hey there all
am a new member
heres my situation,im a 28yo male planning my first "on my own" trip to canada,
i have done the western seaboard tip previously so this time i will be focusing on hitting up Toronto, Montreal and NYC (in no particular order)
this will be around april 2012
i have a few basic questions
1) roughly how much should i save? -pls note my trip will be around 10-12 days, i don't mind staying in cheap hotels/hostels,am not a big drinker...i can live off "street food"..i have roughly 3000aud saved up, am really hoping to get by on that
2) i have family in calgary, so i was sorta planning to use that as a start/end point.any suggested route for the above destinations?
3) is there any other places worth checking out on the way? -note i prefer not to use a car when im there, so is air or buses more practical?
basically ill go with whats cheaper...
any answers/advise would be really appreciated.
I found Calgary to be a very uninteresting city, and there's really nothing much of interest between Calgary and Toronto (especially not on a 10-day trip), so I'd primarily recommend skipping out on Calgary altogether, but if you don't, then definitely fly from there to Toronto. (If you do visit Calgary, see about visiting Banff National Park for some gorgeous nature; Lake Louise and Moraine Lake were my personal highlights. (Snow might be an issue still in April, though.))
Between Toronto and Montreal, there's very frequent busses (coach canada as well as greyhound) and trains (via rail), so you can definitely get around there by public transport. (I'd recommend the train where possible.) I don't know about NYC.
In Toronto, I most liked the area of town around university; College Street to Bloor, especially just west of Spadina. Niagara Falls is probably also a highlight, though extremely commercialized. (It's 2 hours away by bus; then at the bus station hop onto the green line bus (not completely certain if that goes in April; otherwise there'll be regular city busses) to get to the Falls and the accommodation there.)
my trip will be around 10-12 days
That's hardly enough time to get a glimpse of Ontario let alone the rest of the place.
Agree that Calgary is forgettable.