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.
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* Victoria Day - CanadaVictoria Day - Canada
Victoria Day is celebrated on the Monday on or before May 24 and creates a 3 day weekend. It is observed in all provinces except National except NB, NS, and NL. Because of the long weekend, border traffic can be heavier than usual.
* Memorial Day - USMemorial Day - US
Memorial Day is celebrated in the U.S. on the last Monday in May. This creates a 3 day weekend and therefore heavier than usual border traffic.
|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.