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Thanksgiving Holiday in Toronto and Niagra Falls

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Thanksgiving Holiday in Toronto and Niagra Falls

Hello. We are looking to spend a few days in Niagra Falls and Toronto. We are driving up to Canada on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Does anyone have any suggestions for where to stay? We were thinking of spending two nights in Niagra Falls and one night in Toronto. Or would it be better to stay two days in Toronto and one in Niagra? We are very flexible, so we will stay anywhere in the area.

Also, any suggestions for things to see for the family in Toronto? And even though Canada doesn't celebrate Thanksgiving, any recommendations for a "Canadian" Thanksgiving dinner?

Thanks!

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1. Re: Thanksgiving Holiday in Toronto and Niagra Falls

Canada celebrates Thanksgiving ... but we do it in October. You may find some of the larger downtown hotels in Toronto, or some Fallsview hotels in Niagara Falls "may" serve some kind of thanksgiving meal on American thanksgiving, since a number of them host US visitors that weekend.

In terms of your timing in each location, it may very well depend on what you want to do with your time. Niagara Falls appeals more to children, however there are lots of kid-friendly things to do in Toronto. many NF outdoor attractions will be closed for the season in November, however I believe Xmas lights, etc. will start to emerge around that time. Weather can be iffy at that time, so indoor activities such as the Hockey Hall of Fame, and CN Tower in Toronto might be of interest.

Since it's not a holiday in Canada, normal opening hours will apply.

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2. Re: Thanksgiving Holiday in Toronto and Niagra Falls

My vote is for 2 in Toronto and one in NF. Toronto is the big city, there's no end to things to do. Since you're looking for stuff to do with the kids, you probably won't be spending much time exploring wineries, which in my mind would be the main reason to stay in the Niagara region an extra day after you've seen the falls.

As for family-friendly activities in Toronto... the Toronto Zoo, the Royal Ontario Museum, the brand-new Ripleys Aquarium, the things phpr said, etc.

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3. Re: Thanksgiving Holiday in Toronto and Niagra Falls

I also vote for two days in Toronto and one in Niagara Falls. Although there are lots of things to do in Niagara, one day is plenty of time to see the falls and do an activity or two.

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4. Re: Thanksgiving Holiday in Toronto and Niagra Falls

Hi H_Balczak;

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, 4th largest in North America after Mexico City, New York, & Los Angeles. You could spend an entire week in Toronto and still have plenty to see and do !

Best Regards

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5. Re: Thanksgiving Holiday in Toronto and Niagra Falls

Toronto has a lovely area called Yorkville, full of high-end shops, restaurants and hotels, and easy to access from downtown .............you should spend some time here, especially as your from Yorkville too..........it's worth a visit in any case....

Edited: 18 October 2013, 12:42
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6. Re: Thanksgiving Holiday in Toronto and Niagra Falls

haha well Toronto's Yorkville maybe isn't the most child-friendly part of the city, unless your kids have expensive tastes... mind you if the weather isn't too miserable they might like the parkette there with the giant boulder, and it is pretty close to the ROM anyway.

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7. Re: Thanksgiving Holiday in Toronto and Niagra Falls

Definitely two nights in Toronto, one in NF....

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8. Re: Thanksgiving Holiday in Toronto and Niagra Falls

Hotels serve Thanks giving dinner in October.

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9. Re: Thanksgiving Holiday in Toronto and Niagra Falls

Thanks for all of the great ideas. One more thing...when we stay in Toronto, should we stay downtown or outside? Any recommedations on a hotel? Thanks!

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10. Re: Thanksgiving Holiday in Toronto and Niagra Falls

Downtown is best ... you will then be within walking distance or short transit ride from most attractions noted here.. No point being outside the city which would require driving and parking. Toronto's public transit is easy, safe, and efficient.

As far hotels, there are many that cater to various budgets - have a look at the Toronto hotels listings under the green tab at top of page. Some to consider would be Cambridge Suites, Sheraton Centre, Marriott Residence Inn, Holiday Inn Yorkville, One King West, etc. It's difficult to suggest without knowing your budget, etc.