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Summer Vacation in Toronto

Join us on our very first trip to Canada, as we will visit the multicultural, scenic, and world class city of Toronto, Ontario!

VERY IMPORTANT: A passport book or card is required in order to enter Canada.  The MegaBus attendant will ask to see your passport and your bus ticket before boarding the bus.  A passport book can be purchased for $125 and is good for all international travel.  A passport card is $55 and is suited only for land travel to Canada, Mexico, and traveling by ship to island destinations.  For those who do not have a passport, a passport can be obtained at your local post office.  Call them in advance and schedule an appointment as early as possible to begin the process.  Once the process is complete, your passport should arrive in the mail within two to six weeks.  Visit www.usps.com for more information.

 

We will spend Friday visiting some of the main attractions of Toronto and venturing around the downtown area.  Our first stop will be the CN Tower, the world’s tallest free-standing structure.  From a height of over 1,200 feet, we will see a 360 degree view of the Toronto skyline.  Tickets are $23.00.  We will also walk through Toronto’s underground passage system called the PATH, which connects the majority of the buildings of downtown and contains hundreds of shops and vendors.  We will end the day with sightseeing at the Eaton Centre Mall, dinner, and finding some evening events to attend.

On Saturday, we will venture around some of Toronto’s unique communities.  We will take in the sights, scenery, and views at the Toronto Islands.  Our next stop will be lunch at the Harbourfront neighborhood, where we will see extensive views of Lake Ontario while sightseeing.  We will then venture around and eat dinner at Kensington Market, one of Toronto’s most multiethnic and eclectic neighborhoods.  A round trip ferry ticket to the Toronto Islands is $7.00.

On Sunday, we will conclude the trip with touring and shopping in the Bloor-Yorkville area, an upscale Toronto community which features exclusive restaurants, stores, and boutiques.  We will also visit Casa Loma, a massive castle that sits on five acres and was the home of a famous Canadian financier.  The castle contains four levels, decorated suites, towers, secret passages, and an underground tunnel.  Visit www.casaloma.org for more information.  Admission to the castle is $20.55.

 

Important Notes

*I understand that the Scotiabank Caribbean Festival is supposed to take place during this time period.  I will continue to do more research and I will find a way to include it into our itinerary.

-I will keep continual communication with the group several times before the date of the trip to follow up and to notify attendees of any changes to the schedule.

-Be sure to have your money exchanged into Canadian dollars before going on the trip.  Some places of business in Canada may accept U.S. currency, but it is safer to have your money exchanged just in case.  After the trip, you can have your money exchanged back to US currency.  Travelex exchanges most currency in a matter of minutes and are located in Union Station, Pentagon City Mall, and on K Street (1800 K Street Washington, DC 20006).

 

Hotel Information

-I have made reservations at the Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown Centre, which is located in downtown Toronto near the Toronto Coach Terminal.  Currently the rate for this hotel on July 12th and 13th is $139.95 per night (room with 2 double beds).  Visit the hotel website by typing Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown Centre in your search engine for more information or if you are interested in staying at this hotel.  Call and book a reservation as soon as possible to avoid price increases or changes.

-There are other hotels that are in the downtown area if you are interested in choosing your own hotel.  Visit hotels.com, expedia.com, kayak.com and other related websites to find good hotel deals in or near downtown Toronto.

*If anyone wishes to share a room with someone on this trip, members are encouraged to communicate with each other on the comment board of this meetup announcement.

 

 

Other Important Notes

*A detailed itinerary will be emailed one week before the date of the trip.

 

-We will meet at Union Station at 7:00PM.  We can all meet in front of the Starbucks in the Food Court.

-We will be traveling through the MegaBus service.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.megabus.com.  Ticket prices can range from $30 to $140 round trip, depending on how early you purchase your ticket.

-When entering website, schedule the bus trip for Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 8:00PM – 9:30AM (Depart to Toronto, ON), and schedule the return trip for Sunday, July 14, 2013 at 7:45PM – 9:30AM (Return to DC).  Please be sure to enter your information correctly, as MegaBus does not refund tickets; however, they will allow you to reschedule the trip 24 hours prior to the scheduled trip date.

-Union Station is located at 50 Massachusetts Avenue, NE Washington, DC.  Union Station is also Metro accessible on the Red Line at the Union Station Metro Station.  Parking at Union Station is available at their parking garage; however, the maximum cost is $22.00 for one day parking.

-Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions or concerns.

 

See you there!

 

 

 

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  • Manuel

    Had a great time in Toronto; would love to do it again.
    Met some really cool people which made the trip that much better.
    Thank you, again, Mario for hosting another great outing.

    July 16, 2013

    • Abs

      Great meeting you Manuel and thanks for the pictures!

      July 22, 2013

    • Manuel

      Abbie anytime... It was great meeting you as well. Looking forward to the next time.

      July 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Kudos to Mario (the best organizer on meetup :-)) for coordinating this trip. It was a wonderful experience with a diverse group and I look forward to attending more of the meetups.

    July 17, 2013

  • Deloris C.

    I had a really wonderful time in Toronto.

    July 16, 2013

  • Marquita

    Looks like you guys had a lot of fun in Toronto. Maybe I will be lucky and go if there is another trip planned next year.

    July 16, 2013

  • LaBrina

    Wonderful city with so much culture and scenery. Also met some great people. I so needed a get-away and this was right on time. Mario is hands-down best organizer ever!!!!

    1 · July 16, 2013

  • Sonya

    Great trip Mario! The trip was fun and I met some good people.

    July 16, 2013

  • Xiomara

    I had fantastic time! Toronto is a big, lively, multicultural city with many exciting attractions. There was never a dull moment and I am glad I was able to travel there with a bunch of down-to-earth peeps:). As usual, Mario did an excellent job planning & organizing a fun trip.

    July 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Minus MegaBus...The entire trip was worth every penny spent! Great people! Thanks Mario for the patience of Job.

    July 16, 2013

  • kenya

    I had a wonderful time in Toronto! I think I lost 10 lbs from all the walking, but it was a great time. Looking forward to the next trip!

    July 16, 2013

  • Claudia

    I had a great time. I look forward to more overnight trips.

    July 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    FANTASTIC! Just an uncomfortable ride on Megabus..

    July 16, 2013

  • Uche

    Trip to Toronto was wonderful. Beautiful city, great travel companions, lovely weather, lots of exercise, fun times - 100% good time! :) Thanks Mario for making this trip possible. Looking forward to future events.

    July 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The trip to Toronto was fun. I had a great time and met some really nice people that I look forward to hanging out with again.

    July 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great time! Connected with some wonderful people.

    July 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a fantastic trip. I really enjoyed the city of Toronto, good food, great people and the atmosphere was to die for. I can see myself moving to that City...Thanks Mario for the experience.

    1 · July 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a wonderful trip! Mario did a great job organizing and I met some great people.

    July 15, 2013

  • Brenda M.

    I had a great time and met some really nice people. Toronto is such a lovely city to visit with many, things to do and places to go. I enjoyed the venues and only wished I had more time to visit other places.

    July 15, 2013

  • Amelia

    No I will be working :(

    July 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Seems as if the list has gotten shorter from the beginning, it's that many that's flying in? I am looking forward to this being a fun trip and make MegaBus into a Party Bus.......

    July 10, 2013

  • kenya

    Not sure if anyone has been checking the weather for Toronto, but a lot of the city is flooded and they are expecting more rain through Thursday. Just something to keep in mind for the weekend since we will be walking and using public transportation.

    1 · July 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes I have been checking myself, but didn't know of flooding...

      July 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I arrived this morning. The flooding is not an issue anymore.

      2 · July 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to join this trip. Is it ok to fly there and join the group at the hotel.

    Anyone want to fly from DCA and or share a room let me know. I don't mind booking my own room and even leaving a day earlier. This sounds like a fun trip

    Thanks

    May 6, 2013

    • Deloris C.

      Hi, I am staying downtown at Delta Chelsea. Are you guys staying at the Holiday Inn or another nearby hotel? Since I will be there Thursday as well I would like to meet up with you.

      1 · July 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      hey I'm also staying at the Delta Chelsea but I'll be arriving on the megabus

      July 9, 2013

  • LaBrina

    Hi, who is flying in on Thursday from the group? Maybe we can do something together?

    1 · July 4, 2013

    • Deloris C.

      I will be there on Thursday at 1:00 pm.

      July 8, 2013

    • Claudia

      I will be arriving on Thursday @ 9:34am.

      July 9, 2013

  • Mikki

    Anyone on the Friday 6am from Reagan?

    July 8, 2013

  • Ronda

    If you plan on using your cell phone while in Toronto, you may want to look into adding an international plan for calls, text, and/or data with your cell phone company. Otherwise, be sure to turn off your phone and/or turn off roaming/cell service to avoid a surprise on your next cell phone bill. I added a small international plan for calling and texting for only one month that can be cancelled (and pro-rated) after the trip. Just wanted to share the tip. I look forward to seeing everyone in Toronto!

    3 · July 6, 2013

    • LaBrina

      That's a good tip, another thing is make sure to give your credit cards a call and let them know you are traveling internationally. A lot credit cards monitor for purchases made internationally, and will shut your card down as a precaution.

      2 · July 7, 2013

  • Kay

    The tickets are really expensive now.

    July 5, 2013

  • Ronda

    Hi, I purchased a bus ticket for this Toronto trip a while back but was able to purchase a flight recently. If you would like to purchase my bus ticket (at my cost), let me know. Thanks!

    July 3, 2013

    • Ronda

      If you are interested, let me know by Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Otherwise, I'll use the credit toward a future Megabus trip. Thanks.

      July 4, 2013

    • Ronda

      Hi Alex, I just sent you a private message. Thanks!

      July 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hotel and Bus All Set and Ready to GO!

    1 · July 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hotel and bus -->booked! So looking forward to it.

    April 21, 2013

    • KB

      Hi Nicki. Just sent you an email.

      July 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Mario, Have to go on travel that week. Hope to catch the next one!

    July 4, 2013

  • Abs

    I'll be joining the group at Union Station on Thursday evening travelling by Megabus, I'm staying at the Metropolitan Hotel in Toronto. Hope this helps!

    July 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A friend and I are traveling via the Megabus on Thursday evening and staying at the Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown Centre.

    July 4, 2013

  • Xiomara

    I am leaving Wednesday from Reagan Airport. Anyone leaving on that day from Reagan?

    July 3, 2013

  • Kay

    I don't know I didn't see this earlier. I really want to go. I'll see if I'm able to get the tickets and hotel together before then.

    July 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just secured my room and bus ticket! Looking foward to meeting you all.

    June 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds like fun

    June 27, 2013

  • Charketa B.

    So mad I work

    June 26, 2013

  • Cheryle c.

    Sounds great! May try to go at the last minute if the pieces fall together. Positive expectations!

    June 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    bus ticket and hotel booked! :-)

    June 19, 2013

  • Greg

    Next Time.

    June 18, 2013

  • Darlene

    This sounds exciting!!!!! Going to try to get those days off!

    June 17, 2013

  • Cynthia D B.

    =( sorry i'm going to miss this one!!!!!! would have been first time touring Canada. be safe and have some FUN for me...please!

    June 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone still looking for a roomie, let me know asap please. [masked]

    --Christa

    June 10, 2013

    • Tee

      Just send you a email.

      June 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Just emailed you

      June 16, 2013

  • Tasha

    Hello my name is Tasha any female who wants to share a room please email me [masked]

    June 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I just emailed u

      June 16, 2013

  • Abs

    Hello, is anyone still looking for a roommate?

    June 14, 2013

    • Tameika

      Sorry misspelled ur name

      June 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey Abbie I got your email yes I am still looking for a roommate email me at [masked]

      June 16, 2013

  • Regina

    more like a maybe

    June 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi I have an extra room that I bidded on through skyauction. It's 4 star for 140 dollars a nite. Other travel sites list price at around $280. Please email me if interested! Its the King Edward Hotel in Downtown Toronto

    1 · June 12, 2013

  • Asali E.

    Does anyone else need a roommate?

    June 11, 2013

  • vatrice

    If anyone is looking for a cheap room try Ebay, I often find hotel stays on ebay. I was able to get the Wyndham Resort on Ebay for the inauguration and Atlantic City Sheraton Hotel for Labor Day- 2 nights $87 and it included breakfast. These rooms are often donated to a charity, so your purchase is going to a good cause. I found this seller whose auctioning Toronto hotels rooms:
    http://www.ebay.com/sch/childrenswish/m.html?item=151061493794&pt=US_Lodging&hash=item232bf77822&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562

    June 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We should organize a trip to Vegas too

    3 · June 10, 2013

  • tweetytanya

    Unable to get that Friday off. ;(

    June 8, 2013

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