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Best route - Burlington VT to Niagra Falls via Kingston, ON

Best route - Burlington VT to Niagra Falls via Kingston, ON

Old Oct 24th, 2004, 11:08 AM
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Best route - Burlington VT to Niagra Falls via Kingston, ON

We will be visiting relatives in Burlington, VT and want to see Niagra Falls. We also want to stop in the Thousand Lakes area at Kingston, ON. What would be the most interesting route to take. Thanks
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Start with a full tank of gas. You'l;l be in some wilderness.

Take the ferry across Lake Champlain to Port Kent.

Now some options arise. If you've got enough time, you could go to Montreal, too.

But assuming no, you've still got options.

I'd take Interstate 87 south to Keensville, and then 9N through Ausable to Lake Placid, which is a nice little town.

From there, 86 to Saranac Lake, and then highway 3 all the way to Watertown.

Watertown's not much of a place but there's lots of gas stations, fast food places, etc. You'll be glad to see them.

From Watertown, north on Interstate 81 to the Ivy Lea Bridge, and cross the St. Lawrence River into Canada. This may be the most boring road in the USA. Watch for radar cops.

This puts you right beside Gananoque, where there are several tour boats (although it's getting late in the season) that will show you some of the Thousand Islands.

Once you're finished in Gananoque, just follow the signs to Highway 401 West, and drive to Kingston.

After you've finished in Kingston (there's a Prison Museum, among other things to see like Fort Henry and the general downtown waterfront)

From Kingston, take the Bath Road (Highway 33) along the shore of Lake Ontario to the Glenora Ferry, which takes you to Prince Edward County (not Prince Edward Island, which is a thousand miles away, but the county is an island, too)

Follow the signs to Carrying Place and Trenton, and cross a little bridge back to the mainland.

Now you need to decide if more small towns appeal, or you just want to get in the miles.

Highway Two shows you farms and more of the lake, and Port Hope and Cobourg, both interesting little towns.

From Port Hope, follow the signs to Highway 401 West and drive to Toronto.

Toronto's worth a couple of days.

Then, about 9 - 9;30 on morning (earlier means even worse traffic) leave Toronto on the downtown Gardnier Expressway, which turns in The Queen Elizabeth Way, which takes you to the Niagara Peninsula.

Again, how much time do you have?

Best bet, once you get past St. Cahterines, is to follow the signs to Niagara Falls (the city) and head to the river, and see the falls, the greenhouses nearby, the Casino if you like these, and then head downriver to Niagara on the lake, a charming little town with fine small hotels and excellent restaurants. Plus wineries.

You can stay there overnight, and the next day cross into the USA and work your way back to wherever in the US of A you'd like to go next. You could go to Buffalo -- good museum there -- or find the Thruway, ...


There's lots of messages here about Toronto.

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