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Old 05-10-2015, 06:29 AM   #1
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Detroit or Sarnia Crossing?

Hi Folks.. Need to go west the last part of June. Have not been in Southern Ontario for at least 15 years. So looking at distances they are roughly the same if I go through Sarnia or Detroit. How are the border crossings in this area lately. Any preferences to which one I should take?

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I don't know what time of year or day you wish to cross the border, but it's been our experience that smaller border crossings are usually less busy. I know Detroit gets pretty backed up. You might use this website to compare wait times at your two crossings:

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Perhaps others can also suggest websites.


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if in northern ont cross at sault st. marie
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The Ambassitor bridge dumps you in a fairly derpessing area in Detroit and you have to drive a bit (perhaps a mile)before you can get on the freeway out of town... That said there are some excellent eateries not far from the bridge (Used to work a bit farther from the bridge)

Sarnia you basically exit the bridge onto a freeway..Not as familiar with the eateries around it.

For political reasons which I will not discuss.. I'd choose Sarnia/Blue Water Bridge.. But that is me.. And those reasons do not apply to you. (For others,,,I will not discuss them here under any conditions)
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I would use Sarnia. Less congested and dumps you right on the x-way. You can take I69 out of Port Huron and pick I94 back up around Marshal Mi or keep going to the Indiana Turnpike if your heading west.
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I would check wait times as mentioned. Couple of notes.......sarnia has one bridge closed for construction but does not seem to be affecting wait times to much. It was mentioned that you cannot catch I 75 at det bridge. You can....that must be old info. Overall all things being equal I always prefer the sarnia bridge. Nicer views nicer area quieter less traffic no traffic lights and less trucks to dodge.
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Thanks again folks for all of your valuable inputs. Guess it will be Sarnia. New country to explore!

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