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Old 14 January 2008, 05:56   #1
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Toroto or Montreal

Hello,

I wonder if any of our Canadians friends can help me.

I have to come to Canada on business next month but I have a day free for sightseeing. My meeting is in Shawinigan about half way between Montreal and Quebec.

I was thinking of flying to Toronto as a base and doing a day trip on a plane to Montreal to go to Shawinigan then do the tourist bit in Toronto ( I understand there is a small but attractive waterfall nearby )

Do you think this is a good plan and just how cold is it there this time of year? Will I freeze my nuts off in Niagara? Is Montreal better than Toronto?

Thanks for any guidance.

Peter.
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Old 14 January 2008, 06:07   #2
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I was there in September, and in my opinion I'd head for Toronto, Montreal is a dump! If you've never been to Niagara, it's a must, but just for the falls, for tourist'ing Niagara on the lake is superb, got a real old world feel to it!
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Hate to say it, but if I were asked to compile a list of the top 30 communities to visit in Canada, those 2 would be at # 29 & #30. If it's any help, Toronto would be at #29. Niagara on the Lake is quite nice, as are a number of smaller communities within an hour's drive of TO.
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My favourite was Quebec, it was like being in France, only the restaurant staff were polite. Mont Tremblant was also pretty cool, but that was probably because we stayed in a nice hotel!
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For an impression of the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) think 'Slough' but on a much larger scale. Miles of urban sprawl. Montreal at least has an old quarter. That being said a day in Toronto could take in the CN tower, Brewery district etc. Wherever you go it could be cold (-20C) and very snowy. More so in Montreal.

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If you want to avoid the cold, Winnipeg is the place to be.
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Hate to say it, but if I were asked to compile a list of the top 30 communities to visit in Canada, those 2 would be at # 29 & #30. If it's any help, Toronto would be at #29. Niagara on the Lake is quite nice, as are a number of smaller communities within an hour's drive of TO.
Out of interest what would you put as #1 to #5? Winnipeg at #1 I guess
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Thanks for the replies, guys.



Out of interest what would you put as #1 to #5? Winnipeg at #1 I guess

St John's, Newfoundland. Snowiest provincial capitol. More bars per capita than anywhere else in North America. Friendliest people in the world!
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It's been twenty years since I've been to Canada, but I thought Toronto was better
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Out of interest what would you put as #1 to #5? Winnipeg at #1 I guess
Naw... (at least not in the winter) In no particular order, I'd recommend these spots (based on places that I've actually been to;

BC; Victoria, Sydney, Campbell River, Gold River, Tofino-Uculet, Nelson, Osoyoos, Princeton, Field

Alberta; Canmore, Jasper, Edmonton, Calgary,

Saskatchewan; Saskatoon, Mortlach

Manitoba; Leaf Rapids, Winnipeg, Grand Beach (in the summer) Bissett - Nopiming Region, Killarney

Ontario; Kenora, Atikokan, Nipigon, Wawa - Sault St. Marie, Algonquin Prov. Park (in the fall), London, St. Catherines - Niagara On the Lake

Quebec; Quebec City

New Bruswick;- Various places along the Bay of Fundy

Nova Scotia; Cape Breton Island along the Cabot Trail

PEI; anywhere

Newfoundland; Haven't yet been there but everyone I know that has gone there loves the place.
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