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    Toronto...........Planning possible family trip to Toronto. Mid/late July.
    Me, wife, daughter(21), son(19)

    Stay will be 4 to 7 days...........Need advice on area of town to stay in, availablety of public transportation, things to see, etc.....



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    There is a Holiday Inn downtown. A block from the Eaton Center for great shopping, a few blocks south is the waterfront where there are always great activities going on, There is a summer cultural festival that turns this international city into a small globe. Public transportation is 24/7 with street cars, buses and subways. The pantages Theatre as well as great restaurants and many activities.

    Unless you want to head out of the city you wouldn't need to rent a car.

    Your kids will love the nightlife, there are great nite clubs. No suggestions, I lived there 15 years ago, highly doubt the places I hung out in are still there!

    Enjoy your trip. Toronto is a great city in the summer. If you are coming from the states make sure to bring your passport or birth certificate. They are getting very strict at the border.

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    Witzer,

    You are going to love Toronto...
    One word of warning, there are several HUGE festivals during the summer when finding a hotel room is impossible so book as soon as possible. One the best and biggest is Carribana (Carribean festival). They are all great but only if you have made you plans very early...

    Have fun!
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    If your kids plan on going out clubbing, make sure they bring more than just one piece of photo ID. I know that around here (Ottawa) it's easier to forge American ID and pass it off than Ontario, so some bouncers at clubs don't allow it. Seems unfair, but I've seen it happen.

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    Hi there,

    Glad to hear you'll be visiting us soon! Check out http://www.toronto.com/ (I have no affiliation but I use this site myself) and check the events section. Ditto on what others said - the city is abuzz with activity year round but especially in summer. Our festivals are amazing - depends what you like but there is something for everyone.

    Fab restaurants
    Nightlife
    Waterfront
    Harbourfront cruises
    Centre Island has beaches, gardens, an amusement area and small zoo for the kids
    Great shopping in Yorkville
    The Royal Ontario Museum
    Eaton Centre (I think it's the 2nd biggest in Canada? I could be wrong)

    So much to do, so little time. That website should help you out.

    Public transportation is about $2.50 per adult and I think children are about half that price. Family passes can be purchased for all day transportation at one flat price for about $8 CAD any holiday or Sunday. See www.ttc.com for details.

    Cabs are pricey but can get you where you want to go in a hurry.

    There are plenty of hotels right downtown, though if you want a hotel that's not RIGHT in the middle of the action, try North York (a bustling suburb with it's own bustling downtown corridore).

    Enjoy your stay!!

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    Hi there,

    Glad to hear you'll be visiting us soon! Check out http://www.toronto.com/ (I have no affiliation but I use this site myself) and check the events section. Ditto on what others said - the city is abuzz with activity year round but especially in summer. Our festivals are amazing - depends what you like but there is something for everyone.

    Fab restaurants
    Nightlife
    Arts & Entertainment
    Waterfront
    Harbourfront cruises
    Centre Island has beaches, gardens, an amusement area and small zoo for the kids
    Great shopping in Yorkville and on Queen St. West
    The Royal Ontario Museum
    Eaton Centre (I think it's the 2nd biggest in Canada? I could be wrong)

    So much to do, so little time. That website should help you out.

    Public transportation is about $2.50 per adult and I think children are about half that price. Family passes can be purchased for all day transportation at one flat price for about $8 CAD any holiday or Sunday. See www.ttc.ca for details.

    Cabs are pricey but can get you where you want to go in a hurry.

    There are plenty of hotels right downtown, though if you want a hotel that's not RIGHT in the middle of the action, try North York (an urban suburb with it's own bustling downtown corridore).

    July temperatures fluctuate between about 26 to 36 degrees Celsius - bring sunscreen and appropriate attire.

    Enjoy your stay!!

    Warm regards,
    Liz Gazer
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    Thanks for all of the advice. We now want to vist Toronto more than ever, but it seems like we need a little more detailed and advance planning.

    So, it looks like Denver or Minneapolis this year and Toronto next year.
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    Looks like I got lucky.

    Toronto trip is a go ................Booked at the Sutton Place..........First week in August.

    Thanks for all the help and encouragement from you guys.

    I am told that getting 4 people from the airport to hotel is an expensive deal.........like a limo for $200.00 .......50 bucks per person........Is this true?


    Is there some rule about only 2 passengers in a taxi cab?????
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    Hey Witzer!

    I've never heard of a $200 taxi ride from the airport and they all take more than 2 people up to a max of 4 passengers for a taxi car and more people even, for a van or minivan.

    Regular taxis (as opposed to airport limos which are really just slightly nicer taxis with no light on top and usually with a nicer interior - i.e. a Lincoln Towncar as opposed to an old Crown Victoria or whatever) charge about $1.50 per Kilometre though they begin at $3 or so when the ride begins. Airport limos usually give you a flat rate - I live about 30 min from the airport and an airport limo usually costs me about $50 or $60 to get home so not that different from what the normal taxi's charge.

    I just looked up taxi tariffs for you... here's what I've found.

    -Passenger requested stops are $6 for each 10 minutes of waiting (though I've stopped at banks and stores and never been charged more than the reg. per minute fee which is about .30 cents an idling minute or something.

    -$10 for each passenger dropped off en route (if sharing taxis) - I've also never been charged this fee for dropping folks off.

    -$12 premium for excess baggage in accordance with GTAA rules/regulations (city regs.)

    -According to the flat rate map for rides from the airport to various points in the city that I referred to, your ride should be NO MORE than about $50 plus your $12 for your luggage. I always tip the driver (unless he is a royal jerk) about $3 if just me, and if I have luggage I'll give him a $5 or more depending how much stuff I have to have him help me with. $10 is quite generous - I would not go beyond that in tipping a cabbie and the only time I'd pay that much in a tip would be if he was a really super nice guy who helped me with a lot of luggage!

    If you have more luggage than will fit in the trunk between all of you, you may need to get a taxi shuttle or minivan so you can all fit as obviously your luggage will not fit in the back of the car if you're all in it (4 of you plus driver).

    Just MAKE SURE your taxi's stay OFF the 407 toll hwy north of the city if you go up that way - or they will add the charge to your fee. It's not a LOT but still - there shouldn't be any need to take that hwy - there are other public routes available unless you HAVE to go into the north city suburbs and are in a big hurry to get somewhere.

    There are also shuttles that go from the airport to all the major hotels - if you're willing to stop at all the various other stops along the way to get to your hotel you can do that and I believe it's a bit cheaper (but chk to be sure). Bargain for about an hour long trip to the hotel that way.

    I would check w/ the airport authority or your travel agent to be sure of fees etc. but hope my info helps a bit. You're going to be here during a VERY hot week - bring sunscreen, and proper attire. It is generally very humid here when the heat gets high (like NY or Philadelphia kind of humidity).

    Most of all, enjoy your stay!! Get in touch if you need anything... I'll be around!
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    If you can, go to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. Here is a pic from my recent trip there. It was an awesome experience.
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    Yup - Niagara falls is definitely a must-see and there is lots to do there too... the new casino is beautiful and there are nightly shows of all kinds. Lots of things for the whole family to do!

    You can catch a shuttle or a tour bus from Toronto and be there in an hour and 15 minutes. Well worth it.

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    Sounds like a great vacation; my husband and I thought about taking our kids there. We have a state park with a very small waterfall, but my kids think they are neat...so, we thought they would really like Niagara Falls. We'll have to check it out someday.

    Hope you enjoy your vacation Witzer!

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    Witzer,

    If you go to Niagra Falls, do yourself a favor and continue into Buffalo and have some original buffalo wings - http://www.anchorbar.com/ It is the absolute best!

    Beef on Weck (sandwiches at a deli) Rock also.
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    The Canadian side of the Falls is better than the American Side and more to do. If you hit the casino and want a good dinner, hit the Keg next door. A bit pricey but very good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haiko de Poel, Jr.
    Witzer,

    If you go to Niagra Falls, do yourself a favor and continue into Buffalo and have some original buffalo wings - http://www.anchorbar.com/ It is the absolute best!

    Beef on Weck (sandwiches at a deli) Rock also.
    My husband LOVES buffalo wings! Thanks for the suggestion!

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    One of the BEST Indian restaurants I've ever been to is in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada on Victoria Street just north of the falls (about 1.5 blocks from Clifton Hill which is the strip of main attractions, fun houses, wax museums, etc.).

    The place is called THE GURU and I would drive there JUST to have some of their matar paneer - or anything else on their menu. No word of a lie. It was that good...


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    Thanks to all who offered advice on planning this trip.

    We are leaving Wednesday morning--------Excitement reigns.

    One dumb question.........Does my USA cell phone work in Canada? If so, do the charges skyrocket?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Witzer
    Does my USA cell phone work in Canada? If so, do the charges skyrocket?
    Depends where in Canada. Check with your provider.
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    Back from Toronto...........Fantastic city........I did not know that parts of Canada was in the tropics. .......The weather was somewhat warmer than I had imagined.

    We all fell in love with the city. Beautiful. People were extremely friendly and helpful.

    There was not enough time to see everything, of course. Maybe another trip in the future.

    Thanks for the advice from you guys. Seems that I got a lot of BS from my favorite local travel agent who claimed to be a frequent visitor to Toronto.
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    Glad you had fun Witzer. TO is indeed a great city. Next time you get up there, be SURE to visit Niagara on the Lake. The best wines in the East by far, some great art, and beautiful to boot.

    And Haiko, spot on on the Anchor Bar reference. The home of wings as they were meant to be. Beef on Weck (or wick to some, since it's short for kimmelwick) is Buffalo's second great gift to the world, and worth a lunch stop when you're in town also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noth
    Glad you had fun Witzer. TO is indeed a great city. Next time you get up there, be SURE to visit Niagara on the Lake. The best wines in the East by far, some great art, and beautiful to boot..
    We did the Gray Line eveng tour of Niagara Falls. We did stop to sip a couple of wines and we did drive slowly through Niagara on the Lake. Our driver claimed to be a native of the Niagara area and personally knew everyone of importance in the area. Not enough time to have detail experience of all. It is a beautiful area.

    .

    And Haiko, spot on on the Anchor Bar reference. The home of wings as they were meant to be. Beef on Weck (or wick to some, since it's short for kimmelwick) is Buffalo's second great gift to the world, and worth a lunch stop when you're in town also.
    We could see Buffalo in the distance but could not pick up a whiff of the wings.
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