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Old 05-29-08, 11:37 AM   #1
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Hey Canucks

For the family trip this year we are thinking about Canada.
So, if you had the choice which would you prefer, east or west side? Gonna leave Manitoba alone.
BC or Banff? Newfoundland or Quebec?

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Old 05-29-08, 11:40 AM   #2
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Oooohhhh..... So many choices... I've never been to the east coast, but it is on the short list of places to see. Everyone I know that has been there says it is beautiful.

Banff is touristy but the scenery is great & there are lots of outdoorsy/active things to do... If you hit it at the right time, you can check out the Calgary Stampede too!!!

Where in BC? The island is awesome. Take a trip over to Tofino & do some surfing.

What kind of holiday are you looking for? High class shopping/restaurants? Activities for little ones? New scenery to explore/discover?
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Montreal, Toronto, Halifax or Vancouver for cities; Canadian Rockies, Vancouver Island/Pacific Coast or Nova Scotia/PEI for scenery.
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Do you mountain bike? Hike? Kayak/canoe? West coast without a moment of doubt.

To be honest, I have been on both sides and would stick west. You could do an excellent road trip, see 5 different types of terrain all sort of animals and have a true adventure. Vancouver is stunning, the island is beautiful, the mountains are freaking amazing.
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icebergs in July in Newfoundland. Quebec City is great, and Halifax. BC sunshine coast...
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What kind of holiday are you looking for? High class shopping/restaurants? Activities for little ones? New scenery to explore/discover?
Every year the siblings and I take the folks on a big trip, no spouses or SO's, just those of us who grew up together (Sister is the only one who has kids, so we let them slide now that they are adults, the youngest of us in the group this year will be 26).

We usually rent a house for a couple of weeks as a base camp and get to know one area.
The folks are octogenarians, so their activities are more vacation and less adventure, but siblings and I are not above abandoning the folks for a day or two for more adventurous side romps.
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PEI is pleasant and quiet. I was bored there, and you may be too after a few days unless you are interested in more of a relaxed beach vacation. I found New Brunswick to be far more interesting- rugged mountains, unusual geologic features like the reversing falls, the tides, the Hopewell Rocks, Grand Falls; and pretty towns like Frederickton and St. Andrews.

I won't see Newfoundland until next year, but I bet you would find it to be wonderful.

Banff has some amazing attractions. I don't know BC as well. Toronto and Montreal are great if you want an urban experience.
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North Battleford! you can see that french guy fail in his 4th attempt sometime in august i think...
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I would pick a place on Vancouver Island. There is lots to do for people that want to totter around & look at stuff, and plenty of "active" activities for the rest of you.

Sounds like a pretty cool thing to do - enjoy!
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North Battleford! you can see that french guy fail in his 4th attempt sometime in august i think...
I've always wanted to get up through Saskatchewan. Childhood mis-spent reading Farley Mowat books I guess.

Victoria is great on Vancouver Island, park the folks in a B&B w/ a bottle of sherry, lot of other stuff to head out to do. And then when they've finished the bottle, switch base to Ucluelet/Tofino, and then after that, up past Nanaimo on the inside passage.
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For the family trip this year we are thinking about Canada.
So, if you had the choice which would you prefer, east or west side? Gonna leave Manitoba alone.
BC or Banff? Newfoundland or Quebec?

Thanks,

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The Canadian Rockies rock in the summer time. It is a fun family trip. My parents and I had a blast back when I was in 4th grade.

Save the Toronto/Montreal getaway for when it is just you and your wife.
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Tim Horton's!!

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Having done some traveling in my time, I think I can offer some advice:

Drive: The Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia, or Montreal to Quebec City on the back roads
Sightsee: Quebec City, Halifax, St. John's
Canoe: Algonquin Park - Ontario
Eat and Drink: Montreal
Bears and Birds: Churchill Manitoba
Hike: Rocky Mountain Parks - Alberta and BC
Fly Fishing: Eastern Slopes - Alberta
Mountain Biking: Almost anywhere in BC
Road Biking: Banff, Jasper, Kananaskis Country - Alberta (the best roads in the country)
Dress up like a cowboy and get stupid drunk: Calgary Stampede
Best pub crawl: St. John's Nfld

Seriously though, Vancouver Island is a great option if you want to do day trips from a fixed base. The weather is great and there is a lot to see and do within a days drive. If you like big cities then Vancouver is for you.

Places I would not recommend: Regina, St. John NB, Toronto, Edson

Have a great holiday
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Having done some traveling in my time, I think I can offer some advice:

Drive: The Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia, or Montreal to Quebec City on the back roads
Sightsee: Quebec City, Halifax, St. John's
Canoe: Algonquin Park - Ontario
Eat and Drink: Montreal
Bears and Birds: Churchill Manitoba
Hike: Rocky Mountain Parks - Alberta and BC
Fly Fishing: Eastern Slopes - Alberta
Mountain Biking: Almost anywhere in BC
Road Biking: Banff, Jasper, Kananaskis Country - Alberta (the best roads in the country)
Dress up like a cowboy and get stupid drunk: Calgary Stampede
Best pub crawl: St. John's Nfld
Get yerself screeched in....wooooooooooooOOOOOOO...I am one of them there honourary newfies...kiss the cod.

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Seriously though, Vancouver Island is a great option if you want to do day trips from a fixed base. The weather is great and there is a lot to see and do within a days drive. If you like big cities then Vancouver is for you.
I would disagree. The fairy system stinks. I wouldn't want to base myself on that island, unless you wanted to pay for flights. Vancouver is only 2 million, to an american thats a suburb ...and with no real highrises to speak of its barely a big city by most standards

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For the family trip this year we are thinking about Canada.
So, if you had the choice which would you prefer, east or west side? Gonna leave Manitoba alone.
BC or Banff? Newfoundland or Quebec?

Thanks,

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West coast all the way....absolutely the most beautiful place ever!!! you'll have so much fun.
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toronto then up to algonquin.
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Vancouver is only 2 million, to an american thats a suburb ...and with no real highrises to speak of its barely a big city by most standards
LOL, true that.

But--I live in Between.
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I would disagree. The fairy system stinks. I wouldn't want to base myself on that island, unless you wanted to pay for flights. Vancouver is only 2 million, to an american thats a suburb ...and with no real highrises to speak of its barely a big city by most standards
Since you can fly directly into Victoria (Sydney actually) there is no need to take the ferry or visit Vancouver. My recommendations for day trips on the island would include:

Cathedral Grove
Surfing at Long Beach
Fishing at Campbell River
Hiking at Sooke
Take the water taxi out to Sydney Spit for some beach time
Go camping on North Pender Island
High Tea at the Empress Hotel
Sea kayaking just about anywhere
Mountain biking in the Comox Valley
Whale watching at Tofino
... lots more ...

See? No need to bother with Vancouver. It's nice enough as cities go but it also has more than it's fair share of crack addicts and street racers to make it less than a prime destination for me.
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I live in BC (southeast corner, smack between the Rockies and the Columbia mountains), so I'm biased

If you can only visit one "region", I'd suggest the west coast. There's the Coast Mountains for hiking and biking (Whistler, Garibaldi park, North Shore), wicked-cool coastline north of the Lower Mainland for kayaking and whatnot, and Vancouver is a really nice city, IMHO - that is, once you get past the numerous (but mostly harmless) homeless folks. Vancouver Island is only a ferry ride away, and worth a few days.
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Vancouver.

You could hit Vancouver Island for Victoria and Butchart Gardens (and cyclotoine and Antipodes are there). A day trip to Kelowna to visit wethepeople. If you come up through Seattle, you could see the Sachs in action .

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Does one need a visa to enter Canada? I've heard that after sometime this summer, one has to apply to enter.
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Does one need a visa to enter Canada? I've heard that after sometime this summer, one has to apply to enter.
Not a visa, but after 2009, all US citizens will need a passport to re-enter the US upon their return from Canada.

It's not technically necessary to have a passport to ENTER Canada--but US citizens currently need a passport to RETURN to the US if flying.

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