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Yes, I'm going to Grand Rapids for the hockey weekend. I'm tentatively planning on driving through Ontario, from Niagara Falls to Sarnia, since it looks to be over an hour shorter that way. However, the border crossings might well eat up that difference. Anyone have any experience with that route? Looks like a fairly easy drive either way, but I like the sound of a little under nine hours more than I like the sound of a little over ten hours.

Looks like I'm sharing the hotel room, which is right next to the rink and really cheap thanks to my media credentials, with my cousin Elie. He may or may not ride with me; he needs to be in Ithaca on Friday, so may ride along with some folks who are heading out crazy-early Saturday morning.

If Cornell doesn't win Saturday, I may or may not stick around for Sunday's final. Much as I'd like to stay to see whoever else might play, saving the hotel night and the vacation day would be worth it.
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From: dblaser_ca Date: March 25th, 2009 06:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Depending on when you're traveling, the worst parts will be crossing the border at Niagara Falls and the trip on the QEW/403 around the Hamilton area across to the 401.

For the crossing over at Niagara Falls, I'd almost suggest going across at the Queenston Lewiston crossing instead. It's not as touristy as Niagara Falls, so there's not quite as many people who go across there. Niagara Falls crossings can take a long, long time - about an hour or more, and most of that time you'll probably be stuck on the bridge itself.

If it's a weekday, the 403 will suck. If it's a weekend, it won't be too, too bad. The time that you'd be hitting it, things should go alright.

The 401 shouldn't be too bad, and the 402 should be good into Sarnia.

The lines at the bridge going into Port Huron can get bad at times, sometimes up to an hour wait depending on how picky the Border Guards decide to be.

Mind you, most of my experiences are 6 months old (last crossing into NY state) to a year old (last crossing into MI.)
guinness_duck From: guinness_duck Date: March 25th, 2009 11:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Agreed. The Queenston Lewiston crossing tends to be more commercial traffic than tourist traffic, thus translating in to much shorter lines, and a quicker crossing. Though I haven't been over that crossing since we decided paranoia = security, so these days who knows. But overall it always tended to be the less used crossing because, well, everyone wants to go through Niagara Falls!
kitchenqueen From: kitchenqueen Date: March 25th, 2009 11:08 am (UTC) (Link)
I had thought about taking the northern route to my FIL's last Dec and going through Canada. I wasn't sure that it was actually shorter. It was about 5 hours to go south around Lake Michigan.
kaitl From: kaitl Date: March 27th, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Watch out for dumb heads at the border who are in such a rush to get into the line next to you (that's moving at the same snail's pace as all the other lines) that they smash into your bike which is nicely on your bike rack. Also beware that said dumb head will roll down her window and scream at *you* because your bike was sticking out too far. Don't expect an apology.

Safe travels-- should be better than my last experience with that trip ;-)
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