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Old 05-20-2012, 10:48 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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I am interested in visiting Canada and would like to visit several major cities during my 10-day trip but undecided which ones to visit. I have narrowed down my choices to Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa and Niagara Falls.

Is it feasible to visit Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa and Niagara Falls during a 10-day period?

How easy would it be to travel between these cities using VIA Rail or other public transportation (I don't drive)?

If this is too much for one 10-day trip, which two or three cities would be recommended in terms of accessibility via public transit?

Any other suggestions/tips would be welcomed
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Old 05-21-2012, 01:49 AM
 
Location: CFL
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For something like this you may want to land in one airport and fly back from another.
Using the train to get from place to place would work fine. If you plan the Toronto and Montreal hotels to be close to the train stations you will also be centrally located for getting around. Those two cities would likely work fine without a car. Ottawa you might want to look at some kind of organized tour bus/guide

Also.. The VIA rail site is warning of a possible strike by workers in a few days. So if you are looking at something in the near future you may want to check on that.
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Old 05-21-2012, 08:39 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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For something like this you may want to land in one airport and fly back from another.
Using the train to get from place to place would work fine. If you plan the Toronto and Montreal hotels to be close to the train stations you will also be centrally located for getting around. Those two cities would likely work fine without a car. Ottawa you might want to look at some kind of organized tour bus/guide

Also.. The VIA rail site is warning of a possible strike by workers in a few days. So if you are looking at something in the near future you may want to check on that.
Thanks for the advice and especially the heads-up regarding a potential strike ... I guess I need to hold off on this trip as I don't want to risk not being able to utilize the rail when I'm there.
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Old 05-21-2012, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Oh no need to do that! You could still easily do this trip by travelling between the cities using greyhound bus tickets, or you could go with another bus service of course. Montreal and Ottawa are only an hour and half drive away from each other, and if you don't feel like taking a bus to Toronto, there are cheap flights to it on domestic airlines like Porter, which has an airport on an Island right at downtown Toronto. If none of these please you, I'm sure I could think up another method of transportation between these three geographically close cities.
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Old 05-22-2012, 03:13 AM
 
Location: CFL
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I'm sure I could think up another method of transportation between these three geographically close cities.
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Old 05-22-2012, 03:46 AM
 
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There are lots of hotels right near the train stations (walking distance) in both Montreal and Toronto. Wide choice depending on your budget: the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto is across the street from Union Station and the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth is on top of the station in Montreal.
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Old 05-22-2012, 04:38 AM
 
Location: CFL
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There are lots of hotels right near the train stations (walking distance) in both Montreal and Toronto. Wide choice depending on your budget: the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto is across the street from Union Station and the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth is on top of the station in Montreal.
And in montreal if you get bad weather you can do lot without ever going outside.. Underground City, Montreal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Toronto has some interconnected tunnels but it's mostly just about getting you to and from the subway
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Old 05-22-2012, 07:10 AM
 
Location: Canada
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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.
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Old 05-22-2012, 01:34 PM
 
Location: CFL
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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 if you are in town with no car and it's raining real hard out it might be an option..

Also some people travel to visit malls
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Old 05-23-2012, 05:39 PM
 
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You shouldn't go to Montreal without going to Quebec City. It's possible to do all these cities in 10 days, but I would suggest just doing one or the other. Either Toronto and Niagara Falls, or Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City. Since you don't have a car, 10 days is too short. If you had a car, I would say spend one day in the falls, two days in Toronto, two days in Ottawa, three days in Montreal, and two days in Quebec City.
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