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Old 05-29-2017, 10:20 PM
 
Location: Holly Neighborhood, AUSTINtx
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I was thinking of flying into Buffalo and then doing Niagra Falls, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec, and then fly out of Quebec. The quote on VIA rail was a very reasonable $206 each for the four segments. This would be at the end of August and beginning of September. Hopefully there would be some non-urban sights in other cities like Parc de la Chute-Montmorency outside of Quebec City to interest my other half.
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Old 05-29-2017, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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I was thinking of flying into Buffalo and then doing Niagra Falls, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec, and then fly out of Quebec. The quote on VIA rail was a very reasonable $206 each for the four segments. This would be at the end of August and beginning of September. Hopefully there would be some non-urban sights in other cities like Parc de la Chute-Montmorency outside of Quebec City to interest my other half.
Did you ever consider just renting a car out of Buffalo? This way you have the flexibility to go wherever you want and stop over in little towns along the way. There are quite a number of gems along the route from Buffalo to Q.C. Its a lot of driving but would be highly enjoyable though for such an itinerary with stopovers in the cities you mentioned and more rural pursuits along the way, two weeks would be an ideal period of time. It certainly would be easier to explore non urban sites with a car imo...
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Old 05-30-2017, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Well, the underground city is still just a big complex of malls and a way to get around downtown without having to go outside much in winter. I'm not sure I'd recommend it to a tourist, it's not easy to navigate and it just feels like a mall.
True, but I kind of enjoyed the underground city...it was " different ". Then again, I liked the PATH system in Toronto as well
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Old 05-30-2017, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Holly Neighborhood, AUSTINtx
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Did you ever consider just renting a car out of Buffalo? This way you have the flexibility to go wherever you want and stop over in little towns along the way. There are quite a number of gems along the route from Buffalo to Q.C. Its a lot of driving but would be highly enjoyable though for such an itinerary with stopovers in the cities you mentioned and more rural pursuits along the way, two weeks would be an ideal period of time. It certainly would be easier to explore non urban sites with a car imo...
That is an option, or at least for part of the trip depending on what it enables us to do that we couldn't do otherwise. We might not have Amtrak for long in the states so being able to ride a train might turn out to be an option mostly outside of this hemisphere which is why I want to take advantage.
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Old 05-31-2017, 05:58 AM
 
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Although I would like to visit Montreal and other portions of Eastern Canada ... I think I'll have to hold off for this summer as I am seriously concerned about the whole rioting issue (after reading a few articles and seeing some of the pics) and the CP strike that is affecting some VIA Rail service. Maybe if I were more familiar with Eastern Canada, I would know which areas to avoid and would feel more confident but traveling solo through Eastern Canada is not looking too appealing right now. Thanks for your suggestions everyone - I will definitely keep these things in mind maybe next year (if I don't make Europe) or the year after. Hopefully, things will settle down a bit.
This post made me look at the date it was posted= 2012. So Chatteress how did the trip go? any tips or tricks you can give to future travelers to the area?
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Old 06-01-2017, 10:23 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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This post made me look at the date it was posted= 2012. So Chatteress how did the trip go? any tips or tricks you can give to future travelers to the area?
WOW! Forgot about this thread as it is 6 years old ... I wound up spending one week in Toronto in June 2012 with a day trip into Niagara Falls. I did Montreal in 2015 and Vancouver in 2016 ... Never got around to Ottawa but would love to visit that city one of these days.
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Old 07-07-2017, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Holly Neighborhood, AUSTINtx
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WOW! Forgot about this thread as it is 6 years old ... I wound up spending one week in Toronto in June 2012 with a day trip into Niagara Falls. I did Montreal in 2015 and Vancouver in 2016 ... Never got around to Ottawa but would love to visit that city one of these days.
Did you rent a car or ride the rail?
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Old 08-23-2017, 11:42 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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Did you rent a car or ride the rail?
I don't drive so I relied upon public transit to get around. I also did a few day trips using tour companies for Niagara Falls, Quebec City, Lauritian Mountains, etc ....
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Old 09-08-2017, 11:01 PM
 
Location: Holly Neighborhood, AUSTINtx
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I don't drive so I relied upon public transit to get around. I also did a few day trips using tour companies for Niagara Falls, Quebec City, Lauritian Mountains, etc ....
Me too. We started using uber/lyft in the beginning of the trip, but starting in Toronto got day passes for every city. Montreal was an especially good deal offering a 3 day bus/subway pass for $15 US. I was surprised that we could get all the way out to Montmorenrcy Falls in Quebec, so we never really had to sacrifice seeing sites by virtue of not having a car.

We ended up doing VIA rail from Niagara to Quebec and flying back to Texas on Air Canada. I have to say we enjoyed the service and convenience provided by VIA rail, even the food was pretty good. Kinda weird though that they didn't offer poutine.

Had a great trip. Thank you Canada from Austin, Tx!
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