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Montreal to Toronto

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Montreal to Toronto

Hi flying into Montreal in May 2014 spending 2nights there then picking up a car and driving

Down to Toronto for 3 nights and 1 night in Niagara. Looking for an overnight stay in-between Montreal and Toronto while visiting the Thousand Islands. Any ideas? Also what is the drive like? I'm assuming it's very scenic? Any routes you can advise?

Thanks

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1. Re: Montreal to Toronto

If planning to visit the 1000 Islands then the obvious place to stay is Gananoque, which is the heart of the area. Otherwise, stay in the small city of Kingston, approx. 30 minutes west of the 1000 Island region. The landscape between Montreal & Toronto tends to be fairly flat, although west of Kingston, you are into the Northumberland Hills which rise gradually from the Lake Ontario shore. Most people take the main highway 401 that runs between the two cities, which is fast, efficient and boring. I always recommend getting off the 401 and travelling the southern Hwy #2.

The old Hwy#2 follows the St. Lawrence and shores of Lake Ontario to about Port Hope. Two lane highway, rambling along through historic towns, rolling farmland & orchards. A side trip onto Prince Edward County is always worthwhile for its foodie culture and emerging wine region.

A few links to look at:

http://tourism.kingstoncanada.com/

prince-edward-county.com/

http://www.northumberlandtourism.com/en/

http://www.loyalistparkway.org/

http://porthopetourism.com/

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Thanks

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Yeah, scenic is not how I would describe the drive from Montreal to Toronto.....you may consider taking a part of the day to drive to Ottawa, the national capital of Canada to do quick sightseeing and yes there is some good scenery!

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Hi aliscarlet;

If you decide to stay in Gananoque overnight, I strongly recommend the Islandview Inn Bed & Breakfast, which is located only 1 block from where the tour boats dock, and the St Lawrence River.

tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review-g182143-d619664-…

www.islandviewinnbb.com/

The Holiday Inn Express would be my second choice, but is located at the opposite end of town.

tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g182143-d578912…

hiexpress.com/hotels/us/en/yonca/hoteldetail…

For more info on the 1000 Islands;

www.1000islandsgananoque.com

www.visit1000islands.com/

www.1000islandsinfo.com/

Best Regards

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5. Re: Montreal to Toronto

I would not call the drive "very scenic", no. Granted, taking the route phpr suggests will give you some nice views of farmland and the lake, but it's a flat, cultivated area; you're not going to see any rugged topography or natural features. Enjoy the drive, but don't go expecting mountains or fjords.

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The trip to me is not scenic. I say just drive it all in one go (on the 401)

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Depends, in the end, on what you mean when you say scenic - you will not see soaring mountains, rushing rivers, etc. There are areas of natural beauty all along the route, but few that will be seen from the main highway. If you also consider scenic to include historic buildings& towns, heritage roads, etc. then you will see those.

Each to his own.

in any event, Hwy 401 and Hwy 2 parallel each other, so if you get bored, or want to hurry up, or slow down then it's easy to access one from the other.

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8. Re: Montreal to Toronto

Thanks all, as for scenic the most interesting route from A to B.

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