The state of New York has 17 border crossings that they share with the provinces of Ontario and Quebec. The 445-mile shared border is where the busiest northern port of entry is located – the Peace Bridge. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, over 5.8 million passenger and commercial vehicles crossed this bridge in 2015. Aside from the Peace Bridge, several other ports along this border are also heavily traveled – Champlain-Rouses Pt., Alexandria Bay-Thousand Islands Bridge, Massena, and Ogdensburg.
There are four bridges in the Niagara area, all of which require travelers to pay a toll. The most direct route between Niagara Falls, New York to Niagara Falls, Ontario is the Rainbow Bridge. Travelers can walk, bike, or drive across this bridge into Canada and back. For NEXUS travelers, the Whirlpool Bridge is the best option since it’s for members only.
To learn more about the different bridges in the Niagara Falls area, please click on the links below. Each page details important travel information such as traffic and road conditions, border wait times, and contact details of the border station.
Travel Tips for Crossing the Border between New York to Ontario and Quebec:
- You can get traffic information and border wait times on the different bridges of Niagara Falls (except for Peace Bridge) here.
- Non-residents who wish to hunt in New York needs to have an out-of-state hunting license or a hunter safety course certificate before they can apply for a NY hunting license.
- For Canadians traveling with Pets into New York, live fish from Quebec are prohibited.
- New York, Quebec, and Ontario all participate in the North American initiative to provide traffic, travel, and transit information in their regions through a hotline – 511.
If you want to learn more information about a particular border crossing in New York, you can click on the corresponding link below. Each page includes border wait times, traffic and road conditions, directions, contact details, and other important travel information for a specific port of entry.