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Niagra Falls & the Rockies in one holiday

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Niagra Falls & the Rockies in one holiday

We are considering a holiday to Canada next year for 2 weeks .Is it possible to visit Niagra , Toronto & areas of interest in the East & the Rockies in one holiday ? I expect we would have to fly to the Rockies area. We would be flying from London. Also would an organised tour ( and whch age group are the organised tours) be better or hiring a car ourselves. We are in our 40's.

Any advice would be useful.

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1. Re: Niagra Falls & the Rockies in one holiday

I think you could do the trip in 2 portions, East/West, once you've established what your major areas of interest are.................as for organised tours, I would check further with the tour company as for age range, and the actual itinerary ..........my own personal experience with an organised tour was in Europe, and the age varied from 20's - 60's, and it was great...however once again I think it depends on where and what the tour consists of and how much travel is involved.........renting a car is a viable option......as is taking a train from East to West..........but if time is at a premium, then you'd fly......

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2. Re: Niagra Falls & the Rockies in one holiday

oh yeah, you can do both no problem.....just organize properly and determine what route you want to take and you'll be great!

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3. Re: Niagra Falls & the Rockies in one holiday

Thanks for the replies . I'm glad it's an option to see both areas in 2 weeks as we would like to see as much as possible . Which months of the year would you recomend to visit?

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4. Re: Niagra Falls & the Rockies in one holiday

If you could choose anytime, I'd recommend mid May/June and early Sept., or 3rd week of September..................the annual TIFF takes place for 10 days each year starting Thursday after Labour Day.....2013 TBA, but IMO 9/5-9/15, so try to avoid that, unless of course you are interested in seeing TIFF....hotels book up quickly for this time period, and may be priced higher.....the times I've suggested are IMO the best, most temperate weather conditions for both regions............

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5. Re: Niagra Falls & the Rockies in one holiday

I would certainly fly between the two areas, it must be a 3 day drive I'd imagine otherwise.

Personally, I don't do tours or packages at all, I book flights, hotels, transport all myself, so it matches exactly what I want to do, rather than what a tour company thinks you want to do

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6. Re: Niagra Falls & the Rockies in one holiday

This would be a great vacation indeed, but if you're looking to drive then it would be a few day drive.

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7. Re: Niagra Falls & the Rockies in one holiday

Yes, you can do it, but I guess I'm going to disagree with everyone else so far.

Your instinct that you'd want to fly between the two is correct. The drive from Niagara Falls to the Rockies is 3400 km (about 38 hours' driving time) if you go through the US; 3700 km (43 hours) if you go through Canada. That's 4-6 days of nothing but driving, which would chew up a huge amount of your two weeks.

Flying Toronto-Calgary, you're looking at a 4 hour flight, with a 2 hour time change, and a cost of about $300/person one way, including taxes.

Niagara Falls is much closer to the big cities of central Canada and the eastern US (Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, New York, Boston, Washington DC), while the Rockies are much closer to BC (Vancouver, Whistler, the Okanagan wine region) and the American Pacific Northwest (Seattle, Portland). Personally, with two weeks I'd pick one of those areas, splitting time between Canada and the US as appropriate, rather than trying to put two distinct and far-apart areas into a single Canada-only trip.

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8. Re: Niagra Falls & the Rockies in one holiday

Mmm yes thats what I was thinking , maybe it would be too intense & too much to see in one trip. Thats why I was considering an organised trip , some UK companies do 16 day trips to both areas. Maybe a self drive would be very tiring over such a huge area.

Thank you all for your advice.

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9. Re: Niagra Falls & the Rockies in one holiday

My suggestion would be to fly to Toronto, stay a day, then head to Niagara Falls, which is about a 1 1/2 to 3 hour drive, depending on the hugely aggravating Toronto traffic.

You literally only need an hour or two to see Niagara Falls. The town itself is a tourist trap with lots of kitschy places that you will want to avoid, unless you like lame haunted houses and wax museums, etc. The only thing I can recommend (and HIGHLY recommend) is the Maid of the Mist boat tour that takes you right up to the base of the falls. It's worth every penny, and then some.

Don't bother crossing the border to the USA's Niagara Falls.. It's a depressing town that's taken a hit due to the economic slump.

After you've looked at the falls and taken your boat tour, head back to Toronto.

The next day fly to Calgary and rent a car. There's not much to see in Calgary, so head west to the Rockies and spend the rest of your time toodling around Kananaskis, Banff, Yoho (British Columbia), Lake Louise, and it's an easy drive to Jasper if you so desire. Plan on spending an overnight in Jasper, and make sure you reserve a hotel room. Actually, you should reserve all your rooms prior to leaving London.

I recommend going in the early fall or late spring. Everything is cheaper and the places you want to visit won't be jampacked with tourists.

Fly home from Calgary.

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10. Re: Niagra Falls & the Rockies in one holiday

One day in Toronto and 2 hours in Niagara Falls - what a ridiculous suggestion. You can easily spend a week visiting both places.

In Niagara Falls there ARE wax museums and haunted houses (which have been operating for decades, so are obviously very popular), but there is also: beautiful Queen Victoria Park, Journey Behind the Falls, Floral Showhouse, Butterfly Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, White Water Walk, Whirlpool Aerocar, Whirlpool Jetboats, Bird Kingdom, Imax, Skylon Tower, Skywheel, Welland Canal, Marineland, Safari Niagara, Niagara on the Lake, Shaw Festival Theatres, dozens of wineries, Dufferin Islands and Niagara Glen nature areas, 2 casinos, Cave of the Winds (U.S. side), Fort George and Fort Erie, dinner theatres.

http://www.niagarafallstourism.com/

http://www.niagaraparks.com/