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Jan 3rd, 2013, 11:34 AM
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New England / Possibly Canada – October 12th for 16 days - Itenary needed

UK Married Couple (late,50’s) with a desire to ‘leaf-peep’ !
Unfortunately, unable to hike (or even walk more than 2 miles a day)

LOVES: Scenic Drives, Outstanding Scenery, Leaf-peeping, Lakes, Oceans, Mountains, 2 or 3 days exploring a City
LIKES: Wildlife, Culture, History, Sport, Sight-seeing, Eating Out
£££?: We fly economy, staying in 3* or 4* star accommodation

Seeking minor completion to following ‘extensive itenary’ which, as you see, includes collection of a rental car and the possibility of spending one night in Niagara Falls, on the current insistence of ‘Mrs. Norfolkanway’.
I think I’ve got the beginning and the end pretty much sorted so it's just a little help with the few days in the middle - “New England (Possibly Canada)” - next to them I need ideas for . . . . . . Just the 15 days then . . . . . . Please . . . . . .

October 12th Fly from UK into Boston/ Toronto/Montreal

October 13th to 28th "New England (Possibly Canada)"

October 29th Fly back to UK from Boston/Toronto

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Jan 4th, 2013, 10:00 AM
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norfolkanway,

I wonder why you posted this in the Canada forum? You might want to post this in US and tag it to Massachusetts.

I live in central Massachusetts and think that Oct 13 to Oct 28 will be past peak in Canada, although every year is different. We visited Quebec City a few years back on October 10 - 14th and it was past peak in that part of Canada.
Also, no one can predict the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the 2013 foliage season. If your trip is basically for leaf-peeping you might want to change to the beginning of October; if you are stuck with the 13th to the 28th, you might want to consider southern New England. Also, I am not clear on your flights. Are you arriving in Boston or connecting in Boston to Toronto or Montreal??

Another thing to keep in mind, Monday, October 14, is a holiday here (Columbus Day) and many hotels are booked solid that weekend in New England. This same Monday in Canada is Thanksgiving.

Here is a website to assist you with foliage vacations in New England:
http://www.yankeefoliage.com/peak-foliage-forecast-map/

Happy planning.
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Jan 8th, 2013, 10:48 AM
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Mid to late October does tend to be past peak leaf colour on average in Canada. However, peak is variable and some years you can still get decent colour in mid October, especially in the Niagara Peninsula where peak tends to be later than most of Ontario due to location/geography. So, you may want to schedule extra nights in Niagara and do so early in your trip. Perhaps spend 1 night in the "Falls" themselves (I'd recommend a hotel room with a view of the falls in the Fallsivew District which is on a high ridge overlooking them). Then perhaps your next night or 2 in quaint Niagara-on-the-Lake, a short and scenic drive downriver on the Niagara Parkway. Use NOTL as a base for touring the surrounding countryside which will allow you to see some leaf colour while also sampling some of the many wineries in this district if that interests you. The area is also famous for its culinary scene with excellent dining in NOTL and at some of the wineries, several with very nice views. There are a number of higher end inns and many nice B&B's in NOTL.

As pointed out by Bette, October 14 is Thanksgiving and the end of a long Holiday Weekend in Canada, Niagara will be busy.

Are you flying into either Boston or Toronto, then driving in between, and flying out of whichever one you didn't land in?

The Thousand Islands of the St. Lawrence River are a popular destination for a day or 2 in between Montreal and Toronto. The main activity is a sightseeing boat tour of the Islands and if there is still leaf colour, this will be very nice. Kingston is a pleasant small city to stay in, and there are boats which depart from there, however boats departing farther upriver get you to the Islands much faster (e.g. Gananoque, Ivy Lea, Rockport).

Algonquin Provincial Park, north of Toronto, is excellent for wildlife and spectacular during Leaf season with its forested hills and many lakes, but you'll likely be too late for much colour there which peaks early (and once the colour peaks, a storm or windy day can strip most of the leaves off the trees quickly).
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