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Where In Canada...?

Sat Apr 27, 2002 2:59 am

OK, just won myself two free round-trip tickets anywhere Delta flies in the U.S. or Canada. I've never been to Canada, so I'm entertaining suggestions. I would be flying out of DFW. In looking at various timetables, looks like I might be taking a connecting flight on a Canadair CRJ. What's a two-hour trip in those babies like?
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RE: Where In Canada...?

Sat Apr 27, 2002 3:03 am

Come down to Toronto and meet up with the crazy bunch self dubbed the GTAE! On top of the best spotting in Canada (please don't bash that one, you know it's true) to be had, Toronto is a wonderful, clean city worthy of a visit. I'd say CRJ's are fine for 2 hour rides, I flew one on BUF-LGA, I couldn't care if I had to ride in the thing for hours, as long as it safely got me to my destination. The only other Canadian cities I've been to are Ottawa and Montreal, both are wonderful cities worthy of a visit as well. Well, keep us informed as to your travel plans dude.

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RE: Where In Canada...?

Sat Apr 27, 2002 3:12 am

C-GYRK is right about Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal. I've lived in all three and enjoyed my time in each place. However, Canada has all sorts of wonderful places to see. You should consider Vancouver, or maybe go to Banff or Lake Louise in Alberta. Out East, my personal favourite is the South Shore of Nova Scotia, but I'm pretty sure DL does not fly to Halifax, so that might be a bit tricky.
Anyway, I've flown YOW-ORD on a CRJ for around two hours. I can't say it's the most comfortable experience ever, as there is less room, but not worth going out of your way to avoid.
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RE: Where In Canada...?

Sat Apr 27, 2002 3:31 am

I'd say come to Ottawa, the Capital, but because I live here so my opinion is just a little biased. It is a truly wonderful city, although Toronto and Montreal and pretty great as well. Whatever destination you do choose, you really can't go wrong.

As for the CRJ, I have found to be comfortable and about the only thing you really lack on a 2 hour flight in some in-flight entertainment...but I think having a window seat (unless it's completely overcast) is better than any so-called entertainment provided in-flight.
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RE: Where In Canada...?

Sat Apr 27, 2002 3:36 am

Sleekjet, congrats on winning the free tickets. Let me tell you I LOVE CANADA. Our friendly neighbors up north are so friendly and the cities are great.

I think Vancouver would be your best choice. The city is the most beautiful one in the world with very friendly inhabitants and it has something for everyone. Like it was said before you can see a lot from Vancouver you can take day trips to Whistler and Victoria. I would suggest however where ever you go in Canada to stay at the Fairmont Hotel Chain. If you go to Vancouver stay at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel.


Enroll in their Presidents Club before you go. If you do they send you 2 room upgrade certificates based on availability so you may want to look into that.

Canada also has a very favorable exchange rate so you will do well up North. If you have any questions about Vancouver let me know. I spent a week up there last year and have some more stuff about the city
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RE: Where In Canada...?

Sat Apr 27, 2002 3:36 am

Ottawa-Toronto-Montreal are all within comfortable driving distances of each other and all three are historic cities that have a unique Canadian flavoUr.

Flying DL to ATL from DFW, you will have the choice of flying to all three - MD-88 to YUL, YYZ and CRJ to YOW. The CRJs for ASA are all relatively new (as is the case for most RJs), and many of them have leather seats. The RJs are a fun little plane to fly, even for a few hours at a time.
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RE: Where In Canada...?

Sat Apr 27, 2002 4:05 am

Get an open-jaw ticket, allowing you to arrive in Toronto and leave from Montreal (or vice versa). Try side-trips to Quebec City, Ottawa, Niagara Falls and/or Algonquin Park if you like.

Or, get a roomette and try the 2,000-mile Vancouver-Toronto train trek if you're into scenery.

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RE: Where In Canada...?

Sat Apr 27, 2002 5:01 am

Congrats on winning those tickets Sleekjet!!!

As a Canadian who has been to every part of my great country, I can tell you that anywhere you go will be great. Let's look a your choices...

Ottawa, Ontario:

Canada's National capital. There are plenty of great museums there and you can take a tours of Canada's parliament buildings. If that isn't your thing across the Ottawa River in Hull Quebec, there is a casino. I have never been to the airport, but from what I understand, it is small, but the spotting is decent; fair number of aircraft movements. Ottawa has a plenty of interesting things to see and do.

Montreal, Quebec: Probably the closest city (culturally) to Europe in North America. It has a lot of history and is a beautiful city. Like Ottawa/Hull, Montreal has a casino. Many of the best cultural events in Canada like the Just for Laughs comedy festival take place in Montreal. Dorval airport is small in stature, but has good spotting and a fair number of aircraft movements. There is no shortage of things to do in Montreal. From Montreal, you can also take a day trip to Quebec city, Quebec's capital. Quebec is very European too and is very beautiful

Toronto, Ontario (my home town, and Ontario's Capital):

The most American of Canada's cities, Toronto has many touristy things like: the CN town, the world's tallest free standing structure; The Skydome, the world's first retractable roof stadium, the Hockey Hall of Fame and many interesting world class museums. About 1 hour down the freeway, you will find Niagara Falls, the nice tourist town of Niagara on the Lake and the Niagara wine region; home of some of Canada's best wines. Toronto's Airport is the busiest in Canada, so it has a lot of movements and great spotting. Toronto has lots of things to do.

Calgary, Alberta:

Is one of my favourite cities in Canada. Depending of the time of year, you can visit the Calgary Stampede, which is one of Canada's most popular events. I don't think it would be unfair to describe Calgary and Alberta as a whole as being a fair bit like Texas (Some people may disagree with me here, but that's sort of how I see it  Smile/happy/getting dizzy ) You can also visit the old Olympic site from the '88 Winter Olympics; all of the venues are still up and standing. If you like skiing, Lake Louise and other great skiing opportunities are a couple hours to the west in the Rocky Mountains. Calgary has Canada' fourth busiest airport, if I am not mistaken.

Vancouver, British Columbia:

Canada's most beautiful city and my personal favourite. There are a lot of great parks and beautiful mountain landscapes to see in Vancouver. There are a lot of great touristy places to see and a lot of things to do. About an hour north of Vancouver you can go skiing at Whistler. Vancouver also has a lot of opportunities to golf, if you are into that. Vancouver also has the second largest Chinese community in North America, second only to San Francisco, and China Town is an interesting place to visit. If you go to Vancouver, you should visit Gas Town, which is neat. From Vancouver, you can also cross the Georgia straight and end up on Vancouver Island and visit Victoria, British Columbia's capital city.

Or you could always take Mcdougald's suggestion and take a train trip From Toronto to Vancouver. This train is called the Canadian, and gives you a great perspective on just how vast and majestic Canada truely is, taking you across most of the country. This is one thing I have never done, but I really want to.

To be honest with you, if I had to choose a place to visit in Canada, I would have a hard choice as everywhere is great. I know I haven't made your choice any easier with my post, but no matter where you do end up visiting, you will have a great time!!! Every place in Canada has very friendly, polite people who will make you feel welcome!!!



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