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Old 07-20-2017, 12:32 AM   #1
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Wisconsin to Niagara Falls to Boston via Sarnia and Peace Bridge(?)

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We're going to be traveling from southern Wisconsin to Niagara Falls and then onto the Boston area. Google maps says to cross into Canada at Sarnia and then to cross back into the US on the Peace Bridge. I've never crossed into/out of the US and Canada in a RV.

I did search the forum. There was a thread from a couple of years ago and Sarnia seems to be a good place to cross. However, older threads seem not to like Peace Bridge as it may take a long time to cross and can be busy.

Where do you all advise that we cross back into the US from the Niagara Falls area? Is Peace Bridge still not the best option as it appears it wasn't a couple of years ago?

At these border crossings, are there specific RV lanes or do you go into the car lanes or do you go into the truck lanes?

Also any advice about crossing is appreciated. The gist appears to be no guns, vegetables, or firewood.

For an added level of difficulty for me, the RV will still have its (unexpired) temporary plates on it.

Thanks.
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Surprised no one has crossed lately?
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Old 07-23-2017, 08:02 AM   #3
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If the Peace Bridge is busy, so are any other crossings. The Buffalo area is a very busy crossing point.

As far as using the Peace Bridge, they have good signage and it's a pretty spacious facility so unless your stuck in rush hour or holiday traffic jams it's not too bad.

Your only real alternative to that is to skip the Falls and cross back into the US on the Thousand Island Parkway at the east end of Lake Ontario that dumps you onto I-81. That however means you then have to traverse the greater Toronto area on the busiest highway in North America, the 401. In the Toronto area BTW, there really isn't a 'rush hour' anymore, it's always busy, at some hours though it is at least moving well.
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If you cross into Canada just be alert to the signs as to what lane to be in. In some cases there are clearance restrictions, know the height of your rig.

You will need a passport. If traveling with pets they will need proof of vaccines, my wife also got a letter from her vet stating the dogs were in good health. There are restrictions on meat and dairy products besides alcohol and tobacco. Do some research on this.

Guns are prohibited, don't even think about it.

I've crossed into Canada in our RV several times and never had a problem. They will ask you questions, as long as you are honest you won't have a problem.

The last time I crossed from Canada into the US I had just left board meetings in Toronto and drove a rental car back to the US, don't ask me what raised the red flags but I had a complete vehicle search, lots of questions. I even have the US Global Entry card. So you never know.
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We entered Canada at Sarnia two weeks ago. No issues with our passport cards, but were asked to identify license plate number for the motorhome.

Returned to U.S. at Champlain, south of Montreal, and were asked to show passport cards, vehicle registration for the motorhome, car trailer, and the car on the trailer. This is a major route into the U.S so the wait was about 45 minutes.

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If the Peace Bridge is busy, so are any other crossings. The Buffalo area is a very busy crossing point.

As far as using the Peace Bridge, they have good signage and it's a pretty spacious facility so unless your stuck in rush hour or holiday traffic jams it's not too bad.

Your only real alternative to that is to skip the Falls and cross back into the US on the Thousand Island Parkway at the east end of Lake Ontario that dumps you onto I-81. That however means you then have to traverse the greater Toronto area on the busiest highway in North America, the 401. In the Toronto area BTW, there really isn't a 'rush hour' anymore, it's always busy, at some hours though it is at least moving well.
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If you cross into Canada just be alert to the signs as to what lane to be in. In some cases there are clearance restrictions, know the height of your rig.

You will need a passport. If traveling with pets they will need proof of vaccines, my wife also got a letter from her vet stating the dogs were in good health. There are restrictions on meat and dairy products besides alcohol and tobacco. Do some research on this.

Guns are prohibited, don't even think about it.

I've crossed into Canada in our RV several times and never had a problem. They will ask you questions, as long as you are honest you won't have a problem.

The last time I crossed from Canada into the US I had just left board meetings in Toronto and drove a rental car back to the US, don't ask me what raised the red flags but I had a complete vehicle search, lots of questions. I even have the US Global Entry card. So you never know.
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We entered Canada at Sarnia two weeks ago. No issues with our passport cards, but were asked to identify license plate number for the motorhome.

Returned to U.S. at Champlain, south of Montreal, and were asked to show passport cards, vehicle registration for the motorhome, car trailer, and the car on the trailer. This is a major route into the U.S so the wait was about 45 minutes.
Good info. Thanks guys!
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