It may seem I am posting in the wrong forum but I am posting in the Europe one because most people who post in the N. American are Canadians and Americans. I am doing some research and I want to here from Europeans (or people from other places in the world).
What are your opinions about travelling in Ontario, Canada. Do you have any interest in going there? Why or why not? What would you like to see?
Does it seem too expensive? Not much to see? No history? No nightlife? Just don't know what's there? Too hard to get around?
Would you like to see nature and geographic landmarks, go canoeing, go to the beaches. Or would you like to see native history, colonization history? Or are you mostly interested in the big sites like Niagara Falls, Toronto and the CN Tower?
If you have travelled to Ontario, what did you enjoy and what were your challenges. Was there anything you wanted to see but were unable.
All and any feed back would be great.
I have family who live in Ontario but I've never been there, the only thing I really know about it is that it's near to Niagara Falls, I don't know anything about the history or nightlife and to be honest the thought hasn't ever really crossed my mind to travel there. So to answer your question I would say that up until I read this thread I didn't really have any interest in travelling to Ontario, but that's more because I don't know anything about it as opposed to having any negative views about the place. If I were to travel to Canada then without ever having done any reading into the best destinations I would have probably picked somewhere other than Ontario. That's a pretty ignorant opinion in many ways, but I felt I should give an honest answer.
To be honest, I know next to zero about Ontario- don't know anyone who lives there and don't know anyone who's been there. My reason for visitng Canada would be to find the snow fields. So if it snow's in Ontario, then I would love to visit.
My opinions about travelling in Ontario?
Ive been once a yr ago to see my relatives who live in Ottawa, Toronto and some in Montreal.
Travelling is quite cheap in Ontario and id say keep it that way! I quite liked the bits of Ontario that i saw and would love to go back to spend more time in the national parks, canoeing or chilling in the "outback" - mountains and parks.
I was quite amazed at the long winter you guys have there! Rivers frozen etc and loadsa snow still at the end of March. Totally amazed at the amount of space you have there and i suppose no others to tramp on your toes - smaller population density. Some of us prefer our space!!!!
I have been to all the usual touristy things like Toronto, Niagara Falls, CN Tower, Skydome etc - to me though, those are "once" things, I.e. just to see em. Id never really go back to them, i prefer to be doing things like - climbing, river rafting, something cool or crazy! I guess that goes with age tho!
Yea id definitely wanna go back there! A very friendly and natural place!
6-7 months of winter, believe it or not but that is pretty much what we have in Canada.... Rocks, snow, rivers, trees, ooooh a Radio Shack, oh.... a Big CN tower(how amazing!), lakes and rocks again...
Depends on what you are looking for... Forests and Mountains... go to Canada.
But you will be very surprised that bars finished early in Ottawa(like 2 hours at night I think) You can't drink on the street or in parks, you can only drink in bars(if we can call them bars)
Ontario is let's say... not boring but.... let's call it "quiet".
I know you don't want to hear from Canadians, but I'm posting to counter balance a few of the other replies. I'm living in Montreal, but I'm from Toronto, and I love both cities. Toronto's huge, with a giant downtown but most of it is suburban. Nightlife is excellent. Outside of Toronto, once you've done the basic tourist things (niagara falls, etc), there are many pretty towns to check out and many outdoor-minded weekend-getaway areas (any guide book will give you reliable recommendations). Muskoka is great for camping, but I heard the Algonquin Park is an ideal camping, trekking, kayaking, climbing, animal-watching area (though I've never been; it's a bit of a drive). Also, Ontario nature (trees, weather) is completely different from, say, British Columbia, so it's worth a visit. And, Ontario has a much greater population than any of the other provinces (excluding BC), so you will find towns, bars, adventure travel companies, and cultural tourist centres wherever you go, even if really far north.
Also, winter in Souther Ontario spans mid-November to late March (so, 4.5 months) with -7 celsius average. In Northern Ontario, it's colder by maybe 10 degrees.