I really want to go to Canada, any suggestions?

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    Aug 04, 2012 5:21 PM GMT
    Hey guys,

    I'm coming due for a vacation soon and I've always wanted to go to Canada, I've lived in South Texas my whole life and never been too far north (the farthest north would be Colorado). So I dont know anything more than the gulf coast beaches, heat, humidity, and tacos. I was thinking Canada would be a pretty cool place to visit and I know we have some Canadian men here so I wanted to get some insight on cool places to visit. Feel free to update message me directly or post on here!

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    Aug 04, 2012 6:55 PM GMT
    Just get on highway 1 somewhere in Maine and just keep driving north and then get yourself to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Call it a lobster tour and if lobster's not your bag, there's tons of other fresh fish, incredibly nice people, lots of celebrating, beautiful beaches (but be prepared for cold water) that are bordered by rocky cliffs, fantastic old world charm from the housing architecture, it's a great road trip. At least it was about 30 years ago.

    Also, Toronto and Montreal are great world class cities and you may want to check out Niagara Falls (the Canadian side, not the American). It too is a fun little city and falls are truly heartstopping.
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    Aug 04, 2012 7:38 PM GMT
    If you go Westward, you will hit Vancouver, arguably the most expensive city to visit on this continent. (20oz diet coke? $5. I don't think you would regret heading towards Niagara Falls (Buffalo NY) to Toronto, ON.

    On the other hand, while driving through AZ this time of year will earn you a hard-boiled brain, San Diego is decent and closer. But, their Santa-Ana wind conditions roll in about mid-september and blow the upper 70's temps out to sea.
  • O5vx

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    Aug 04, 2012 9:01 PM GMT
    Go to west Edmonton mall....lot to do and see there.
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    Aug 04, 2012 9:04 PM GMT
    OK, ok. I have some advice for you. Ready?

    Step 1. Pack a suitcase with clothing and toiletries.
    Step 2. This is important.. put the packed suitcase in your car. Don't forget.
    Step 3. Make sure you have your passport and driver's license on you.
    Step 4. Walk slowly and carefully to your car and place the key in the ignition, and start the car.
    Step 5. Begin driving North.

    Step 6. Win.
  • Litmop

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    Aug 04, 2012 9:15 PM GMT
    I've been to Toronto and really enjoyed it, quite a diverse city. People were very friendly but there did seem to be a bit of a "complex" towards Americans. Not in a bad way, but on several occasions people felt compelled to tell me Canadian culture was superior, as if it was a competition.

    Bitch, you're America's hat, live with it.

    One nice thing, at least in Toronto, most businesses accepted dollars. The exchange rate with the Canadian peso is about 1-1.

    Not the bargain it used to be but not bad.
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    Aug 04, 2012 10:13 PM GMT
    Litmop saidI've been to Toronto and really enjoyed it, quite a diverse city. People were very friendly but there did seem to be a bit of a "complex" towards Americans. Not in a bad way, but on several occasions people felt compelled to tell me Canadian culture was superior, as if it was a competition.

    Bitch, you're America's hat, live with it.

    One nice thing, at least in Toronto, most businesses accepted dollars. The exchange rate with the Canadian peso is about 1-1.

    Not the bargain it used to be but not bad.

    Haha. Canadian Peso.

    Vancouver is incredibly beautiful: it's surrounded by mountains and oceans. It's very clean, and about the same cost as Toronto. No, a diet coke does not cost $5. Remember that it's a new city, so there isn't as much history as the East, but it's a beautiful, awesome city with tons to do and beaches dowbtown.

    Toronto is growing rapidly with about 131 sky scrapers in construction right now (compared to about 88 in NYC). It's got some beautiful old buildings, and it disticintly feels like medium sized midwest city that has been experiencing intense growth since around 1970 (when it became the financial cente of Canada).

    The province of Quebec feels very different than the rest of NA. People complain about their politics and stuff, but it's a fascinating and incredibly beautiful place (at least the places I've seen.

    Montreal is the old, big city of Canada. It has beautiful architecure, parks, univerisites, and waterfronts. Parts of it feel extremely old (cobblestone streetd and auberges from the 1700's). The city is the informal cultural capital of Canada, and there always seems to be a festival or street party of some sort going on. It has a unique character that most of Canada lacks; this probably dye to its age, and the fact that it was a very wealthy major port of NA for some time. Oh and itvs French, but almost everyone will speak English. Montrealais are generally friendly to Americans.

    One nice thing about Montreal is that you can take a day trip to either Ottawa (the capital of Canada) or Quebec City. Both are beautiful; Ottawa is filled with parjs and museums - as a capital should be - and Quebec City is like a little slice of seventeeth century europe, complete with seigneuries and streets that look likevthey belong in 'A Christmas Carol,.

    I say visit Montreal. It's super gay-friendly, full of energy, and quite cheap. Not to mention French Canadian men are often super hot!

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    Aug 04, 2012 10:33 PM GMT
    Awesome country, but stay away in the Winter icon_smile.gif

    Been to Toronto, Montreal, and Quebec City.

    If you REALLY want a a different experience, go to Quebec City. It's like being in Europe!
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    Aug 04, 2012 10:46 PM GMT
    Canada is great fun!! I highly recommend Toronto.
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    Aug 04, 2012 10:48 PM GMT
    Since it doesn't sound like you've been to the Pacific Northwest either, why not drive up the coast and hit Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver?

    As for minimizing expenses, if that's a concern, buy some of your meals from the grocery store. I kept my travel costs to London and Paris to manageable levels that way! icon_biggrin.gif

    Yes, costs in the downtown core are higher (including the gaybourhood), but that's true of many major cities.
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    Aug 04, 2012 11:45 PM GMT
    So many good spots its hard to pick one or two. Toronto is a world class city with theatre on a par with London and New York. Montreal is very French but in a nice way icon_lol.gif. Ottawa is sort of a miniature Washington, DC. Out west the Canadian Rockies are beautiful and far less touristy tarted than in the US. My favorite is Vancouver where I maintain a summer home to escape the heat of Palm Springs and enjoy both its natural beauty and cosmopolitan community icon_biggrin.gif there are few cities anywhere in the world to compare with it. Just enjoy wherever you find yourself!
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    Aug 04, 2012 11:47 PM GMT
    HorrorHero saidHey guys,

    always wanted to go to Canada, I've lived in South Texas my whole life and never been too far north (the farthest north would be Colorado). So I dont know anything more than the gulf coast beaches, heat, humidity, and tacos. I was thinking Canada would be a pretty cool place to visit icon_smile.gif

    If you like cities, there are lots. On the offchance you might be the adventurous, wilderness-seeking sort – where you’ll go where you won’t find a gay encounter unless you can seduce another camper, try canoeing in Quetico Provincial Park (Ontario). You can drive into Canada at International Falls. Or, if you apply in advance for a mail order border entry card (and have no criminal or drunk driving record) you can enter via canoe at Saganaga Lake (where there are no border guards), from the Gunflint Trail out of Grand Marais, Minnesota. Not hot; no tacos - just fish, moose, bears, and other hunky canoers. OR if you are a real fishing guy, you can arrange to fly in by float plane to hundreds of locations, and be picked up in a week.
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    Aug 05, 2012 2:36 AM GMT
    Fixed the title, I sincerely apologize for those who's days I've ruined due to my typo.

    Mikey
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    Aug 05, 2012 2:45 AM GMT
    I would live to visit a couple times, and maybe live there a little bit. However I don't know if an American or any citizen of another country can just choose to live there. Don't you have to have like a work visa or something?
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    Aug 05, 2012 3:04 AM GMT
    philibt saidI would live to visit a couple times, and maybe live there a little bit. However I don't know if an American or any citizen of another country can just choose to live there. Don't you have to have like a work visa or something?


    I would love to become a Canadian icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 05, 2012 3:13 AM GMT
    Just come to Michigan instead. It's a lot like Canada, just without the charm, gay marriage, low crime, or polite people.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Aug 05, 2012 3:40 AM GMT
    Iceblink saidJust come to Michigan instead. It's a lot like Canada, just without the charm, gay marriage, low crime, or polite people.

    I LOL'd
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    Aug 05, 2012 3:49 AM GMT
    Canadian peso? Michigan is like Canada? lmao! haha
    there are lots of great places here in Canada where do you want to visit? east coast...west coast? i'm pretty sure you don't want to go to Saskatchewan or Manitoba not much there (sorry middle Canada) and depends on when you want to go...from now til November you won't have to many problems weatherwise...but in the winter the west coast is your best bet
  • Timbales

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    Aug 05, 2012 3:51 AM GMT
    Toronto is great, lots to do for everyone. Montreal is also nice, very Euro feel.