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10/05/2005 09:33:06 PM · #1
My secretary Ruth is a wonderful and sweet lady...I could not do my job without her. I really want to help her out with some travel planning. She and her husband of 40+ years are planning a trip next June/July to the Niagara Falls area, Toronto and Montreal. They're planning about two weeks and will be renting a car when they land in NY.

What sights and activities would you recommend during the summer in those areas? Both are very healthy and spry seniors, but probably aren't that keen on walking for miles on end. They both love to take pictures and also love to do touristy things. I just want to be able to give her a list of things that are "must sees" so that they can make the most of their trip together. Thanks in advance! :)
10/05/2005 09:36:14 PM · #2
they should visit niagara on the lake, nice area and great for wine/shopping. in toronto, tell them to take in a show at roy thompson hall. in montreal, tell them to visit habitat 67.
10/05/2005 10:06:00 PM · #3
Montreal: Old Montreal, The Belvedere on Mount Royal, St-Laurent Street, St-Denis street, St-Catherine street, the Botanical Gardens...
10/06/2005 12:10:44 PM · #4
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10/06/2005 12:18:17 PM · #5
Between Toronto and Montreal (on their way) there's Canada's capital Ottawa. VERY piscturesque. Parliament hill, Rideau Canal, Museums galore...

What Doc said for Montreal.

Toronto: CN Tower, Toronto zoo, Wonderland....
10/06/2005 12:22:50 PM · #6
the falls from the canadian side of course, then niagara on the lake (its gorgeous),
the city in toronto, casa loma, (depending on the time of year what's going on in toronto-there's fun things like carabana) CN tower they shoudl check out what shows are in town then and see if any interest them
for Montreal, the things that Nick said.. between Toronto and Montreal is several things to enjoy

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10/06/2005 12:50:35 PM · #7
In Toronto, they might want to visit the Eaton Centre, a huge downtown shopping mall that likes to think of itself as the centre of Toronto, If not of the universe!! It is a fun place to go, though, and it's right in the heart of downtown. I'd also definitely recommend one of my favourite places, Nathan Phillips Square, which is the City Hall Square. It's an iconic site--you'll see pictures of the New City Hall (40 years old this year) in all the travel ads for Toronto--and there are loads of activities going on there during weekends in the summer, especially since 2005-2006 is Toronto's year as Culture Capital of the province. They might also like to take a walk around the St. George Campus of the University of Toronto. It's a lovely campus and many of the oldeer buildings are very interesting architecturally. And then there's Toronto's castle, the Casa Loma. This tourist attraction is an absolutely weird castle built by some magnate 100 or so years ago for his wife. Another of my favourite place, though it might not appeal to everyone, is the Kensington Market area. This isn't a market in the conventional sense. Instead, it an area about 4 or 5 blocks square containing dozens of wild and wonderful fruit stores, boutiques featuring retro clothes, restaurants--and a dizzying variety of ethnic specialty shops and restaurants. Where else would you find a Hungarian-Thai restaurant? The area is run down, but loads of fun, very photogenic, and doesn't involve miles of walking.

A more conventionalmarket, and a much more famous one, is the St. Lawrence Market in the downtown area of the city. This market is contained within two huge buildings. It is a truly wonderful market and is classed as one of the 25 best in the world. It's also very colourful and interesting, and it has a huge antique and flea market in the South Building on summer Sundays. Hope this helps. Yes, I'm a Torontonian!
10/06/2005 02:44:51 PM · #8
If the timing works out, in Montreal, look up the Internation Jazz Fest. Lots of fun, lots of music, and lots of chances for candids!

On top of Doctornick stuff, I'd look into the Biodome. It's right next to the Botanical Gardens. There is also an insectaerium. Photo wise though, the gardens and biodome are your best shots, and you can get discounted passes if you go to both in the same day. Oh yes, and if they do that they get to see our magnificent structure called Olympic Stadium.
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10/06/2005 03:10:05 PM · #9
Although not currently required, passports are a good item to have, and may be required by that time. If they do not already have them, it may take awhile to get them.
10/06/2005 03:32:13 PM · #10
My experience is that it's generally not a good idea to get sassy with the border guards on either side.
10/18/2005 07:53:11 PM · #11
Current stateside travel does not require passports for US citizens, however discussions with recent airline personel indicate that within the next 2 years passports will be required for many forms of public travel, WITHIN the US.

The prudent will plan accordingly.
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