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Harrisburg, PA to Toronto, ON in January

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Harrisburg, PA to Toronto, ON in January

My husband and I and my sister-in-law and her husband are driving to Toronto to visit my husband's side of the family. We are leaving January 18 and coming back January 21.

We will be driving from Harrisburg, PA and looking at the fastest route, it looks like we'll be going due north up to Corning, NY and over towards Buffalo and passed Niagara Falls. How is the weather along this route during this time of the year?

My husband and I lived in Calgary, Alberta, Canada after the wedding, so we are very familiar with driving in snow and will be in a AWD Jeep Wrangler. Should we expect to encounter any horrible weather?

Also, this is my first time being a tourist in Toronto. Since it is still very cold in January, are there still lots of things to do? LASTLY, we plan on stopping at Niagara Falls on the way back. Is January an OK time of the year to visit the falls?

Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Harrisburg, PA to Toronto, ON in January

We would all be rich if we could forecast the weather. Even the meteoroligists only get it right 60% of the time.

Right now would be perfect for driving- no snow at all due to the warm temps on the weekend. Today is cold but no major snowstorms are predicted for the next few day. Keep checking the weather channel website. Likely the forecase for PA is similar to Toronto.

See the whats to do list on the right, everything stays open in the winter.

Niagara falls is spectacular n the winter. Make plans to stop by,

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2. Re: Harrisburg, PA to Toronto, ON in January

You just have to pay attention to the forecast, it was 59 degrees here on the weekend! Though the average day time temperature is supposed to be around 29 degrees....there is so much to do in Toronto, I'd look around a bit at the attractions on here then ask some questions....

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3. Re: Harrisburg, PA to Toronto, ON in January

Hi - I'm from the Toronto area and lived west of Philadelphia (in the direction of Harrisburg) for several years in the 90's. We did the drive home multiple times per year, including in the winter and never had a huge problem - it's all major highway and those are a priority for the snow-ploughs, salt and sand trucks, etc. (Although driving in the midst of a blizzard, if you should have such bad luck, is never fun).

In Toronto, there are excellent Museums (e.g. the ROM), Galleries (e.g. AGO), Shopping districts will be open (e.g. Distillery District, Yorkville), lots of live theatre and a huge variety of dining options.

We also do a winter getaway to Niagara every year and have a very nice time. You might try for a room with a view in the Fallsview District. The big Casino in that same district has indoor shopping and dining. Most of the hotels use a shuttle service which will bring you right to the brink of the falls. The Christmas lights will likely still be up, and if you have a couple of days you might even want to spend one in historic and quite charming Niagara-on-the-Lake a short drive upriver - which is also surrounded by Niagara Wine Country with many wineries offering tastings and tours (and some great dining).

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4. Re: Harrisburg, PA to Toronto, ON in January

Check the websites about border crossings as well. Aside from weather, and rush hour that will be the biggest factor for how long it takes.

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