Originally Posted by soohma
I'm assuming the same rules/laws apply in Canada as in the US regarding taking dogs into stores? In other words, it's a no-no? I want to see some of the cities, but hate the thought of leaving him in the RV while I explore.
Anyone had experience with this?
Also, anyone have any suggestions for camping near Montreal, Winnipeg or Toronto? Is there public transportation that can get you into the city so you don't have to drive the RV into the city?
re: Dogs in stores - yes and no. Although most stores are signed on the front facade or door with rules about pets, shoes, shirts, food, drink, etc. if they really don't want it inside. Restaurants typically bar pets for health code reasons. What size dog are you bringing? Might make a difference, if it's a Yorkie versus a Husky? Service animals are pretty much universally allowed, unless there's a really good reason to ban them.
As for the camping part, I'm racking my brain for RV camping near or in Toronto, and can't think of too many places. Outside east/west have a few. Get a GPS unit with POI files for RV campgrounds, which might help.
Your better bet (as some have suggested) would be to find a place east or west of the city, maybe just a Walmart near the Go Train line (there is one in Burlington, ON on Fairview Street, or one at 401/Brock Rd in Pickering, ON), and take the Go Train into downtown, and then subway/street car/taxi/walk to see stuff.
re: Places/Sights to see - Fort York, Casa Loma, Hockey HoF, the Rogers Centre, CN Tower, Air Canada Centre, the Eaton Centre, Royal Ontario Museum, are all interesting, depending on your likes/dislikes. You can now walk from the Toronto Waterfront near the mainland ferry terminals to the Toronto Island Airport under water in the new tunnel, if you like that sort of thing. Toronto Island is a nice place to relax during the week, but tends to be crowded on the w/e. There are many other things too, but the list is long, and my memory is short.
Logistically, Spadina/Bay/York/Yonge streets run north south, and Lakeshore/Front/King/Dundas streets run east west have many places to eat/drink/shop in those large city blocks.
You could drive downtown with your van, and park near the Lakeshore/Bay/Yonge financial district. There used to be many large parking lots under the Gardiner Expressway, which runs above and parallel to Lakeshore, down there with all day rates. Or, a bit further east along Lakeshore in the "Beaches" area, and then take transit to the downtown core. I have no idea what the parking rates are these days, haven't lived or parked down there in over a decade, but it's close to most of the Places/Sights I mentioned.
Any more specific questions, fire away, and I'll try to answer if I can.
p.s. Bell Mobility and Telus were entirely CDMA until a few years ago when they added GSM coverage. Rogers was always GSM. AT&T has a reciprocity agreement with Rogers for cell tower coverage/roaming. Not sure if Bell/Telus are in cahoots with any US carriers, but I would guess they are.