U.S. CITIZENS VISITING NIAGARA FALLS CANADA ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE A PASSPORT, PASSPORT CARD OR ENHANCED DRIVERS LICENSE AT THE IMMIGRATION CHECKPOINT.
If you are a U.S. citizen living in the U.S. and cross the border to Canada and attempt to re-enter the U.S., you will need one of the above listed forms of identification.
If you are bringing children with you: U.S. and Canadian citizen children under age 16 arriving by land or sea from contiguous territory may present a passport or an original or copy of his or her birth certificate, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, a Naturalization Certificate, or a Canadian Citizenship Card.
If the children are not yours, you must provide a signed, handwritten note form the parent indicating how long the child will be in the country you are visiting along with telephone numbers for the parents. You will be denied entry if you are lacking proper documentation.
When crossing the international border, you will be required to declare all purchases. If you make purchases and travel between Niagara Falls, Ontario and New York, be sure to save receipts. Certain items may be taxable or you may qualify for tax refunds. Please visit the Duty Free stores located at the bridges between the U.S. and Canada for more information.
For official Canadian crossing border info, visit www.canadawelcomesyou.net.
- Rainbow Bridge: 500 yards (457m) from the American Falls and offers a spectacular view of the Falls. There is no commercial traffic allowed. You can walk, bike or drive across.
- Lewiston/Queenston Bridge: 5.6 miles (9 km) north of the Falls. This bridge is for all types of vehicles. Bicycles are allowed but not recommended.
- Peace Bridge: 12.4 miles (20 km) upriver of Niagara Falls. It connects the Buffalo, New York, in the US to Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada.
- Whirlpool Bridge: Only NEXUS cardholders can use the Whirlpool Bridge
Expect border crossing delays during all holiday weekends, especially Victoria Day (2nd last weekend in May), Memorial Day (last weekend in May), Canada Day (July 1), Independence Day (July 4) and Labor Day weekend.
For general bridge status information click here.