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I"ve been visiting this site alot since ive joined last yr.I must say the information that is shared here is top notched #1 and i thank you all for a great job in keeping everyone informed.
What i was wondering,me being from the eastern CANADA ,why it is that more and more of our border neighbors in the US travel in summer months to southern climates as our weather here is great and traveling if needed. i would figure that where its so cold here in winter that it would make more sence to travel south to hotter palces in winter
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Well, a lot of cruisers go to Cananda in the Summer, out of New York - and also to Vancouver to sail to Alaska. Quebec and Montreal cruises are always full every fall for the "Fall folliage" cruises.
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Summertime is when many people take vacations when kids are out of school. People love going to beaches and oceans where there is sand, water and fun. The perception of Canada is one of cold and boredom in my opinion. I dont think Canada is advertised much in the US as a vacation spot although there are many beautiful places in Canada. Year round Americans go to warm places to have fun.
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Mostly school...however it'll be a cold day in hell before i go to the caribbean in July! I dont think i'd even go if it were free!

Been there done that. I'm way to old to sweat like that now days! I shoot for fall/winter for the caribbean, but were wanting to do an alaskan either next summer or 2010.

Next week were spending 10 days in Ruidoso NM...lows in the 40-50's and highs usually mid 80's and dry...with a cool shower every afternoon. Heaven! We even had snow on the mountains one late August there. Its were i'd love to live and die someday!
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I love Canada. I spend much time at Algonquin Provincial Park, as well as British Columbia. Great places to spend a hot day.
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We sailed on the Victory out of New York for a 7 day to Canada Sept 29 - Oct 6, 2007.

Saint John, NB and Halifax were the two Canadian ports.

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Hmm, boriing, interesting comment. I have to wonder how that poster came up with that. The city I live in has festivals running continuosly from June to middle of Augst and not just restricted to the downtown core! We've had a Indy car race now for three years and that draws a lot of people here. I also live in the city that has the worlds largest shopping mall--West Edmonton Mall....No, Mall of America is not the largest (largest in the US only). You can spend days in West Ed without even leaving them mall because there is a hotel in the mall....

Perhaps Eastern Canada is boring, but not the West, no......The Calgary Stampede is on right now and any and all cowboys/cowgirls are likely to be there.......

The big reason American tourists aren't coming North like they used to is because the Canuck Buck is almost at par with the US buck, so no big savings for travelling North when in years past you could get a bigger bang for the US buck...The opposite is happening--Canucks are heading south in droves for winter hot spots!!!!
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I"ve been visiting this site alot since ive joined last yr.I must say the information that is shared here is top notched #1 and i thank you all for a great job in keeping everyone informed.
What i was wondering,me being from the eastern CANADA ,why it is that more and more of our border neighbors in the US travel in summer months to southern climates as our weather here is great and traveling if needed. i would figure that where its so cold here in winter that it would make more sence to travel south to hotter palces in winter
Espically in storm season.Thanks again for eveyone on here and keep up the good work
Hi! We are coming up on the Victory next week! We will be in St. John on 7/19. I live on Long Island where it is pretty humid. We love to travel north! We are looking forward to cooler weather!
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I went to Vancouver and Victoria Canada on my Alaskan cruise and both were interesting. I though Victoria was so pretty.
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Many years ago my husband (then), myself and 2 friends took a motorcyle trip from Florida to Canada. Our first stop was Niagara Falls. From there we headed west across Canada. I couldn't begin to tell you everywhere we went. A few places stand out. Toronto, Sauble Beach, a ferry across Geogian Bay, WaWa (I think) and Sault Saint Marie. It was absolutely one of the best vacations I have ever had. Beautiful places and great people everywhere we went. I wish I could do it again but know I never will. You have a great place up there.
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Also being from the east coast of Canada I can attest to the many things that it has to offer. However, from my experiences with my husband living in the USA for the past four years there appear to be some really big issues that impact travel patterns for our friends to the south. I don't want to start any hot issues but rather state a fact, in Canada, or at least in New Brunswick it is very easy to take your kids out of school year round which means we can cruise in February when it is cold in NB rather than waiting for the summer. In the USA this is not necessarily the case, it appears that the school districts tie the majority of their funding to kids attendance at school which means many parents just can't go cruising except during the summer. I personally don't like to go south in the summer but this coming August I'm heading to Florida with our friends from Maine because it is the only time of the year that they can go with their kids and so we will sweat it out. I'd love to give the sales pitch and say "please friends and neighbours come to Canada we'd love to have you" but in reality I have to say "please friends and neighbours live life to its fullest and if that means cruising in July in the Mexican Riveria, then bon voyage!"
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Okay, I'm not from Canada but Maine is about as close as you can get! My thoughts are this: No where in the US or Canada is there a beach with beautiful crystal clear turqoise water and powder white sand. That is the lure for me. Although we still like to go to Canada during the summer, I definitely wouldn't turn down going to the Caribbean either! And, although I may be unpopular for this, we could not find a winter cruise to match our children's spring week break and so we are pulling them out of school for a week. The schools are going to hate us!!
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My thoughts are this: No where in the US or Canada is there a beach with beautiful crystal clear turqoise water and powder white sand.
oops you are sooooooo wrong. The most beautiful beach, and i've been to beaches in the caribbean, mexico, australia... bahamas... is in Florida.

The most beautiful beach i've ever visited was SIESTA KEY florida, and Anna Maria Island, not far from siesta. The sand was so white at Siesta Key that it looked like sugar/snow. Its also 100% quartz, very fine powder and COLD to step on, even in the heat of summer, so no hot tootsies. Water as clear as any i've ever seen. The gulf side of Florida has the most gorgeous sand/ocean ever. OVer the years many many magazines have listed Siesta Key as the most if not the top 5 most beautiful beaches in the world, including number 1 by National Geographic magazine.

The best vacation of our lives was Disney for 8 days, and a week (just over an hour away from disney) beach side at Siesta Key. Dream vacation!
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Okay, although I may be unpopular for this, we could not find a winter cruise to match our children's spring week break and so we are pulling them out of school for a week. The schools are going to hate us!!
ok so here is where i agree with you lol! We take our son out of school every week in Jan during MLK weekend (they get a 4 day weekend), meaning he misses an additional 4 days at school....I figure as long as he is an A student, he wont miss the 4 days but will remember the time he toured the mayan ruins first hand and snorkeled a reef for the first time, for the rest of his life, but wont remember by summer what he did in school those 4 days.
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My thoughts are this: No where in the US or Canada is there a beach with beautiful crystal clear turqoise water and powder white sand.
oops you are sooooooo wrong. The most beautiful beach, and i've been to beaches in the caribbean, mexico, australia... bahamas... is in Florida.

The most beautiful beach i've ever visited was SIESTA KEY florida, and Anna Maria Island, not far from siesta. The sand was so white at Siesta Key that it looked like sugar/snow. Its also 100% quartz, very fine powder and COLD to step on, even in the heat of summer, so no hot tootsies. Water as clear as any i've ever seen. The gulf side of Florida has the most gorgeous sand/ocean ever. OVer the years many many magazines have listed Siesta Key as the most if not the top 5 most beautiful beaches in the world, including number 1 by National Geographic magazine.

The best vacation of our lives was Disney for 8 days, and a week (just over an hour away from disney) beach side at Siesta Key. Dream vacation!

C'mon nursey, the Keys don't count!
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My thoughts are this: No where in the US or Canada is there a beach with beautiful crystal clear turqoise water and powder white sand.
oops you are sooooooo wrong. The most beautiful beach, and i've been to beaches in the caribbean, mexico, australia... bahamas... is in Florida.

The most beautiful beach i've ever visited was SIESTA KEY florida, and Anna Maria Island, not far from siesta. The sand was so white at Siesta Key that it looked like sugar/snow. Its also 100% quartz, very fine powder and COLD to step on, even in the heat of summer, so no hot tootsies. Water as clear as any i've ever seen. The gulf side of Florida has the most gorgeous sand/ocean ever. OVer the years many many magazines have listed Siesta Key as the most if not the top 5 most beautiful beaches in the world, including number 1 by National Geographic magazine.

The best vacation of our lives was Disney for 8 days, and a week (just over an hour away from disney) beach side at Siesta Key. Dream vacation!
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Our family vacation last year was 2 day in Orlando (1week the previous year for the disney thing) 3 days @ Fort Lauderdale/Miami Beach and 1 week in the most incredible beach that is Siesta Key. I can attest to the quality of the sand. I have about 8 containers of sand from different places (Carmel, Nassau, Half Moon, Miami, etc) and the sand from Siesta Key is the whitest and finest of them all. Monday nights, they have drummers on the beach from dusk. It was a wonderful experience.

I am from Ontario and going to the beach should be warm salt water
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My thoughts are this: No where in the US or Canada is there a beach with beautiful crystal clear turqoise water and powder white sand.
oops you are sooooooo wrong. The most beautiful beach, and i've been to beaches in the caribbean, mexico, australia... bahamas... is in Florida.

The most beautiful beach i've ever visited was SIESTA KEY florida, and Anna Maria Island, not far from siesta. The sand was so white at Siesta Key that it looked like sugar/snow. Its also 100% quartz, very fine powder and COLD to step on, even in the heat of summer, so no hot tootsies. Water as clear as any i've ever seen. The gulf side of Florida has the most gorgeous sand/ocean ever. OVer the years many many magazines have listed Siesta Key as the most if not the top 5 most beautiful beaches in the world, including number 1 by National Geographic magazine.

The best vacation of our lives was Disney for 8 days, and a week (just over an hour away from disney) beach side at Siesta Key. Dream vacation!

C'mon nursey, the Keys don't count!
True, however Siesta Key ISNT in the keys. Its in Sarasota FL, close to Tampa. So THAT DOES count! lol
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Nurseypoo - I agree that having your kids miss a few days of school is worth it over the span of a lifetime - they'll remember more of the trip and the family togetherness that what they would have learned in school.

But I have to disagree about Siesta Key. It is beautiful and the sand is so fine it is like powdered sugar but the water color and clarity isn't quite like some of the Caribbean beaches. Bradenton beach, Siesta Key, Miami beach and Marco Island come pretty darn close (I've never been to the keys)...
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Yes,it is pretty boring and cold here in southern Ontario. We are south of Detriot,thats right south. In fact we are farther south than parts of California (check your maps).It was 30C here today. That's about 86F. No skiing today. Last month we had the Red Bull air races here over the river and last week one of the largest firework shows in North America. Also recently Ceasars Palace opened their largest casino/hotel outside Las Vegas.I will admit that it was cold in there.
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Nurseypoo - I agree that having your kids miss a few days of school is worth it over the span of a lifetime - they'll remember more of the trip and the family togetherness that what they would have learned in school.

But I have to disagree about Siesta Key. It is beautiful and the sand is so fine it is like powdered sugar but the water color and clarity isn't quite like some of the Caribbean beaches. Bradenton beach, Siesta Key, Miami beach and Marco Island come pretty darn close (I've never been to the keys)...
I don't agree about the kids missing school, that is what summer vacation and spring break is for but I've beaten this topic to death in another thread.
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