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Holidays and special events can overwhelm border crossing stations.  This calendar shows you the days that may have significantly higher traffic delays at the border and on the roads in general.  Be aware that traffic can also be heavier than usual on days before and after holidays.  If the holiday is adjacent to a weekend, the entire weekend will likely have very heavy traffic.  If you must cross the border on these days, think about arriving early in the day, or perhaps use a lower volume port that may be less affected.

If you are aware of an event that will impact border crossing traffic please email us with this information so we can include it on this calendar.

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* Construction Holiday Construction Holiday

Celebrated in Province of Quebec only. It is estimated that about 1/4 of Québec's working population goes on vacation during this period so expect extremely heavy traffic at all Quebec border crossings at the beginning and end of this period. Starts the 2nd to last Sunday in July and lasts 2 weeks.

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* Construction Holiday Construction Holiday

Celebrated in Province of Quebec only. It is estimated that about 1/4 of Québec's working population goes on vacation during this period so expect extremely heavy traffic at all Quebec border crossings at the beginning and end of this period. Starts the 2nd to last Sunday in July and lasts 2 weeks.

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* Construction Holiday Construction Holiday

Celebrated in Province of Quebec only. It is estimated that about 1/4 of Québec's working population goes on vacation during this period so expect extremely heavy traffic at all Quebec border crossings at the beginning and end of this period. Starts the 2nd to last Sunday in July and lasts 2 weeks.

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* Construction Holiday Construction Holiday

Celebrated in Province of Quebec only. It is estimated that about 1/4 of Québec's working population goes on vacation during this period so expect extremely heavy traffic at all Quebec border crossings at the beginning and end of this period. Starts the 2nd to last Sunday in July and lasts 2 weeks.

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* Construction Holiday Construction Holiday

Celebrated in Province of Quebec only. It is estimated that about 1/4 of Québec's working population goes on vacation during this period so expect extremely heavy traffic at all Quebec border crossings at the beginning and end of this period. Starts the 2nd to last Sunday in July and lasts 2 weeks.

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* Construction Holiday Construction Holiday

Celebrated in Province of Quebec only. It is estimated that about 1/4 of Québec's working population goes on vacation during this period so expect extremely heavy traffic at all Quebec border crossings at the beginning and end of this period. Starts the 2nd to last Sunday in July and lasts 2 weeks.

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* Civic Holiday - CanadaCivic Holiday - Canada

Civic Holiday is celebrated throughout Canada with the exception of Quebec. Many Provinces give it a local name such a New Brunswick Day. This holiday creates a 3 day weekend so traffic can be heavy at border crossings. Many cities hold festivals or other events as well. Celebrated on the first Monday in August.

* Construction Holiday Construction Holiday

Celebrated in Province of Quebec only. It is estimated that about 1/4 of Québec's working population goes on vacation during this period so expect extremely heavy traffic at all Quebec border crossings at the beginning and end of this period. Starts the 2nd to last Sunday in July and lasts 2 weeks.

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* Homecoming FestivalHomecoming Festival

Each of the Calais / St. Stephen border crossings are somewhat affected by the International Homecoming Parade and the annual Chocolate Festival. Routes and times change year to year so click on this box to view the website for the event.

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* Homecoming FestivalHomecoming Festival

Each of the Calais / St. Stephen border crossings are somewhat affected by the International Homecoming Parade and the annual Chocolate Festival. Routes and times change year to year so click on this box to view the website for the event.

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* Homecoming FestivalHomecoming Festival

Each of the Calais / St. Stephen border crossings are somewhat affected by the International Homecoming Parade and the annual Chocolate Festival. Routes and times change year to year so click on this box to view the website for the event.

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* Homecoming FestivalHomecoming Festival

Each of the Calais / St. Stephen border crossings are somewhat affected by the International Homecoming Parade and the annual Chocolate Festival. Routes and times change year to year so click on this box to view the website for the event.

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* Homecoming FestivalHomecoming Festival

Each of the Calais / St. Stephen border crossings are somewhat affected by the International Homecoming Parade and the annual Chocolate Festival. Routes and times change year to year so click on this box to view the website for the event.

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* Northwest Wash. FairNorthwest Wash. Fair

The Northwest Washington Fairgrounds hosts an annual Fair which runs for 5 days. The fairgound is off Washington State Highway 539 which feeds into the Lynden port. Congestion in Lynden may affect your travel time at this border crossing.

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* Northwest Wash. FairNorthwest Wash. Fair

The Northwest Washington Fairgrounds hosts an annual Fair which runs for 5 days. The fairgound is off Washington State Highway 539 which feeds into the Lynden port. Congestion in Lynden may affect your travel time at this border crossing.

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* Northwest Wash. FairNorthwest Wash. Fair

The Northwest Washington Fairgrounds hosts an annual Fair which runs for 5 days. The fairgound is off Washington State Highway 539 which feeds into the Lynden port. Congestion in Lynden may affect your travel time at this border crossing.

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* Northwest Wash. FairNorthwest Wash. Fair

The Northwest Washington Fairgrounds hosts an annual Fair which runs for 5 days. The fairgound is off Washington State Highway 539 which feeds into the Lynden port. Congestion in Lynden may affect your travel time at this border crossing.

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* Northwest Wash. FairNorthwest Wash. Fair

The Northwest Washington Fairgrounds hosts an annual Fair which runs for 5 days. The fairgound is off Washington State Highway 539 which feeds into the Lynden port. Congestion in Lynden may affect your travel time at this border crossing.

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* Northwest Wash. FairNorthwest Wash. Fair

The Northwest Washington Fairgrounds hosts an annual Fair which runs for 5 days. The fairgound is off Washington State Highway 539 which feeds into the Lynden port. Congestion in Lynden may affect your travel time at this border crossing.

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Category Key
 a. Affects All Border Crossing
 b. British Columbia/WA, ID, MT
 c. Alberta / Montana
 d. Saskatchewan / MT, ND
 e. Manitoba / ND, MN
 f. Ontario / MI, MN, NY
 g. Quebec / NY, VT, NH, ME
 h. New Brunswick / Maine

Additional Local Events that Cause Backups along the border

Local events such as concerts and sporting events can overload a particular border crossing when cars are arriving and departing.  Here are some of the regular events that jam up certain border crossings.

  • Buffalo Bills Football Games – Buffalo Bills football games can create congestion at Michigan and Buffalo Area border crossings due to Canadians attending the game and those from Detroit driving to Buffalo through Canada. Travelers should check traffic conditions at the four border crossings within the Buffalo/Niagara region and select the crossing that is least congested.  Games are played September through December.
  • Buffalo Sabre Games – Buffalo Sabre hockey games can cause heavy traffic on the Peace Bridge when the game lets out because approximately 20% of Sabre fans reside in Southern Ontario.   Peace Bridge NEXUS lane service hours are usually expanded to around midnight following all Sabres night home games.  Games typically run October through April.

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