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To Toronto and beyond...

Hiya fellow 'Tripadvisors',

We are a UK mid 40's brother and sister entourage visiting Toronto for the first time in late August to meet up with a long lost elderly family relative with whom neither of us has ever met before!!

Now like 'balls in the bucket' elements of life, neither of us have ever visited Canada before and regrettably are only there for 8 days but we really want to make the most of the opportunity of seeing all the best bits that we can in as short of time that we have there really.

Now it would be extremely silly of us not to visit the epic sites within Ontario such as the Falls and CN tower etc. but then we're both uncertain as to where do we go next??

What would you suggest based on your knowledge and experience of the place? Would you suggest that we:

A. Book accommodation for the full 7 days whilst in Toronto city itself, setting it as a base and spend the time exploring all that Toronto has to offer.

B. Keep Toronto as a base yet hiring a car and visit the surrounding areas and returning to Toronto daily; or

C. Stay there for a few days and then set ourselves on an adventure (albeit a short one) to visit a specific place that you've been to or would suggest a definite 'must-see/do' type of place.

As siblings we are both fairly sprity, not scared of a bit of adventure, love to party, outdoor and love visual scenery, wildlife (both human and animal!) and so would love to get a feel of the Canadian spirit as much as possible....Any suggestions on what you would do or where you would go.

We're very tight budget conscious and would love to stay in 5 star places but will probably have to resign ourselves to max 3 stars, but equally happy in camper-vans, motels and places with a 'freaky but fantastic essence' about them.

All suggestions, advice and comments would be very warmly received

Many thanks

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1. Re: To Toronto and beyond...

It really depends what you want to see outside the city.....if you want to do some wineries and Niagara Falls, then I would stay a night in the Niagara region....if you want to see Ottawa, our nation's capital, definitely stay overnight if not two nights to see Parliament and some museums....if you want to relax by a lake, then you may want to rent a cottage in Muskoka or the Kawarthas....I would try and see a Blue Jays game at the Rogers Centre, that cam be a part of your day at the CN Tower....it's a bit of a broad question since Ontario is so vast and there is so much to do and see.....

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2. Re: To Toronto and beyond...

Appreciate your comments - we'll look into the timings of one the Blue Jays game - that'll be kinda good really - cheers for the advice :-)

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3. Re: To Toronto and beyond...

Do the 8 days INCLUDE the relatives, or are the 8 days free 'n' clear to have fun?

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4. Re: To Toronto and beyond...

Check this thread for areas;

tripadvisor.ca/…40431198

especially post #6

About 90 minutes north of Toronto you get into the shield country, where you get into wilderness. The Toronto and southern Ontario is generally flat farming country.

Check out the Parry Sound area on Georgian Bay (northern portion) or the huge wilderness park, Algonquin Park.

tripadvisor.ca/Tourism-g181742-Parry_Sound_O…

tripadvisor.ca/Tourism-g319818-Algonquin_Par…

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5. Re: To Toronto and beyond...

Hi 'Flyinmom' - that is a good question.

We're not 100% sure yet, so we will probably have a:

- Plan A - Who the hell are you' get off my porch!! - 8 days excursion;

- Plan B - Nice to see you, we've no room but please stay for a lemonade - 7 day excursion;

- Plan C - Great to see you - Lets introduce you to the rest of the gang. Have you been to a penitentiary before - 5 day excursion;

Nice to have some options really :-)

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6. Re: To Toronto and beyond...

Thanks for the links 'gxp'- There are some great suggestions there and will definitely follow up on some of those so many thanks - You are right about #6. Cheers for that one :-)

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7. Re: To Toronto and beyond...

My suggestions were going to be along the same lines as tdsuperstar.

Wine country (Niagara-On-The-Lake, Jordan/Vineland, or similar), "Up North" or Cottage Country (Muskoka, Algonquin Park etc.)

Both options can be pricey but can also done relatively cheaply depending on where you go/stay.

A Blue Jays game is probably a very affordable outing. Really good seats can be had for $30-60 pp, but the cheap seats are also a lot of fun and more affordable. I was also going to suggest a Toronto Rock lacrosse match but its the wrong time of year for that.

Enjoy your visit!

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8. Re: To Toronto and beyond...

If you are coming to Toronto mid to late August, definitely take in the Canadian Narional Exhibition (CNE). You will not be disappointed!!!.

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