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Old 01-17-2016, 02:28 PM   #1
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Niagara Falls to Port Huron through Canada

We are planning a summer road trip. On one leg we are staying at the KOA in Niagara Falls/Grand Island KOA. From there we plan to travel into Canada staying at the Toronto West KOA for a few days, then traveling to the Port Huron KOA through Canada. I have never traveled in Canada with an RV. We will be towing a 35' travel trailer.

Would appreciate any insight traveling into Canada at Niagara Falls and out of Canada at Port Huron. Also info on Toronto West KOA would be appreciated.
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We did it last summer with out 30ft 5th wheel from Niagra to port Huron. A bit of a wait to go through the border port going into Michigan . Had no issues though. You just need your passports and you'll be fine
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Where are you crossing into Ontario?
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I would recommend go up to Queenston border, easier drive on multi lane roads.
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I would bypass the KOA. Lots of very nice provincial parks and conservation areas to stay at.

Crossing at Niagara Falls

Grand River Rockwood. They have electric and water.
Grand River Conservation Authority

Close to 401

Then off to Pinery on Lake Huron

http://www.pinerypark.on.ca/

This park is near Grand Bend, One of Ontario's best beaches

Also the some of the best Sunset's in all of Canada over Lake Huron.

We spend a lot of time at

Welcome to Inverhuron Provincial Park

I spend many summers here as a kid and we spend many weekends here now as well.

Again great sunsets and both a Rock Shoreline and also a great sand beach as well.
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We are planning a summer road trip. On one leg we are staying at the KOA in Niagara Falls/Grand Island KOA. From there we plan to travel into Canada staying at the Toronto West KOA for a few days, then traveling to the Port Huron KOA through Canada. I have never traveled in Canada with an RV. We will be towing a 35' travel trailer.

Would appreciate any insight traveling into Canada at Niagara Falls and out of Canada at Port Huron. Also info on Toronto West KOA would be appreciated.
There are many places in the US to visit instead of Canada. America is a beautiful place for an RV. Canadians come here on vacation for a reason.
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We are planning a summer road trip. On one leg we are staying at the KOA in Niagara Falls/Grand Island KOA. From there we plan to travel into Canada staying at the Toronto West KOA for a few days, then traveling to the Port Huron KOA through Canada. I have never traveled in Canada with an RV. We will be towing a 35' travel trailer.

Would appreciate any insight traveling into Canada at Niagara Falls and out of Canada at Port Huron. Also info on Toronto West KOA would be appreciated.
Be prepared for very polite and friendly officials and other people you meet.
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great route. and your dollar should be worth 150 by then.
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There are many places in the US to visit instead of Canada. America is a beautiful place for an RV. Canadians come here on vacation for a reason.
but with our dollar being what it is now and going to be next summer, well......
trips to the US will be very short and not so sweet.
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We are planning a summer road trip. On one leg we are staying at the KOA in Niagara Falls/Grand Island KOA. From there we plan to travel into Canada staying at the Toronto West KOA for a few days, then traveling to the Port Huron KOA through Canada. I have never traveled in Canada with an RV. We will be towing a 35' travel trailer.

Would appreciate any insight traveling into Canada at Niagara Falls and out of Canada at Port Huron. Also info on Toronto West KOA would be appreciated.
We were in Niagara Falls in the fall of 2014 staying at the Branches of Niagara located on Grand Island. To me this was a far better campground than the KOA on Grand Island which is right off of the interstate. Some of the sites I would guess where as close as an 1/8 of a mile to the interstate.

There is also a one way toll on to the island every time you enter from both directions.

Make sure that you have a passport for each person traveling with you. When you enter into Canada and back into the US, this makes entering so much easier. We had our passports with us when we walked across Rainbow Bridge and entered and returned with no issues.

Some of the national Parks in Canada are great such as Point Pelee National park. we stayed there sometime ago but this was excellent at the time. Use RV Park Reviews and click on the Canada link to check out the national parks.
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You will need a passport or the passport card to get from Canada back to the US.
Outside of business travel where I may have been lacking the correct documents, I have never had trouble with Canadian customs. They have always been professional and polite.

You will want to fill your gas before going into Canada (it's cheaper in the US).

The Blue water bridge (Sarnia to Port Huron) can get very busy on the weekends and during business rush hours (7-9am & 3-6pm). I would avoid those times.

If you carry firearms, check what is permitted and declare it at the boarder.

If you have a chance to stay at Pinery Provencal park, it's great!
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Niagara to Port Huron

Have crossed into Michigan at Sarnia many many times....always without problems....am always polite and cooperative with border guards....I think they appreciate it . Come and visit Canada, it's an amazing country which is as picturesque and friendly as any place in the world.
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There are many places in the US to visit instead of Canada. America is a beautiful place for an RV. Canadians come here on vacation for a reason.
Hmm, seems like a very negative position to be posting such..
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Hmm, seems like a very negative position to be posting such..
Some people don't understand how great our neighbors to the north are (unless you live in Detroit, then Windsor is to the south).

Much of our dealings with Iran (since the 70s) has been with the help of Canada. Not a chance those 5 hostages were coming home without our friends to the north.
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Hi...I'm from the Oshawa are just East of Toronto and I love to travel in South-Western Ontario which is the trip you're talking about. There are lots of really nice places in Canada.....Kingston and the Gananoque area 3 hrs East of Toronto is pretty nice along with Ottawa especially iwht all the free festivals that there is in the Capital.
The one thing I would suggest is to keep away from the QEW expressway as much as possible and the 401. They are busy and crazy hwys. Actually the 401 is the busiest freeway in norht America, so you don't wnat to be travelling that expecially during rush hours.....you could be stuck for hours.
I would suggest keeping off the beatten path and cruising along hwy #3 which ore less follows the north shore of lake Erie. Some pretty good campgrounds that we have stayed at. NET campground around Ste Catherines (oh and don't forget, this is wine country....a must see is Niagara on the lake). We stayed at Port Burwell provincial Park which has amazing beach, but just a word of caution with provincial parks; they only have hydro/electricity 15A and water, no sewer hookups, dumping stations only. Another one is called Lakewood Estates in Port Glasgow, Spring Lake Cottage & RV Resort south of Ingersoll, Wildwood Golf and RV Resort SW of Windsor. You should also visit the town Lemington and Point Pelee Area. Point Pelee Island winery. THis is also the most southern point in Canada whihc is on the same lattitude as San Francisco. Beautiful country. I've talked to many peopel that have travelled across Canada and I keep hearing that Newfoundland is the most beautiful places of all to visit especially in an RV. Bon voyage!
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The past couple years we found it far easier to get into Canada with the pop-up than it was to get back into the US on our return. No searches (though we did see the CA officials giving another pop-up the 3X over), just a much grimmer set of officials on duty on return.

There is much to see in CA, of course.
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There are many places in the US to visit instead of Canada. America is a beautiful place for an RV. Canadians come here on vacation for a reason.
The reason I vacationed in the US was because the gas was quite a bit cheaper. Not anymore. Yes the US is a beautiful place for an RV but so is Canada.




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Hi...I'm from the Oshawa are just East of Toronto and I love to travel in South-Western Ontario which is the trip you're talking about. There are lots of really nice places in Canada.....Kingston and the Gananoque area 3 hrs East of Toronto is pretty nice along with Ottawa especially iwht all the free festivals that there is in the Capital.
The one thing I would suggest is to keep away from the QEW expressway as much as possible and the 401. They are busy and crazy hwys. Actually the 401 is the busiest freeway in norht America, so you don't wnat to be travelling that expecially during rush hours.....you could be stuck for hours.
I would suggest keeping off the beatten path and cruising along hwy #3 which ore less follows the north shore of lake Erie. Some pretty good campgrounds that we have stayed at. NET campground around Ste Catherines (oh and don't forget, this is wine country....a must see is Niagara on the lake). We stayed at Port Burwell provincial Park which has amazing beach, but just a word of caution with provincial parks; they only have hydro/electricity 15A and water, no sewer hookups, dumping stations only. Another one is called Lakewood Estates in Port Glasgow, Spring Lake Cottage & RV Resort south of Ingersoll, Wildwood Golf and RV Resort SW of Windsor. You should also visit the town Lemington and Point Pelee Area. Point Pelee Island winery. THis is also the most southern point in Canada whihc is on the same lattitude as San Francisco. Beautiful country. I've talked to many peopel that have travelled across Canada and I keep hearing that Newfoundland is the most beautiful places of all to visit especially in an RV. Bon voyage!

Agree on Hwy 3... Edit Most Provincial Parks if not all are 30 amp and Inverhuron I know has 25 50 amp as well. The specs are right on the reservation system for provincial parks including pictures.
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As B & B mentioned above our Provincial Parks are something special and lots of info is available at ontarioparks.ca including details of amenities offered, fees and often site pictures. All the info regarding border crossing protocol is also on line. As mentioned above the current exchange rate will pleasantly surprise you. Check on a cell or data plan as in our experience (going the other way) out of country phone usage can be expensive. Thanks for planning a trip to Canada and I hope you have a wonderful experience! If I can answer any Canadian type questions pm anytime.
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Hi. I have been trying to reply or pm you for some time today but something doesn't seem to be working. Would it be possible for you to pm me your phone number and I will phone you back if I get your message. we can discuss your trip plan if you want. Okay I will try to send this and hope for the best. Old Guys (Brian and Joanne)
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