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.
To avoid problems when you arrive at the border, you should be sure to review our pages on The Border Inspection Experience and Clearing Customs. You should also visit our page for the specific border crossing you will be using for tips and a complete description of that port. If you are crossing the border with minor children you should read our page which details the special requirements for Traveling With Children.
If you would like to add an event to this calendar please email us with this information. The event must be one that will impact border crossing traffic.
You may need to rotate a mobile device to see full width of this calendar. Place your cursor over an event for more detailed information.
* Christmas / New YearsChristmas / New Years
One of the heaviest travel periods of the year. Traffic peaks vary depending on which days the holidays fall.
* MLK Birthday - USMLK Birthday - US
Creates a 3 day weekend in the U.S. and therefore heavier than normal border crossing traffic. Third Monday in January.
|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|