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Niagara, Toronto, Montreal with teenagers late June

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Niagara, Toronto, Montreal with teenagers late June

We need help planning an 8 to 9 day trip to these 3 areas (have already been to Quebec City on a previous trip and loved it). Here are the specifics:

1. Family of 4: mom, dad, 18 year old son, 16 year old daughter,

2. Flying to Buffalo from west coast, most likely will rent a car, thinking about spending 1 night in Niagara, 3 nights in Toronto, 4 nights in Montreal, back to Buffalo to fly back. Does that seem reasonable?

3. Son loves attending classical music concerts, opera and musicals. Any suggestions would be appreciated since I know usually the symphony is not in session during the summer.

4. Daughter is into shopping of course, and dance (ballet, jazz, contemporary), so she'd enjoy musicals and dance performances. Any suggestions?

5. Mom and dad would enjoy history, architecture and art museums.

Thank you in advance for all your help.

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1. Re: Niagara, Toronto, Montreal with teenagers late June

Note the OP has also posted in the Montreal forum.

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2. Re: Niagara, Toronto, Montreal with teenagers late June

The Toronto production of The Lion King will be at the Princess of Wales Theatre until mid June, but it could easily be held over.....your son and daughter both would likely enjoy that......check this website periodically before you arrive for current production dates

http://www.mirvish.com

The Soulpepper Theatre also has some wonderful productions and is located in the historic Distillery District,which is also an area of delightful restaurants, bakeries, bars, cafes and shops, so a visit here would be enjoyable for all of you

http://www.soulpepper.ca

Visit the St. Lawrence Market, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Royal Ontario Museum, and The Bata Shoe Museum........

Your daughter would enjoy a little name brand shopping at the Eaton Centre, and some of the more eclectic shops along Queen St. West, and Kensington Market....

Visit the CN Tower, and the Ripleys Aquarium, located next door to each other on Front St., a short walk from the Hockey Hall of Fame..........and if your kids like amusement parks, about 25 minutes north of the city, you'll find Canada's Wonderland which boasts some of the biggest rollercoasters around...

Others will add to this, I'm sure

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3. Re: Niagara, Toronto, Montreal with teenagers late June

Harbourfront centre for music, dance, and other cultural festivals and events:

http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/

Walking tours, full list of museums, etc:

www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly…

Historic Walking tours:

heritagetoronto.org/programs/tours/walks/

Shakespeare in High Park

https:/…default.asp

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4. Re: Niagara, Toronto, Montreal with teenagers late June

Do not forget to visit Niagara-on-the-Lake when you are in the Niagara region. In the same area Welland Canal is a nice place to visit in the summer.

In Toronto, other than the places already mentioned, there is Toronto Islands, Ontario Science Center and since your daughter is into ballet, National Ballet of Canada, I don't know if they perform during the summer, but they are a world renowned troupe. There is the Royal Conservatory of Music and Canadian Opera Company. Again, I have no idea what the summer schedules of these look like.

Then of course there is dining. Toronto is so cosmopolitan, you can find pretty much any type of food.

Blue Jays baseball, dragon boat racing...the list of things to do is endless. Many many parks, Edwards Garden is one of the most well known. University of Toronto's downtown campus with some of the buildings over 100 years old is a lovely place to wonder around in the summer.

You will not be able to do all this in 3 days, so you will have to pick and choose.

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5. Re: Niagara, Toronto, Montreal with teenagers late June

Toronto Jazz Festival - June 19-28th.

Tours are available of the National Ballet School:

http://www.nbs-enb.ca/default.aspx

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6. Re: Niagara, Toronto, Montreal with teenagers late June

Yorkville for high end shopping for your daughter is an option, if money is not that much of a concern....Yorkdale is another shopping option....if going to the Aquarium, I'd go during the week, the weekends are terribly busy....

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7. Re: Niagara, Toronto, Montreal with teenagers late June

Thank you so much for all your great suggestions! More questions...would you advise to take the train between these destinations instead of renting a car? Would it be fun for the kids? Seems there is lot to do in Toronto...would it be better to spend 4 days in Toronto and 3 in Montreal?

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8. Re: Niagara, Toronto, Montreal with teenagers late June

Renting a car gives you more flexibility and ability to see locations outside the city. There are many scenic routes between Toronto and Montreal, with small towns, natural & historic sites, etc. available. The train is efficient, but dos not travel through the most scenic areas of countryside.

Areas on the way to Montreal that could be explored include:

Northumberland County - Port Hope, Cobourg, Ganaraska Forest - hiking, history, beaches, arts & culture, tree trekking

Prince Edward County - wineries,arts, beaches

Kingston - history, hiking

Gananoque & 100 Islands - history, boat tours

4 days is good for Toronto.

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9. Re: Niagara, Toronto, Montreal with teenagers late June

The train would be good if you are just travelling between Toronto and Montreal. It is not convenient from Buffalo though. I would reconsider driving from Montreal to Buffalo to just catch a flight. It's a 7 hour+ drive. If you need to fly from the States instead of Montreal, look into flying home from Burlington, VT (BTV). Burlington is about 90 minutes from Montreal.

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10. Re: Niagara, Toronto, Montreal with teenagers late June

If you weren't planning to make any stops between Toronto and Montreal, you could take a bus or train from Niagara to Toronto and then Toronto to Montreal and fly back from Montreal and avoid having to drive back from Montreal to Buffalo. You may be able to get a one way car rental from Buffalo NY to. Burlington VT, Niagara Falls, ON to Montreal or Toronto to Montreal. You won't need a car while you are in Toronto or Montreal but it could be handy while in Niagara

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