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Old 06-18-2018, 11:42 AM   #1
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Question Driving through Canada from Buffalo to Detroit?

I'm heading to Niagara falls in a few weeks and then to Upper Michigan. Rather then going south around Lake Erie a more direct route is through Canada. It's just me and my yellow lab (vaccinations current), no firearms, is going the north route above Lake Erie easy to do? I expect to have a full tank prior to departing and not sure of tolls, or what to expect.

Suggestions? Or go south around staying in the US?
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I'm heading to Niagara falls in a few weeks and then to Upper Michigan. Rather then going south around Lake Erie a more direct route is through Canada. It's just me and my yellow lab (vaccinations current), no firearms, is going the north route above Lake Erie easy to do? I expect to have a full tank prior to departing and not sure of tolls, or what to expect.

Suggestions? Or go south around staying in the US?
You'll need either a passport or enhanced drivers license to get in/out. It's a great drive through Canada
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I do have my passport with me.
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If you are planning your route through Canada, my suggestion would be to cross at the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge (we always find it to be faster and friendlier than Fort Erie's Peace Bridge).
From there, you will take the QEW to Hwy 403 and then onto Hwy 401 heading to Windsor/Detroit.
377 km or 234 miles, all divided highways, good roads and no tolls.
Yes, the fuel is cheaper on the US side and your best bet is to fill up in Niagara Falls NY about 5 miles before the border.
Once on the 401 you will see ONroute Service Centres, like US Rest Areas, you can pull in, park and rest (very safe, and we have stayed over night).
As you prepare to cross back into the US from Canada in Windsor, pay close attention to the signage on the US side marking the hard to see, RV Lane. There is only one lane for RV's, and Detroit's Border Guards have a zero sense of humour!!
We have travelled this route several times and cross at Windsor/Detroit annually when heading to Florida.
One more point, I-75 South immediately after you leave the border station (Ambassador Bridge) has a detour (for 2 years). The detour is clearly marked, good roads and brings you back onto I-75.
Enjoy your drive through Canada.
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I like taking a ferry across the Sinclair river just south of Sarina and enjoying time in marine city MI.There is a restaurant right on the water and a charming little town. The ferry is a very easy border crossing. This puts you south of port Huron MI. I personally do not like crossing at Detroit and Windsor. Like Swiss chalet for a meal in Canada. Great roasted chicken.
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We took this route a couple years ago. Easy drive through Canada...crossing into Canada from the US was a piece 'a cake...different story at the Windsor/Detroit crossing back into the U.S. Took us over an hour to get across...they inspected the coach as well...confiscated our uncooked, frozen chicken and all of our eggs! So beware of the most current rules when crossing. Safe travels!
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We took this route a couple years ago. Easy drive through Canada...crossing into Canada from the US was a piece 'a cake...different story at the Windsor/Detroit crossing back into the U.S. Took us over an hour to get across...they inspected the coach as well...confiscated our uncooked, frozen chicken and all of our eggs! So beware of the most current rules when crossing. Safe travels!
Ugg...I hope my vacuum sealed beef is going to be alright. Or I need to start grilling more soon!
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I like taking a ferry across the Sinclair river just south of Sarina and enjoying time in marine city MI.There is a restaurant right on the water and a charming little town. The ferry is a very easy border crossing. This puts you south of port Huron MI. I personally do not like crossing at Detroit and Windsor. Like Swiss chalet for a meal in Canada. Great roasted chicken.
Just a note. The ferry docks on the Canadian side at Sombra were damaged last winter by St. Clair river ice, and the Sombra, ON/Marine City, MI ferry crossing has been closed until further notice. No idea when it will be up and running again.
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Since you are going to upper Michigan from Niagara Falls, there's no need to go to Detroit. Take 402 from London, Ontario, then cross into Michigan at Sarnia /Port Huron.
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Driving through Canada from Buffalo to Detroit?

We just did Detroit to Buffalo a few weeks ago, but via Chicago, Marquette (Lake Superior), Sault Saint Marie, Sudbury, Stratford. If you enjoy Shakespeare, catch a play in Stratford. We stayed at a campground near Fort Erie to go to the falls and the Welland canal; about a 25 minute drive.

Walking from lunch to the falls, we passed a class A parked in the lot at the Skylon Tower. Had to stop and ask. He told us he went in to the desk at the base of the tower and paid the $5 daily fee times two for as many nights as he wanted. Forty foot coach in two 20’ car slots = $10 per night. Walking distance to the falls and attractions. I never thought of this before. It was the upper lot next to the iMax where the tour busses park. Easy access from the highway.
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Since you are going to upper Michigan from Niagara Falls, there's no need to go to Detroit. Take 402 from London, Ontario, then cross into Michigan at Sarnia /Port Huron.
I am going that route, staying at Port Huron KOA then working my route north per suggestions above after the one overnight.
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Since you are going to upper Michigan from Niagara Falls, there's no need to go to Detroit. Take 402 from London, Ontario, then cross into Michigan at Sarnia /Port Huron.
Yes, the 402 highway is just west of London ... after seeing Niagara falls there is nothing scenic about this drive through Canada ... the 400 series highways are similar to the interstates but as mentioned no tolls.

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For Customs, everything you need to know is here:
https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/travel-v...clare-eng.html

With current vaccination record, no problem for the pooch!
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