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Getting there & around

Bus & tram


Greyhound Canada (www.greyhound.ca) covers southern Ontario, while Ontario Northland (www.ontarionorthland.ca) services northern Ontario from Toronto. Booking bus tickets at least seven days in advance can sometimes halve the fare. Long-haul Greyhound routes from Toronto include Montréal ($94, eight to 10 hours, frequently), Winnipeg ($194, 31 hours, four daily) and Vancouver ($371, 65 to 70 hours, four daily).

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Most Canadian airlines and major international carriers arrive at Toronto’s Lester B Pearson International Airport. Air Canada (www.aircanada.com) and WestJet (www.westjet.com) service the province thoroughly. CanJet (www.canjet.com) offers budget airfares, albeit to fewer destinations. First Air (www.firstair.ca) and Canadian North (www.canadiannorth.ca) connect Ottawa with Iqaluit in Nunavut daily.

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Car & motorcycle

When driving in Ontario, you can turn right on a red light after first having made a full stop. The big car-hire companies have offices in larger towns.

Regional driving distances:

Toronto to Niagara Falls: 125km

Toronto to Windsor: 380km

Toronto to Ottawa: 440km

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VIA Rail (www.viarail.ca) trains service the Ontario–Québec corridor, from Windsor all the way through to Montréal ($198, 10 to 11 hours, four daily). VIA Rail also services northern Ontario into Manitoba.

Ontario Northland (www.ontarionorthland.ca) operates train routes throughout northern Ontario. Its Northlander service connects Toronto with Cochrane, from where buses go to Hearst and Kapuskasing. The Polar Bear Express runs from Cochrane to Moosonee in northern Ontario.

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