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Random question but what is there to do in Canada besides winter sports, running away from bears and apologising to people? (Clearly my knowledge of Canada is little to none and somewhat stereotypical Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images. Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.

In 2 years I turn 30 as does my partner and we are trying to sort out a big holiday to celebrate, something different to laying on a beach in the med toasting ourselves.

One suggestion was either south america or canada, I love the idea of Canada, especially in winter so there is snow as I love snow,....and we like to snowboard, but we arent travelling all that way to just snowboard, so im hoping the resident canadians on here can proffer some advice?

I would like to see a NHL match, that sounds cool even though i dont understand it, but fighting on ice appeals to me

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So far I have researched Toronto and my list would be

1) Dine at the CN tower
2) Go see Niagra Falls
3) Go snowboarding/tubing
4) its only 1.5hrs plane ride from New York which I would also like to visit
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First... if you want to know the real Canada... stay away from Toronto... look to Western Canada

I would suggest Alberta to be honest... or BC...

If you go somewhere like Calgary, you get the best of all worlds. NHL team (though might be tough to get decent tickets), but there is also a WHL team (Calgary Hitmen... easier to get tickets). The city also has a pro lacrosse team, and a pro (American) football team in the CFL. You also have Banff/Canmore and the Rocky Mountains about 90 minutes away. This is Canada's 150th birthday so access to National parks is free this year, look for the Parks Canada website.

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Not been myself, but if you are going around July time then look at the Calgary Stampede - I've heard it's brilliant
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(01-10-2017, 03:23 PM)mc1958 Wrote: Not been myself, but if you are going around July time then look at the Calgary Stampede - I've heard it's brilliant

Yup, that's a big deal too.... When I go... I end up wanting to push people into fiery pits... but I don't generally like people as it is, never mind hoards of people.

I assumed he was talking about during hockey season... but good suggestion!

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As Jugger is biased to us who dont live out western canada lol, i suggest maybe Ottawa you can see NHL hockey or Junior hockey if you come during Feb you can go to Winterlude skate on the rideau canal and take in a bunch of stuff plus your not to far from some skiing
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(01-10-2017, 03:20 PM)Jugger Wrote: First... if you want to know the real Canada... stay away from Toronto... look to Western Canada

I would suggest Alberta to be honest... or BC...

If you go somewhere like Calgary, you get the best of all worlds.  NHL team (though might be tough to get decent tickets), but there is also a WHL team (Calgary Hitmen... easier to get tickets).  The city also has a pro lacrosse team, and a pro (American) football team in the CFL.  You also have Banff/Canmore and the Rocky Mountains about 90 minutes away.  This is Canada's 150th birthday so access to National parks is free this year, look for the Parks Canada website.

Absolutely yes stay away from Toronto... Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.   However if you are doing Canada then a couple of nights in either Toronto or Vancouver would be a great idea as a starting point.  You can easily fill a couple of "acclimatisation" days in either place before heading out.

I am absolutely biased but I would say that Eastern Ontario/Quebec is also representative of the "real" Canada. I emigrated to Canada from the UK in 2003 and spent 6 years living in Montreal.  I would 1000% recommend a couple of days in Montreal to get a flavour of a Quebec-style big city - the vast majority of Montrealers are functionally bilingual so you'll have no problem getting around.  Because of the French influence Montreal has a completely different feel to, say, Toronto or Vancouver. Moreover, a couple of hours by train or by car and you're in Quebec City which is a very nice part of the world. It's a smaller city than Montreal and is more Francophone but if you at least make an effort people will readily switch to English.

I currently live in Ottawa (Canada's Capital, although you'd think Toronto was the Center of the known universe Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images. ) and while we are a relatively small town there are a lot of hidden gems in and around the area.  I have actually been chased by a bear in one of our local parks (thankfully I was on a bike at that time). In winter we get lots of snow (especially this winter, we are getting a lot of the white stuff this year) and have great boarding/skiing facilities during the winter season. Cross-country is more my bag rather than downhill skiing or snowboarding but there is something for everyone. Mont Tremblant is the one that immediately springs to mind but there's a whole lot of options only a couple of hours drive outside the city.  If you come around Jan-Feb, our main canal, the Rideau Canal is frozen solid and you have the World's Largest Skating rink to spend the day on.

An NHL game is a must, if you want a team with a lot of history then the Canadiens are the obvious choice and the Bell Center is right in the center of downtown Montreal.  If you want to get easy tickets then the Ottawa Senators are a good bet.  We also have an OHL team (the Ottawa 67s) and the current Grey Cup Champion Ottawa RedBlacks if you are in town that early (usually CFL and skiing season don't quite overlap).

We are also in easy reach of New York or Toronto or Boston by plane, if you like the outdoors and want to visit Mr. Trump's USA Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.  then there's the Adirondaks are only a couple of hours drive away.

Also if you hit up Ottawa in a couple of years then look me up and we can throw some darts and have some beers. I may actually be good enough to give you a decent game by then...  And point you in the direction of real Canadian food such as Beaver Tails or Poutine...   Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.
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Ottawa is ok...

Toronto is a dump... Vancouver is ok, but the people are a bit pretentious

Quebec is ridiculous... you can't go to Quebec and expect to find out what Canada is like... won't happen

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wow thanks for the detailed replies everyone, We plan to go in December 2019 as a 30th birthday treat to ourselves, only the costs involved mean we need to research and get saving like now,.....I've already costed the flights up to be around the £2k mark alone.

So far Ive coined the idea to her that must be obeyed of 4 days in Toronto and doing Niagra/cn tower dinner/xmas shopping/nhl game/snow boarding and various other touristy things, then flying to NYC and doing standard tourist things like central park, madison square gardens, ice skating etc.

she really wants to see NYC at xmas with the big tree and shop windows etc so i think i have to be able to factor that into the plan, and as for doing stuff it needs to be interesting but not overly exerting as she is crap at walking/hiking etc, snowboarding is stretching a bit which is why i only suggested a morning of it haha
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Better off just going to New York than Toronto..... The people are nicer in NY

You can watch NHL... go snowboarding... shopping and touristy things in NY state as well.




I really dislike Toronto

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If you hit Toronto in Dec your gonna pay through the roof going to see an NHL there will cost you a house payment, might have to look at a Marlies game there farm team
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seems i have started a debate between the canadians on where is most candiany haha

I get your point Jugger, byt NYC doesnt have Niagra or the CN tower, both things i would love to see/do
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No debate were all in agreement Toronto kinda sucks even tho were all Canadian lol, you have to remember were ahuge country there's alot of areas to go, you could even look at the east coast which would be a short plane ride from NYC
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(01-10-2017, 05:13 PM)Jamesr4300 Wrote: seems i have started a debate between the canadians on where is most candiany haha

I get your point Jugger, byt NYC doesnt have Niagra or the CN tower, both things i would love to see/do

Not really sure if I would do Niagara Falls in December though - you'd want to do the Maid of the Mist tour for full value but that could be absolutely freezing.  Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.  The CN tower is a decent attraction - if you're going there also go and visit the Steamwhistle brewery which is right next door.  If you're into shopping then the obvious choice is the Eaton Center.

In that case you should be based in downtown TO. Whenever I go for a Conference, which is usually hosted by the University of Toronto, I have stayed at the Sheraton Center (on Queen) or the Hilton just around the corner (on University). A hotel somewhere in that vicinity will be in walking distance for the CN tower and the Eaton Center.  And I'm sure transportation can be arranged to Niagara.  If you're looking to stay in Niagara for a couple of days then check out some of the casinos - when we went rooms were fairly cheap and you are also close to the tackiness that is the Niagara "high street."

If you base yourself in downtown TO then yes, the ACC is really close but good luck getting a ticket to see the Leafs.  I'm with Crusher, check out the Marlies or failing that, go and catch an NHL game in NYC.  The Rangers may be popular but IMO you'll have better luck in NYC rather than TO.

Sounds like a good trip though!
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