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1. Posted by tallbird (Respected Member 269 posts) 11y

tallbird has indicated that this thread is about Canada

Right, have decided to leave the island and heat for a bit and head over to Toronto and maybe Montreal for a couple of weeks.
Any advice on a girl travelling alone to those places, places to stay and stuff to do!

Thanks

2. Posted by cdntrvl (Full Member 50 posts) 11y

Travelling alone in Canada is a non-issue. What kind of things you are interested in will dictate what to see and do. Toronto is full of things to do. This time of year however all the major festivals are over and the leaves have pretty much turned. Be prepared for cool and wet weather.

3. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Hey Clare!

Here's are a couple of links that may help you with Montreal. The first one even includes the bus numbers. The Metro (underground) is easy to navigate - so I have been told. We took it to "Old Montreal" but needed to get back quickly to catch our cab to the airport so didn't make the return trip on our own. Old Montreal is "touristy" but does have some great shops and restaurants. Mont Royal is a fun "hike" and the view of the city from the top is excellent! We were only there for 4 days, but had a great time and stayed at the Best Western Europa - which was in the middle of everything we needed to do.

Montreal.com
go-montreal.com

Have a great trip! (Trade ya northern Illinois for T&T... We're in need of a bit of sun, sand and sea!) ;)

4. Posted by moonflower (Full Member 39 posts) 11y

Hi everybody,
Montréal is just great! I spent 8 weeks there in a language school and I had a fantastic time. I never worried that something might happen to me because I heard from many people that Canada in general is a very safe country. And when I traveled further to the Maritime States alone, I got the "confirmation".

Anyway, in Montréal are many things to see and do. You already got some ideas from the other subscribers like Old Montreal and Mont Royal. On Sundays in general they have like a "hippie festival" in the park under the Mont Royal with a market, singers/musicians/dancers etc. - at least they did when I was there... I liked as well Ile St Hélène or the Olympic Park close to where I lived. Actually on a rainy day you have to go to the Olympic Park to check out the Biodome and - if it is not rainy, go up the tower to enjoy the fantastic view over the city. Right next to it is the Botanical Garden which is quite nice too.
I loved shopping there, especially in the Eton Center because here in Switzerland, we do not have so many big shopping centers. It was very impressive... And it has many nice little boutiques too. Moreover, Montréal is famous for its underground village/city. If you enter the Metro stations downtown (at least some of them), you have access to many shops which you can as well find on ground floor and as well to only underground ones. Ok, that might be a bit complicated - just go there and see for yourself!;)

Well, I could go on an on about this but I don't want to bore anyone. So just check out this link to the Montréal Tourism Board - maybe you find what you are looking for!

http://www.tourisme-montreal.org/B2C/00/default.asp

Have a good trip!
Marina

5. Posted by tallbird (Respected Member 269 posts) 11y

Cheers guys!

I'll let you know what the trip was like!

Clare

PS:Isadora- any ski resorts in Northern Illinois? (Must look on map to where Illinois is!), we could do a houseswap for a week!

6. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting tallbird

Cheers guys!

I'll let you know what the trip was like!

Clare

PS:Isadora- any ski resorts in Northern Illinois? (Must look on map to where Illinois is!), we could do a houseswap for a week!

7. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting tallbird

PS:Isadora- any ski resorts in Northern Illinois? (Must look on map to where Illinois is!), we could do a houseswap for a week!

This one is about an hour away - border of Illinois and Iowa:
Chestnut Mountain

This one is about 90 minutes away - at most - in Wisconsin:
Devil's Head

We're divers, not skiers, so I don't know how good the slopes are, but... we do get snow! Also - are you allergic to cats??? We have a few...

Have fun in Toronto and Montreal!!!

8. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 11y

The leaves are starting to come down now. They should all be on the ground in 2 weeks. Most of Toronto is safe. The really unsafe parts are kinda difficult for tourists to get to. The subway in Toronto is about the easiest thing in the world to navigate. It's a big north-south "U" with a big east-west line through it. What are you interested in seeing? I can give you instructions.

9. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

No love for the west?

10. Posted by tallbird (Respected Member 269 posts) 11y

Quoting Brendan

No love for the west?

Would love to go to the west. However, I only have about two weeks available, a limited budget and flights from here go directly to Toronto. :( In addition to that I have a lot of family in the west and this trip is supposed to be a "me-me-me" trip- sort of go-it-alone and see what happens!

The West will have to wait unfortunately!