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Sault Ste. Marie border crossing

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Sault Ste. Marie border crossing

We have a hotel in Michigan and plan on taking the Agawa Canyon Train the next day (on a Friday Sep 16). About how long should we expect to take to cross the border? We have passports and will cross by car. Also, is it best to stay the next night in Canada or is the border crossing no big deal?

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1. Re: Sault Ste. Marie border crossing

Without any line ups I would estimate about 20-30 minutes to cross the bridge and go through customs so it is quite easy to go back and forth. That being said, sometimes the line-ups can stretch halfway across the bridge or more. Many people drive over for bar hopping, the casino and gas and groceries, so busier times are weekends and after work at 5. With the Canadian dollar higher than the American dollar this makes it even more enticing. I have included the link for the webcam that will show you the traffic on the bridge so you can judge accordingly. Have a great trip.

http://www.saultbridge.com/

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2. Re: Sault Ste. Marie border crossing

Hi Leisure-Traveler37,

Welcome to the SAULT STE. MARIE TRAVEL FORUM

And I see you are NEW to the TA FORUMS… so a BIG Welcome Aboard as well !!

If you are all American Citizens, and have your paperwork in order and qualify for entry (see the TA TRAVELLER ARTICLE referenced below for more info)… then crossing the Border to and from Canada will be pretty effortless (dependent of course also on traffic which can fluctuate depending on time of day – day of week – direction of travel across the Border)

For more Canadians & Americans the process by land is just a 5 Minute Interview…

For more info on the process see the CANADA – TRAVELLER ARTICLE entitled *Crossing The Border* = tripadvisor.ca/Travel-g153339-s602/Canada:Cr…

As I haven’t crossed at this Border Crossing in some time… hopefully, someone more local can also comment on the traffic situation for you.

Hope this is helpful,

Cheers!

Wine-4-2

EDIT - Looks like LEEANNECANADA and I were drafting our replies at the same time... so now you have more info on the traffic situation.

Edited: 3:46 pm, August 02, 2011
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3. Re: Sault Ste. Marie border crossing

Generally, heading in to Canada (especially early in the morning) is a breeze. A 5 minute line would not be unusual for a morning crossing. Heading into the States is a different matter. 30 minutes to an hour is more normal, esp. later in the day. But if you have the chance, why not stay in Canada a night? You are crossing anyway. You can explore the Sault for an afternoon or evening.

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4. Re: Sault Ste. Marie border crossing

Thanks to all. While it doesn't sound like it would be a problem to cross back to Michigan we booked a hotel for the night in Ontario. Your input was very helpful.

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5. Re: Sault Ste. Marie border crossing

Hi Leisure-Traveler37,

You are very welcome... glad to help.

Do come back to the FORUMS when all is said & done and share a Trip Report with us... we'd love to hear about your great Canadian Adventure.

Cheers!

Wine-4-2

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