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1. Posted by philly41 (Budding Member, 8 posts) 11 Dec '12 12:55

hey everyone

im philly from melbourne australia and looking to travel to canada for a couple of weeks ive narrowed my choices down to two which is vancouver or toronto

im 29 single and really looking to explore take lots of photos i'll be wanting to stay at a backpackers

see the night life, meet new people have a blast, few drinks, see a hockey game maybe even play if i bring my skates

just after reccomendations on where to go in each city to do the above things as well good places to eat

any help from follow travlers would be great !!

cheers

2. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1575 posts) 11 Dec '12 14:31

Both are big modern cities that have lots to offer any visitor.

1. If you're more into culture, arts, music and urban living, then Toronto.

2. If you're more into nature and the outdoors, then Vancouver.

Cheers,
Terry

3. Posted by philly41 (Budding Member, 8 posts) 12 Dec '12 09:25

What's the night life like in each city ??

4. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1575 posts) 12 Dec '12 10:52

Like I said they're both big modern cities so both have lots to offer including excellent (for Canada) nightlife, but Toronto is more sophisticated in that regard. Its culture/art scene has a lot more depth than what you'll find in Vancouver.

1.) Toronto: NOW & The Grid

2.) Vancouver: Georgia Straight

Cheers,
Terry

5. Posted by rclark (Budding Member, 4 posts) 12 Dec '12 13:59

Vancouver definitely has more outdoor options, and probably (from what I've seen) more other Aussie travelers. Nearby Whistler mountain is notorious for attracting Aussies as well. Either way, Toronto or Vancouver are both solid choices. :)

6. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator, 1871 posts) 14 Dec '12 02:28

The other reason you might consider Vancouver is because combining a visit to Vancouver with side trips to the city of Victoria (on Vancouver Island) or to Seattle (in nearby Washington state) would make for a really fun nightlife trip. In the winter, a trip to Whistler resort nearby would provide the nightlife you crave.

Toronto, on the other hand, has the Niagara Falls nearby--but this is mostly a tourist-trap kind of place--and while Toronto has great nightlife, the nightlife at Niagara Falls is non-existent. If you go in the winter, however, you could take side trips across to the US to either Lake Placid, NY or to Stowe, Vermont. Stowe in particular has great post-ski nightlife.

Can't go wrong with either spot. I lean slightly to Vancouver, but then I'm a west coast guy that likes more of the outdoors adventures mixed with my resort experiences.

Hope you have fun.

Go have fun.

7. Posted by philly41 (Budding Member, 8 posts) 14 Dec '12 04:11

thanks very much guys i was thinking more of toronto at first but you guys have convinced me to go to vancouver im booking my flight as we speak for march 2013 oh yeah

8. Posted by Hawkson (Travel Guru, 3 posts) 14 Dec '12 17:57

Vancouver is by far your best choice for March. The snow will still be on the mountains while the cherry blossoms ans spring flowers should be in full bloom on the coast. While Toronto can still be in the grips of winter - until May some years. You might need a rain jacket, but without the rain the west coast of Canada wouldn't have the spectacular scenery and incredibly lush forests.
See our blog www.hawkson.travellerspoint.com for some views of British Columbia's coast.

9. Posted by philly41 (Budding Member, 8 posts) 20 Dec '12 07:24

another question guys how much spending money would i need for two weeks for both cities

10. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1575 posts) 20 Dec '12 11:47

Same as you would - if not a little more - if you landed in Melbourne under the same circumstances.

Cheers,
Terry