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11 days in Toronto - too much?

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11 days in Toronto - too much?

Hi all,

We're coming to Toronto for our honeymoon in August and staying in Ajax (friends house).

I've been before in 2009, and spent around 5 days in the area.

This time, we are coming for 15 days, but have booked into a hotel in Niagara Falls for a 4-day stint in the middle. This leaves us with 11 days in the Toronto area, and based on my prior experience, I'm starting to worry that it's too much with too little to do.

The possibilities so far, in no particular order:

1: General look around, familiarise ourselves, shops etc.

2: CN Tower

3: Zoo

4: The Islands

After that, I begin to struggle to come up with things which would genuinely excite us.

Toronto is a great place, but for 11 days?

So - as well as asking for advice on what to do in Toronto - I also ask for advice on whether there are worthwhile trips by train/bus where we could get away for 2 nights or so. Do any of the following merit a visit?

* Lake Simcoe

* London

* Penetanguishene

* Kingston

... and a little further afield:

* Ottawa

* Montreal

* Lake Nipissing

Perhaps even something on the American side? We're based in Niagara so anywhere easy from Buffalo would be considered.

We had looked at NY. The flights from Buffalo were reasonable, but the hotel prices in NY were ridiculous to say the least.

Our dates are mid-end August.

Many thanks for your help.

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1. Re: 11 days in Toronto - too much?

It really depends on your interests. Of course there's plenty more to explore in Toronto -- the Neighbourhoods page (tripadvisor.com/Travel-g155019-s204/Toronto:…) gives a good sense of the range. But if you're looking for more in the way of specific attractions, it might make sense to head to Ottawa or Montreal (though two days, including train/bus travel, isn't a lot of time).

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2. Re: 11 days in Toronto - too much?

I'd say 11 days is not enough....the CAnadian national exhibition could be while you are here, depending on your dates, I'd definitely do that....if you like baseball, or want to try to see a game, the blue jays should have a stellar team this year.....I'd look into stuff to do around Niagara, four days may be a long time there.....

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3. Re: 11 days in Toronto - too much?

I'm sure you could fill your time in Toronto, if you want to.

However, if you're thinking of getting away for a few days, you could head up to Muskoka or Algonquin park for some outdoor activities (but you'd probably need a rental car). Montreal and Ottawa are definitely doable for a 3-day jaunt - by train, or check out Porter flights from the island airport.

For quick city trips from Buffalo, you could also consider Boston or Chicago.

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4. Re: 11 days in Toronto - too much?

There's plenty to do in Toronto in summer - lots of neighbourhood festivals, the CNE (as noted), concerts, museums, galleries, etc.More research is certainly needed on your part, and if you'd like more suggestions, then you should really give us an idea of what types of things YOU like to do.

In Niagara you should look at spending some time in Niagara-on-the-Lake, just a short drive from the Falls. The always wonderful Shaw Theatre Festival will be on, and there are lots of wineries to explore.

West of the city is the lovely town of Stratford with the world famous Stratford Theatre Festival.

What you will need to do is consider renting a vehicle for some trips. It's difficult to get out and about outside the main cities without a car, and you will miss the best areas and experiences by not driving to them. East of Toronto you can visit the always wonderful Northumberland and Prince Edward Counties for wineries, foodie experiences, camping, hiking etc. Further along is Kingston, which can be reached by train or bus, but getting to the close by Thousand Islands area is difficult on public transit.

A car is not necessary for an Ottawa or Montreal trip but as noted two days is not enough to experience the great activities in these cities.

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5. Re: 11 days in Toronto - too much?

There's nothing wrong with getting out of Toronto for a few days at all. Montreal for 3 days would be great. Going up to Lake Nippissing and renting a cottage for the weekend would also be grand. I'd say 6 days in Toronto is enough and then take the other 5 days and head out of town.

It depends on what you like entirely. Lake Nippissing or Algonquin Park or Muskoka if renting a cottage is desirable. Montreal is excellent if you want to experience another city altogether. You have tons to do just outside the city so don't feel like you'll be trapped in Toronto. Just within 1-3 hours away there are endless places and endless things to do.

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6. Re: 11 days in Toronto - too much?

If you haven't been to Montreal then I concur with the others, go ! Fly or take the train. Montreal is great fun and a great city as well.

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7. Re: 11 days in Toronto - too much?

As has already been suggested to you, when in the Niagara Region, spend a couple of days touring Niagara Falls, and a couple in Niagara On The Lake...........wine tasting and winery touring is a popular outing in this area...consider Niagara Vintage Wine Tours, a local company specialising in these tours.........there are quite a few others also..........


A couple of other areas of interest while in Toronto would be the Harbourfront area, the Distillery District, Greektown on the Danforth, and Little Italy...........

Edited: 06 January 2013, 23:55
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8. Re: 11 days in Toronto - too much?

Personally I think 11 days in Toronto is too long. A week there was more than enough for me.

I do agree that a visit to Niagara-on-the-lake shouldn't be missed.

Montreal I can take or leave but the old town is quaint. From there you could take a day trip to Quebec which is well worth a visit.

I can't speak for Ottawa because I haven't been but I have heard positive reports on it.

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9. Re: 11 days in Toronto - too much?

Since you've been before, I suggest you use the first days as your time adjustment period; check out the stuff you'd like in Toronto. Make sure you check out schedules closer to then (toronto.com is a good place to start) for concerts, festivals, etc. Niagara on the Lake is a great suggestion as part of your Niagara sojourn. Ottawa is also a great place especially in summer. Instead of Montreal, might you consider Quebec City? If you have the time, and you're looking to fill it, the old city in Quebec City is just that bit different than the other places to give you a nice mix of interesting things (Toronto = urban, big city; Niagara on the Lake = small town, QC = French Canada with the historical context). Stratford is also a great area, but getting to Stratford from Niagara is a pain - both of them are within 2 hours of Toronto, but if you triangulate them...ugh, it's the longest possible routes!

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10. Re: 11 days in Toronto - too much?

Only YOU can decide. Niagara on the Lake you will either love or be bored. Personally I would head to Ottawa and Montreal.

Then again you could go to the USA and checkout Cleveland Ohio. The rock and roll hall of frame is there and there is a ballpark to see the Indians. There is other US cities also, NYC or Philadelphia come to mind.

London is the city I really like but in part cause its close to me and hotel prices aren't bad, would I recommend it over Niagara Falls and Niagara on the Lake, nope.

By the way I did 6 days in Toronto in 2009, I had a blast and could had spent a month there. Its really what interest you and your budget.

Edited: 07 January 2013, 02:26