Train between Canadian Cities?

May 2nd, 2005, 01:43 PM
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Just checking in.
After all the helpful comments, I didn't want you to think that I wasn't grateful, but I did put it on the back burner for a while.
We are leaving on May 7 and will be away until June 3 - so I was getting all the last minute things done.

This is what we are planning to do in Canada starting August 1. And I already have a question! Is that a good time to visit or like London where everyone goes on holiday that month!
We will fly directly into Toronto and then make our way to Kingston.
(Suggestions - bus, train, remember we are hoping not to rent a car)
3-5 August Ottawa
6-8 August Montreal
9-11 August Quebec
12-14 August Toronto
15 - Fly back to states.
I have a certificate for "stay 2 nights and get the 3rd one free" for the Fairmont Hotels. They are still high, but what a deal!

Any suggestions about where to stay close to the train station in Ottawa?

Now I need to check out the train timetable and be sure this will all work.

Thanks again and see you in June,

Carol / Brahmama
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May 2nd, 2005, 06:05 PM
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August is a good time to visit. Just remember that the day you arrive ( Aug 1) is a civic holiday here. Otherwise you'll be fine for the rest of your visit.

I'm sure you'll have no problem at all taking the train to Kingston.
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May 2nd, 2005, 09:19 PM
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The train station in Ottawa is a ways from downtown - maybe about 5-10 minutes by cab. You are best off staying in a downtown hotel such as the Chateau Laurier (old railway hotel) the Westin or Crowne Plaza (where I stay). Ask for a view facing the parliament buildings. Ottawa is very walkable.
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May 3rd, 2005, 10:07 AM
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ok, we are good to go for:
flight to Toronto

and thanks to prairiegirl we are getting the great rates on VIARAILon the train -

train to Kingston

Laverendrye spoke about some nice B&B's / Inns in Kingston. Has anyone ever stayed in one? If so, do you have a recommendation or warning? I've enjoyed the website - it's going to be hard to leave Kingston! We are market and music people and want to be within walking distance of everything.

Being foodies too - where do you suggest to eat?

Thanks for the info, Kodi, about the holiday- I think they will have a special celebration in the Confederation park.

This is a fun trip to plan!


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May 3rd, 2005, 04:53 PM
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We stayed at the Rosemount Inn in Kingston and loved it. (
It is a wonderful place and serves a delicious breakfast. It is right downtown and within walking distance of everything. We even treated ourselves to a massage and loved it.
Everything about our stay there was great.
They will also give you great recommendations for where to eat.
THinking about it now, we had dinner at a nearby restaurant included in our package.
Good luck...
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May 3rd, 2005, 05:15 PM
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A couple of thoughts based on the above;

First Class is not really worth the extra money, if you are a budget traveller. You get a free meal, but unless it is dinner time, it's not worth the extra money. And you can plug in your computer in Via 1, but who cares.

In downtown Toronto, add The Strathcona to the list of reasonable hotels close to the station. It's opposite the west door of the Royal York.

If you are flying into Toronto, you genuine best way ofgetting to Niaggara is to rent a car for the day. This will allow you to go to Niagara Falls, the city with the waterfall, and Niagara on the lake, the town with great restaurants and theatre.

You can do this in one day and get back to Toronto that night.

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Jun 25th, 2005, 07:51 PM
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Just checking in. We were on holiday from May 6 to June 4 (Italy!) and then after getting back home (exhausted) we had a quick trip because of surgery in the family. Then our grandtwins were here for a week.

We finally have the house to ourselves again (after putting it back together) and have decided that we don't want to leave on a summer trip until we rest up a bit!

So we are changing our summer trip to the fall - probably late Sept /early Oct.

Some of you commented on how hot it was in Canada in the summer - now tell me what it will be like in late Sept /early Oct? We still want to follow the same plan if possible. I"m hoping that it won't be COLD in Montreal. I'm all for crisp, cool weather - but not fur coat weather since I don't even have one.

I just reread this whole thread and there is a whole bunch of info here - I really appreciate the help from all of you. And looking forward to hearing from you again.

(Kodi, is that the name of your dog? I think we have emailed before. Am I right????!!!!)

Carol / Brahmama

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