Canada Trip - Anyone been?

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I'm in the process of planning my first real trip on my own, and my first holiday for quite a few years! The current 'plan' is to go to Toronto for a few days (maybe 5) and take a trip out to Niagra Falls, then fly to Vancouver for 10days or so. In Vancouver there's whale watching and loads of sight-seeing to do! i could also go to Whistler as it's a few hours away, and maybe Seattle.

Has anyone been to any of these places as i'm a bit lost as there are so many options, and i don't really know where to start with these things!

Just so you know, i'm young(ish), will be going on my own, in June, and for about 2 weeks.

I've been looking at flights to, and they lways seem to shock with their obscene pricing :D I can go with FlyZoom/AirCanada for about £700 (bigger seats for the long flights), or AirCanada for £550 (normal seats, but a LOT more choice on flights). Not sure on that one yet, spend money on more leg room (i'm 6ft3 or so), or spend the money elsewhere?

Anyway, i've probably not made a whole lot of sense there, but if anyone has any ideas, or wants to come along, then let me know :D
 

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Canadian people are the best.

if you like Asian people / food / stuff, then Vancouver is the place to go.
theres a reson the locals call it hongcouver

on the other hand, Vancouvers a very nice city.

don't know anything about toronto, but i've heard that its nice.
 
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If you go to Vancouver my top tip is to hire a bike and cycle round the entire city (they have a dedicated cycle path that goes all the way round the city, the big national park and the waterfornt).
 
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My girlfriend is Canadian and I've been over quite a lot. Going away for 9 weeks to London, Ontario in the summer and can't wait.

If you like the out doors you could go camping to Algonquin Provincial Park which is amazing. You also have Niagra Falls which makes for a nice day out, they have two casinos’ now in Niagra if you fancy it.
 
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Well you can still ski and snowboard up on the glacier. The ski season is technically only over for like four months in Whistler, basically August - November.

The Whistler Bike Park is amazing, if you've never seen what downhill/freeride mountain biking is like then you may be in for a suprise. There are also loads of bike trails around the valley itself if you want something with a little less adrenaline. You can also go ziptrekking, swim in the lakes, ATVing, lots of really good restaurants and bars to drink in. You can ride the lifts up to the top of the mountain and just have a stroll or hike around.
 
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Does anyone have any suggestions of things to do in Vancouver? other than sight-seeing and whale watching (by boat or kayak! - they appear to get VERY close to kayaks :D ).
 
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Matt said:
I'm in the process of planning my first real trip on my own, and my first holiday for quite a few years! The current 'plan' is to go to Toronto for a few days (maybe 5) and take a trip out to Niagra Falls, then fly to Vancouver for 10days or so. In Vancouver there's whale watching and loads of sight-seeing to do! i could also go to Whistler as it's a few hours away, and maybe Seattle.

Has anyone been to any of these places as i'm a bit lost as there are so many options, and i don't really know where to start with these things!

Just so you know, i'm young(ish), will be going on my own, in June, and for about 2 weeks.

I've been looking at flights to, and they lways seem to shock with their obscene pricing :D I can go with FlyZoom/AirCanada for about £700 (bigger seats for the long flights), or AirCanada for £550 (normal seats, but a LOT more choice on flights). Not sure on that one yet, spend money on more leg room (i'm 6ft3 or so), or spend the money elsewhere?

Anyway, i've probably not made a whole lot of sense there, but if anyone has any ideas, or wants to come along, then let me know :D

I did a very similar thing, only as part of a bigger trip. We went from Niagara up to Toronto, then flew across to Vancouver.

Toronto is a very nice city, but it is just a big city at the end of the day. Vancouver, however, is amazing. Breathtaking scenery and plenty to do if you're an "outdoors" type - we took a bus to Grouse Mountain and hiked around a bit.

http://www.grousemountain.com/

The city itself is also very interesting and generally cool. I'd love to go back one day. I can't remember the cost of flights as it was a few years ago.

Niagara was a huge let down. Very commercialized and tacky, and the surrounding area is a dump. I didn't find the falls to be that amazing either, although maybe I was expecting a bit too much.
 
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don't fly with Air Canada, my aunt used to use them and said they were awful

as for those flight prices they are ridiculous. I paid £100 each way when I went last year

I flew with my travel through CanadianAffair.com. they also deal with Thomas Cook but My Travel were recommended. its only £59 extra to go first class and it really does make a difference!!!
 
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I might also try to watch a bit of sport. I'm not a real fan, but it would be an experience :)

I see the Toronto Blue Jays (baseball) and playing Chicago whilst i'm there, so that might be worth a go!
 
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don't fly with Air Canada, my aunt used to use them and said they were awful

as for those flight prices they are ridiculous. I paid £100 each way when I went last year

I flew with my travel through CanadianAffair.com. they also deal with Thomas Cook but My Travel were recommended. its only £59 extra to go first class and it really does make a difference!!!

The flight costs aren't that bad. There's no way i can fly to Canada for £100 each way including taxes!!!

The costs above are for 3 flights (london > toronto, toronto > vancouver, vancouver > london), and the one with Fly Zoom is with upgraded seats.
 
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We went to Toronto for 2 weeks over the summer, with 10 days in the outskirts, then the last 4 in town. Out of town we needed a car, but I enjoyed it a lot more, as didn't just feel like another city. We took a day down to Niagara, via Niagara on the Lake, which I'd definately recommend. We found a winery that makes a lot of icewine, and did the tour and tasting, which was fun :).

It's been a long time since I was on the west coast, but I think the same principles applied then - try to keep out of the city as there are loads of interesting things in the suburbs and beyond.
 
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We went to Toronto for 2 weeks over the summer, with 10 days in the outskirts, then the last 4 in town. Out of town we needed a car, but I enjoyed it a lot more, as didn't just feel like another city. We took a day down to Niagara, via Niagara on the Lake, which I'd definately recommend. We found a winery that makes a lot of icewine, and did the tour and tasting, which was fun :).

It's been a long time since I was on the west coast, but I think the same principles applied then - try to keep out of the city as there are loads of interesting things in the suburbs and beyond.

I'm from the country myself, so the city thing appeals in a way as it's something i'm not used to :) It just seems like a logical place to base myself as well, as hopefully there'll be other people there in a similar situation as myself!

Just out of interest, what kind of things did you do in and around Toronto?
 
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secretspy said:
don't fly with Air Canada, my aunt used to use them and said they were awful

Air Canada is pretty rubbish in my experience, 3 out of my 4 internal flights weren't on time and you have to purchase your meals on the plane (Subway sandwiches or some other fast food thing it depends on what plane you get).

For Vancouver I'd suggest biking round Stanley park, take your time though as it is a big place and worth a look. Kayaking/canoeing is quite good there, Deep Cove is a nice place to start from. Granville Street has quite a few bars and you will probably meet quite a few backpackers/tourists there. You may be well advised to avoid Gastown unless you are going with a local as it is thought of as the 'seedier' side of Vancouver although it wasn't that bad when I went through. Whistler is definitely worth a look but if you go over the summer I'd suggest getting there quite early if you want to go on the glacier, it was open for about 3 hours during the day while I was there and the trip up the mountain takes about 40 minutes. :)
 
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Matt said:
I'm from the country myself, so the city thing appeals in a way as it's something i'm not used to :) It just seems like a logical place to base myself as well, as hopefully there'll be other people there in a similar situation as myself!

Just out of interest, what kind of things did you do in and around Toronto?

We didn't do much in the city - went out to the central island and up the CN tower. When we were out in Markham we went to the Zoo, Science Museum, Theme Park, Casa Loma, a few shopping centres ;), and we also drove around quite a bit. It's possible to go to most places from the city centre, but it felt a lot more free and much less polluted away from it.
My mum had been there for 2 months before we went, so she recommended pretty much everywhere we went. She took us on a couple of drives, around the rural areas, and showed us a really quaint little town near our hotel with old fashioned houses and shops.
 
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