Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto trip
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Apr 24, 2013 5:02 PM Last Post By: Voyageur1980
Apr 22, 2013 1:50 PM
Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto tripHi everyone
Three of my friends and I are planing to visit Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto in July on a roadtrip throu the North east of North America. We are 4 guys between 22 and 25 and would like to get to know the cities at day time as well as at night. Were not really into Museums except maybe historical ones once in a while. Other than that we are open to pretty much everything that promises a good time and maybe get a Canadian experiance.
I would be very happy if anyone of you had any tipps or recomendations for us for other places to visit, fun stuff to do or beautiful landscapes to go see. Maybe even good Hotels, Motels, bars, Clubs if you want.
Thank you already :)
Apr 22, 2013 3:11 PM
1Lots to see and do in those three cities. My #1 advice is to not spend all your time right downtown. For example, in Toronto leave the Yonge-Dundas sphere and head out to places like Parkdale, Ossington, Leslieville. Likewise in Montreal get up to the Plateau, Little Italy, Mile-End, and down to Little Burgundy. Generally, most of the hip bars, restaurants, and cafes aren't right in the heart of downtown. You can easily move around via subway/metro or bike. All three cities have the Bixi bike system, though it is most expansive in Montreal.
For information on nightlife and culture in Toronto, check out Now and BlogTo. For Montreal, look at CultMTL or Voir if you read French.
For beautiful landscapes in the city, Montreal has Mount Royal while in Toronto, it is worth visiting the Toronto Islands. I also like the Toronto Zoo for a different type of landscape. In Ottawa, you can cross the river and go into the Gatineaus, a hilly area with lots of trails. You might consider a stop in Kingston, half-way between Toronto and Montreal/Ottawa if wanting to see a smaller city. It's really pretty in the summer. For a true Canadian experience, head to Algonquin, Kawartha Highlands, or Frontenac Provincial Park for some canoe-camping. Of course, that depends on how much time you have and whether you can rent a car.
Otherwise, grab a guidebook and visit the main tourism websites to get a more comprehensive feel for the different attractions.
Apr 23, 2013 4:10 AM
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Apr 23, 2013 9:07 AM
Apr 23, 2013 9:42 AM
6Toronto is an amazing city it the summer! You definitely need to go to Toronto Island and walk/bike around...have a swim.
Do some shopping on Queen Street West and West Queen West neighbourhoods. Go to Kensington Market for vintage/used/antique things. Definitely a great place for breakfast and morning walk.
There are tons of great bars along College/Bathurst/Ossington. And down by Queen West. Just walk down those streets at night and bar hop until you find something you love.
Mabe catch a baseball game? If youre into that.
Its tought to say where you should go and see because i think the best thing you could do it walk around the city. Go to the Annex for afternoon drinks on a patio.
If you have anymore direct questions let me know! Have fun :)
Apr 23, 2013 10:37 AM
Apr 23, 2013 11:27 AM
8Impossible to answer, arizona. You're basically describing the whole city. Perhaps, except for Kensington! It's more known for its cafes, vintage shops, and Latin American groceries than restaurants (with some exceptions). It's also very difficult to park down there. Otherwise, the whole city is available to you. Hence it depends on budget and food choice. I would consult Chowhound or Now. The latter recently put out their list of hippest restaurants. If you consult BlogTO, they have a series of top-10 lists, such as ten best Korean restaurants, ten best pizza places, ten best Mexican restaurants, etc, etc. Good luck!
Apr 23, 2013 11:38 AM
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Apr 23, 2013 4:45 PM
11Younger friends have spoken highly of Bar Volo in Toronto for its craft beers and wines by the glass. Baldwin Street, other side of Spadina from Kensington Market, has a great little selection of informal restaurants. Grossman's Tavern on Spadina hosts the Happy Pals 4-8 pm every Saturday, finest New Orleans Jazz ever in a very welcoming, inclusive atmosphere.
For Ottawa drinking and eating recommendations, check out the Sheltered Girl Meets World blog. Bluesfest is July 4-14 -- if that fits your time frame, check the lineup and see what you might like. The musical range goes way beyond blues. Go for a swim at Mooney's Bay, enjoy beach volleyball.
Apr 24, 2013 4:27 AM
Apr 24, 2013 8:39 AM
13Depends what kind of clubs/bars you like to go to. If you want something CLUB like (dancing, slutties, bros), then you should go down to King Street (King/John). You could also try the Madison Ave Pub (I live right across from there). Its pretty cool place to go and good to experience once. Some people hate it and some love it.
If you would rather go to a smaller bar then College and Queen have tons. Some of my favorites are.
Bread and Circus
Cloak and Dagger
A lot of bars in Toronto look ratty from the outside but they are nice inside.
If I knew what you like maybe I could narrow down a few places!
Apr 24, 2013 12:07 PM
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