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In most border towns you can, further away not. Sometimes they might also give you small change back in CAD, or charge you a small fee for using USD. If you exchange the money in a bank you will get a much better rate. Try to pay with your Credit card whenever possible.


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No. I've lived in Montreal and Toronto and the occasional place will take US dollars, but most places will just laugh at you, perhaps in French. If they do take it, they might give you 80 cents on the dollar or so. Just use credit for everything. There's really no reason not to.


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Ottawa we can pretty safely drop from the list -- as a planned city populated mostly by government bureaucrats, it's got a few good museums but very little else to interest the casual visitor, and it's quite hard to get around without a car. Montreal vs Toronto is a more interesting showdown. Personally, I'd cast my vote for Montreal: it feels a bit ...


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Usually, yes. But now that the US dollar isn't more valuable (and is fluctuating wildly from week to week) I've noticed more places not taking it or taking it at a steep discount. You won't get the value you used to out of it. It's always a good idea to have some local currency on hand no matter where you're going. A credit card will also work, though there ...


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It depends what you define as Northern Ontario and how much you want to see. Some places (Moosonee and Moose Factory for example) are train only. Many are bus only. You can fly to Sudbury on a regularly scheduled commercial flight. Heck, some people might consider Peterborough or Barrie to be northern, and you can take Go Transit (commuter trains and buses) ...


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If those are your three choices, I'd suggest Montreal. Montreal and Ottawa are a less than two hours from eachother, so you can easily take a morning train and spend the day there, before returning to Montreal. Ottawa is a beautiful city, and is home to some of the best museums in the world (see Museum of Civilization, Air and Space Museum, and more). Also ...


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Depending on your budget the service that would be the least hassle, and the most flexible would probably be bus. The train doesn't stop too many places up there unless your'e going into the interior on Ontario Northland (and that's only because you can choose where to stop), and VIA isn't the cheapest option out there.


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Your best bet for public transport access to the Ontario North is Ontario Northland. They run scheduled buses from Toronto to the north, including Temagami (but not Hiawatha, wherever that is). It is quite a trip, stopping at various small towns you won't get to otherwise. If you want to get to the real remote areas your best bet is the Polar Bear Express ...


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Anecdotal answer: I've been in Vancouver a week now, and noticed I keep being given American coins as change. Certainly the pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters seem interchangeable; the locals never even blink at accepting them.


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I havent' done it myself, but a friend of mine that I know used to do long haul in that stretch of the country, so I'll relay his findings Chicago has to be a stop on your journey, especially if youre' a sports fan. Being the only four sports town on your route outside of Detroit, there's guarenteed to be a game playing whenever you decide to drive through. ...


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Banff is about 90 minutes from Calgary, and is worth visiting if you're not going to be back in Calgary anytime soon. The normal list of Calgary attractions: Calgary Zoo Canada Olympic Park Spruce Meadows Telus World of Science Fort Calgary More information: http://www.calgaryattractions.com/


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Why not buy a Amsterdam to Toronto, returning from Vancouver ticket? (Often called an Open-Jaw ticket) The price would be similar to an Amsterdam to Vancouver return, but you'd fly into Toronto and back from Vancouver, booking your own train tickets for the Toronto to Vancouver leg. For the train from Toronto to Vancouver, it's "The Canadian", and you ...


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Porter Airlines offers flights from Toronto's City Center Airport to Boston which are not available through big travel agencies like Expedia. Their convenient city center airport can save taxi fare to the airport. Yes, this does involve flying.


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Toronto is the most "typical" Canadian city. It's big (with over 15% of Canada's people), and broadly representative of the country. As an English-speaking American, I found Montreal to be interesting, because of the interaction between English and French. Of the three, it is most reminiscent of Switzerland, which judging from the question, is not the best ...


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Amtrak runs daily trains for $114 that takes 13 1/2 hours, both of which are just above your thresholds. Greyhound offers overnight buses that fit your requirements (10 1/2 hrs, $40 if buying now), or daily buses that take longer (presumably traffic related) - 12 to 12 1/2 hours. Overall I'd recommend the bus, unless someone can find a plane flight for ...


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While there are many dedicated and local sites that you can find for concert listings, I find that Last.fm's Events section usually has everything. Especially for large cities like New York, Toronto, and Montreal it will definitely cover everything, no matter how esoteric your music tastes are. And if you 'scrobble' your listening to Last.fm, it can even ...


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Two things that Europeans often don't get about Canada: It's big. Really big. Toronto to Vancouver is 2000 miles by air, 2500 miles driving (you can't go straight, there are Great Lakes and mountain ranges and such in the way) Our trains, by European standards, are few and far between. Little villages in Europe have three trains a day between them, but ...


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The Train looks to be quite a good bet to me. It looks like Kingston is on the main Montreal-Toronto line, for which seat61 has lots of details. I just asked Via Rail for details for a random weekday in about a fortnight's time. There are 10 trains per day, a web special advanced purchase tickets start at $56 (but are mostly sold out for 2 weeks time, so ...


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Contrary to the popular opinion I would strongly recommend against the trains. Reason being the trains run slower then buses, for example the Maple Leaf which runs NYP-Toronto runs 12h 30min and makes a bunch of stops. Adirondak which runs NYP-Montreal is kind of in the same boat and runs 10h 30min. Granted that a big chunk of both runs along the Hudson ...


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90W? Ug - that's multiple days of straight-line, boring driving. Interstates were built with getting from here to there in the shortest possible time, so they're built in the most boring parts of the country. My advice - I'd recommend going from TO up to the Bruce Peninsula, take the Chi-CheeMaun ferry go north around Lake Superior get down to Fargo ...


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As @KateGregory mentioned you could fly to Buffalo for around 400 USD (roundtrip price, 7 nights). The cheapest prices you will find in the first day of October at the moment: To get from Buffalo to Toronto you can use Megabus. I did the same journey 3 weeks ago and it is quite convenient and it costs at the moment only 12.50 CAD (one-way price). It will ...


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As has been extensively reported elsewhere, Canadian taxes and fees are considerably higher for air travel than American taxes and fees. On the one hand, the U.S. subsidizes its airports (for example, supplying TSA agents and FAA air traffic controllers) allowing them to charge lower rents and passenger facility charges than their Canadian counterparts; ...


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The airport web site suggests you may be some other sort of priority traveler: A priority lane will be available for Nexus cardholders and airline guests with priority designations. NEXUS cardholders and airline guests with priority access may enter the U.S. Customs hall directly at any time by showing their boarding pass and/or valid Nexus card and ...


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I have a recollection of taking a trip (some decades ago) between the Niagara Falls and Toronto, and seeing a number of farms along the way. In your shoes, I might take that route during the fall, and talk to some farmers, and see what they have to say about lodges. If all else fails, I'd think about spending the vacation in someone's farmhouse or barn. ...


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If you are looking for something that is a bit more outdoorsy than a 'private lodge', then may I suggest a yurt? These are wooden huts, usually designed for six or eight and with a stove, perfectly suited to winter camping. There are yurts at Mew Lake campground in Algonquin Park, The Pinery on Lake Huron, and Killarney - all several hours from Toronto. ...


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Is it possible your connecting flight's boarding time was near? I've been sent to priority customs/passport/security lines when I had a tight connection - both airlines and airports have strong motivations to ensure everyone boards on time because missing passengers can cause very costly delays.


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I found a picture of the cart dispensers. It says all rights reserved so I'll just link to it. It clearly shows that they take coins credit cards bills I don't see any indication of change-giving although it's possible that is below the frame of the picture. Next to the coins slot someone has taped up a diagram of what coins are ok and they appear to be ...


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Seat61 has a good page covering these three routes. You basically have one daytime train a day each way, between New York and Toronto (The Maple Leaf) and New York to Montreal (Adirondack). Journey time is around 12 hours, with the trains during the morning and arriving in the evening. It looks like there's nice scenery for much of it, but it does take a lot ...


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Toronto is an interesting base from which to see things outside of Toronto as well as the city itself. For example Niagara Falls is just about an hour away from Toronto. In the fall, there are bus tours north of the city to see the leaves turn - Montreal may offer that as well. Toronto is also close to Stratford (for Shakespeare etc) and Niagara on the Lake ...


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There is no Terminal 2. Terminals are assigned by airline, not by destination. There are divisions within each terminal for destination, but you start at the desk for your airline. Transat uses Terminal 3. You can get this information for any airline from the YYZ web site. If you are being driven to the airport by a paid professional (taxi, shuttle bus ...



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