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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 31, 2016
Getting from Ottawa to Toronto  (5 Answers)

My husband and I will be travelling from Ottawa to Toronto in mid-June 2016. We don't have a car and don't want to fly, so thought we would either take a bus or the train. Both take a similar amount of time and cost around the same, so we thought we would ask for some advice on whether one option or the other would provide the best scenery on the way. Any advice would be most appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 28, 2016
City of Waterfalls Hamilton by bus  (4 Answers)


I will be visiting Hamilton coming from Niagara Falls but with one little problem. I don't own a drivers license so can only use public transport.

What i saw is that waterfalls like 'Webster' and 'Tews' only have bus 5 coming near it but still a 30 minute walk along a pretty big road without a sidewalk?

Albion Falls seems to be reachable easier what i can see?

Any tips on the must see waterfalls which are reachable by bus end of March?

Thank you in advance!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 29, 2015
Historical buildings / sites  (5 Answers)

Hi all,

I will be visiting Ontario (Toronto) at the end of March. Historical sites / buildings have always be a key part of my travels. I don't own a car or have a drivers license so am bound by trains / busses. What are villages / cities roughly around Lake Ontario you can recommend with good public transport connections?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 19, 2015
Driving from Toronto to Montreal, ideas on where to stop and seeing the thousand islands?  (3 Answers)

Hi all!

I wrote out a long post but when I submitted it said I had to verify my email and I think I lost the text.

Either way, hello! I've been reading VT for a few weeks now and just signed up.

I had a quick question regarding driving from Toronto to Montreal. I am wondering if anyone has experience on taking the scenic route to view the thousand islands. Do I just travel on the 401 highway all the way to Montreal, or do I have to get off somewhere?

Also, it's a 6-7 hr drive. I'm just wondering if anyone recommends stopping somewhere along the way. Kingston looks like a good idea for a walk and a meal to break down the drive, however it seems like it might be a hassle getting into the city as I'm not too confident in my driving in Canada. (I'm from the UK).

I would appreciate any help on this! Thanks all.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 20, 2015
Adventurous tourist spot in Ontario  (1 Answer)

Hey,My bf and I have been looking for an adventurous spot in Ontario.We are looking for a place where we can take our dashent. Would love to get some lakeside inn,where we can just relax .A few of my colleagues have suggested The Killarney Lodge Inside Algonquin Park Canada and I did see some pics of this spot. We really loved the place and would like to know if anyone has been there. Please share your experiences.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 26, 2014
Nature sightseeing around Toronto (up to 200 km)  (2 Answers)

Where are the best nature sightseeing places around Toronto for one day travel?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 26, 2014
Route 401 from Windsor to Cornwall  (8 Answers)

Just wondering if the above referenced route is at all scenic or pleasant to drive. I need to get from Chicago to the Northernmost part of New York State and thought it would make a nice change to bypass Ohio.
Thanks in advance for any perspective.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 13, 2014
What are the best places to see in the muskoka region and parry sound?  (1 Answer)

We will be going to Muskoka and Parry Sound this long weekend (Victoria Day). Any suggestion what specific place in Muskoka and Parry Sound? We are more into scenery, food and fishing.

Thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 11, 2013
Moving in New Year  (8 Answers)


I am due to move over to Toronto in the New Year based on getting the Working Holiday Visa i applied for.

I am a 23 year old male who works in the Oil and Gas industry working a shift pattern of 1 month working and 1 month home. I have a few questions on Toronto.

1. Where is the best nightlife in Toronto?

2. Is there many soccer leagues/teams in downtown Toronto?

3. How is the weather just after the New Year in Toronto?

4. Also looking at Downtown rental property, I am aware it is very expensive but is there a better part of downtown than others to live or is the whole place decent?

Any help on these would be much appreciated.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 18, 2013
Grand Experience

Someone know this company? is it good and safe do kayak tour with them? any other company near Hamilton? thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 12, 2012
Ontario trip  (10 Answers)

I am looking for nice and authentic small towns in Ontario or Quebec, and a few places to eat traditional Canadian cooking.
Thanks in advance!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 12, 2012
A country style cabin nearby Ontario  (4 Answers)

Please suggest me a country style cabin for travel accommodation near Ontario . I have heard about a lot of accommodation centers with a variety of amenities. I am in need of an affordable lodging most preferably a lakeside one. Can anyone help me for the selection of same?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 24, 2012
Vacation suggestions  (3 Answers)

Hello folks - was looking for some suggestions from folks for a one week vacation. I live in Ontario and yearly we go on a road trip.

Last year we drove up to the laurentians specifically Mt Tremblant - and it was just a blast. One of our best vacation. I want to do something again but problem is wife is 4 months pregnant so we cant go on more then a 4 -5 hour drive. I am hoping to find a place in Ontario or Quebec, that allows us to be somewhat in the beauty of nature e.g. ski resort type setting but still have failry quick access to tourist attractions and things for the little ones to do.

Any advise or suggestions from folks?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 10, 2012
car hire canada, or lease?  (11 Answers)

we will be in canada in august, leaving mid october. We are likely to be in a rural location for some of this time. Any advice on cheapest possible longish term car hire or lease? Cheers in advance, K.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 08, 2012
Driving across Ontario from GTA to Thunder Bay

Hi all

Me and the GF are leaving tonight to drive to Thunder Bay from Mississauga and we're gonna try to make the best of it by hopefully stopping at any worthwhile places along the way.

Has anybody made the drive before, and if so, any nice landmarks to visit or good food joints to stop at or anything like that? Need suggestions for Thunder Bay itself too, all we have so far is some Finnish pancake house and some type of old fashioned ice cream place...

I know it's gonna be a beautiful scenic drive , any nice viewpoints or places to just stop and get a beautiful glimpse of nature or anything like that? Good food stops? Cool little shops?

Pretty much ANYTHING there is worth stopping for, we would do it. We need to actually prolong the drive so we don't arrive ahead of the rest of our party who is flying, so the more suggestions and things to do along the way, the better..

I think the "major cities" we pass through north of the GTA are things like Sudbury and the Soo (however that place is spelt lol) but there's probably countless small villages and towns too along the way

Thanks in advance for any advice!!

Cheers from Toronto :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 27, 2012
London ON  (3 Answers)

what to see and what to do in London ON? i'm here for about a week ...

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 02, 2012
Toronto/Quebec/Montreal  (2 Answers)

Hi am travelling over to east coast of Canada in June after staying with some friends in Vancouver. I have 6 days to spend on the East Coast and would ideally like to see Quebec, Montreal and Toronto (Niagara Falls from Toronto) but don't think I can fit that into 6 days. Can anyone offer suggestion on either how to fit into 6 days or which 2 cities I should choose. Thanks!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 27, 2011
Driving through Ontario  (12 Answers)

Hey, I'm driving from Michigan to Maine next month and I was thinking about cutting through Onterio rather than driving through Pennslyvania, but I've never driven in Canada before. Was wondering:

a) Are there any toll roads? This is one of the main reasons I want to avoid PA/the Northeast USA - the whole route is practically all toll roads. (Also it's an hour shorter to go through Canada according to google maps)

b) Are there any Canadian driving laws I should be aware of that I might otherwise not be?

c) I've heard gas is a lot more expensive in Canada... like how much of a difference? Right now gas is about3.40 a gallon here...

Thanks for your responses!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 22, 2011
Where to Spend Summers?  (5 Answers)

Can someone familiar with Kingston,Burlington,Hamilton please compare them in terms of costs of living and living car-less. I'm looking to move to Ontario (5 months each year, rent a room from may-sept). I'm looking for a quiet place but with access to libraries and cultural activities during summer. Pls help.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 11, 2011
Driving from NJ to Toronto  (4 Answers)

Hi All!

I will be driving this weekend from NJ to Toronto. I have a car which is registered in NJ and has a valid inspection sticker till Jan 2013. My NJ driver's license is also valid till July this year. Will I be needing any other document/requirement for the car at the border control with Canada? I am an Indian national and have already obtained a valid visa to Canada. Please let me know if there are any special requirements which the car should meet or any other mechanical/emmission checks which may be needed to be done at the border.

Thanks a lot!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 11, 2011
Vacation- Ontario  (5 Answers)

Hey guys, which is the hotspot in Ontario? We are planning to spend this vacation there. How is the rentals? Please help.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 30, 2011
Weekend getaway starting from Toronto!  (7 Answers)

Hi folks,

I am planning a surprise weekend getaway for my wife and myself, for late April early May, and I am wondering if anyone can help with a suggestion.
I am looking for a romantic escape, 2-3 hours away from Toronto, a place where we can fully enjoy a weekend away from kids. I would also appreciate if I do not have to pay an arm and leg for a 2 nights escape.

We are in early 40', and looking more for romance than heavy action :))

Thanks for your help!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 29, 2011
Best route to Niagara Falls  (4 Answers)

I want to drive from New Jersey to Niagara Falls on the Ontario side. Google Maps shows three routes. I wondering if anyone is familiar with these routes as to which one would be the best. My concern is having an enjoyable scenic drive and staying out of heavy traffic areas. Tolls, distance and time of travel are not concerns. I would be traveling on weekend days.

This first route is I-81 North and I-90 West.
The second route is I-80 W, US-15 N, I-86 W, I-390 N.
The third route is I-80 W, I-380 N, I-81 W/NY-17 W Southern Tier Expy, I-390 N



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 21, 2011
End of the road Ontario  (2 Answers)

I'd like to drive as far north as possible in Ontario in the summer. It would appear there's a Highway 808 that begins at Picke Lake and is about 250 kms long that ends at Windigo Lake. Has anyone driven this? Would the reserves along this road have gas stations?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 30, 2010
Looking for 2-3 day vacation package in Ontario  (2 Answers)

I live in Toronto and have not done much traveling around Canada. I'm looking for packages for Vacations in Ontario or even other provinces. Can you recommend a site that may have information about such packages?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 10, 2010
Traveling through Michigan to Welland Ontario  (4 Answers)

My husband is contemplating a swim race in Welland, Ontario in August, if we come through Michigan and cross at either Windsor or Sarnia, is there anything interesting between the border and Welland? I know that Welland is relatively close to Toronto and Niagara Falls and we will probably stop by to see the Falls even though we've been there before. I was just wondering if there was anything else we should stop and see.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 23, 2010
Ontario and Ottawa- one week  (14 Answers)

I would be coming to Ontario on August starting in Toronto. Is a day enough to get a general tour of the downtown area and the waterfront?
Later we would like to continue towards Kingston and the thousand islands and I though of going north towards Ottawa. Is a full day enough to Ottawa? Must see in Ottawa? Later we think of going towards Algonkin provincial park and Lkae Huron. Does this plan sound reasonable for one week? Do you have any special suggestions or tip for such a trip in Ontario?
Oh, and we would like to take a day from to Toronto to go to the Niagrra falls? A day's enough?
Thank you in advance for any advice

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 17, 2010
Travelling from Toronto airport to London ON, help please??  (5 Answers)

Hi all,
I'm visiting a friend in Ontario at the beginning of July. Flights are all booked, just need to sort out travel to and from the airport etc.
I'm flying into Toronto Pearson International airport, and the friend I'm staying with lives 20 miles from London ON. So I'm looking at different ways I can do that (100 mile?) journey.
I've never been to CA so obviously I don't know the train stations or anything like that but I've been doing some searching online. My flight arrives at 8:15pm. There is a train that departs Toronto Union Station at 10:00pm. How far is Union Station from the airport? What is the quickest and best way to get between the two? Is that enough time to get there? I was thinking I would get that train to London, which is around 3 hours, and then a taxi from London train station for the last 20 miles? Does that all sound sensible? And then the same (but the opposite way round..) for the return journey. The main train journey will cost90, how much would that taxi trip be, plus the (shuttle??) from the airport to Union Station.
I've no idea on buses/coaches/any other form of travel, but if there is any more suitable/cheaper option, then any suggestions will be massively welcomed.
Sorry about all the questions, thanks all.
Sophie. xx

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 08, 2010
Toronto  (3 Answers)

Hi.. I am planning a trip to Toronto for a cousin's wedding.. but i do not want to miss a thing.. I will be there for 5 days from August 4 - August 9. I am just looking to go to the hockey hall of fame, wayne gretzky bar, and plan to take a day pass to see the city .

we will be staying at the fairmount royal york

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 19, 2009
Via Rail Canada Questions  (9 Answers)

My wife and I plan on taking a train from Niagara Falls to Ottawa, spend a few days then VIA Rail from Ottawa to Montreal - spend a few days, Montreal to Quebec City and spend a few days. Generally speaking, do the trains run on time in Canada? In Quebec City we plan on catching a cruise ship so we will have two LARGE suitcases plus two carry on bags. These trains do not have Checked Baggage per the VIA Rail website, providing I am reading it correctly. I don't want to be an UGLY American and place these in the passinger car where other people have to step around them. Is there a location on the train, either a baggage car or a luggage section in the passinger car where we can place these bags? Also plan on traveling Business if that makes a difference. Thanks in advance.

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