We do ANYTHING to avoid going through "the centre of the universe" aka Toronto. Actually, we fly through Philadelphia as much as we can. This year we are going through Washington and we have also gone through Chicago too. US Air is a star Alliance member so we can go one way through US AIR and another way Air Canada. Honestly, Pearson airport is just a complete disaster and we absolutely hate it. We look for places that we can fly directly from Ottawa to in the US that have direct flights to Aruba.
Coming from Winnipeg you should be able to find other ways than going via Toronto. Flights from Boston, New York, Montreal are also options. Going through US customs in Ottawa is a breeze compared to Toronto too.
Since 1980, and throughout the many changes, we still love going downtown in Oranjestad.
Good morning Randi and Lisa,
I agree with you Randi 100%. We try to avoid Pearson as much as we can, but sometimes we have to go through there.
In early October we are going to Maui. We usually go to Maui in May and October, as well as Aruba in January. Have you been to Maui ? I always think people who like Aruba would like Maui too.
Anyway, we usually go to Maui the same way each time; Northwest Wpg to Minneapolis, Northwest Minneapolis to Seattle, then on to Maui. Like going to Aruba, it's a whole day's travel, but once we're there, we know it's been worth it.
Air Canada has seasonal service to Maui from Vancouver, but their arrival times are usually around 10:30pm, well after all the car rental places have closed.
Lisa; ah, Thanksgiving with the in-laws. Sometimes life has these unavoidable obligations. But enjoy! Of course there is a solution for everything, isn't there. Here's mine for you; and this could only come from a Canadian friend. Here's what you do; follow closely
Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving on the second Monday in October, this year it's October 13, 2008 (Our anniversary is October 12; that's why I pay special attention to this.). Sometime after that date, say toward the end of October, your visit will undoubtedly come up in conversation with your in-laws. Just tell them "We're really sorry we missed Thanksgiving, but we look forward to seeing you guys next year." If they sound stunned, just tell them you thought they meant Canadian Thanksgiving; an honest mistake anyone could make. And for emphasis, add another "See you next year!".
Lisa, what are friends for, if not for trying to stir up a hornets' nest in someone's household? You know it's all in good fun!!
Take care Randi and Lisa, and have a great weekend!!