Niagara Falls Border Crossing
Coming to Niagara Parks from abroad? Keep in mind that you can no longer cross the Canada-U.S. border using only a driver's licence and birth certificate. Due to changes in U.S. law that took effect June 1, 2009, there are more strict identification requirements for crossing into Canada.
Required Documents for Border Crossing
The documents required to cross into Canada depend on your citizenship. The information below is intended as a general guide only. For exact policy and regulation information, please contact the appropriate border services agency. (Canadian Border Services Agency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
Whether traveling by land or air, citizens of the United States must present a valid U.S. Passport or NEXUS/FAST Card. While a passport is technically not required for U.S. citizens entering Canada, you will need one to re-enter the United States. Please see the CBSA Entry Requirements for more detailed information.
Citizens of all other countries are required to present a passport to enter Canada. Visitors from some countries may also require a Temporary Resident Visa. Further documentation is sometimes required, such as a letter of invitation from a Canadian resident. For further information, see the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.
Where to Cross
There are three border crossing with convenient access to Niagara Falls, Ontario and Niagara Parks. Please note that there may be significant border delays, so plan accordingly. The Niagara Falls Bridge Commission features a real-time traffic condition monitor to help plan your visit, featuring delay information for the Rainbow, Peace, Whirlpool and Lewiston-Queenston Bridges.
The Rainbow Bridge connects the tourist districts of Niagara Falls, Ontario and Niagara Falls, New York and is intended for non-commercial use only. This is the most direct route to Niagara Parks. There are 15 car inspection lanes into Canada and 16 into the U.S. The Rainbow Bridge allows pedestrian crossings.
The Lewiston-Queenston Bridge connects two heritage communities: the town and village of Lewiston, New York and the village of Queenston in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. There are 10 car inspection lanes and 5 truck lanes into Canada and 6 car and 4 truck lanes into the U.S. Pedestrian crossings are not permitted.
The Peace Bridge connects Fort Erie, Ontario with the downtown of Buffalo, New York. After crossing the Peace Bridge, it is approximately 36 kilometers (22 miles) to Niagara Falls. This bridge features three lanes, with the middle lane being reversible, so please take note of overhead traffic signals. The Peace Bridge allows pedestrian crossings.