View Full Version : Tell Me about Canada Bobby H.
11-04-2003, 11:11 AM
Hey Bobby. My wife and I are thinking of going to Canada this summer for a vacation. It seems to only be a ten hour drive or so from Virginia and it seems like it would be intersting to check it out. We were thinking of going to Toronto. It seems to have lots of museums and we can go to a baseball game and those medevil like building are cool also.
I have a few questions for you. How different is it than here in the states? I know you have to watch what you do in Mexico or the crooked cops will get you and you have to give them money or something. Is there things in Canada that you should'nt do that you do here in the states? Does things cost more or less or the same? Do you have any suggestions on what we should do or see? We could go somewhere else other than Toronto. That just seemed like a cool place.
Thanks for any info you may have for me:) :)
11-04-2003, 12:54 PM
Or anyone else that knows anything too :)
11-04-2003, 01:57 PM
Well, I'm not Bobby H. but I live just outside of Toronto so I'll throw in my two cents....
If you're coming in the summer there's always something to do...there's great museums like the Royal Ontario Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario, along with the Ontario Science Centre which is really cool and, don't know if you're a hockey fan at all, but the Hockey Hall of Fame is in downtown Toronto and is definitely worth the visit. And of course you can always catch a Jays game (tickets are always available and relatively cheap) or even a CFL game (CFL season starts in the middle of June). Also, there's the CN Tower, the tallest freestanding structure in the world. Other than that, Toronto's got pretty much all the amenities you'd expect to find in a big American city, world class dining, theatre, shopping, nightlife, etc.. And things will definitely seem cheaper to you since $1 US is worth something like $1.40 Canadian.
That's about all I can think about off the top of my head, but if you have any other questions, I'd be glad to try to help.
11-04-2003, 03:40 PM
Great thanks for the info. I have a question for you genx23. Is there any way you could get your hands on some travel brochures or pamphlets or any kink of info like that and send them to me? Of course I would pay for any postage. That would be a great help of you would'nt mind.
11-04-2003, 03:53 PM
Here's some links I found that may be of assistance:
I know they had some deals going on for hotel\show packages after the whole SARS thing and all that, but am not sure if they'll still be in effect by next summer. Were supposedly good deals too, a couple nights hotel, dinner at a good restaurant and tickets to a show or attraction.
Also, Toronto is pretty close to Niagara Falls, and if you're driving up, I'd definitely recommend at least making a day trip there (although if you're coming with the wife, it can be pretty romantic staying in a room overlooking the falls)...
If you need any more information that you can't find online, I'd be glad to pick up some brochures and drop 'em in the mail for you, just pm me with your address.
11-04-2003, 04:09 PM
Sweet thanks again for the info.
11-04-2003, 04:43 PM
Here's a couple more links I stumbled across (slow day at work!):
11-04-2003, 05:21 PM
I've been to Toronto once and it was very similar to the USA. They call Canada "America Junior" for a reason. :lol:
Sales tax in Canada is VERY high. However, since you are a tourist, if you keep your receipts, you can send them somewhere and they will send you your money back (or at least thats what they used to do, but I don't think they changed it).
Try not to laugh when a Canadian says "again" or "about." They don't like it too much. :lol: j/k
If you are going to go, the one place to go is the CN Tower.
I thought Toronto was alright, the streets are VERY clean, it isn't a place that I would necessarily say is great but it isn't terrible. I've been to worse places.
11-05-2003, 02:11 AM
don't worry too much about the cops, Canadian police have the highest approval rating in the world. Toronto police would have about a 10 time higher approval rating that the police in a city like Atlanta. (don't know why I know that, but I do) And to my knowledge no rules in Canada are too much different that the states. I think in the states its easy to carry a gun, in Canada you can only carry a handgun from point A to point B without proper paperwork, so unless you carry a handgun with you, you should be ok.
Toronto is in the east of Canada and I am from west Canada. In fact, you live 3 times closer to Toronto than I do. So I should ask you, What is Toronto like?
Canada is far from 'America junior'. Our two countries histories are very different and have basic differences in our beliefs system. Although I have never been out east in Canada, I am told the east of Canada is more similar to the states that the west of Canada. As far as Americans in the west, Large numbers of American move and live in southern Alberta. (Canada) And every year thousands of Americans come up here and kill our wild life, jerks. Other than that there is not a hole lot to do where I am from as far as tourists go. But I wouldn't be the best person to ask, I try to stay out of big cities. Now I am going to school in a city of about 40 or 50 thousand, and i hate it. But i live where there is alot of open area by a valley, so i am doing ok. Every week I see deer come out of the valley and eat my apples. Although we have been covered in snow my way for about a week now. its -20 degrees C now. The snow is so deep my little crappy car can't even drive on all the roads in this city, I was stuck twice today. Although the forcast says it will stop snowing soon and things will get better.
Other than that I don't know what to tell you. If you have any questions feel free to ask. Wish I could help more but I can't, considering you live way closer to Toronto than I do, plus I have never been even close to anywhere's near that. It's pretty funny I have lived in China for over a year, but never been to the biggest and most famous city in my own country.
11-05-2003, 08:22 AM
I see deer come out of the valley and eat my apples.
11-05-2003, 01:57 PM
Originally posted by WeVie
Or anyone else that knows anything too :)
I go to Toronto twice a month. It's my favorite city. It's a small, cleaner , safer NY City. People are friendly. There's tons to do. Tons of museums and exoctic food from all over the world whithout having to spend an arm and a leg.
Niagara falls is 1 hr. away. Might as well check out the 8th wonder of the world while you're there.
Let me know if you want me to send you more info on Torornto since I can easily get them at the hotel whenever I'm there.
11-05-2003, 01:58 PM
BTW, if you do decide to go to the Falls, might as well head to buffalo and pay your respects to the bills :D.
11-05-2003, 04:39 PM
That would be great if you would send me some info but I can't pay any respects to the Bills. My wife likes to look at those things. From what I have read on the interent Toronto seems like a great place to see. Looks like there is a ton of stuff to do.
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