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Old 05-29-2012, 10:34 AM   #1
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Question My girls going to Canada from Mexico

My friends are going to Canada, unfortunately I can´t ´cause I had problems with my USA visa, but ... here are some questions and I hope you can help them planning this trip.

Three girls... and oh.. yes one guy ! Just kidding !

They´re planning to drive from Mexico city to Canada in 20 days...to get to the Jazz Festival in Toronto.

But I have questions...

1. Hows the weather like by the end of june?? In cities like Toronto, Montreal, Otawa and Quebec?

2. What hotels dos you suggest in Toronto?

3. What do you suggest to do/eat... etc in places like In cities like Toronto, Montreal, Otawa and Quebec?

4. Which is the best part to se the Niagara Falls??


and the last one.. on the boarder USA-Canada they have to pay something for their motorcycles??

Well... Thanks for your help!
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Old 05-29-2012, 04:58 PM   #2
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My friends are going to Canada, unfortunately I can´t ´cause I had problems with my USA visa, but ... here are some questions and I hope you can help them planning this trip.

Three girls... and oh.. yes one guy ! Just kidding !

They´re planning to drive from Mexico city to Canada in 20 days...to get to the Jazz Festival in Toronto.

But I have questions...

Since nobody has kicked in so far I'll answer some of your questions

1. Hows the weather like by the end of june?? In cities like Toronto, Montreal, Otawa and Quebec?
The weather can be really good at the end of June, nice and warm

2. What hotels dos you suggest in Toronto?
How much do they want to spend?

3. What do you suggest to do/eat... etc in places like In cities like Toronto, Montreal, Otawa and Quebec?
Tell them to go to the tourist bureaus, there's a million things to see and do

4. Which is the best part to se the Niagara Falls??
Go to Niagara on the Lake and travel the Niagara Parkway to Niagara Falls, there's Fort George and the battlefields of the war of 1812 (200th anniversary so there should be lots to see) for history and the Shaw Festival if they want to see plays and performances. In Niagara Falls again go to the tourist bureau for places to see and do


and the last one.. on the boarder USA-Canada they have to pay something for their motorcycles??
There's no charge for entering Canada

Well... Thanks for your help!
Tell them to have a great time, that's a really nice part of the country where they're going to, try to stay off the major highways, they're just too busy and you won't see anything, take the smaller roads and see the country. Ottawa and Montreal are world class cities as well IMHO

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Old 05-31-2012, 07:14 AM   #3
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My friends are going to Canada, unfortunately I can´t ´cause I had problems with my USA visa, but ... here are some questions and I hope you can help them planning this trip.

Three girls... and oh.. yes one guy ! Just kidding !

They´re planning to drive from Mexico city to Canada in 20 days...to get to the Jazz Festival in Toronto.

But I have questions...

1. Hows the weather like by the end of june?? In cities like Toronto, Montreal, Otawa and Quebec?
in the city? damn effin' hot.


2. What hotels dos you suggest in Toronto?
as per previous post, it varies widely. perhaps shop on budget and avoid ones that seem to goo to be true.

3. What do you suggest to do/eat... etc in places like In cities like Toronto, Montreal, Otawa and Quebec?
too long to answer. you need to your own research. I cant speak to Ottawa, but Toronto, Montreal and Quebec city are meccas for foodheads. Go and eat local!


4. Which is the best part to se the Niagara Falls??
Honestly, nothing. really. Niagara Falls is a tacky, over crowded, casino tourist spot on the Canadian site, and a horrible depressing shit hole of town on the American side. Unless you consider this a "must do in my life" thing, skip it. It's water going over a ridge. meh.


and the last one.. on the boarder USA-Canada they have to pay something for their motorcycles??
there are no fees to enter, but some crossings have tolls for bridges or highways

Well... Thanks for your help!
good luck!
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Old 05-31-2012, 08:37 AM   #4
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My friends are going to Canada, unfortunately I can´t ´cause I had problems with my USA visa, but ... here are some questions and I hope you can help them planning this trip.

Three girls... and oh.. yes one guy ! Just kidding !

They´re planning to drive from Mexico city to Canada in 20 days...to get to the Jazz Festival in Toronto.

But I have questions...

1. Hows the weather like by the end of june?? In cities like Toronto, Montreal, Otawa and Quebec?

Hot, humid - perfect bikini weather

2. What hotels dos you suggest in Toronto?

Drivin' that far to stay in a hotel? Just outside of the city-proper is lots of places to camp / tent - did you wanna google-it or have me do it for ya?

3. What do you suggest to do/eat... etc in places like In cities like Toronto, Montreal, Otawa and Quebec?

Do? Bar-hop, museum, race-track, trail-ride. Eat? Wendy's or Arby's or BurgerKing and any tiny little hole-in-the-wall place - great donairs are easily found anywhere!

4. Which is the best part to se the Niagara Falls??

Park downtown Niagra - it is a "dead-zone" of commerce once the casino opened up - walk the few blocks along the river (RiverRoad) towards the falls, stand in line to take a ride on the Maid-of-the-mist, walk back towards downtown (city-hall) and find the tiny-little-hole-in-the-wall pizza-joint w/ laundry-mat. Great pizza!!!


and the last one.. on the boarder USA-Canada they have to pay something for their motorcycles??

Pay? You mean something like a bribe to get across? Noppers - just make sure that the papers are in order and ride-on-thru

Well... Thanks for your help!
Sounds like it'll be an amazing trip - I drove across Canada and tour'd that region back in 2007 - keep it cheap and real and they will have a blast!
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Old 06-02-2012, 09:27 PM   #5
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Thanks guys.. more advices???
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Old 06-03-2012, 09:02 AM   #6
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My friends are going to Canada, unfortunately I can´t ´cause I had problems with my USA visa, but ... here are some questions and I hope you can help them planning this trip.

Three girls... and oh.. yes one guy ! Just kidding !

They´re planning to drive from Mexico city to Canada in 20 days...to get to the Jazz Festival in Toronto.

But I have questions...

1. Hows the weather like by the end of june?? In cities like Toronto, Montreal, Otawa and Quebec?

2. What hotels dos you suggest in Toronto?

3. What do you suggest to do/eat... etc in places like In cities like Toronto, Montreal, Otawa and Quebec?

4. Which is the best part to se the Niagara Falls??



and the last one.. on the boarder USA-Canada they have to pay something for their motorcycles??

Well... Thanks for your help!
Well, where to start. First, the riders should have a great time at any of their destinations. As previously mentioned, if possible stay off the 400 series highways as they are multi-lane and usually very busy at least in the Toronto area. There are typically parallel roads that are more interesting.

If the riders enter Canada at Niagara Falls on the U.S. side they will have the opportunity to view from both vantages. The Canadian side is more picturesque. A ride on the Maid of the Mist or the more exciting jet boats might be in order. While it's a major highway, travelling from Niagara Falls via the QEW (Queen Elizabeth Way) is an easy way to get to downtown Toronto.

Weather in late June early July is typically mid to high 20's daytime and mid to high teens night time. Perfect walking weather for their in-city walking tours.

Have a look at Hotwire.com for hotel rooms in their chosen cities. They will have to book ahead if in town for the Toronto Jazz Festival. Choose Downtown East or Downtown West so that walking to venues is easy. We like to stay at a budget hotel "Alexandria" which is a bit of a walk to the downtown core but we really enjoy walking in Toronto. There are also 2 or 3 Back Packer's inns in the downtown area. The advantage with the Back Packers is that they will meet other young people there with like interests. Google them and be sure to check for secure parking re: the bikes.

To do/eat. Sky is the limit! What are their interests? When we are in Toronto we seek out Mexican/Latin American kitchens but I suspect they will be looking for other foods. You can dine around the world in Toronto. A walk along Queen Street West will expose them to such restaurants. All very casual. A walk to Kensington Market (Goole is your friend) is always fun especially for street buskers and people watching. Another nice walk is the board walk along Lake Ontario east of the downtown core. Access via Queen St. East. Beaches there too. The TTC (Toronto Transit System) is their friend and makes it easy to get around the city.

Other than bridge tolls there will be no fees for their motorcycles but for peace of mind you can check with Canada Customs at www.canadacustoms.ca

Ottawa again, stay near downtown if not in a hotel a Bed and Breakfast. Walk to the Parliament Buildings, Byward Market and the Rideau Canal.

Montreal, again stay downtown. Walk Old Montreal. When in Quebec don't forget to try a casual Poutine - fries with gravy and cheese. Lots of good restaurants in Montreal - again, you can dine around the world.
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Old 06-05-2012, 09:14 PM   #7
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Is there still a visa requirement for Mexican nationals to visit Canada?
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Old 06-06-2012, 09:23 AM   #8
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Hello

Hello Lalis
Say them to have a nice trip, do not forget take pictures and enjoy the festival,
may be I go a festival like that but in Pozos, Guanajuato State 15 and 16 jun.
I am looking forward the ride report.
so long...
Holas Lalis
Diles que tengan un bonito viaje, que no olviden tomar fotos y que disfruten el festival, quizas vaya a un festival asi pero en Pozos en Guanajuato del 15 al 16 de junio
Estoy en espera del la narrativa del viaje.
hasta luego.
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Old 06-07-2012, 02:34 PM   #9
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Is there still a visa requirement for Mexican nationals to visit Canada?
Yes. they paid 2000 pesos for each person!

I still have questions about where is the best place to see the Niagara Falls???
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Old 06-07-2012, 03:05 PM   #10
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There is a $3 charge on the bridge to Canada. To see Niagara Falls, check out this site. The adventure pass is much cheaper bought online and it includes the Maid of the Mist, which is the best way to see the Falls. Park at the Butterfly Conservatory and take the free bus that is included in the pass. Stick to the Parks commission stuff and ignore the casinos and Clifton Hill--extremely tacky.
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Old 06-11-2012, 05:40 AM   #11
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Tell them to take the all day one fee bus that runs from the Falls to Niagara on the Lake which is interesting to see for a few hours, some wine tours will likely be in order.
Don't forget that a Wallenda will be walking a tightrope across the Falls in mid-June. They should get there real early for that one!
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Old 06-14-2012, 02:27 PM   #12
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DF- Saltillo

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Saltillo-San Antonio
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San Antonio -Oklahoma

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Oklahoma - Saint Louis

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Saint Louis - Chicago

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Chicago

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Chicago - Detroit

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Detroit - Niagara on the Lake

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Niagara on the Lake - Toronto

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Toronto

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Toronto

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Toronto - Ottawa

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Ottawa - Quebec

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Quebec - Montreal

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Montreal

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Montreal - New York

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New York

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New York - Washington DC

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Washington - Knoxville

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Knoxville - Little Rock

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Little Rock - Austin

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Austin - Saltillo
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Old 06-14-2012, 02:36 PM   #13
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In San Antonio they should look up some of the regulars from the Is Mexico Safe thread.

I am just off the road on the way to Detroit from Chicago.


I would recommend treating Detroit a lot like a Mexican border town.
Hmmmm. Maybe Reynosa is safer than Detroit.
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Old 06-14-2012, 07:49 PM   #14
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On day 8 they travel from Detroit to Niagara on the Lake, if they cross the border at Detroit and if they don't want to travel main highways try hwy 3 which runs parallel to lake Erie, they can get off and travel right along the lake if they prefer. This way will take about 6 to 7 hrs depending on how fast they travel.

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Old 06-15-2012, 03:19 AM   #15
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I still have questions about where is the best place to see the Niagara Falls???[/QUOTE]

The Maid of the Mist

Its a boat that gets up close and personal to the falls from the river below, pretty cool experience!

We got tickets and boarded from the Canadian side a couple summers ago, can't remember if they launch from the US side as well.
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