G8, G20 and Canada Travel

June 7, 2010 on 10:07 am | In Canada travel, Travel Safety, country travel information, things travelers need to know, travel news, travel warnings | Comments Off

The G8 and G20 summits will be held in Canada later this month. The G8 and G20 are conferences named loosely for the number of countries invited to attend and are a forum where strategies for the world’s economies are discussed.

The G8 Summit will be held on June 25 and 26 in Muskoka at the Deerhurst Resort near Huntsville, Ontario, Canada, about 220 kilometers north of Toronto. The G20 meeting will be held in Toronto on June 26 and 27 and a portion of the center city will be closed to casual visitors. See this article from CityTV.com for a map of the area that will be cordoned off in Toronto and this site from the Toronto Sun for a good explanation of the backgrounds of the G8 and G20.

The G8 site is remote and the security for the event should not be a difficulty for most tourists, except those vacationing in the area. The section of downtown Toronto that is being secured is more heavily traveled and may inconvenience tourists visiting the city during the G20 meeting. Our advice, avoid Tornonto and the Huntsville areas until after the twin conferences have left town. Numerous demonstrations are expected and violence has been a common strategy for those protesting these meetings.

Once the meetings are over, however, it really is a delightful time of year to visit Canada, especially Ontario.

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