Traveling to Canada for the first time

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  1. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    I've just recently made plans to travel with my family to the Niagara Falls area, in Canada. I've never been to Canada before. Any suggestions on things nearby I should see, tips for border crossings, things like that are welcome.

    I am looking forward to it... but since I will probably not have Internet access while I'm gone I will be unable to post here.
     
  2. joelovesapple macrumors 6502a

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    Have fun, sounds great! Be sure to report back and post pics if you can. :) Sadly not knowing the place I can't recommend anything though sorry. :eek:
     
  3. Surely Guest

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    When are you going?

    If it is in the spring, and it is nice outside, go to Niagara-On-The-Lake. It's a nice little lake-front town with nice restaurants, little shops, etc, that's around an hour from Niagara Falls. There are a bunch of wineries around there too- that's always fun.

    Border Crossing: Be polite and leave your gun at home. ;)
     
  4. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Gas costs a lot more in Canada. Make sure you fill up before getting into Canada.
     
  5. wrldwzrd89 thread starter macrumors G5

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    Leaving March 13, returning March 16. I think that falls JUST before the official start of spring.
     
  6. Raid macrumors 68020

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    Niagara Falls is certainly an experience, (it's the biggest tourist trap in Canada) there's plenty of things to do and see there.

    Like Surely suggested, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a town that prides itself on it's quaintness; while no less touristy, it certainly has a mellower "small town" feel to it. I wouldn't say it's an hour away from downtown Niagara Falls, if you take the Niagara Falls parkway (and don't stop for pictures or to see the Butterfly conservatory) you can make it there in about a half hour from the falls.

    Toronto is less than two hours away if you wanted to come up and see the CN Tower!

    True very true :D I worked as a customs officer in the Niagara area and those two tips will get you far, but I'd be prepared to show citizenship documentation, like a passport or birth certificate. ... I was going to provide you with a link for visitor info, but the Canadian Customs site has a ton of broken links. :(

    If there are kids traveling with you that aren't accompanied by their parents, it's important to have a letter of permission from the parent(s)/guardian(s) and their emergency contact information.

    Another general tip, more than just politeness, be direct and succinct with your responses to the customs officer. It speeds things up if the officer can get all the information he/she needs as they need it, sometimes they might ask an odd question or repeat one you've already answered, just answer them again they have a lot to look out for and may need clarification!

    Wow I make it sound like a big deal, but most traffic crossings take very little time, it's just that a little preparation can save you a long wait!
     
  7. dinaluvsApple macrumors regular

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    give the finger to anybody from Quebec.


    enjoy your visit.
     
  8. No1451 macrumors 6502

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    Use cash rather than CCs, Canadian money is fun and colourful(we love us some reds and greens and purples).

    Also 3rd or 4th or whatever it's at, like Surely and Raid said, it's a nice little place.
     
  9. LeahM macrumors 6502a

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    for curiosity's sake, where are you planning on crossing? you can check the wait time at http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/general/times/menu-e.html but.. they are usually about 10-15 minutes off. But just be curious like others have said, have all your id's ready (luckily you don't need a passport yet!) but a drivers license and birth certificate is what they are asking for.
    other then that, I would just suggest looking at the Niagara Falls tourism page, but you've probably already done that.
     
  10. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    Does that mean you don't have a lappy, or you think we live in the Dark Ages???

    Most up-scale hotels have wifi. ;)
     
  11. schizoidwoman macrumors regular

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    We visited Canada a few years ago and Niagara-on-the-Lake was one of our stops. It's such a beautiful town and the people there were incredibly friendly, as they were throughout all the places in Canada we travelled to!
     
  12. GGGUUUYYY macrumors regular

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    If you drive 5 mins out of niagara tourist core you will save a ton of cash on food. (IE drive down lundy's lane west)


    Edit: also .. i don't consider niagara falls to be really coming to canada.. next time head north
     
  13. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Wow, this is a major rite of passage! :) I'm sure you'll have a great time.
     
  14. Surely Guest

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    Good advice GGGUUUYYY.

    I remember staying at the Hilton in Niagara Falls a few years ago, and as part of the package, they gave us a $50 gift certificate for breakfast at the Denny's that was attached to or near the hotel. We figured that we would be able to get everything on the menu for 50 bucks.

    Boy, were we wrong. The $50 didn't even cover our breakfast for 2!!! Two Grand Slams, some OJ and coffee. That's it. We ended up paying $10 above the $50 gift certificate. :eek:

    Totally ridiculous, eh?
     
  15. Reventon macrumors 6502

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    Don't know what else to say; everything to do here has pretty much been suggested. Niagara-on-the-Lakes is beautiful and the wineries there are great. If you're into gambling, there's plenty of casinos in the area. Toronto's also a nice place to visit, great restaurants and the Eaton Centre if you like shopping. Might suggest Ottawa, if you have the time. It's nice there too and cheaper than Toronto.
     
  16. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    He will have little time to draw a breath, I'm afraid. ;)
     
  17. Raid macrumors 68020

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    What are you suggesting, that they dine at the hotdog stand outside of the Sundowner? ;)

    You're probably right about the cost of food there, well at least within sight of Clifton hill. St. Catharines also has more standard prices, but it is kind of hard to navigate if you're not used to the area.
     
  18. Keebler macrumors 68030

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    very true, but with the CDN dollar at about $0.80 to the USD, still not a bad situation.

    everyone else's suggestions are bang on.

    Niagara-on-the-lake is also recommended again.
     
  19. sikkinixx macrumors 68020

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    You need to park you car in the giant lot at the border and commission a snowmobile to navigate our rugged tundra. It will be perilous, polar bear attacks are our number one cause of death, but the reward is the time of your life. Any ill-words towards hockey or our beer will be met with stares as cold as our sub-arctic terrain.
     

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