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mfares
post Jan 25 2010, 07:30 AM
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Hello everyone




im planning for my first visit to canada . i have friends i know from long time and i plan to see them .


i will be there in May 2010 . the full month of May (or half May half june) .. and i want to see the most of canada . my friend will arrange me an apartment in montreal so this is where mostly i will stay but i also want to go West to for some days to see there .




i want to know what is the best thing to do during this time . i love to meet new people . i was in part of europe last year and the best part was meeting locals i have now great friendship with people from there . i heard canadans are the most friendly people in the world smile.gif




also im into photography so if anyone know photography trips it will be amazing ... BTW i will be travel alone .
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post Jan 25 2010, 02:20 PM
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Well, as I'm sure you know, Canada is a very big country so it's impossible to see "all of Canada" in a month or probably even in a lifetime... that said, you can see quite a bit.

Montreal in the summertime is lots of fun, as we'll just be getting into festival season at that point. Check this site to give you some ideas of what will be going on here at that time of year.

From Montreal, easy trips to take by bus/car include Ottawa, Quebec City, the Laurentians, the Eastern Townships, Tadoussac, etc. Toronto is about 5-6 hours by car, and if you want to visit Niagara Falls you can continue from there.

To visit Western Canada, to maximize your time I'd suggest taking a flight from Montreal or Toronto out to Vancouver or Calgary, and then traveling from there. Of course, it is possible to drive, bus or train cross-country, but it is time-consuming and expensive. Check out WestJet for flights; they are often cheaper than Air Canada particularly during seat sales, though it can still be quite expensive to fly cross-country.

The typical Western Canada destinations for travelers include Calgary, Banff and the Rockies, or you can fly to Vancouver and visit Vancouver, Whistler and surrounds. Vancouver's prices are artificially inflated this year due to the Olympics, though things should have mostly calmed down by May.

As for Canadians being friendly, well, it's like anywhere else. Some are, some aren't. Typically you'll probably find that people are friendlier in the smaller towns than they are in big cities, just as is true the world over.

Enjoy your trip!


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post Jan 30 2010, 10:11 PM
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QUOTE(mfares @ Jan 25 2010, 07:30 AM) *

Hello everyone




im planning for my first visit to canada . i have friends i know from long time and i plan to see them .


i will be there in May 2010 . the full month of May (or half May half june) .. and i want to see the most of canada . my friend will arrange me an apartment in montreal so this is where mostly i will stay but i also want to go West to for some days to see there .




i want to know what is the best thing to do during this time . i love to meet new people . i was in part of europe last year and the best part was meeting locals i have now great friendship with people from there . i heard canadans are the most friendly people in the world smile.gif




also im into photography so if anyone know photography trips it will be amazing ... BTW i will be travel alone .



One suggestion would be to get a "CanRail" Pass that allows people to travel by train from Toronto to Vancouver, but allows you 14 days of a month, where you can hop-on-hop-off and visit a few cities along the train's route. Before you head that far west, I would suggest that a stop to visit Niagara Falls (very picturesque for the photographer), in May is the start of many fruit tree blossoms and the sampling of last years wine harvest results.
A good idea would be to google or check the "web-sites" for the city & areas that would interest the visitor at the times expected.
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