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How long to spend in Toronto and Niagara Falls?!?!

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How long to spend in Toronto and Niagara Falls?!?!

I'm planning on visiting Toronto in October with my boyfriend and we want to visit Niagara Falls to. We're just trying to decide how long to spend in each place? We're thinking 4nights in Toronto and 3 nights in Niagara, but after reading some reviews alot of people say 3nights in Niagara is too long. Would two nights be long enough there to do the main attractions such as maid of the mist etc..? And also is 4nights in Toronto long enough, to see the main attractions, sights and to explore etc..? If anybody has any advice or help that would be great thaks!!

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1. Re: How long to spend in Toronto and Niagara Falls?!?!

Hi JabbaJibba,

Welcome to the ONTARIO TRAVEL FORUM

A break down of 4 + 3 for Toronto & Niagara Sounds great…

As you haven’t filled out your TA PROFILE (you really should do that…even a little info like where you are from, Gender & Age can give us Advisors some info to customize replies)… I am going to have to guess that by using the term “boyfriend” that you are young (or young at heart) so you can certainly find enough at Niagara Falls (and the whole Niagara Region) to keep you busy for 3 Days.

You haven’t said when in October exactly, but if early in the month, the weather is still usually quite good, and before Thanksgiving (Canada’s is the 2nd Monday in October) everything will be on a Fall Schedule and OPEN… after that and somethings begin to CLOSE out for the Season. So coming earlier rather than later is advised.

If early in October, you’ll still be able to enjoy all the bigger NF Attractions – Niagara FuryJourney Behind the Falls - Maid of the Mist – Cave of the Winds (US side) – Observation Tower (US side) - Niagara Skywheel – Whitewater Walk – Whirlpool Aerocar – Niagara JetBoats – Sir Adam Beck Generating Station – and transportation options like the PeopleMovers & Incline Railway… as well as take in – Niagara Gorge Discovery Centre (US side) – IMAX Theatre - Clifton Hill (multitude of “carnival like” attractions) – the Niagara Parks (Queen VictoriaOakes Garden Theatre – Botanical Gardens) – Buttefly Conservatory – Bird KingdomMarineland – Aquarium of Niagara (US side) – Niagara by night (Dinner Theatres – Comedy Clubs – Bars – Nightclubs – Casinos) – as well as Nightly Illuminations – and Weekly Fireworks

So lots to see and do to keep you busy for a couple of Days. As well if you have access to a car you might want to also discover the rest of the Niagara Region… the Peninsula that lies between the two Great Lakes of Lake Erie & Lake Ontario. In particular… the scenic Niagara Parkway – Historic Niagara-on-the-Lake (War of 1812 – Terminus on the Underground Railway) – Brock Monument – Laura Secord Homestead – Fort George – The Shaw Festival Theatre - Ontario’s Premier Wine Region (over 150 Wineries spread out between NOTL and Winona) – and the Engineering Marvel that is the Giant Staircase Locks on the Welland Canal (where huge ocean going ships known as Lakers, literally “climb the mountain” UP from Lake Ontario to Lake Erie… 100 Metres Elevation).

If you don't have a car... then you could always discover a bit of what lies beyond "The Falls"... by taking a Guided Tour of Wine Country.

Generally speaking, we tell Travellers that in addition to whatever time they allot for NF, they should count on at least one other FULL DAY to explore the rest of the Niagara Region.

As for Toronto… as Canada’s largest city… 3 Days is an absolute minimum, and 4 is better… but there is more than enough to keep one busy for a week.

As a Destination Expert for Niagara-on-the-Lake I invite you to check out the TRAVEL PAGES and related TRAVEL FORUMS for both NIAGARA FALLS and NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE where you’ll learn a lot more about what this fabulous region has to offer.

Cheers!

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2. Re: How long to spend in Toronto and Niagara Falls?!?!

Will you be driving between Toronto and NFalls?

I think 3 nights in NFalls are too much. Two full days in NFalls are good enough. So I'd suggest 5 nights in Toronto and 2 nights in NFalls.

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3. Re: How long to spend in Toronto and Niagara Falls?!?!

Thanks for your reply Wine-4-2, its a great help, didn't realise there was so much to do in the Niagara region!! Ive filled out my TA profile (forgot that I hadn't, so thanks for pointing that out to me!). We're going to be visiting from the 16th - 23rd October, cant come any earlier due to work. Ive checked websites and it looks like most places in Niagara are open till the end of October if not a little later. Do you know the best way to get to Niagara from downtown Toronto? We're probably not going to have a hire car so would be looking at using public transport to get there, if there is any? Thanks.

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4. Re: How long to spend in Toronto and Niagara Falls?!?!

Several options for getting from Toronto to Niagara Falls:

ViaRail train - ~$45.00 return

Greyhound or Coach Canada bus - ~$65.00 return

Megabus - ~$32.00 return

Go Transit - train/bus - ~$32.00 return

The train and bus terminals in Niagara Falls are together, about 2 miles from the Falls, so require either local bus or taxi to get to the tourist areas.

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5. Re: How long to spend in Toronto and Niagara Falls?!?!

Hi JabbaJibba (BTW cute User Name),

The TA PROFILE Info is always helpful... for example I now know you are over 25 so you CAN Rent a car if you want to, AND I also know that you are from the UK, so you would have to drive here on the opposite side of the road... so you might be apprehensive to do so if you were to rent a car from Toronto (Canada's biggest city, and city with the most traffic in the US & Canada).

FALLSDUDE has certainly covered off the options that are available for getting from Toronto to Niagara Falls.

BUT to get out into the Niagara Region and see wine country etc you pretty much have to have a vehicle... no public transit out to farm country. Many Travellers get around this problem by either taking an organized tour thru Wine Country or else renting a vehicle in NF and just using it for the one day (a one day car rental being less than $ 100, a organized tour is usually $ 100+ per person… so if there are 2 or more of you, then renting a car is really economical).

Let me reassure you that driving in the Niagara Region isn’t a big worry. Getting around from NF to NOTL and the Niagara Peninsula is very easy. All streets or small roads… and very quiet… no great traffic to be had. You’ll probably actually find the driving enjoyable.

The Organized Wine Tours are expensive for what you get… as I said, typically $ 100 or more per person. And they concentrate on wineries, so you don’t get to see much else. BUT if this is the only option you have it is better than none.

Hope this is helpful,

Cheers!

Wine-4-2

Edited: 09 August 2010, 20:55
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6. Re: How long to spend in Toronto and Niagara Falls?!?!

My cousin and her husband (Seniors) came from Hayes UK. I took them over to NiFlls by car obviously.They had seen all they wanted to see in basically, a day and a half. They wanted the Maid of the Mist, Spanish aerocar and behind the falls. They had mentioned the helicopter ride, but bottled out on it. They weren't interested in the Butterfly House (seen one in UK,) or the Floral Clock (the one in Brighton is bigger), the wax museum and Clifton Hill, or the casino. So, we arrived late afternoon and stayed in a B&B in NOTL. Had dinner and watched the falls light up and stayed until they changed from white to colours. Then to bed. A full day, the next day, with the people mover got them to see what they wanted, and late in the afternoon, we headed back home to London, Ont. So, with travel from Toronto included, I'd say early start Day 1 to Niagara and late return to Toronto Day 2 with a hotel in the Falls area.

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7. Re: How long to spend in Toronto and Niagara Falls?!?!

Thanks everybody for your replies, they've been a great help!! It will be our first time visiting Canada, so we cant wait! We're definately looking forward to exploring Toronto and the Niagara region!

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8. Re: How long to spend in Toronto and Niagara Falls?!?!

Hi JabbaJibba,

You are very welcome... hope you have a great visit.

Cheers!

Wine-4-2

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