around $50-75 (one way), while a flight is probably not going to be any cheaper than $110.

The train ride can probably get you into Toronto before 1pm, and will be a relaxing ride... But if you fly you'll have more time to be able to see more of Toronto. The train is a de ent option, but I'd probably just fly.

He could Take an early flight into Toronto City airport...See the HHOF, CN Tower, have lunch... See maybe one other attraction... Then say goodbye to Toronto, and make your way to Vancouver on a flight around 7/8 PM. (5 hour flight, but you gain three hours due to the time difference)

Personally, I'd just skip Toronto altogether, because I think it would just be a pain in the butt to go to Toronto just to see the HHOF.
it is very much doable... But it would sort of be like a leg from the Amazing Race

I'd just fly to Vancouver from Montreal, and see Toronto the next time you come to Canada.

But if your for one day of jam packed travel in the middle of your Canadian vacation... You could see the HHOF... But like I said before, I bet you'll have a better time playing hockey on the outdoor rinks in Montreal, than you would going to the HHOF.

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Alright, I'll keep that in mind. No it's not a must to visit the HHOF, and yes you're right. I do wanna get away from the hustles and bussles

I'm kinda surprised you knew Jakarta though, ever been there before?

I guess right now Montreal is a must on my list, everyone is raving about it! Is the Bell Centre open for public attraction or something? I think it's enough for me if I can just see what a real NHL stadium looks like, I imagined they would have something like a tour of the White House.

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"The Centre Bell's guided tours are available Tuesday through Saturday, from 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in French, as well as from 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. in English. On Sundays, the guided tours are available from 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. in French, as well as from 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. in English. For additional information please visit http://www.hall.canadiens.com/ "
So I guess if you're skipping the HHOF you can at least see the Montreal Canadians hall of fame in the Bell Center.

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Maybe it's just me, but I don't get the Montreal thing. I have been there a few times in the summer and winter and I have to say I was fairly underwhelmed based on high expectations. I quite liked the old town with the European feel to it, but it is only a small area and tends to be very touristy. Much of the rest of the city just felt kinda run-down to me. I can't comment on the wild nightlife, as I have typically been there with the family, but from what I have experienced Toronto is a more diverse and interesting option.

Having said that the key with most cities is knowing where to look to find what interests you.

If you want the quaint European style winter wonderland I would say Quebec City is a much better bet.

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I don't think Edmonton & Calgary would be bad choices. Considering you can visit both cities as well as Banff and Jasper. These four places are all withing 3 or 4 hours of each other.

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I don't think Edmonton & Calgary would be bad choices. Considering you can visit both cities as well as Banff and Jasper. These four places are all withing 3 or 4 hours of each other.
Calgary isn't bad. Edmonton is a HUGE waste of time, unless you just want to experience nipple blistering cold temps.

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Sometimes I don't think people realize how big and spread out Canada is.

Canada is a weird place. 2nd largest country on the planet with a very small population (231st in terms of population density). Yet it is one of the wealthiest countries on the planet.

That said, I second the Vancouver-Montreal tour as recommended above. It gives you a couple different views of the country. Its important to remember that Vancouver to Montreal takes something like 60 hours to drive non-stop. In many respects you are in the same country, but different nations when you visit different cities and provinces. If you can get out of the big urban centres and experience some of the smaller towns, all the better (take a ferry trip from Van to Victoria, or hop a bus to check out Quebec City from Montreal)

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Maybe it's just me, but I don't get the Montreal thing. I have been there a few times in the summer and winter and I have to say I was fairly underwhelmed based on high expectations. I quite liked the old town with the European feel to it, but it is only a small area and tends to be very touristy. Much of the rest of the city just felt kinda run-down to me. I can't comment on the wild nightlife, as I have typically been there with the family, but from what I have experienced Toronto is a more diverse and interesting option.
I haven't been to Toronto yet, but I'd say your description of Montreal is exactly the way I feel. The only people I know who rave about how awesome it is are my single buddies who go just for drinking, strip clubs, and ******.

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You have a HUGE list of options in either the Kawarthas or Muskoka region like the above poster said. If you prefer a more quiet atmosphere though, I would recommend staying away from the more popular lakes where water skiiers and the large number of boats might ruin it for you lol.
Thanks guys. I'll do some research and see if I can find any rental houses in those lakes.

Do either of you happen to know a travel agent I can contact who is familiar with those areas? Or website?

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Thanks guys. I'll do some research and see if I can find any rental houses in those lakes.

Do either of you happen to know a travel agent I can contact who is familiar with those areas? Or website?
I'd imagine a real estate agent in the area would be able to help you out. Big towns in Muskoka to check out could be Barrie, Bracebridge, Hunstville, or Parry Sound.

I'm not so familiar with the Kawarthas however

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Thanks guys. I'll do some research and see if I can find any rental houses in those lakes.

Do either of you happen to know a travel agent I can contact who is familiar with those areas? Or website?
There are literally thousands of lakes and options within a 1-4 hour drive of Toronto.

FYI lakeside/holiday rental houses are referred to as cottages here in Ontario. So if you are looking online search for ontario cottage rental, there are numerous websites that deal with them.

My fave area is Georgian Bay around Parry Sound, but there are many, many other areas. Some are pretty pricey though (such as the Muskokas). The Kawartha's area is a little nearer to Toronto but still nice. Some of the lakes are fairly busy, some are very secluded and quiet. Some cottages are like luxury mansions, some are rustic shacks.

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Alright, I'll keep that in mind. No it's not a must to visit the HHOF, and yes you're right. I do wanna get away from the hustles and bussles

I'm kinda surprised you knew Jakarta though, ever been there before?

I guess right now Montreal is a must on my list, everyone is raving about it! Is the Bell Centre open for public attraction or something? I think it's enough for me if I can just see what a real NHL stadium looks like, I imagined they would have something like a tour of the White House.
Nah, I just figured you lived in Jakarta, since you said NYC was a cleaner version of my city... I'm a bit of a geography buff, and am especially interested in East Asia/ SouthEast Asia. It still baffles my mind 135 million people live on the Island of Java.

Maybe I'll be asking you for travel tips if I ever plan a trip to Indoesia

Keep in mind Mintreal and Vancouver are still the second and third largest cities in Canada... Still lots of hustle and bussle in both cities, but I'm sure it's nothing like Jakarta

Victoria is only a ferry ride away from Vancouver, and you can ride the train or bus from Montreal to Quebec City...

Victoria and Quebec both don't have big city vibes. I'd personally take the train to Quebec if you go there... I think it might even be shorter than a bus ride... Definitely more expensive... But much more relaxing.

Quebec City is also the oldest city in North America, and the only city in North America with City Walls!

If you don't go to Toronto you should be able to see Vicortia/Quebec City.

Personally though... I think there's more than enough to see in the lower mainland, that you probably don't need to bother going to Victoria at all. It's a short enough ferry ride... 1.5 hours each way... But just not sure there's enough there to justify spending half your day in Victoria and three hours on a ferry when there's just so much to do and see in and around Vancouver.

Victoria is definitely more relaxing than Vancouver though! That's for sure. So maybe it would be worth a visit, maybe a full nights stay even. Hotels/ bed and breakfasts are probably cheaper in Victoria too. It might be too relaxing for a full nights stay though..

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