Canada Tourist Traps

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    Kevin just had to give the slot machines...
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    Skywheel -- best viewed from a distance
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Canada Tourist Traps

  • CN Tower

    Toronto Tourist Traps

    This is the my rule with every major city I go, if it's a familiar landmark, I'm on it! But then aren't we all? Aren't we all wanting a slice of that tourist pie? I wanted to cross visiting the CN Tower in downtown Toronto off my list before I left. Wow, it's just like Madame Tussauds or any other major cheesy tourist attraction in the world. You...

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  • Capilano Suspension Bridge

    Vancouver Tourist Traps

    Although the bridge is not really a tourist trap, it can be very overcrowded during the high season plus if you are on a budget, its $32 (2012 rate) (less 10% for us oldtimers) entrance fee for the bridge and park is a bit steep. http://www.capbridge.com/hoursrates.php An alternative is to go to the Lynn Valley suspension bridge which is some 160...

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  • Souvenirs/Indians stuff

    Montreal Tourist Traps

    It's a wonderful souvenier to bring back for your loved ones. Especially, syrup in this decorative maple leaf shaped bottle. But boy, you can pay quite a bit for this bottle of syrup and it's not worth it. The sales tax in Canada right now is 15%. So, it makes sense to buy this at the airport on your way home in the duty free shop. It also is much...

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  • Souvenir shops in Vieux Quebec

    Quebec Tourist Traps

    Don't buy the maple products, like sirup and cookies, at the tourist stores, it's too expensive. In the tourist area just buy the maple sugar candies because they don't have at the grocery stores. You can go at any grocery store off the tourist area and find it. The sirup in glass jar is very expensive but the look is cute i agree.

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  • Clifton Hill

    Niagara Falls Tourist Traps

    If you hop on the Skywheel expecting great views and great pictures, think again. We tried it one night, and our view of the falls was not only inferior to what we could see by walking along the river, it was generally poor altogether. The only good views we had were of the Clifton Hill lights and dinosaur mini-golf -- which is OK if your vacation...

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  • Parliament Buildings

    Ottawa Tourist Traps

    If you do make it to the Parliament buildings, keep an eye out for the various "grotesques" you'll see peeking out at you from all over the building. My favorite is pictured here. A worker explained to me that these are not gargoyles, because gargoyles always have their mouths open to direct water away from the building, but grotesques have closed...

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  • Attractions

    Victoria Tourist Traps

    While investigating my first trip to Victoria, I decided to take the Victoria Clipper out of Seattle. It is the middle of winter, and therefore the ticket price is $70 round trip, so $35 one way really isn't that bad a price (it is much higher during the tourist season!). Victoria Clipper offers package deals, as well as transport only between...

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  • Peggy's Cove

    Halifax Tourist Traps

    Lighthouse on a granite out crop..China /Japan ..Over priced souvenirs...Lousy restaurant..on a cruise ship day ..LAST place on the planet you want to be...Looks like a fishing village..the only thing they fish is....TOURISTS "DONT GO" Spend you time in Halifax exploring a very beautiful and historic city...Titanic April 12 1912..Halifax Explosion...

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  • West Edmonton Mall

    Edmonton Tourist Traps

    If you're coming here solely to shop, just skip it. It's the same stores owned by the same corporations across the globe. La Senza, Hollister, the Disney Store, Sketchers, The Body Shop...yep. The attractions are worth wandering around. Galaxyland is a pretty-cool themed amusement park. Get a day pass and go on a few rides so it's worth the cost,...

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  • River boat tours

    Winnipeg Tourist Traps

    River boat tours are a bit of a tourist trap. I guess you do see Winnipeg from a different perspective. The quality on the dinner tours was only adequate. The later tours (those that start at 10pm or so) are better for partying. (pic from Paddlewheel website) Web site: http://www.paddlewheelcruises.com

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  • Calgary Stampede

    Calgary Tourist Traps

    During Stampede, all of a sudden the drinks are more expensive, the cover charge is more, or if there wasn't cover charge before, there is now!!! One of the best examples of this is Cowboys, which is considered "the place to be" during Stampede. Not only do they charge you $10 to get in (as opposed to the usual $5), you pay up to $10 for a drink,...

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  • Canada's Wonderland

    Toronto Tourist Traps

    Canada's Wonderland is expensive, I won't lie. At almost $60 a person and another $17 to park, it can certainly set a family back. You also aren't allowed to bring your own food (although you can sneak it in, but be aware that they may take it from you at the gate) so you'll be paying for that too. The lines for the rides can be long, as it is the...

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  • Gastown & the Steam Clock

    Vancouver Tourist Traps

    I think that the Gastown area is nice, but definitely an extremely touristy area. I worked on cruise ships that went there, so it was a really easy walk from the ships in the short time I would have. I happen to really like the steam clock. Contrary to the other reviews you see here, it actually *does* run on steam. There was a time period that the...

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  • Crescent Street

    Montreal Tourist Traps

    Before we get started, I have a complaint about Montreal. My complaint is with Rue Crescent. Please do not visit here. I wish someone had told me. This really is the worst street in Montreal. Somehow famed for its nightlife, I cannot see anything noteworthy or significant. If you are interested in drunk 18 year old americans visiting from Vermont...

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  • Taxes & Exchange rates

    Quebec Tourist Traps

    If you buy a city pass, you have to pick it up at an International Currency Exchange location. Do not convert your US currency for Canadian currency here. Although it sounds very official, the day I exchanged my money they were offering 1.04 Canadian to the US dollar, and then charging 4 cents on the dollar for the transaction, so you were...

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  • Casino Niagara

    Niagara Falls Tourist Traps

    Don't think you are going to win here or any casino for that matter. I like to think of the money I spend here as entertainment money. We all have a budget for entertainment and this is money I budget for as such. Plan on spending only what you can afford. You can always walk outside around the falls fo free.

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  • Byward Market

    Ottawa Tourist Traps

    Byward Market... I just have nothing to say about this place exept it's probably the busiest place in Ottawa (which isn't much.) Nothing special here..exept maybe Beaver tails if you have never eathen them before.

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  • Empress Hotel

    Victoria Tourist Traps

    Tourists will here amazing reviews about tea at the Fairmont Empress. Truthfully, what you are paying for is the novelty of dining in an elegant setting with fine service over looking Victoria's Inner Harbour. Dress up! The Fairmont Empress does have dress codes and you won't want to be disappointed upon arrival. Be sure to ask for a seat near the...

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  • Mountain Parks

    Edmonton Tourist Traps

    Located a 45min drive NW of Banff, Lake Louise comprises of two areas; the lower village and lakeside. Offering limited (10 in summer, 7 in winter) properties for people who enjoy a quieter pace. The spectacular scenery of the outdoors, a good book in front of the fireplace, or a quiet walk after dinner. The Lake Louise Ski Resort is only a 10 min...

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  • Heritage Park

    Calgary Tourist Traps

    Heritage Park - a theme park in Calgary that gives visitors an authentic look at life in a Canadian town in the early 1900's. First of all...it is really expensive to go for what you get. However if you are interested in the 'little house on the prairie/ anne of green gables' kind of town you may find it worth the cash. You can ride on an authentic...

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  • beggers in the streets

    Toronto Tourist Traps

    Please don't encourage the "homeless" by giving them money. Offering food or coffee, or used clothing is a nice gesture - but not money. The more aggressive ones tend to be scam artists and your generousity only tends to encourage them. The truly needy folk can often be found keeping warm on a grate somewhere with their belongings scattered about...

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  • Grouse Mountain

    Vancouver Tourist Traps

    I second other users opinion on this attraction. I had read the reviews here before and decided to give it a try nevertheless. It is nice and we had lot of fun but if you are budget conscious and have to pay for 3 adults you may find its severely overpriced. Remember to get the tiny discount from the visitor centre in 200 Burrard St before you...

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  • Old Montreal

    Montreal Tourist Traps

    Old Montreal is nice to visit, but keep away from the restaraunts and boutiques. There is one building with small boutiques in it, and "restaraunts" in the basement. One shop was selling art of Montreal starting at a mere $375. Um, this is a tourist area. How many tourists carry that much cash around to buy art? I am going to Montreal to see the...

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  • Funiculaire du Vieux Quebec

    Quebec Tourist Traps

    We were told by our hotel reception about Funiculaire (it's a tram that takes you from the lower to upper old town). I was told that that there is a stair option but there are a lot of steps. I've seen lot worse in NYC subway. The ride is not free - it's $1.75 per person and the ride takes about a minute. The walkway isn't so bad... it's scenic...

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  • Whale Watching

    Victoria Tourist Traps

    If you insist on going out whale watching (or whale harassing as the locals call it) don't tell any locals that you have done this. People who go whale watching are considered ignorant "ugly tourists" who don't care about the environment.

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  • Edmonton Museums

    Edmonton Tourist Traps

    'Queen's War Hounds' depicts an acting-sergeant and other members of the North West Mounted Police, and their Blood trackers and guides on the trail of thieves or whisky traders along the Milk River Ridge in Alberta. This is one of four major works executed by Charles Russell between 1912 and 1915 which uses the N.W.M.P. as subjects. Charles...

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  • Eaton Centre

    Toronto Tourist Traps

    The weird thing about buying something in toronto is the tax, you can go into a store or a Burger King and order or buy what you want but when you go to pay for the iteam the price suddley changes, it happens everywere well some parts but most of the stores will have a hight tax rate e.g when i saw the pair of jeans i wanted i thought i had the...

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  • Stanley Park

    Vancouver Tourist Traps

    Stanley Park is one of the largest parks in Vancouver, if you travel across Burrard inlet to get to the north shore, you'll have to travel through this park. It has a long history & past tragic times, where the local natives where displaced from here where they had existed for centuries to make room for the europeans coming in. You can find...

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  • Taxes

    Montreal Tourist Traps

    From the official Canada Revenue Agency website: Will non-resident consumers who purchase goods in Canada and remove them from the country still be able to get a VRP rebate for the GST/HST they paid on the goods if the tax became payable after March 31, 2007? No. As of April 1, 2007, non-resident consumers who purchase goods in Canada and remove...

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  • Chateau Frontenac

    Quebec Tourist Traps

    As much as we would like it, the Famous Chateau Frontenac, symbol of the city was not, contraryly to hat some guides have told been built by Samuel De Champlain, founder of the city 400 years ago. Not only didn't he build it, but he never heven saw it or thought of it. The Chateau was actually built,in 7 stages starting in 1892 by the Canadian...

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  • Street Smarts

    Victoria Tourist Traps

    Government St. is the piece de la resistance of tourist traps in Victoria - littered with knicknack shops selling tiny overpriced bottles of maple syrup and plastic mountie figurines. Avoid purchasing the native art that you find here too. I won't name names but a number of shops purchase native art from local artists for peanuts and then sell it...

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  • Niagara Falls

    Toronto Tourist Traps

    The Falls look amazing from the various vantage points. There is nothing unique about seeing them from another viewing spot- from behind the falls... You see that there is a lot of water flowing through the falls-nothing new here unfortunately....Not worth spending on...

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  • Whistler

    Vancouver Tourist Traps

    [Picture] This is a picture of 86 people waiting in line for hours on a stormy powder day for fresh tracks down spanky's ladder, blackcomb!!! Tourist Traps? I didn't find one place that I didn't enjoy! This place is so beautiful! Just thought I'd include some mountain stats here for those that are interested: • 12 bowls and 3 glaciers • 9...

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  • Ste-Catherine street

    Montreal Tourist Traps

    I wasn't sure how to classify this, but they are so hard to miss that it warrants a discussion. This, of course, being the abundance of strip clubs on St. Catherine's street. They seem to be everywhere and the signs are hilarious! There are some that are misspelled in English ('stripers') and others with neon signs flashing the movements of the...

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  • Montmorency Falls

    Quebec Tourist Traps

    montmorcey falls - u pay alot for parking and stuff and its not that great - i was there 5 minuts or so not that impressing and there r alot of other falls in Canada that r much more beautifull than this one

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  • Downtown / Financial District

    Toronto Tourist Traps

    I work in Toronto's so called downtown underground or rather the 'PATH'. I cannot fathom why I have found so many tourists wandering around lost in it's corridors. The idea of miles of underground walkways filled with shops connected all together by tunnels may seem fascinating to visit but actually they really are not that interesting. These small...

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  • Vancouver Aquarium

    Vancouver Tourist Traps

    I don't know if this really is a tourist trap but I did feel really uncomfortable with seeing any sea creature being in such confined space. I don't think it is badly run but the is something so magical about sea life in its natural habitat, the wild, that I cannot enjoy this anymore. I have seen Orcas in the wild and now the Beluga - Alaska is on...

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  • Olympic Village

    Montreal Tourist Traps

    For anyone considering the trek all the way out to the Olympic Village, it should be advised that the site of the 1976 Olympic Games has not seen a its share of upkeep in the last 25 years. It is a big dilapitated egg shell/spaceship. The 20 minute metro ride dumps you off at a dirty station under the stadium and signage is limited to point you to...

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  • Restaurants & Nightlife

    Toronto Tourist Traps

    SPRING ROLLS Restaurants - you now see them all over downtown Toronto. Yonge, Front, Dundas and now Queen West. This restaurant is constantly busy and very popular with tourists, 905ers and some locals?!?!? LEt them keep their substandard fare, hop the streetcar and go to Chinatown for the real deal. There are far too many superior Asian Choices to...

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  • Storyeum

    Vancouver Tourist Traps

    I wasn't sure where to put this so I've added it to both "must see activities" and to "tourist traps." So the aim I guess of Storyeum is to try and let visors understand a little bit about BC through a "multimedia" experience and make it entertaining at the same time. The story begins by taking an elevator down to the basement where visitors...

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  • Oratory

    Montreal Tourist Traps

    This hilltop religious complex looks impressive from a distance, but once you are there, it seems over done and only of passing interest. Enjoy the surroundings and walk the stairs up for a good workout! There are numerous churches in town and the Mont Royal Park itself is nice to have a walk in as well.

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  • Transportation & Parking

    Toronto Tourist Traps

    Parking is a nightmare. If you are unfortunate enough to bring a car, it will be nearly impossible to not fall into a parking trap. I wasted a huge amount of money on tickets and the few times I brought the car with me I spent a huge amount of time trying to decipher the many signs on each post. Toronto is a costly, crowded city and definitely not...

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  • Ontario Place

    Toronto Tourist Traps

    At one time I would have included Ontario Place in my must-see section however no more. Ontario Place used to be a great attraction that all ages could enjoy but sadly this is no more the case. It still has a decent but not exceptional waterpark on other rides so the kids might find the place amusing. However there is nothing that is even remotely...

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  • Casa Loma

    Toronto Tourist Traps

    OK, so, I'm sure Casa Loma is described very nicely in most guide books, but I think its a big tourist trap. If you're European, don't bother going, I'm sure you see buildings more impressive to this on your way to work! But if you've never seen a "castle" before, go if you must! Take a walk in their beautiful gardens, they are truly one of a kind...

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  • City Hall & Nathan Phillips Square

    Toronto Tourist Traps

    If you get here in November like I did, be prepared....the Christmas decorations might be about up but the ice ring will still be closed. And so was the upper boulevard .. .yet we did some jay walking :-) felt so good !

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