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Old 01-26-2010, 07:38 AM
 
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Hello,

I have read this site for a couple of days to get info, but nothing is exact to my situation. I am planning my first trip to Canada. I am trying to decide between Toronto, Vancouver or Montreal. Let me explain what I'm looking for to get the best advice....

Size is an issue. I am looking for a city that feels large. Big city/metro population, want a large feeling on street level and walkability with loads of energy on the street. Very good musuems, restaurants, nightlife and overall enetertainment to be top notch.

I think this describes Toronto the best, but not sure? Overall in a nut shell, more of a world class city. I am looking for a Canadian version of NYC or Chicago.

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Old 01-26-2010, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Hello,

I have read this site for a couple of days to get info, but nothing is exact to my situation. I am planning my first trip to Canada. I am trying to decide between Toronto, Vancouver or Montreal. Let me explain what I'm looking for to get the best advice....

Size is an issue. I am looking for a city that feels large. Big city/metro population, want a large feeling on street level and walkability with loads of energy on the street. Very good musuems, restaurants, nightlife and overall enetertainment to be top notch.

I think this describes Toronto the best, but not sure? Overall in a nut shell, more of a world class city. I am looking for a Canadian version of NYC or Chicago.
A Canadian version of NYC or Chicago is not necessarily the same as "a large feeling on street level and walkability with loads of energy on the street. Very good musuems, restaurants, nightlife and overall enetertainment".

Certainly, skyscraper-wise and bigness-wise, Toronto is the closest thing to NYC or Chicago in Canada.

But as far as on-street vibrancy and urban energy is concerned, most people would agree that Montreal (about 75% of Toronto's size) is probably where you want to be.

Vancouver is an attractive city as well, though if you are in DC (as your name suggests), it's a whole other ball game as far as transportation costs are concerned.
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Old 10-01-2010, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Somewhere on this 3rd rock from the sun
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Neither.......For a mix of all the three, I say choose the capital....Ottawa.

Trust me...Ottawa has everything the 3 cities combined do not and then some more.

* The Museums are the finest and world class.

* Downtown is really cool

* Best winter city by far especially if you like ice skating

*If you feel overwhelmed, Ottawa also has a very laid back town feel which is 15 minutes ride away from Downtown

*Cheaper than all the other 3

*A major airport hub(international)
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Old 10-01-2010, 02:45 PM
 
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It you can only go to one of them, definitely Montreal.
Toronto would be the least worthy of your time among the three you mentioned IMO.
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Old 10-01-2010, 02:47 PM
 
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Neither.......For a mix of all the three, I say choose the capital....Ottawa.

Trust me...Ottawa has everything the 3 cities combined do not and then some more.

* The Museums are the finest and world class.

* Downtown is really cool

* Best winter city by far especially if you like ice skating

*If you feel overwhelmed, Ottawa also has a very laid back town feel which is 15 minutes ride away from Downtown

*Cheaper than all the other 3

*A major airport hub(international)
I am actually going to Ottawa in a few days. Could you recommend a few places to see besides Parliament Hill? I would have probably a whole day (include a night) in Ottawa.
Thanks.
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Old 10-01-2010, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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Montreal.
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Old 10-02-2010, 05:46 AM
 
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Neither.......For a mix of all the three, I say choose the capital....Ottawa.

Trust me...Ottawa has everything the 3 cities combined do not and then some more.

* The Museums are the finest and world class.

* Downtown is really cool

* Best winter city by far especially if you like ice skating

*If you feel overwhelmed, Ottawa also has a very laid back town feel which is 15 minutes ride away from Downtown

*Cheaper than all the other 3

*A major airport hub(international)
I strongly disagree with your post, my good sir.
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Old 10-02-2010, 06:10 AM
 
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I guess the closest comparison to Chicago or NYC would be Toronto, but the target city you have in mind really is more complicated than that.

Toronto has a more cavernous feeling similar to Chicago and a decent downtown street vibrancy. With that being said Montreal while being smaller is more walkable and strikingly more vibrant at street level (and more interesting architecture wise) than Toronto. The nightlife in Montreal is also more active as well.

When it comes to the Arts and Culture Montreal also comes out ahead. The breaking point in the end is the restaurant scene. Both Montreal and Vancouver offer more vibrant and creative eating options than Toronto. Yes Toronto has a decent amount of variety due to the large amount of immigrants, but the restaurant scene is very mediocre and boring if you are looking for something cutting edge or creative. There is also a greater food culture in general and respect for food in Montreal.

In the end Montreal would come out on top for me.
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Old 10-02-2010, 08:03 AM
 
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If you're going to Montreal, make sure you take a day trip (or more) to Quebec City. For someone who's going to Quebec for the first time, it's a must.
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Old 10-02-2010, 08:14 AM
 
Location: Kalamalka Lake, B.C.
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Default A Canadian version of Ch. or NY? Montreal

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If you're going to Montreal, make sure you take a day trip (or more) to Quebec City. For someone who's going to Quebec for the first time, it's a must.
Montreal is more user friendly than Toronto if you have a sense of adventure. Save Vancouver for skiing, salmon fishing, and the outdoors. If your interest is interacting with people I'd take either Toronto or Montreal, but for a first trip to Canada: la belle province.

note: I love Ottawa for Hull and the Museum of Man but Pierre Trudeau always went home for the weekend to Montreal. And so did everybody else!

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