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Trip from Ontario to Lake Placid & Burlington

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Trip from Ontario to Lake Placid & Burlington

We are heading to Lake Placid from Ottawa this weekend - arriving later afternoon on Friday, staying in the Lake Placid area, and leaving Sunday morning - probably swinging through Burlington, VT for a little shopping on the way home.

What would you recommend as activities for a family with a toddler? He is a very active 20 month old. We also have a hiking backpack we can throw him in if he gets too slow. ;)

I have looked at the Adirondack wildlife refuge centre - any thoughts on this?

We would like to get a hike in on either Sat AM or afternoon - good ones for under 2 hours? We are in good shape, but with a toddler (and I'm pregnant) so nothing totally extreme. ;)

Any "most do's" that would trump other activities?

Places to drive to on Friday afternoon with good views (or a shorter hike to stretch our legs?)

Really great shopping in the area/on the way to Burlington/in the Burlington area?

Any thoughts or advice is welcome! Thank you!

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1. Re: Trip from Ontario to Lake Placid & Burlington

For a hike I would suggest mount Jo if you're looking for a bit of a climb (you'd have to put your son in the backpack and it would be a short but tough scramble)

You can drive to the peak of Whiteface mountain, offering great views.

Other suggestions for 1-2 hour hikes found here:


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2. Re: Trip from Ontario to Lake Placid & Burlington


That link did not go to the hikes for some reason.

It's an excellent list, though! I will try again here:


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