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4 nights Toronto OR 3 Toronto + 1 Niagara Falls ?

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4 nights Toronto OR 3 Toronto + 1 Niagara Falls ?

It's our first trip to Canada this coming June/July, spending 14 nights driving from Vancouver to Calgary via Rockies, then flying to Toronto for a further 4 nights before returning to London.

Is it better to stay all 4 nights in Toronto including a Day Tour to Niagara Falls OR 3 nights in Toronto then hire a car with a final night in Niagara-on-the-Lake or Niagara itself and then drive to Toronto Airport for our 22:25 take-off ?

Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated !

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1. Re: 4 nights Toronto OR 3 Toronto + 1 Niagara Falls ?

I'd say the full 4 nights in Toronto with a day trip to Niagara. Apart from the Falls there's not alot to do there except your standard gambling/amusements. A day trip the Niagara definately suffices in my opinion.

I'm going to Toronto for the second time in May and there's loads of stuff I still wouldn't have done after this trip!

Have a great time on your trip- Canada is truly beautiful.

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2. Re: 4 nights Toronto OR 3 Toronto + 1 Niagara Falls ?

Bigbeeffan is quite right. Unless you want to spend your time in casinos, go for the day, see the falls, and get back to Toronto.

There are several companies that do organised tours, or you can go indpendently on the bus or train.

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3. Re: 4 nights Toronto OR 3 Toronto + 1 Niagara Falls ?

It depends on how many stuff you want to do in Niagara Falls.

If you just want to see the Falls, then just do a day trip. BUT, there are tones of stuff you can do in Niagara Falls...

Besdies the falls, you can check out the Casinos (you don't need to gamble to check out the Fallsview Casino Hotel, cause it has nice shops and fountains there as well). Also, a few hours to Niagara-on-the Lake is a must. It's about 20 minute drives from the Falls. Then, if you want to check out a show, the Shaw Festival is world famous, also at Niagara-on-the-Lake. Plus, there's the Maid-of-the-Mist (MUST DO), Journey behind the Falls, Butterfly Conservatory, Foral Clock, Wine Tasting etc...

Well, hire a car, and you can still do most of these stuffs on a day trip, but will be very rush...but doable.

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4. Re: 4 nights Toronto OR 3 Toronto + 1 Niagara Falls ?

I hope you aren't spending the 14 days driving from Vancouver to Calgary and stopping there. If you are, I would suggest spending only 2 days on the drive, stopping once for an overnight, and the rest driving to Banff for a few days. Then on to Lake Louise and continuing to Jasper or at least the ice fields. The drive from Calgary to Jasper is the most beautiful you'll ever see.

The drive from Vancouver to Calgary doesn't come close.

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5. Re: 4 nights Toronto OR 3 Toronto + 1 Niagara Falls ?

I recently spent 3 nights in Niagara - I didn't think it too long. Its not too hard to avoid the in-your-face amusments, and there is more to do there than gaze at the falls. The helicoptor ride is pricey - but worth it.A 1/2 hour or so drive will bring you to Niagara on the Lake - nice if you like 'cute' shops, but I wouldn't particuarly recommend staying there. Also lots of vinyards with tours in the area.Also you can nip over rainbow bridge for a different view of the falls from goat Island. But - take a walk rather than drive - if you want to avoid being interrogated, digitally finger-printed and have mug-shots done! (yes, really! and at a bargain price of around 25 CD)

However - so much to see in toronto - a really fab city. Plan the CN tower for a clear day - amazing!

I'm sure you'll have a fab time which ever way you choose.

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6. Re: 4 nights Toronto OR 3 Toronto + 1 Niagara Falls ?

Thanks for the comments which are helpful.

My first 14 nights are going to be spent Vancouver 4, Kelowna 2 (including vineyards), Field 3, Jasper 3 and Banff 2. Not actually visiting Calgary, but will fly out from there.

So I may well go along with 'bigbeefan' and 'worldvoyager'and do the Falls in a day trip so I can stay put in Toronto for 4 nights after all the moving about!

I have seen one tripadvisor recommend Grayline - Niagara Falls Freedom Tour. Any other comments?

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7. Re: 4 nights Toronto OR 3 Toronto + 1 Niagara Falls ?

i would plan on spending a night in Niagara Falls...they change all of the time...a sunrise over the falls is priceless...so is an afternoon rainbow..just my opinion though:)

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8. Re: 4 nights Toronto OR 3 Toronto + 1 Niagara Falls ?

Niagara Falls... You can easily spend 2 days there. See the sites, walk around, have dinner at the skylon tower, take a few rides.

Then off to Niagara on the lake, see the shops and have lunch. Visit a few wineries, tastings. Quite plesant.

When we are on vacation we always rush things.... especially the last few days it's nice to take it easy and enjoy the sites.

Hope you have a good one, looks like you will seen a lot of our beautiful country.

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9. Re: 4 nights Toronto OR 3 Toronto + 1 Niagara Falls ?

I went to the Falls last weekend of May last year. The perfect time to see the rainbow was around 4 to 5 pm. As the sun was at the perfect spot. Wow, I had never seen such beautiful rainbow, so up front and close too! And the rainbow's whole arch was visible, from one end to the other end! I have pictures to proof it! LOL.