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01 October 2012 @ 12:39 pm
Driving from Buffalo to Toronto at the end of October?  
For the upcoming World Fantasy Convention, in Toronto on Halloween weekend, we're considering flying to Buffalo, renting a car, and driving from there rather than flying direct to Toronto (it looks to be quite a bit cheaper). However, we're somewhat concerned about the possibility of snow making the drive problematic. Anyone have any experience with this drive at this time of year?
bjarvis: Toronto skylinebjarvis on October 1st, 2012 08:58 pm (UTC)
No problem driving from Buffalo to Toronto. It would be spectacularly unusual for there to be snow in the area until the end of November, and even that would be a bit odd. You'll be fine.

Just be sure that you book the car from a rental agency that doesn't mind you crossing the border. I routinely use Budget because they're cool with it. Budget is located immediately outside the luggage claim area as opposed to several others which are off-site, accessible by shuttle bus.

The drive is very nice and will take a bit more than two hours, depending on the border crossing. I recommend the Buffalo/Fort Erie crossing, as opposed to the Niagara Falls (too many tourists) and the Lockport, NY crossing (lots of commercial traffic & trucks).

On your way back as you go past St Catherines, call 1-800-715-6722 to find out the wait times for each of the border crossings in advance and take your pick!
.: hhw :.: cat and girl and librarianhhw on October 2nd, 2012 01:10 am (UTC)
I concur with previous commenter. The Niagara region is probably thw warmest part of Canada outside of Cascadia -- milder than Buffalo, anyway.

Note that the venue for WFC is in Toronto like Hillsboro is in Portland.

I'd also recommend border crossing at Fort Erie/Buffalo although I haven't been overwhelmed by tourists at the border in Niagara Falls. (in the town, yes) The former is closest to the airport and the latter has a fantastic view of the falls while you wait in line on the Canadian side.

ETA: context -- lived in PDX 1999-2009; in St Catharines, ON, 2010-present. In the worst case scenario and there is snow here then, there will also be ample snow plows (unlike Portland)

Edited at 2012-10-02 01:23 am (UTC)
torreybirdtorreybird on October 2nd, 2012 01:20 am (UTC)
Snow won't be a problem. Pretty scenery still, at that time of year, though you'll miss the best of the fall leaves. If I were you, even though I'm certain it makes no sense in driving time, I'd fly into Syracuse and drive up through the 1000 islands region, skirting the lake, the river, and (in the distance) the Adirondacks.
Tomvoidampersand on October 2nd, 2012 05:24 am (UTC)
Please be careful. There is lots of ice wine in that area and it could cause you to veer off course.
scarlettinascarlettina on October 17th, 2012 02:07 pm (UTC)
I like this kind of thinking.
They Didn't Ask Medr_phil_physics on October 4th, 2012 01:53 am (UTC)
I grew up in the US side of the border there. Inevitably we got snow on Halloween -- as in there's a few flakes and we had to wear heavy coats (this was the 60s) over our costumes for Trick-or-Treating. Snow that time of year is immediately cleansed. Unlike Kalamazoo MI, where clearing the roads always strikes me as a surprise afterthought. (grin)

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