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Ryan and Megan's Toronto Itinerary
Saturday, January 17, 2009 - Monday, January 19, 2009

Howdy, folks! The economy is tanking, and so is the cost of flying. We can afford to go on semi-local trips again! And what better timing - this is predicted to be one of the coldest weekends of the year, and we are headed north to Canada! Of course, since Southwest Airlines doesn't actually fly to Canada (yet), we'll be starting in Buffalo and trading the weekend between Ontario and New York. In any event, this is a busy weekend, so we'll dedicate this trip to the MLK, the old GWB and the new BHO!
~ Ryan

All times are local to the particular city. Florida is in the Eastern Time Zone, so there is no difference for most of our friends and family who may be stalking us.

Emergency Contact Information:
Phone (Ryan's Cell): 410-259-4180
Phone (Megan's Cell): 443-564-1301
E-mail: (will be checked as often as possible)

Once again, we will be bringing a webcam along with us for the ride. Signal will be sporadic and non-existent while in Canada, but whenever we can, we will try to pump new images to this page every 20 seconds - no need to open a new window or refresh! If the picture doesn't update, then we are out of signal. Just check back later.

*** OUTBOUND ***
  Flight #1/1: Saturday, January 17, 2009 -   TRACK IT!
  Southwest Airlines - Flight 3961 (Baltimore to Buffalo)
  DEPART Baltimore, MD (BWI) at 8:30 AM
  ARRIVE Buffalo, NY (BUF) at 9:40 AM

*** INBOUND ***
  Flight #1/1: Monday, January 19, 2009 -   TRACK IT!
  Southwest Airlines - Flight 1772 (Buffalo to Baltimore)
  DEPART Buffalo, NY (BUF) at 8:25 PM
  ARRIVE Baltimore, MD (BWI) at 9:35 PM

Hotel: Night 1, January 17, 2009
Residence Inn Toronto Airport
17 Reading Court
Toronto, Ontario M9W7K7 (Canada)
Phone: 1-416-798-2900
Room Type: Bedroom Suite w/ Sofabed (1 King Bed)

Hotel: Night 2, January 18, 2009
Days Inn Watertown Fort Drum
110 Commerce Park Drive
Watertown, New York 13601 (USA)
Phone: 1-315-782-2700
Room Type: Business Place Room (1 King Bed)

Car Rental: January 17 (9:30am) - January 19 (8:00pm)
Alamo Rent A Car
Buffalo International Airport
Cheektowaga, New York 14225 (USA)
Phone: 1-716-631-2044
Car Type: Midsize (G6 Sedan or Similar)

Note: The numbers in the itinerary correspond to the map at the bottom. Hyperlinked items are from the book 1,000 Places to See in the USA and Canada Before You Die. For context, this section was written by Ryan.

Saturday, January 17
Click for Niagara Falls, New York Forecast
Our trip begins with a semi-early-morning flight from Baltimore to Buffalo. Assuming that we don't hit any birds on the way up there, we should be on the road by around 10:30. Our first stop will be to the Erie Canal, a true marvel of modern man! Well, at least according to this 1,000... book. Of course, the book also recommends visiting between June and July, but so be it. From there, we head to Niagara Falls [2]. It's unlikely that the falls are frozen, but by the time we walk around in the snow for a bit, we probably will be. From there, we'll cross into Canada and drive a little further north to Niagara-on-the-Lake [3]. And what's better to do on a cold winter's day than go wine tasting! That's right; each year in mid-January, this town hosts the annual Niagara Icewine Festival. Brr! From there, we get a nice long car ride to help warm up before arriving at Elora & Fergus [4]. We probably won't have time for any hiking in some of the local gorges, but at least we'll be able to grab a bite to eat before heading towards the outskirts of Toronto to spend the night [5].

Sunday, January 18
Click for Toronto, Ontario Forecast
Most of Sunday will be spent in downtown Toronto [6] visiting a bunch of warm, indoor places, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Four Seasons Hotel, and the Royal Ontario Museum & Hockey Hall of Fame. After a long day, we'll make the even longer drive along the coast of Lake Ontario to cross the border back to the good-old USA near Boldt Castle and 1000 Islands [7]. However, not even these popular tourist attractions are dumb enough to stay open during the winter! Assuming we get let back into the country, we head South to Watertown to spend the night [8].

Monday, January 19
Click for Watertown, New York Forecast
Happy MLK Day! Our final day will consist of a slow drive back to Buffalo for our flight home. We'll generally follow the shores of Lake Ontario until we get to Syracuse, at which point we'll head due West with a short stop at Seneca Lake State Park [9] to check out New York's Finger Lakes. On the way home, we'll stop by Rochester [10] for some lunch, but we need to leave some room so we are still hungry enough for Buffalo's own Buffalo wings. We'll likely have some time before our flight to head south to Ralph Wilson Stadium [11], home of the Buffalo Bills. We'll also remember the late Tim Russert by stopping by a park in West Seneca that bears his name. By the time night falls, it'll be time to board our flight and head back home [12] on a plane full of last-minute travelers heading to D.C. to witness Tuesday's inauguration. And that's all, folks!

Don't have time to read all the nonsense above? I don't blame you. Just check out the map below to see our guesstimated route.

Just as before, these are some links where you might be able to track our flight. With all of these sites, be sure to hit refresh (F5) and click 'Retry' as applicable to view the latest information.

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