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Toronto/NF/Kingston/Ottawa/Montreal/Boston

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Toronto/NF/Kingston/Ottawa/Montreal/Boston

Hi, our family is planning our first trip to the above cities. Intend to visit universities and do sight-seeings. Many questions. Please help:

Arriving Pearson A/p at 7pm Friday 13/6. We wld like to go NF &/or NOTL after arrival to see the fireworks on Sunday.

Any recommendation on car rental for 6 persons 6 luggages from airport? Only found Dodge minivan but car size too small to accommodate all luggages. Is there any other transport mode(train, self drive or coach) suitable for us?

How should we plan the trip? Should we stay at a/p hotel or somewhere downtown or Hamilton for first night or drive out to NF area immediately? Any suggestion is welcomed.

Is June a good time for fruit orchard, farm visits? Any suggestion?

Is coach tour or self drive from Toronto for 1000 islands, Kingston, Ottawa, to Montreal better?

Is there cheap flights from Montreal to Boston or should we do Buffalo fly to Boston instead?

We have altogether 12 days for the trip.

Thank you very much.

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1. Re: Toronto/NF/Kingston/Ottawa/Montreal/Boston

One way flights to Boston from Montreal are about $250-$300. Buffalo is a long way from Montreal - 7 hours plus border crossing time. It only takes 5 hours to drive to Boston from Montreal.

A minivan is the largest capacity vehicle that you will find. With 6 people, you would be able to partially fold down the back seat, creating more luggage room. I would recommend you try to cut down on the amount of luggage that you bring. You can find hotels that have self service laundries. We stay in Marriott Residence Inns which have 2 bedroom suites that sleep 6, have laundries and provide free breakfast. Hilton Garden Inns are similar.

If you absolutely must travel with lots of luggage, it is easy to move between Toronto/Kingston/Ottawa/Montreal by train. See viarail.ca. With 6 tickets, that can get pricey though.

You could do Niagara Falls as a day trip from Toronto. If you move between cities by train, that would be the only day that a car would be a good idea.

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2. Re: Toronto/NF/Kingston/Ottawa/Montreal/Boston

Hi astro88;

Quite ambitious plans for only 12 days.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, 4th largest in North America after Mexico City, New York, & Los Angeles. You could spend an entire week in Toronto and still have plenty to see and do !

Niagara Falls requires a full 24 hours.

Kingston & the 1000 Islands also require a full 24 hours.

Montreal should be a 2-3 day stay, and Ottawa needs 2 days.

Best Regards

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3. Re: Toronto/NF/Kingston/Ottawa/Montreal/Boston

Thank you so much, Boulders and Rescue Team, for your quick reply.

Agree it may be too ambitious to cover so many places..^^

Will fine tune based on your recommendation. Many thanks!!

Best Regards,

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4. Re: Toronto/NF/Kingston/Ottawa/Montreal/Boston

Try this place on the way to NF instead of the terrible fast food highway stops:

www.featherstonewinery.ca/verandamenus.html

They do light lunches on weekends to go with their awesome white wines. It's about half way to Niagara from Toronto and just off the QEW highway.

Edited: 12:23 pm, March 20, 2014
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5. Re: Toronto/NF/Kingston/Ottawa/Montreal/Boston

For 6 people, renting a van is the cheapest and most convenient way to go. Yellowcarrental.com has 10-passenger vans at Toronto airport which should give you lots of room for luggage. Trains or buses will not be cost effective for a party of 6, especially when you include the taxi fares at each destination.

You can stay at Niagara on your first night if you want. It's a good hour drive from the Toronto airport.

There won't be much to see in orchards in mid-June. Blossoms will be finished and no fruit will be ready yet. Strawberries are your only fruit possibility, and given the late spring this year they may not be ready either.

Enjoy your trip!

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6. Re: Toronto/NF/Kingston/Ottawa/Montreal/Boston

You're Welcome, astro88 !

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7. Re: Toronto/NF/Kingston/Ottawa/Montreal/Boston

Thank you urbanfoodie for the food suggestion.

Thanks DarrenA for car rental suggestion and fruit farm info. Will re-tune my itinerary. Have checked on VIA rail, greyhound Niagara Airbus and found them not cost effective for 6 of us compared to self drive. Car rental is the best for us I think. Hope we can get bigger minivan than Dodge.

Many thanks to all of you.

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8. Re: Toronto/NF/Kingston/Ottawa/Montreal/Boston

Hi astro88;

>>"Hope we can get bigger minivan than Dodge."<<

The Dodge Grand Caravan, which seats 7 passengers, will be the largest "mini-van' you will find offered by the rental companies.

For anything larger, you will need to rent a "full size" van. Budget rents 12 passenger vans.

http://www.budget.ca/en/cars/

Best Regards

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