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User currently offlineUal777contrail From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2555 times:

I was going to go to PEK in late October, the flights are getting really full so my wife and I are planning a trip to Canada. We have narrowed it down to two cities, Victoria or Halifax.

has anyone ever been? Or is there anyone reading this from there?

I would like some info on the two cities and the cool things to do there. We will only be there like 3 or 4 days. If anyone has any info then please fill me in.

if there is another cool city to go to besides the two I have chosen please let me know. We wanted to go to banff, or whistler but we would rather visit in the winter.

thanks everyone.

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User currently offlineKaiTakFan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1588 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2531 times:

Contrail, Have you thought about Toronto? It may not be as scenic as Banff or Whistler. However YYZ is a really fun, interesting and enjoyable city. I figure I would voice YYZ since I had a great time when I went there this summer. I say its worth looking into.


User currently offlineMarco From United Arab Emirates, joined Jul 2000, 4169 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2524 times:

If you want to have fun, Montreal is definately where it's at.

Proud to be an Assyrian!
User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 17273 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2526 times:

I went to Montreal in August with my girlfreind, and I have to say it's a must visit.

We had the best time and are going back next year hopefully for the Molson Indy.

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User currently offlineMarco From United Arab Emirates, joined Jul 2000, 4169 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2524 times:

Montreal is the best place to visit in Canada. Period.

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User currently offlineUal777contrail From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2519 times:

I have heard that Toronto is very clean and nice people, I haven't really spoke to many about Montreal, I will look into it.

will let you know what we choose. Remember I am only one vote, my wife is two.

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User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16473 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (13 years 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2509 times:

October will be more pleasant weather wise in Victoria than any other Canadian city, if that's a factor.

Do you want a driving vacation? Pick Victoria or Halifax. If you want a city vacation (where you can stay downtown and not have to drive), pick Toronto or Montreal.

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User currently offlineAvt007 From Canada, joined Jul 2000, 2132 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (13 years 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2493 times:

Toronto? Please! Not a bad place I suppose, but way down the list for the 1st Canadian city to visit. I would say Victoria and Vancouver, and Whistler, as all three are so close together. Montreal Ottawa and Quebec City are all beautiful as well, also close together.

User currently offlineCanadi>nBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2465 times:

Ohhhh, this is a tough one. Even though I am a Torontonian, I must say I would reccommend you see a more geographically scenic spot for your trip to Canada. Victoria is quite beautiful, and the drive up Vancouver Island to
see the beautiful beaches and incredible vistas are well worth it. Victoria
has retained, for the most part, a very British colonial flavour and attitude,
and parts of the city of Victoria are quite charming.

But, I must say that I have a very soft spot for Nova Scotia and Halifax.
The city of Halifax has come a long way in terms of "cosmopolitan flavour",
so to speak. And the surrounding areas and coastal towns are beautiful and picturesque. Maritimers are, in my opinion, without a doubt the most down to earth and friendliest Canucks you will hope to meet. If you're looking for friendliness and good natured people, I will be blunt here and say my city of Toronto is not the ideal place in which to seek it. Sure, there are many good people in T.O., but their hospitality cannot hold a candle to the delightful and warmhearted Maritimers. Halifax has a wonderful selection of restaurants (including, of course, out-of-this-world seafood establishments). Peggy's Cove and other coastal tourist spots offer INCREDIBLE ocean vista views, PERFECT for a city/drive vacation.......aaaaahh, just thinking of it makes we want to fly to YHZ this minute!!

This Canadian highly reccommends the wonderful city of Halifax, in the beautiful Atlantic maritime province of Nova Scotia. And the next time you visit our wonderful, beautiful country, may I suggest Banff or Jasper, in Alberta. Aaaaaah, the scenery! The Canadian Rockies! Ooo la la!!

Welcome to Canada!!


User currently offlineJayce From Canada, joined Nov 1999, 520 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 12 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2429 times:

I went to Toronto and I had mixed feelings about it. It was a vibrant city with lots of different areas, but the attitude of the people left a lot to be desired. It reminded me of any other city.

Have you thought about Montreal or Vancouver? Vancouver is a lively and beautiful city, with the mountains and great skiing and scenery nearby.

Montreal is a great partytown. Lots and lots of cultural things to do there.

But to be honest, I would pick Halifax. Just for the history of it all, and the people are supposed to be the nicest in the world. Plus, they can drink you under the table!

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User currently offlineJAL From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 5094 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (12 years 12 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2418 times:

They're both nice cities. Why not go to either Toronto or Montreal? As a matter of fact I plan to move to Montreal after my wedding, my fiancee has families there.

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User currently offlineWorldVoyager From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 393 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 12 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2403 times:

NOT Ottawa, that's for sure. Summer here is bearable, but the rest of the year is freezing and boring.

User currently offlineAWspicious From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 12 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2409 times:

Late October? I'd recommend Victoria because of the milder climate. Other eastern cities will be cold that time of year.


User currently offlineFallingeese From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2097 posts, RR: 16
Reply 13, posted (12 years 12 months 17 hours ago) and read 2403 times:

Victoria, Vancouver, and Wistler can't be beat. Though Calgary to Banff is also amazing.

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User currently offlineRai From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (12 years 12 months 17 hours ago) and read 2395 times:

I see different responses from different people. I’ll jump in.

Montreal is a great city for a week-end getaway. Lots of culture, great restaurants and food, nice museums, Mt. Royal, Old Montreal, nice festivals and a fantastic nightlife. I’d even rank it among the top five in North America, maybe even the top three! It’s a very fun city and it’s fairly cheap with the exchange rate. There’s lots to do there. It’s a bit run down now, probably because of the massive construction going on in the city, but it’s nothing really bad.

Toronto. I lived there in ’99 and I didn’t find it all that spectacular. It’s not THAT clean (well…compared to some U.S. cities -- i.e. Detroit -- it’s immaculate) and the people aren’t too friendly. There’s the CN tower, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Skydome (by far the most impressive sports stadium I have ever seen), the Ontario Science Center, the Toronto Zoo, nice ethnic restaurants, etc. Nightlife is so-so and you’d expect a lot more going on in a city of that size (5 million), so I don’t know if it’s worth a vacation. I only go there (and quite often, actually), to visit my sister who goes to school there or to meet up with my father who goes there often for business.

Rockies. Beautiful and I recommend you visit them. You might want to go to Calgary (YYC). Calgary is a really nice, clean and affordable city that is only an hour away from the Rockies. You can stay there and rent a car or take a shuttle to Banff National Park or to Lake Louise (absolutely beautiful!!). It’s a lot cheaper than staying in Banff or Lake Louise itself. Not much really to see in Calgary itself.

Vancouver. Vancouver is a beautiful city and definitely worth a visit. It might be a bit expensive though. It’s quite lively and diverse and has a good nightlife. I think the people there are somewhat superficial though. There’s Stanley Park (really beautiful), the Vancouver Aquarium, Science World, Chinatown, Grouse Mountain (there’s a gondola that takes you up to the top and affords an absolutely spectacular view of the city and other attractions on top…totally worth it!), great restaurants, and other attractions that I can’t think of right now. Whitsler is about an hour north and Victor is a ferry ride away (Victoria is mostly a retirement community and it’s not really worth more than a day’s visit, if you ask me). And the climate in that area is pretty mild, so it won’t be as cold as the rest of the country.

I can’t comment on Halifax because I haven’t been there, but my father went and he loved it.

If I were you, I’d go to either Vancouver or the Rockies (Calgary). There, you’d get a taste of the natural beauty of the country and some urban experience at the same time.

User currently offlineAWspicious From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (12 years 12 months 16 hours ago) and read 2392 times:

The population of Metropolitan Toronto is three million. Were you perhaps taking in consideration the surrounding area which comprises the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) ?


User currently offlineTbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 24
Reply 16, posted (12 years 12 months 16 hours ago) and read 2392 times:

What are the most scenic places in Western Canada? I've seen Victoria and Vancouver, so don't include those (even though they are great places).

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User currently offlineRai From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (12 years 12 months 16 hours ago) and read 2394 times:

Awspicious: I was referring to the entire GTA (I think it includes cities like Oshwa, Oakville and Burlington). I am sorry for the confusion!

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30176 posts, RR: 58
Reply 18, posted (12 years 12 months 16 hours ago) and read 2393 times:

You are not really in Canada until you get north of 60.

Everything south of that is simply Upper North Dakota.

Quebec excepted of course.

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