Originally Posted by caper
Customs are not a problem if you have the proper paper work and observe all the rules.
I have not camped on the American side but have heard good reviews about the KOA on Grand Island.
Yeah, customs is no problem once you get through the line! This summer we crossed into Canada at Detroit/Windsor, and back to the US in Niagara Falls (on the QEW). Took about an hour to get into Canada, almost 2 hours to get into the U.S. on a Monday.
Customs inspector going into Canada was a complete jerk. Never been hastled going into Canada before. Once we establsihed we had no guns and no firewood we got through. Going into the US was smooth once we got to the booth - we had only stayed 1 night and didn't buy anything. Lines started before the Canadian side of the bridge.
If you do cross, bringing any produce either way can create something just short of an international incindent no matter where you bought it. Also, there are some restrictions on some meat from Canada going into the U.S.
You miss a great view (and a bunch of tourist traps) if you don't go over to the Canadian side. Parking is a pain with an RV though. If you go over, recommend you cross at the Rainbow Bridge. Mostly just tourist traffic and it moves along.
Regardless of which side you are on, I would recommend the Maid of the Mist boat ride. Never done the stairs down behind the U.S. side, but that looks pretty cool too. Might be a little too "cool" in May...
We stayed at the Niagara Falls ON KOA. Very nice, great location, indoor & outdoor pool, and easily the nicest showers I have ever seen in a campground. Notr surprisingly, it was pretty pricey.
We are going to the Grand Isle KOA near Buffalo in June.