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1. Posted by gom (Full Member 29 posts) 9y

gom has indicated that this thread is about Canada

hi there!!

I'm off to USA+CANADA in a few days and I'll be travelling through the country for several months:


I'd appreciate any kind of useful advice such as:

1-where to stay
2-what avoid
3-worthwhile visits
4-general advices
5-places to have fun
7- weather/clothes
8-etc etc

Thanks alot in advance for your help! With your advices, for sure ,I'll enjoy much more your great country


2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4890 posts) 9y

As a general comment, it's really hard to give useful advice on a wide-ranging question like this if you don't give us a bit more information to work with. Like, what kind of experiences are you looking for, what are your interests, what kind of budget do you have. Are you looking for culture, nature, partying, hiking, ...? On what criteria did you make this initial selection of places to visit? (Texas? Carolina? Atlanta? They're not the first places that come to mind when I'd draw up a list of must-go places in the USA, so telling us why you chose them might give us a lot of foundation that we could build on.)
Is it more important to you to have seen all the must sees that everyone goes to, or are you looking for unique off-the-beaten-track sights and experiences? Do already want to "go deep", experiencing a few places as fully as possible, really soaking them in at the cost of not seeing too many other places, or do you want to sniff up as many places as possible, having a global overview, so you can come back later for a more thorough exploration?

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

You may have to be a bit more specific on the Canada thing. I assume, seeing as you'll be in Boston before and Chicago after, that you'll be visiting Toronto or thereabouts?

4. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

Hi Gerard!

I'm sorry, but I have had to delete your other thread about traveling North America over several months. It was identical to this thread and considered a duplicate posting. The Forum Rules do not allow for duplicate threads. Since others have replied, I have chosen this thread to remain in place. Thank you for understanding.

I also agree with Sander and Tway - a bit more information about your travel plans will help other members answer your questions more effectively.

Enjoy planning your trip!!

5. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 9y

I would suggest you start with a good travel guidebook. Almost all of these questions can be answered using a Lonely Planet or Frommer's guidebook on USA and Canada. I would also suggest reading the Travel Guide feature on this website.

Anyone of those places can (and have) fill several books by themselves. We can help you with specific knowledge and unique insights not covered by the books, but we can't write you that much information.

6. Posted by Buttfish (Respected Member 298 posts) 9y

Vancouver ->

-Don't stay at the hostel above the Cambie (the cambie has cop cars more than once infront of it, and it's quite loud, i've heard)

-sunset at english bay! (amazing each time); camping at cultus lake (a couple hour drive from vancouver, though you probably won't be able to do that if you're travelling

-Save-on-Foods is open 6am-midnight; if you're going out, DONT miss your nightbus!!

-downtown has many good bars and clubs (mainly on granville st and in gastown); grouse grind is quite a good hike; the vancouver film festival is starting in a little while, so that's worth a catch (at almost any theatre, check out on the internet); chuck e cheese! stanley park looks awesome from canada place in october - orange, red, yellow trees!

-loads of buses (5, 6ish to 1, 2ish), the skytrain(5ish to 12, 1ish, depending), taxis of course, and night buses at night - they cover a few hours after regular buses stop (say, 2ish to 3 30, 4 ish, depending on which bus and where you are)

-currently rather nice, sunny, warm, though the rains should start at some point soon. today looks cloudy, and i'm wearing sneakers, so it better not rain. crunchy leaves. roughly 20-something degrees celsius (they said 26, but i think they lie) a little windy near the water, but really no big deal whatsoever.

-don't walk through stanley park, central park (burnaby), or any such park at night by yourself or you'll most likely get buttraped - seriously. i've seen a naked guy in the trees (central park) in the middle of the day, and i wasn't the only happens now and then, and you hear some creepy stories every one in a while. also, watch out for hastings, it can be a rough part of town.

also, go to montreal!

7. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 9y

"don't walk through stanley park, central park (burnaby), or any such park at night by yourself or you'll most likely get buttraped - seriously"

This is garbage/slander and worse-Mod Please delete!

8. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

Quoting SamSalmon

"don't walk through stanley park, central park (burnaby), or any such park at night by yourself or you'll most likely get buttraped - seriously"

This is garbage/slander and worse-Mod Please delete!

I'm sorry but the comment was not made about another member and is only one person's opinion of the parks. Though I find the comment a broad generalization, replies to the contrary are more in order than a deletion. Having never visited said parks, I can not comment on them nor the validity of Latarina's remarks.

9. Posted by gom (Full Member 29 posts) 9y


I knowis difficult to give any advice without more references... the problem is that I don't have more details:( ... I mean, the trip is an adventure and nothing is planned...


just a global idea because I gonna do my own way(with friends) day by day.

I was seeking for advices such as: ' in canada don't waste your time in toronto and stay longer i quebec and its fantastic region'

...or: as someone said:'Texas? nathing to do... much better spend your time in CA(ie)'

... or: once in Illinois, don't forget to visit springfield, great spot!'

...or: take care in Miami, unfriendly guys there...

...or : for a budget trip, in NYC you'll find a fantastic hostel called (whatever)

anything useful...

Iknow is difficult, but don't waste a lot of time , just write something you consider can be useful for an eurepean traveller like me withouth a clear schedule/planification of the trip

thanks so much again for ur help and undertanding... I know is not easy :((

a catalan friend,


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

Do you want to visit Montreal and Quebec City specifically, or the whole province? You can drive/bus/train from Toronto to Montreal (about 6 hours), then on to Quebec City (another 3), then explore other parts of the provice, if you like. Gaspé is lovely, although a little desolate. Plus there's places up north like Mont Tremblant (the village is very touristy, but there's lots of hiking and skiing), or the Eastern Townships. If you're gone for a few months, you can probably get bits of Ontario and Quebec in quite easily. It all depends on what you want to see.