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1. Posted by mdswing (Budding Member 19 posts) 9y

There's a long weekend coming up in early August and was wondering if anyone could give me some suggestions on where to go/visit for the long weekend. I am living in Toronto and do not have a car though hiring one is a possibility, or train/coach. I've been to Niagara Falls so that has been done. Where else in Onatario that is fairly close to Toronto and worth spending a weekend at?

thanks for any help

2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

For a whole weekend, you might want to think about going to Ottawa or Montreal - they are easily accessible by bus or train (bus is cheaper), and both have lots of stuff to do. Ottawa is about 5 hours by bus, Montreal probably about 6 hours by bus. Ottawa has some great bike trails, so you could rent a bike and go along the canal and the Ottawa river.

Kingston is also nice, though in reality I haven't really been there, just passed through, so can't give much in details.

If you want a beach, you might want to go up to Cottage country - Wasaga Beach is probably the busiest, though there are lots of places that might give you an opportunity to get out on the water. I've always liked Port Carling as a destination.

If you want to go hiking or do some camping, you could check out the Bruce Trail or a little farther but definately worth seeing - Algonquin Park.


3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

When does the festival start in Stratford? You could take in some theatre for the weekend and enjoy the beautiful countryside. I love going to Ottawa, too - the War museum is fantastic (not as good as the old one, though) and there are lots of nice places to walk.

4. Posted by mdswing (Budding Member 19 posts) 9y

Thanks for the advice. I might stay in Toronto that weekend and check out Caribana Festival.

I'll keep those places in mind though for when I finish work and have some real spare time.

5. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

Yeah, Caribana is fun. Most people seem to concentrate on the parade as the big event on the Saturday, but frankly I like the music and food on the islands on the Sunday and Monday. I find the parade to be hot with no shade, and basically you watch a slow moving procession of flat bed trucks with really big speakers and drunk people dancing on them. The island has move live music, excellent food and lots of places to sit and relax for a while if you are tired out. Plus, a few beachs for swimming if the mood grabs you.

6. Posted by KatNav (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

Would you be interested in Treetop Trekking an hour north of Toronto? My family did this at Mont Tremblant was a thrill!

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 25, 2007, at 8:39 PM by KatNav ]

7. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

Just a few updates to this upcoming long weekend in Toronto.

The Caribana festival, which is celebrating it's 40th anniversary this year, is going to be at Ontario Place, not the islands as they have been during previous years. From the Caribana website:

Sunday, August 5, 2007: Arts & Cultural Performance
Catch the coolest vibes and groove to the best in local and international music as renowned and accomplished artists perform the beats, sounds and songs that have made the islands famous the world over – soca, calypso, reggae, chutney, and steelpan and African drumming.
Venue: Ontario Place.

August 9 - 12th, 2007: And the "Beat" continues JAZZ
Jazz extension to the traditional carnival type events. The event will be held the week after Caribana in conjunction with the Nu Jazz Society and featuring the vibes of Caribbean Jazz.
Venue: Distillery District

Ontario place is just south of the Exhibition. To get there, take the GO train to Exhibition station and walk south, or take the 509 Harbourfront street car from Union station, and get off at Exhibition stadium.

The distillery district is located between Parliament and Cherry Streets at Mill Street. To get there, take the 504 King streetcar. Exit at King and Parliament. Walk 2 blocks south on Parliament to Mill St.

Next weekend, if you are still in town, check out the Taste of the Danforth festival. They shut down Danforth from Broadview to Pape and have a big street fair with music and lots of food. August 10th - August 12th.