Road trip from NYC to Canada

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Apr 18th, 2018, 08:49 AM
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and House of Frankenstein
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Apr 18th, 2018, 09:06 AM
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And the Mystic Maze of Mirrors.
Hopefully Dukey will look into one of those mirrors and ask himself some hard questions. Not all of us can fly off to South America and Rome for a holiday. Some of us are simple people who can only afford a trip to Niagara Falls. My wife still says that the wax museum was the highlight of our honeymoon.

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Apr 18th, 2018, 10:14 AM
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[QUOTE=xcountry;16714762My wife still says that the wax museum was the highlight of our honeymoon.[/QUOTE]

Better than the bubble bath in the champagne glass tub?
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Apr 18th, 2018, 10:21 AM
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Yup, there are Ripley's and Guinness and wax museums and arcades and all that stuff.
There is also:
Hornblower Cruise
Maid of the Mist
Journey Behind the Falls
Cave of the Winds
Nightly Falls Illumination
Fireworks Over the Falls every night in the summer
White Water Walk
Helicopter tours
Whirlpool Aerocar
Mistrider Zipline
Whirlpool Jetboats
Skylon Tower
Marineland
Butterfly Conservatory (largest in North America)
Bird Kingdom
Skywheel
Safari Niagara
Botanical Gardens
Welland Canal
35 golf courses
Fallsview Casino, Casino Niagara and Seneca Casino
125 wineries, breweries and distilleries
Fort George, Fort Niagara and Fort Erie
Shaw Festival theatres
Artpark
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Apr 18th, 2018, 10:39 AM
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to be fair, you initially said "you need 2 to 3 days in Niagara Falls." You didn't say in the Southern Ontario region or the surrounding area. Your definition of "in Niagara Falls" is awfully broad. I would also question whether some of the things on your list qualify as "major attractions." That being said, I think my recommendation that the OP use his week in the Niagara region and Toronto is consistent with what you are advocating.

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Apr 18th, 2018, 10:51 AM
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Better than the bubble bath in the champagne glass tub?
I don’t know. I wasn’t there for that. I do remember the Ripleys place. There was a very large faucet suspended by wires. And water was pouring out of the faucet into a small pool. The question on the sign read “Where is the water coming from?” I couldn’t figure it out as there was nothing above the faucet.

In fact the water was was being pumped up a tube in the middle of the water coming down. D’oh. I remember my wife saying “geez I sure didn’t marry you for your looks. If you can’t figure this out why did I marry you?” Too late honey.
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Apr 18th, 2018, 11:17 AM
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tom42,
That's true. A few of the things I listed are within the Niagara Region, and are a 15-20 minute drive from the actual Falls. But considering,for instance, some of Toronto's major attractions like the Zoo, Science Centre or Canada's Wonderland are at least twice that far from downtown Toronto, I'll stick with it..
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Apr 18th, 2018, 11:27 AM
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[QUOTE=xcountry;16714810I remember my wife saying “geez I sure didn’t marry you for your looks. If you can’t figure this out why did I marry you?” Too late honey.[/QUOTE]

Your large endowment?
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Apr 18th, 2018, 11:57 AM
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You know what they say Tom. The falls are the bride’s second biggest disappointment.
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Apr 20th, 2018, 05:09 AM
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As well as consulting a map, you need to get a firmer grasp on what is available in Canada. Start with the Destinations section on this website. Other travel sites can help, as can provincial and city tourist authorities. Sorry to be rude, but your questions are hard to answer because you lack the context to make them cogent, or to help you understand the answers. Being your own tourist agent is DIY -- you have to do it yourself as well as ask others.
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May 15th, 2018, 12:05 PM
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I'm planning on getting this train - the Adirondack - in September after a few days in Montreal but I'll be getting off at Lake Champlain and getting a ferry across the lake.

There is only one train a day leaving Montreal at 10.20am, arriving in NYC just before 9pm.

Montreal looks like a great place to spend a few days and very different from most other cities in N. America due to its french heritage.
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May 15th, 2018, 01:31 PM
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For seven days, pick one province and see two cities. If you are including travel time from California, either fly or drive up the coast to Vancouver. It's a far bigger country than your question suggests.
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May 16th, 2018, 05:54 AM
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Would you suggest flying to Quebec City from Toronto to save time? What are there to do in Quebec and Toronto in terms of the major attractions and must do's?
If you want to see both Toronto and Quebec City, then flying is your best bet, and you'd arrange your return direct from the airport in Quebec City; if you need a car, you'd rent at each end (for 1 or 2 days to see Niagara Falls and for another day if you want to take a trip outside Quebec City). If you want to see Toronto, Niagara Falls, and Montreal only, then driving might not be the worst idea. You fly into Toronto (better in my opinion than Buffalo because then you don't have to worry about the issue of bringing a rental car over the Canadian border), then see the city for a day or two, drive to and stay on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls (walking over to the US side if you want to see that part), and then drive a half-day to Montreal, seeing some of Quebec along the way; you'd rent a car from the day you plan on leaving Toronto (because you won't want or need a car there) until you arrive in Montreal. See if you can fly back to California from Montreal. Or alternatively, do a bit circle grip and end back up at Toronto for your return flight.

Either way, you'd do all of your traveling in Canada. The only caveat is that everyone would need a passport to fly to Canada; if driving over from Buffalo, you could get by with a passport, passport card, or government-issued picture ID + original birth certificate with raised seal.
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May 17th, 2018, 05:50 AM
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Although a government issued ID and birth certificate will get you into Canada, returning to the US will be a difficult and drawn out procedure... you will likely be pulled into Border Patrol for additional questioning...

the standards of proof are different for each country and it's best to have a passport, or enhanced id that contains an information chip that can be scanned at the border....
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Jun 16th, 2018, 10:30 AM
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Thanks all for your suggestions! I truly appreciate your time Answering my questions
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Jun 28th, 2018, 11:20 AM
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Long Island, Ny to Vancouver, Canada

My sister and I are visiting my son in Vancouver, Canada. We will be leaving from Long Isand, NY this August. Any ideas on how to save money on airfare from NYC area to Vancouver? I was wondering if flying to Seattle then driving to Vancouver might be a good option.
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Jun 28th, 2018, 11:46 AM
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You will need to do some online research to find out costs for the various flight/rental car options for your dates. Easily done.

Be aware that it can be very tricky to find cross-border car rentals. I believe that Seattle-Vancouver is one of the few routes where it is sometimes possible, albeit you're are likely to encounter an expensive one-way fee and the contract may well become pay-per-km once you enter Canada. For that route, taking the train or bus is often a better option.

Your bigger issue is that you are planning very last minute for a popular destination. There are plenty of flights between the three major NYC area airports and Vancouver - one of the most popular US-CAN routes. However, summer is peak tourist time for Vancouver/BC, so the cheaper tickets have likely long since been scooped up with the more expensive options left.

So, "saving" money is going to be relative. No special tricks - you just have to sit down at the keyboard with your dates in hand, and see what your options are in terms of flights and car rentals. Google or other search engines can show you all the possible options. The more flexible you are with dates, the more likely you are to find something a bit cheaper. Also, if at all possible, avoid August 3-6, which is a holiday weekend in Canada.
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Jun 28th, 2018, 05:17 PM
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Have you tried Google Flights? Middle of August on Cathay Pacific non-stop from JFK to Vancouver for $374 US. That’s the first one I saw.
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Jun 29th, 2018, 04:04 AM
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If you do see favorable fares into Seattle, consider taking Amtrak from Seattle to Vancouver. There are 2 trains and 4 bus departures daily, costing around $45, it's a 4-hour trip. We've taken the train from Vancouver to Seattle several times, finding it very scenic in many spots. The bus goes up I-5, which is not what I consider a scenic drive, but that is how you would get there by car anyway.

https://www.amtrak.com/home.html
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Jun 29th, 2018, 06:42 AM
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Tennisfirst: this thread's topic has no relevance to your trip really. Look at Gardyloo's response on your own thread . . .
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