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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-07-2017, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
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Hey everyone,

I will be taking my first weekend trip up to toronto canada from Rutland, MA in the next month or so. My brother moved up there for work so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to take a nice weekend trip up to visit. I plan on hitting Niagra falls either on my way there or way back, haven't decided on all the specifics yet. I definitely want to take the road through kingston on my arrival or return trip, basically make a massive loop.

I googled some things about crossing the border, rules etcc.. If anyone has any advice or must see places near my route let me know. I look forward to hearing from you all.
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Trip to Canada eh!

After viewing Niagra Falls, take the slow drive up to Niagra on the lake, wine country up there, much more scenic than the slab.

At Niagra on the Lake you can then head west and connect up with the Q.E.W. again and take that over to Burlington, then I would get off the Q.E.W. and take Lakeshore driver the rest of the way into Toronto. Depending on where your brother lives in the G.T.A (Greater Toronto Area) lots of things to see and do.

CN Tower of course, views on a clear day are amazing and May is a great time of year for clear sky days.
Rogers Stadium, home of the Blue Jays, maybe catch a game against the Red Sox
Hockey Hall of Fame, right downtown across the street from Air Canada Center which is next to Rogers Stadium and the Train Station.
Wayne Gretzky's restaurant at 99 Blue Jays way. Wayne Gretzky's Toronto | Sports Bar, Restaurant and Oasis Rooftop Patio - Sports Bar, Restaurant and Oasis Rooftop PatioWayne Gretzky's Toronto | Sports Bar, Restaurant and Oasis Rooftop Patio | Sports Bar, Restaurant and Oasis Rooftop Patio
Toronto has an are called the "Distillery District" great places for food and drink and bands.

When you leave Toronto and head east toward Kingston use hwy 22 or hwy 2 after you get past the metropolitan area of Toronto. The 401 is crazy with truck traffic all along the whole corridor and those other roads while slower will offer a better scenery at a more relaxed pace.

Kingston, Fort Henry Historic site, Queens University, and the Royal Military College (our version of West Point) beautiful places with history attached. There are some great back roads riding opportunities along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence Seaway.

There is ton of good riding in Ontario especially in the area north of Kingston, several loop rides that are really spectacular in the fall when the color is in full bloom.

Check out this website for more rides in Ontario, The Top 30 Motorcycle Roads in Ontario | Northern Ontario Travel

Crossing the border:

1. Be wearing your helmet when you come to the border crossing.
2 Shut off the bike, remove your sunglasses so that the agent gets a good look at your face and can hear you. Carry your passport proving your U.S. citizenship. This is important so that you can get back into the U.S. as a legal citizen of your own country.
2. Answer all questions truthfully. If you have a past, be honest about it. Time past since the transgression is important and a clean record since along with complete honesty will go a long way in the agents discretion of letting you in. They have sole discretion when it comes to your eligibility to enter Canada. They will know about your past and that is why they are asking. The U.S. and Canada exchange more citizen personal information than any other two countries in the world.
3. Answer only what you are asked. Volunteer no extra information
4. Know your exact destination and if asked how long your will be in Canada, give a finite time that you will be in Canada visiting.
5. DON'T BRING A GUN. If you have a conceal carry permit they may want to search you even though you declare that you do not have a gun be prepared for that. They have the right, you are entering a country that you are not a citizen of, same as when Canadians enter the U.S.
6. Do not bring any illicit drugs or your marijuana prescription. That is considered drug trafficcing. You may well have a prescription in your home state but it is not valid in Canada
7. Bring a copy of your prescriptions for any legitimate medications that you take to prove they are prescribed to you.
8. You may be asked if you are bringing in any alcohol or tobacco, small amounts of each, 1 26oz bottle of spirits, 200 cigarettes.

Come on up!

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Good advice above.

Remember, always be pleasant. Irritation and abrasiveness will be viewed as an attempt to hide something. If they have no reason to wnat to turn you back, the last thing you want to do is give them one. They are still people and don't need hate.
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When you get to Kingston, take the Wolfe island ferry, its free, cross the island and it's a cheap ferry crossing back to the US. Very scenic route back to the US rather than crossing onto the I81.

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I'd prefer to cross at Buffalo/Fort Erie on the Peace Bridge. You could then ride up Niagara Pky to Niagara Falls. This is the same road that can take you to Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Casino in Niagara Falls if you're so inclined.

Metropolitan Toronto area is essentially city from before you get to Hamilton, all the way through to Pickering or Oshawa. Traffic is always busy, and rush hours are like in any other huge metro area. (Google says Toronto is the 4th largest NA city after Mexico City, New York and LA).
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I was thinking of riding up to Montreal this season. I did go to Niagra falls last year and I would suggest staying on the Canadian side. Be sure and take a Helicopter flight around the falls... It's AMAZING! Something to see! As the other comment stated, Niagra on the Lake is beautiful and wine country is a nice place to ride through. Enjoy your visit! I too will return.
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