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Interestingly it seems to be down to the airline, here's a Daily Mail article about and a Huffington Post piece. From the first link: Is there a drinking age restriction? Despite restrictions imposed in bars and clubs, there is actually not a limit enforced during flights. Individual airlines have to decide which rules they abide by, although it is ...


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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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From the Friends of Algonquin page on bears: Although Black Bears are reasonably common in Algonquin Park with the population thought to be around 2,000 (about one for every three square kilometres) there is no particularly good place for them and you will have to be very lucky to see one. ... In most cases, a bear will hear or smell you before you ...


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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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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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I don't believe this is going to be a fixed list. Whether or not the gate is manned (no sexism intended) will probably vary with time and day, and will depend on the expected level of business and available staff. A gatekeeper won't add a whole lot to security. Even at the busiest parks there will be no gatekeeper at night, and many parks allow day access so ...


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A local bank account and debit card would serve you very well. In Ontario cash is almost unnecessary because so many places take debit. We can also email each other money using Interac, which is part of the debit system. Most people I know email the rent to their landlord, for example. Everything I used to write cheques for (paying my farmer for veggies, ...


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I believe the Algonquin (Provincial) Park fits perfectly your expectations. That is a big green area in the middle of Central/South Ontario on maps. It surrounds the Highway 60, which gives access to many sights. The park has either easily accessible spots (on the map above) for everyone even with disabilities, or deep forest trails or canoe routes ...


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Legally speaking, yes, if you have the Ontario Pleasure Craft Operator license you can rent and operate a boat in Ontario waters. The requirements to get the card are indeed pretty minimal - a knowledge of safety regulations and some basic boating is all that is required, and given the nature of the test you don't even need to remember that for very long. In ...


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The normal way if going between Toronto and Waterloo by public transit is either by bus or train or combination. Both GO transit and Greyhound run transportation. It is true that both bus and train are going to take around 2 hours. That is normal time between downtown Toronto and Waterloo. The key point that you may be missing is that GO transit mostly goes ...


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The 30,000 Islands is a big area (as the name kind of implies). A paddle boat or rowboat is not going to cover more than a tiny fraction of them. However if that's OK for your uncle, then there are several places you can rent boats in the 30,000 Islands area. Essentially you need to look for a marina on Georgian Bay rather than some other lake. Two places ...


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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. The ...


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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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Speaking broadly, it is very hard to come by public lockers or other short-term options anywhere in the U.S., compared to Europe or Japan. Their elimination has been going on for some time, starting with concerns over illegal drugs and then terrorism— and fear of the associated legal liabilities. There are a few left luggage or "parcel check" services in ...


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According to the Killarney Provincial Park website it is served by the Park Bus. In 2019 the Park Bus from Toronto to Killarney Provincial Park has trips scheduled for August and one for the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend in October. According to the page linked above they aren't planning on adding additional dates. In 2015 they had a similar schedule. FYI ...


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Camping is always an option and is easy enough, but it may not be what you consider "similar" to roofed accommodation. Other than the ranger cabins your other option appears to be one of the three lodges in the park: Arowhon Pines Resort Bartlett Lodge Killarney Lodge All three are inside the park, just off Highway 60. Other than that, Tripadvisor has a ...


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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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I tried to get an answer to this question by e-mailing The Friends of Algonquin Park as mention in the comments by pnuts. The answer I got was that the outfitting services that are in or ner the park usually all close by the Monday of thanksgiving weekend. Which this year is the 10th of October. Moreover they also replied that the majority of stores only ...


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You can check fall colours on websites that show maps or give text reports: https://www.ontariotravel.net/publications/fallcolourreport.pdf is text only, updated once a week. Currently says "Many long-time Algonquin Park fall colour watchers are predicting the peak Sugar Maple colour to be later than the September 27 average of the past 40 years." http://...


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Just to report back what I found: There is no place to store a bag on the Michigan side though there are several hotels I didn't try. There were indeed lockers inside the Station Mall on the Ontario side.


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Absolutely! Conservation areas often have them. Here's a picture I took in 2010 from a lookout at the Fleetwood Creek conservation area in Kawartha Lakes: There are plenty of others in the area. Are you looking to go north or south of Peterborough? Would you like to get a lake involved as well? The leaves are good right now in this area by the way. I got a ...


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I own Red Deer Log Cabins, in Madawaska. The location is about a 20 minute drive from the east gate on highway 60. On a quiet sideroad, and a beautiful west facing waterfront with a sand beach, my place is often used as an affordable base camp for those wanting to spend time in Algonquin Park. Please check my site. You can find reviews on TripAdvisor. I ...


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From the Ontario Parks website: Reservations are NOT always necessary at Ontario Parks; even during busy summer weekends. You can reserve a campsite at most parks five months in advance of your date of arrival. Reservations can be made online or by contacting our call centre at 1-888-ONT-PARK. Some of our most popular parks such as Killbear, Sandbanks and ...


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The map cited by the original poster @Hans Tausend (copyright 2012) is outdated, and the solar maximum mentioned is long past. For current information on space weather see this page from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. See the forecast video about 1/3 down the page on the right. Unfortunately the forecast only goes out 24 hours. I ...


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I regularly travel in the Montreal-Toronto corridor. VIA Rail is my preferred mode, for speed and comfort, but it can be very expensive depending on demand and proximity to the travel date. As @Gagravarr pointed out, the view is lovely along the river. MegaBus also offers a comfortable service on clean double-decker buses with free WiFi.


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Hi the page you linked to gives you the clues you need, but is not very clear. For long distance coach bus travel it's usual to book in advance. The can-ar coach schedule that includes Moore Falls lists agents where you can purchase tickets. http://www.can-arcoach.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/HaliburtonLine.pdf You can also make purchase tickets / ...


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The Google route shows tolls for three consecutive segments of that route, but actually it's just one toll: at the Peace Bridge. The toll is roughly $3.


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You will be able to rent a bike from The Lake of Two Rivers Store. The operating dates: May to mid-October (7 days a week), 7:00am to 9:00pm ◦ except August 25, 2015, open 7:00am to 5:30pm


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We had a bear encounter on Red Rock Lake in Algonquin Park. We had our food tied up with a rope high in a tree and the bear was jumping up off the ground trying to reach the food but was unsuccessful. We yelled at the bear and it ran away, but later while we were in the tent we could hear the bear in the bushes getting closer and closer and we were between ...


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