Transport

Californian roadtrip Day 2

Please note that this Gathering is in Canada. If you are coming from outside Canada, the critical thing to have with you is an UP-TO-DATE PASSPORT from your country. You also need to check what visa arrangements your country has with Canada. Please check this soon as you may have to organize visas.

Once you have organized your travel plans and know your arrival and departure dates and times (be your travel by air, road or rail), please send you details to Ronnie who is coordinating arrivals and departures.

ByAir

Closest airports to Niagara Falls are Buffalo (NY), Hamilton (ONT) and Toronto (ONT).  Hamilton is smaller and will not have as many connections. but it and Buffalo are easier to travel through as they are smaller. And of course there are customs issues from Buffalo to Canada . For any Canadians it might be simpler to do everything through Canada (i.e. Hamilton or Toronto).

NB the hotel does not provide a shuttle service to and from airports

Marriott site has directions from Buffalo and Toronto airports.
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/maps/travel/iagcy-courtyard-niagara-falls/

Buffalo airport is only 18.6 miles from the hotel according to their website.  Toronto airport is 80.8 miles.

Before travelling, check wait times for the bridges.

Canada – CBSA – (905) 994-6330www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca

United States – CBP – (716) 881-4447 or toll-free 1-877-227-5511www.cbp.gov

While traveling go to mobile.peacebridge.com on your web-enabled mobile device or call 1-800-715-6722 to get the wait times for Niagara Region international bridges.

You can also view Peace Bridge traffic cams.

Niagara Bridges shows a chart with delays at each of the bridges. Also traffic cams. Niagara Bridges maintains Rainbow, Queenston-Lewiston and Whirlpool (Nexus only) bridges.

http://www.niagarafallsbridges.com/

Tips for crossing:

http://www.peacebridge.com/index.php/autos-passenger-vehicles/tips-for-crossing

http://www.peacebridge.com/index.php/autos-passenger-vehicles/peace-bridge-advantages

Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) to Hotel

4200 Genesee Street, Buffalo, NY 14225, United States
http://www.buffaloairport.com/

Airport Phone: +1 716 630 6000

Hotel instructions say to take the Peace Bridge. Google maps shows a shorter route which takes the Rainbow Bridge. https://goo.gl/maps/QdNwtVLzmrQ2

From I-90 (NY State Throughway) take exit 51 to Route 33 West (Kensington Expressway). 4 min (0.8 mi)
Follow the signs to Peace Bridge, Canada.
Exit customs to QEW HWY. Follow QEW North to Hwy 420.
Take Hwy 420 to Stanley Avenue., turn right. 36 min (32.5 mi)
Turn left at next light (Ferry Street) Ferry Street turns into Victoria Avenue.
The Courtyard is down one block on the right hand side of the street. 3 min (0.7 mi)

Alternate Route:

Continue to NY-33 W 5 min (0.8 mi)
Take I-290 W and I-190 N to LaSalle Expy in Niagara Falls.
Take exit 21 from I-190 N 23 min (20.5 mi)
Take Robert Moses Pkwy, Rainbow Blvd and Rainbow Bridge to Victoria Ave in Niagara Falls, Canada 15 min (5.6 mi)

Using I-90:

From the I -90 the directions are very easy to Niagara Falls and the hotel. Take the I-90 West to 190 north to the Peace Bridge. Proceed through customs and continue straight on the QEW ( Queen Elizabeth Way). Take Exit 27 McLeod Rd and bear right off the exit. Proceed about two miles to Stanley Road. ( there is a viaduct and traffic light where you will make a left. In About  1 1/2 -2 miles you will make a right onto Historic Falls road. The courtyard Marriott is located about a mile on the left side of the road.

http://gocanada.about.com/od/faqscrossingtheborde1/tp/Buffalo-Niagara-Falls-Border-Crossings.htm
You can switch border crossings as soon as you determine how long your wait is by signs, listening to 1610 AM radio, or checking the Canada Border Services website.

http://gocanada.about.com/od/canadatravelplanner/a/buffalo_airport.htm

http://gocanada.about.com/od/faqscrossingtheborde1/fl/Getting-from-Buffalo-Niagara-International-Airport-to-Canada.htm

Toronto Airport to Hotel

Toronto Pearson International Airport
6301 Silver Dart Drive, Mississauga, ON:
http://www.torontopearson.com/#

There will be more flights and less expensive flights to Toronto. However ground transportation will take longer. Niagara Air Bus from Toronto will transport from Toronto Airport to Niagara Falls. Call +1-905-374-8111. Check in at ground transportation desk– area “R”.

Simplified version for route from Toronto to hotel:

Take the 427 South to the QEW West (Hamilton/Niagara bound).
Follow the QEW into Niagara Falls.
Take 420 Bridge to USA cut-off.
Take Hwy 420 to Stanley Avenue, turn right.
Turn left at next light (Ferry Street) Ferry Street turns into Victoria Avenue.
The Courtyard is down one block on the right hand side of the street.

Detailed version:

Get on ON-427S (2min  1.4km)
Head southeast on Airport Rd/Peel Regional Rd 7 1.2 km
Turn left to merge onto ON-427 S 270 m
Take Queen Elizabeth Way, ON-403 W and Queen Elizabeth Way to Stanley Ave/Regional Rd 102 in Niagara Falls (1 hr. 8 min  121km)
Use the right 2 lanes to take the Queen Elizabeth Way exit toward Hamilton 1.0 km
Continue onto Queen Elizabeth Way 16.6 km
Merge onto Queen Elizabeth Way/ON-403 W 21.0 km
Keep left at the fork to continue on Queen Elizabeth Way/QEW, follow signs for Niagara/East Hamilton/Fort Erie 63.4km
Keep right at the fork to continue on Queen Elizabeth Way, follow signs for Ontario/Niagara Falls/Fort Erie/Buffalo U.S.A 6.2 km
Use the left 2 lanes to take the ON-420 exit toward The Falls/Niagara Falls U.S.A. 1.6 km
Continue onto Niagara Veterans Memorial Hwy E/ON-420 E 2.0km
Continue on Stanley Ave/Regional Rd 102. Drive to Victoria Ave (3 min   1.1km)
Turn right onto Stanley Ave/Regional Rd 102 (signs for Regional Road 102 S/Stanley Avenue) 750 m
Turn left onto Ferry St (signs for Clifton Hill) 400 m
Continue onto Victoria Ave 33m
Courtyard is on the right.
https://goo.gl/maps/gcAzc7yj5Xo

First option shown on the map involves tolls and only saves a minute or two.

Hamilton Airport to Hotel

John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, 9300 Airport Rd #2206, Mount Hope, ON L0R 1W0, Canada.

Hamilton Airport is about 58 minutes from the Marriott.

http://flyhamilton.ca/passenger/the-airport/terminal-map/
If in doubt when leaving the airport, look for signs for Exit or Airport Road.

http://tinyurl.com/h3pfqch 85.3 km. About 58 mins

1.Head west 0.6 km
2.Turn right toward Airport Rd 90 m
3.Turn left at the 1st cross street onto Airport Rd 1.4 km
4.Turn left onto Upper James St 7.2 km
5.Turn right onto the Lincoln M. Alexander Parkway E ramp 0.5 km
6.Merge onto Lincoln M. Alexander Pkwy E 5.8 km
7.Continue onto Red Hill Valley Pkwy N 7.4 km
8.Take the exit (use the right 2 lanes)  onto Queen Elizabeth Way toward Niagara51.5 km
9.Keep right at the fork to stay on Queen Elizabeth Way, follow signs for Ontario/Niagara Falls/Fort Erie/Buffalo U.S.A 6.2 km
10.Use the left 2 lanes to take the ON-420 exit on the left toward The Falls/Niagara Falls U.S.A. 1.6 km
11.Continue onto Niagara Veterans Memorial Hwy E/ON-420 E 2.0 km
12.Turn right onto Stanley Ave/Regional Rd 102 (signs for Regional Road 102 S/Stanley Avenue) 0.7 km
13.Turn left onto Ferry St (signs for Clifton Hill) 0.4 km
14.Continue onto Victoria Ave
Destination will be on the right 5950 Victoria Ave.

For alternate routes:
https://goo.gl/maps/Q9fHA7fzZkQ2

Transportation Options from Hamilton airport:
http://flyhamilton.ca/passenger/passenger-services/transportation/

They have Avis and National Car Rental plus GO Transit which is accessed by taking a Hamilton Street Railway bus from the terminal to the Hamilton GO Transit Centre.

By Car From New York  area

By car, you would have a very simple drive across New York State Thruway on the I-90. The drive from point  NYC to  Niagara Falls Canada would be approximately 8 1/2 hour drive.

From the I -90 the directions are very easy to Niagara Falls and the hotel.  Take the I-90 West to 190 north to the Peace Bridge. Proceed through customs and continue straight on the QEW ( Queen Elizabeth Way). Take Exit 27 McLeod Rd and bear right off the exit. Proceed about two miles to Stanley Road. ( there is a viaduct and traffic light where you will make a left. In about 1 1/2 -2 miles you will make a last right hand turn onto (historic) Victoria Ave. and the hotel is about one mile on the right at 5950 Victoria Ave.

 What can I bring into Canada

You need to remember that if you are arriving at Buffalo Airport or driving from within the U.S., you will need to pass through Customs at the border.  There are restrictions about what goods can be taken into Canada and on return what goods can be taken into the US.

There is some information below about this.  But please make sure that you check carefully and do not expect that you can bring food, plates and related products over the border in either direction.

What is prohibited to bring across the border (Entering Canada and entering USA):
http://www.ezbordercrossing.com/the-inspection-experience/clearing-customs/prohibited-items/#.V3tVgde_a8U

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/food/information-for-consumers/travellers/what-can-i-bring-into-canada-/eng/1389648337546/1389648516990

https://www.niagarafallstourism.com/plan/border-crossing/

http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/menu-eng.html

Canadian law requires that you declare all food, plants and animals and related products that you are bringing into Canada. If you do not declare your products, the CBSA could confiscate them and you could face monetary penalties, and/or prosecution. General guidelines on what food, plants, animals and related products that you can or cannot bring into Canada can be found the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s Web site.
http://inspection.gc.ca/food/information-for-consumers/travellers/what-can-i-bring-into-canada-/eng/1389648337546/1389648516990

Alcohol and tobacco:
http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/travel-voyage/atl-lat-eng.html