October Trip to Toronto & Montreal

Aug 30th, 2011, 08:03 PM
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Thank you all again. You have given me lots of good info. Our plan is coming together a little more.

After spending seven full days and eight nights in Toronto at the Hilton we are now flying Porter Air to Quebec City for two or three full days then taking the Orleans Express bus back to Montreal for six days before flying home to US.

Taking the train from Toronto to Quebec City takes about 9 1/2 hours compared to an hour and a half on Porter plus found a half price offer for the flight. From QC to Montreal takes the same 3 plus hours on either the train or bus but the bus schedule ismore flexible.

Next up is selecting hotels in QC and Montreal which we will do in the next day or two. We will probably stay at the Frontenac in QC. Have to look at hotels in Montreal also.
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Aug 31st, 2011, 05:58 AM
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Consider taking the train as an overnight... there's not that much to see along the way, you can trade a night at a hotel for a sleeper car and when you wake up, you will be close to QC... we found this to be an excellent use of our time...
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Aug 31st, 2011, 06:28 AM
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In Montreal, I always recommend Hotel Saint Sulpice. It's a lovely boutique suite hotel in Old Montreal. Here's the website:

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Sep 13th, 2011, 07:48 AM
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FYI you may want to get a TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) Day Pass especially for Saturday, Sunday or Thanksgiving Monday because they are valid for 2 people on the weekend, unlimited rides on bus and subway for $10! You could move around your itinerary a bit for the multi stops/starts to fall on the weekends.


Also you will probably want to adjust your itinerary depending on the weather. For example, you won't want to be on Ward's island if it's cold & windy, but that day would be fine for the ROM. It's been known to have a few snowflakes around Thanksgiving. It's extra cold and windy by the lake (ie. the zoo would be wamer than centre island).

I did not check all your days of the week, but you may want to do the Zoo on a weekday to avoid the bigger crowds. Also Thanksgiving a lot of things will be closed, but Chinatown would be open. Eaton Centre is also open because it's a tourist attraction but a lot of shopping in other areas will be closed. Have a great trip! I live in Toronto and haven't done a lot of these things!
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Sep 13th, 2011, 07:56 AM
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I did not read the whole thread, but I wanted to mention in case you hadn't booked train/plane yet - You will want to book soon if you are travelling on Friday of Thanksgiving weekend. Many people travel this day to go home for the holiday weekend. You will want to book a train at the very least a week in advance, if not two weeks. Most of the time the trains do not sell out more than 1-2 days in advance, but a holiday weekend is an exception.

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Oct 13th, 2011, 06:26 PM
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MSheinberg - have you been here yet?
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