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Toronto in late November

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Toronto in late November

Will be traveling to Toronto in late November for first time. What type of weather should I expect? I would like to do some outdoor activities such as walking and hope the weather will cooperate. Also, I plan to take a day to Niagara Falls. Are there still boat trips at that time? , Are wineries open? Finally, I am a poutine fan and we don;t have that here in California. Where is a good place to eat that delicious specialty??

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1. Re: Toronto in late November

Late November can be pretty cold in Toronto... the average temperature is about 5 Celsius and there's a possibility there could be some snow. It won't get much higher than 10 Celsius and it may go below 0, especially at night. You could definitely do some walking depending how well you tolerate the chilly weather. I find it pretty windy in the winter here, which makes it feel colder. There's plenty of coffee places and shops you could duck into to warm up while you walk around the city.

I don't know too much about Niagara Falls but I'm sure others will answer that.

In terms of poutine, the two most popular places are Poutini's and Smoke's. Personally, I like Smoke's because the box the poutine comes in is wider. You get a better distribution of cheese curds and gravy. At Poutini's, the box is narrow so all your cheese and gravy is on top. If you want a fancy poutine, check out Duggan's Brewery. They have a duck confit poutine that's quite good. Their pot pies are also amazing... might be a nice way to warm up in late November.

http://smokespoutinerie.com/

http://www.poutini.com/

http://www.duggansbrewery.com/

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2. Re: Toronto in late November

In Niagara Falls, any water related attractions are long closed for the season by then: Maid of the Mist, Whirlpool Jetboats, Whirlpool Aerocar, White Water Walk, Cave of the Winds.

Journey Behind the Falls and all other non-water attractions are open year round.

All wineries are open year round also for tastings and buying.

Edited: 19 September 2010, 16:15
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3. Re: Toronto in late November

Hi Dmlandis,

Welcome to the TORONTO TRAVEL FORUM.

As stated by the others, Toronto will certainly be chilly by late November… as with all other Destinations you can find the WEATHER Averages on the TA TRAVEL GUIDE Page (button to the left of this screen)… For the whole month of November the average Day is 6 C with Lows about 1 C (of as these are averages… it could be colder later in the month, than earlier).

So you’ll want to be sure and dress for the weather if you intend to spend some time out of doors. Keeping one’s extremities warm is the first order of business… so a Knitted Hat (Toque), Gloves / Mitts, Scarf and lined Footwear is a must.

We can get snow anywhere after Mid-October, but the annual Stick & Stay Day typically happens the last week of November or first week of December… in which case keeping your feet dry & warm becomes a priority as well… wet feet, only make for an unbearable cold (and miserable) person.

Generally speaking the Summer Tourist Season comes to a close in Canada with Labour Day Weekend, and Fall Tourist Season pretty much ends come our Thanksgiving (2nd Monday in October)… after that many of the more popular Tourist Attractions either go on limited Winter Hours or are CLOSED until again in the Spring.

As stated by FALLSDUDE most of the Water based activities at Niagara Falls will be CLOSED for the Season by late November… although there certainly is still a lot to see & do.

Niagara’s Wine Country can be found in the Peninsula between Lake Erie & Lake Ontario… and spans over 50 Kms from Niagara-on-the-Lake thru to Stoney Creek with over 150 Wineries in the region. One requires a car to truly go out and explore Wine Country (or take an Organized Wine Tour). Wineries also will be on Winter Hours come late November… you can find out more about Niagara Wineries by checking out the Official Guide to Ontario Wineries on-line = www.winesofontario.ca BUT you’ll want to pick up a hard copy once you are in the region as it has a great pull-out map and info on the wineries in a handy format… you’ll find the Guide at all Ontario Wineries – local LCBOs – and some Tourist Information Offices.

For more info on Niagara Falls and the whole Niagara Region… you’ll want to check out the TRAVEL PAGES and TRAVEL FORUMS for NIAGARA FALLS & NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE… the latter having much info about Niagara Wine, Winery Touring & Tastings as well as Winery Restaurants.

Cheers!

Wine-4-2

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4. Re: Toronto in late November

I was there in November a couple years ago and it was freezing. Burr.

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5. Re: Toronto in late November

Duggan's duck confit poutine ranges from very good to amazing depending on the day. The other food this is generally good as well, and you can sample some of their in house beers!

I haven't been to Poutini's yet myself but the concensus amongst my friends is that for a regular classic poutine, it is preferable to Smoke's which specializes in variations/extra ingredients a bit more. All three are likely good options though.

I would recommend layers for November, it can be very cold or fairly mild depending. A hat and possibly mitts/gloves would not be a bad idea!

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6. Re: Toronto in late November

Toronto could be rainy and brisk in November.

The Wine Bar at 9 Church serves has a fancy upscale poutine, which changes frequently using different types of gravy or meat toppings.

Poutine is so common these days, that it's also served at chains in Canada such as KFC, Burger King, Harvey's, New York Fries. I don't think TO does it's basic poutine very well- usually problems with the gravy's flavour or the wrong kind of curds. If you aren't a poutine snob (ie average poutine will make you happy enough), you'll find it is a very common dish in our restaurants and pubs.

I recently tried a short rib, mozzarella and sweet potato fry poutine at South of Temperence. Not recommended!

BTW, if you ever are visiting LA (since you are from SF), Animal on Fairfax serves poutine. http://animalmenu.wordpress.com/

Edited: 01 October 2010, 22:11
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Btw, here is another thread with tips for poutine in TO:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/506719?tag=search_results;results_list

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/621093?tag=search_results;results_list

Smoke's is another Poutine specialist, but I haven't tried it. Have heard their gravy is not great.

Also, Utopia on College serves a vegetarian Poutine.

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