Crossing the Border

Arriving Across the United States Borders

Road entry options from US to Canada:

1. Queenston – Lewiston Bridge – US Interstate 190 / Ontario 405

The Northern Bridge. The primary U.S. highways leading to Lewiston-Queenston Bridge are Interstate 190 and Route 104. The primary Canadian highways feeding the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge are the QEW (Queen Elizabeth Way) and Highway 405.

  • Dedicated NEXUS lane U.S. and Canadian Bound Traffic (U.S.-bound M-F 6am-8am; Canada-bound M-Sun 8am-8pm).
  • Crossing open 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week (NEXUS lanes have different hours of operation).
  • Duty-free shopping on site.

Remain on the Queen Elizabeth Way ON-403 East, follow signs for Toronto. Take exit 139 for ON-427 toward ON-401/Pearson. Merge onto ON-401 East. Take the Yorkdale Road exit from ON-401 E. Cross Dufferin St. at the lights (road name changes to Bridgeland Ave.); take first left and arrive at the Holiday Inn-Toronto Yorkdale.

2. Rainbow Bridge – Niagara falls

The main U.S. highway leading to the Rainbow Bridge is Interstate 190. The primary Canadian feeder is the QEW (Queen Elizabeth Way), exit 420.

  • Dedicated NEXUS lanes U.S.-bound only (select hours)
  • Duty-free shopping on site
  • Pedestrian crossing

Head northeast on Falls Ave/Regional Rd 420 toward Roberts St. Continue to QEW/Queen Elizabeth Way. Take the exit toward Regional Road 20/Londy’s Lane from Niagara Veterans Memorial Hwy W. Continue on Queen Elizabeth Way. Remain on the Queen Elizabeth Way ON-403 East, follow signs for Toronto. Take exit 139 for ON-427 toward ON-401/Pearson Merge onto ON-401 East. Take the Yorkdale Road exit from ON-401 E. Cross Dufferin St. at the lights (road name changes to Bridgeland Ave.); take first left and arrive at the Holiday Inn-Toronto Yorkdale.

3. Peace Bridge – Buffalo, NY/Fort Erie Crossing, ON

This is the Buffalo-Fort Erie Crossing. The Peace Bridge connects the cities of Buffalo, N.Y. and Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada.

  • Dedicated NEXUS lanes both U.S. bound and Canada bound
  • Duty-Free shopping available on site
  • Pedestrian and bicycle crossing
  • Open 24 hrs per day, 7 days a week (NEXUS lane hours have different hours of operation)

Remain on the Queen Elizabeth Way ON-403 East, follow signs for Toronto. Take exit 139 for ON-427 toward ON-401/Pearson. Merge onto ON-401 East. Take the Yorkdale Road exit from ON-401 E. Cross Dufferin St. at the lights (road name changes to Bridgeland Ave.); take first left and arrive at the Holiday Inn Toronto Yorkdale.

4. Ambassador Bridge – Detroit, MI/Windsor, ON

The main U.S. highway leading to the Ambassador Bridge is Interstate 75 and Interstate 95.

  • Hours of Operation – This border crossing is open 24 hrs per day, 7 days per week.This port has NEXUS lanes for entering the U.S. or Canada.

After crossing, head southeast on Ambassador Bridge. Get on ON-401 E from Huron Church Rd and Follow ON-401 E towards Toronto to Yorkdale Rd. Take the Yorkdale Road exit from ON-401 E. Drive on Dufferin St. The Holiday Inn Yorkdale is immediately on your right.

5. Blue Water Bridge – Port Huron, MI/Sarnia, ON

The main U.S. highway leading to the Ambassador Bridge is Interstate 69 and Interstate 94.

After crossing, Continue onto ON-402 E towards ON-401 E. Merge onto ON-401 E towards Toronto. Follow ON-401 E to Yorkdale Rd. Take the Yorkdale Road exit from ON-401 E. Cross Dufferin St. at the lights (road name changes to Bridgeland Ave.); take first left and arrive at the Holiday Inn Toronto Yorkdale.

6. Thousand Islands Bridge – Alexandria Bay, NY / Lansdowne – US Interstate 81 / ON 137/ Gananoque, On

The Thousand Islands “Bridge” is actually a series of bridges that cross the St. Lawrence River. In Canada it connects with Highway 401, which runs northeast to Montreal and southwest to Toronto, and 416, which heads north to Ottawa.

  • Hours of Operation– This border crossing is open 24 hrs per day, 7 days a week for auto and commercial traffic.
  • This port has NEXUS lanes for entering the U.S. or Canada. Nexus lanes are not typically open 24 hours a day.

For more information on traveling to Canada, please visit:

http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/travel-voyage/gbi-rgf-eng.html

For most up to date waiting times, please check the Canada Border Services Agency website Wait Times: http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/bwt-taf/menu-eng.html