Originally Posted by razman10
We have 10% Ethanol here too, so no worries. Also, the exchange rate being what it is (currently 1.00 USD = 1.03 CND) I'm not too worried about being taken for a ride (pun intended
) either! And I'll definitely look for "Second Cup". I just looked at a map and it seems Rt 2 parallels Rt 401 much of the way so I may just get off here and there. Thanks for the tip!
One thing that I just thought of is fuel prices. The average in the US is $3.72 USD per gallon (actually cheaper here where I live) which equates to be about $.98 USD per liter. How does that compare there?
Currently prices fluctuate between $1.17 and $1.25 per litre.
The 401 between Montreal and Toronto and then on to Widsor ( Detroit) is, in my opinion, on e of the most boring stretches of highway in the world. Which doesn't mean you shouldn't take it and doesn't mean that I don't take it when required.
Only that you'll need to keep pinching yourself to stay awake and to make sure that as you approach Toronto, you are right ready for a spirited, 16 lane at times nail biter of a 50 kilometer stretch from Oshawa to Mississauga.
You'll probably want to head south on the DVP Don Valley Parkway whcih will take you down the eastern side of Toronto proper and dump you on the Gardiner Expressway which is an elevated expressway that runs along the southern edge of Toronto and the northern edge of Lake ONtario and turns into the QEW Queen Elizabeth Way ( remember that you will be inthe land of Monarchs) The QEW runs all the way to Niagara Falls. It is also a spirited journey and, if you are in rush hour, anywhere from 2:30PM to 7:30 PM you can expect stop and go and lots of in-attentive drivers. Don't let me make you nervous, I do that run quite often and, just last wednesday was going to post something to the effect that that run from Toronto to Hamilton, at between 140 and 160 kms ( 75 - 100 indicated) makes me always proclaim, even during the ride inside my helmet ; " the LT is the SUPREME MACHINE)
I couldn't see doing it on any other and be happy about it.
Before you get to Toronto you should pull off at Kingston, about half way between Montreal and Toronto and take the Princess exit and go into the downtown. It is a very historical Canadian City and ( I think) was the site of the first parliment . It host a great number of Max security prisons and alot of old building and everything is in old limestone. Have lunch on the Lake. Very picturesque.
On the way to Niagara ( the wine festival is on) there are a number of wineries that have wonderful restaurants. Vineland estates, On The Twenty in Jordan. Expensive meals but might be worth it to you.
Casino Niagara, Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls, if you like to lose money.
Of course, the Falls are unbelievable.
If I can think of anything else I'll post it.
Or maybe if you've had enough just let me know and I'll contain myself.
have a great trip,