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Family Holiday in Ontario, August 2014

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Family Holiday in Ontario, August 2014

My wife and I and our two children (14 and 12) are planning a 2 week holiday in Ontario in August 2014. Our outline plan is to spend several days in Toronto (not sure how many we need yet), then pick up a hire car and spend a few days in Niagara. We would like to visit the 1,000 islands area and also take in some other parts of Ontario. We would prefer to stay in places for at least 3 to 4 days (as opposed to being on the road every day). Can anyone suggest a good itinerary for us to consider. Thanks for your help!

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1. Re: Family Holiday in Ontario, August 2014

Please give us a specific indication of what you're all interested in other than visiting Ontario.....are your kids male/female?.....

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We have a son who will be 14 at the time of travel and a daughter who will be 12. The family's interests are pretty broad - sightseeing, museums, wildlife, photography, hiking, cycling, of course shopping and dining. The kids in particular enjoy at least some "pool time" when we're on holiday, so any recommendations of a good "resort" type destination would be most welcome.

Edited: 07 January 2014, 13:22
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3. Re: Family Holiday in Ontario, August 2014

A basic outline could be :

Accommodation in downtown Toronto for a few nights, making your way around the city by foot and TTC(public transit)

Rent a car and make your way to Niagara Falls with a side trip to Niagara On The Lake

Drive to the 1000 Islands region and visit Gananoque, Fort Henry, Boldt Castle

Drive to Canada's capital city Ottawa and spend a couple of nights there

Possibly spend some time at a cottage north of Toronto ....................this particular forum is the general forum for the entire Province and does not get the most play....I suggest you repost on the Toronto forum and the Niagara Falls forum, possibly Ottawa if necessary, so that more can respond.................on the other destination forums, you can view all of the information necessary to help you make informed decisions with regard to accommodations/restaurants/attractions and even view a possible itinerary or two.........in any case, I hope this helps get you started...

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4. Re: Family Holiday in Ontario, August 2014

So you have 2 weeks total, and want to spend a few days in Toronto and a few in Niagara, and stay 3 to 4 days in any given spot... that probably only leaves time for one or two other destinations. Consider doing Niagara as a day trip from Toronto if you just want to see the falls, after all your kids aren't of age to apprecitate the wineries. Though having said that, the wine country does make for nice cycling.

Other destinations to consider would be:

- Algonquin Provincial Park - 3 hours north of Toronto, vast wilderness area of forest and lakes. Major canoeing and wildlife watching destination. Lots of hiking trails and a few mountain biking trails.

- Tobermory/Bruce Peninsula National Park - 4 hours northwest of Toronto, great hiking and swimming along the Niagara Escarpment cliffs on the west shore of Georgian Bay. Boat tours available to Flowerpot Island.

- Killarney Provincial Park -- like Algonquin but prettier and farther away. About 5.5 hours north of Toronto.

Lots of resorts and rentals available in Ontario's "cottage country" (Muskoka, Parry Sound, Haliburton etc). There's also Blue Mountains, a "tamer" resort area, as in not so wild or rugged a landscape, but with lots to do... you can take mountain bikes up the ski lift in the summer to go down the runs, if that appeals to you guys.

Consider the 30,000 Islands (east shore of Georgian Bay) as an alternative to the Thousand Islands. Not because one is better than the other, just because depending on where you decide to go it might be less out of your way. The 30,000 Islands are a larger archapelago and cruises are available from Parry Sound, Midland and Penetanguishene (that's probably not a complete list).

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5. Re: Family Holiday in Ontario, August 2014

OK I didn't see Eden7's response before I posted, but yes, that's another way to do it... I guess my suggestions focussed on the scenic/outdoorsy destinations with the thought that you're already covering off the "big city" stuff (museums, shopping, dining) in Toronto and would want to spend what time you have left on the hiking/wildlife/photography/cycling aspect. But keep both approaches in mind.

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6. Re: Family Holiday in Ontario, August 2014

Kids that age (and you too) will love Niagara Falls and area, and all it's attractions: Niagara Boat Cruise (replaced Maid of the Mist), Whirlpool Jetboats, Skylon Tower, Skywheel, Marineland, hiking into the gorge, museums of Clifton Hill. Full list here: tripadvisor.com/Travel-g154998-c197834/Niaga…

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7. Re: Family Holiday in Ontario, August 2014

Thank you everyone, some great ideas here to get our planning up and running. Your help is much appreciated.

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8. Re: Family Holiday in Ontario, August 2014

You're welcome JG.......come back and visit us on the destination forums when you have more specifics, including your actual dates of travel..............note that August 15-September 1, inclusive, Toronto will host the annual CNE near the lakefront .....it could be more difficult to find accommodation at that time, so keep that in mind and when looking to book hotels...........

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9. Re: Family Holiday in Ontario, August 2014

Lots of nice hiking, cycling, and paddling spots in the 1000 Islands Region. Visit the Frontenac Arch Biosphere's website for trail maps:

frontenacarchbiosphere.ca/explore/fab-trails…

Please let me know if you'd like more info on hiking in this area.

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10. Re: Family Holiday in Ontario, August 2014

This has been a really useful thread for us - we are an identical family, also planning a holiday in Ontario this summer - also looking at a few days in Toronto then a week or so nearby.

You mentioned pool time: we have heard good things about Canadaworld and their Splash works. Our kids - also 12 and 14 were very impressed with the website!

Hope you enjoy your trip!