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Unread 11 Sep 18, 03:51 PM  
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Touring Ontario!

Hi everyone!

With only a month to go until our trip I thought I would give my first pre-trip report a go!

The who?

Me: 35, been to Canada once, but it was back when I was 19 - I spent 2 months living in Vancouver and a month travelling in the West in my uni holidays. I did go to Toronto, but I got about 5 hours there due to a flight change so I did a very quick half asleep quick trip around the centre! I love cramming as much as possible into a day and am very excited for pancakes and poutine!

BF: 36, never been to Canada, but excited to visit. Less keen on the early mornings, but can usually get him up and out with the help of coffee and the promise of bacon. Is excited for all of the food, but especially poutine!

The when?

Flights to Toronto on the 9th October, and returning 2 weeks later. Flying with BA out of Gatwick and back into Heathrow.

How it came about?

We did a road trip in California last year and loved it so really wanted to do another. Then I saw some cheap flights to Toronto and decided to book 2 weeks and then work out a route and ideas later on!

The what?

3 nights: Toronto
2 nights: Hamilton
1 night: Kingston
3 nights: Ottawa
2 nights: Tobermory
2 nights: Blue Mountains
1 night: Toronto

More detailed plans

I am still working out some of the details and welcome any input! Here are some rough plans for each place:

Toronto:
CN Tower (probably just to see the view, the food is too fancy for me!), distillary district, St Lawrence market, Eaton Centre, Toronto islands, Hockey Hall of Fame. I had really wanted to see an ice hockey game, but there is nothing on when we are there sadly

Hamilton:
We are going to Niagara Falls for one of the days we are here - going to do the behind the falls tour (not the boat as I get very sea sick), hopefully go onto rainbow bridge, see Niagara on the Lake and the illumiations at the falls. Not really sure how we are going to fit all these things in so open to suggestions Also any suggestions on the best place to park?
Hamilton day - going to tour around some of the many waterfalls

Kingston:
We are spending two days driving from Hamilton to Ottawa along the coast of the lake, staying at Kingston on the way. Current ideas include: Sandbanks provincial park, Gananoque, 1000 islands... open to more suggestions!

Ottawa:
Parliament tour, changing of the guard, parliament library... not sure what else yet

Tobermory:
This stop is to see the Bruce Peninsula - not sure exactly where to go yet, but it looks pretty

Blue Mountains:
Need to look into this more too, but we are staying in the heart of it all so I am hoping it will be obvious what there is to go and explore

Toronto (again)
One night stop before getting the flight - we will finish up anything we didn't manage in the first few days.


Anyone with more experience of this than me please jump in with suggestions and comments We are getting very excited now as it is so close.
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We love Canada! In my trip reports there is just Ottawa on your list (2017).

Have you looked at the Ottawa Senators for the ice hockey!?

We managed to do everything at Niagara falls plus Niagara on the Lake as a day trip from Toronto! It is doable!

Have fun!
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Originally Posted by Melbatb View Post
We love Canada! In my trip reports there is just Ottawa on your list (2017).

Have you looked at the Ottawa Senators for the ice hockey!?

We managed to do everything at Niagara falls plus Niagara on the Lake as a day trip from Toronto! It is doable!

Have fun!
Thank you for your reply

I read through your trip reports when I started planning. We had originally thought of doing Montreal, mostly because your reports sound amazing, but decided we will do another Quebec trip in the future as there was so much we wanted to see in Ontario this time.

I have had a look at the Ottawa Senators, but again no home games on the nights we are there - we have not had ice hockey luck for this trip!

Thanks for advice on Niagara - I think we just need to work out the order of things so we can see Niagara on the lake, as well as seeing the falls all lit up at night.
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