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Old 04-13-2015, 01:28 PM   #1
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Crossing Border to Niagara Falls, Canada

DW and I will be crossing from Buffalo into Canada May 11, for a 4 night stay at Jellystone Park near Niagara Falls. Our first trip there in our TT. I think we are up to speed on our needs and requirements for the actual crossing, but I'm concerned about where to make the crossing, my thinking being that I'm wanting to find the place to most comfortably do so. Any help from experienced travelers would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 04-13-2015, 02:43 PM   #2
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I'm not exactly sure what the laws are - or if they are the same, more lax, or stricter than they were in 2010. But we were planning on crossing into Canada with our camper at Glacier NP and camping on the Canadian side. The day before we planned this, we took a day trip (with the TV only) into the Canadian side of the park. We had to show passports and a guard looked through the stuff in the Suburban, but we didn't have a lot in there. As we crossed, however, we saw a travel trailer that was being inspected and EVERYTHING inside was hauled out onto the road, beside the trailer. THAT made the decision for us. NO STINKING WAY! So we stayed camped on the USA side.

Also, if you have a handgun that you carry with you, they will confiscate that at the border. Not sure if you will get it back, even if you go back through the same port of entry.

Maybe someone else has more up-to-date information. But because of that experience, we have never planned on taking our camping trailer into Canada. Evidently they don't want our money there - they make it difficult.

Not picking on Canadians, but all I know is what I saw and the answers I got (not many) when I asked questions of the border guard.
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Old 04-13-2015, 03:12 PM   #3
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No hand guns.....likely the reason why the trailer was getting inspected the way the above poster saw.

Like any crossing, your vehicle can be subjected to inspection. Being honest is the key.

Passport is all that is required as well as ownerships of both the TV and trailer.

It is much harder going the other way and more scrutiny.
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Scout didn't say that trailer had a gun... I can't imagine that time and frustration it would take to empty our trailer...
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Thanks for the replies, but what I'm wanting to know is what route of entry, i.e., Peace Bridge, or some other point. I don't want to end up in a tight spot somewhere, what with my limited experience towing. Want to make things as easy on myself as possible.

Also, is there some place to pull over, like a visitor's center, after entering Canada at Niagara Falls? Some place to then figure our best way of getting to the CG. Haven't been there for about 15 years, and I wasn't towing then, so I had no reason to look out for things I need to look out for now.

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Crossing Border to Niagara Falls, Canada

I crossed from Buffalo to the Peace Bridge yesterday mid afternoon.
There were 8 lines of traffic and maybe 10 or 12 vehicles in each line.
Each line was moving well and taking around 30 minutes plus waiting to get through the line up.
Several T.Ts. were in the lines and and went through the process with the Border Guards in several minutes or more and were not pulled over for inspection. Honesty is the best policy.
Be also careful what foods you have on board. Best to buy groceries after you set up camp or you might just loose some of your favorite foods at the border.
I have crossed many times at the various borders. The trailer was inspected once with no problems.
There are areas to pull over beyond the check point and very limited on the Buffalo side.
To minimize maneuvering pick a line that is straight in front of you and you will have no issues.
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Produce/meat, guns, and a criminal record will be problematic. By the way those four things are also problematic for us Canadians going south. Treat the guard with respect and answer the questions honestly and all will go well. Also make sure you have your vet records if your bringing a pet. I cross the borders regularly and it is quicker to find smaller crossings.

If you are not doing or bringing anything in you shouldn't, then why miss the opportunity to travel in one of the most beautiful and safe countries in the world. Easy communications, great exchange rate on your currency, smooth highways, and friendly people. Don't miss out on weeks of fabulous camping because of 30 minutes at the border.

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Definitely cross at the peace bridge, it will be a short drive up the highway from Ft. Erie to Niagara Falls and into Jellystone without going through tight congested roads.
Don't get worried about the border. Have your passports. Also a good idea to have a printout for the campground reservations. It shows you have an actual destination and duration of stay.
As stated above you have to be careful what food you bring. We grocery shop in the US every month. You cannot bring fruits into Canada, no chicken or eggs right now because of avian flu. If you drink beer buy it before you cross, it's double the price here in Canada. Check Canada Customs website for more info on do's and don'ts.
Just be honest when answering the questions. If you give them reason to search your vehicles, they will.
We Canadians are friendly people eh. We always welcome visitors to enjoy our country.
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Peace Bridge or Queenston Lewiston Bridge would be best for travelling with the trailer.

The Rainbow bridge is doable, but is a little tighter.

The Whirlpool bridge is only for Nexus member, plus they don't allow trailers on that bridge.

Both Queenston/Lewiston and the Peace Bridge utilize the EZ pass pay system, which is the widely accepted payment method on North Eastern United States toll roads. Alternately, you can pay cash, $3.50US for the truck, $3.50 per additional axle. The toll is only payable when entering Canada. There is no toll to return to the USA.

Follow lanes that are clearly marked for RVs.

Be honest with the border guards, you can't get in trouble if you declare what you have.

The Canadian side looks down on;

1. Guns
2. Over $10,000 in cash
3. Fruit

The USA border looks down on;

1. Firewood
2. Some meats (but this has loosened up a lot)
3. Fruit

Have your ownership ready for both the tow vehicle and trailer. If you drive a diesel, shut it off when you enter the booth area.

If you have a crew cab, roll down the back windows, it shows you have nothing to hide.

If you cross in the evening, also turn on the interior lights as you approach the booth. Again this shows you have nothing to hide.

I cross the border each week with my truck and never have trouble. I cross the border 6-8 times per year with the trailer and have never been sent in for inspection.

Enjoy Niagara Falls. I live 20 minutes from there.
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Thanks for the great information. We'll probably just hit the Peace Bridge and buy provisions in Canada. We're staying 4 nights, so it's not like we need to load up on much of anything.

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