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Mississauga-Niagara Falls on 407 ETR?

Old May 24, 04, 8:17 pm
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Mississauga-Niagara Falls on 407 ETR?

I'm trying again to see if I can get a non-dining question answered here. I got a Priceline bid accepted at the Courtyard Mississauga, near Hwy. 401 and Mississauga Rd. I'd like to drive to Niagara Falls. Yahoo Maps says to take the 407 ETR as far as Hamilton; I understand that's a toll road that would be billed through the rental company with a surcharge. Is it worth it to take this road rather than the toll-free 403 and QEW? I know that what's "worth it" is a matter of personal style; I'm normally more on the penny-pinching side, but I'm going on an award flight and I have good deals on the hotel and the rental, so I might be more willing than usual to take the toll charge. Would it be much faster to take this road? I'm planning to leave Mississauga in the early afternoon Friday and return from the falls late afternoon-early evening.
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Old May 25, 04, 12:39 am
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Don't Bother With the 407

rove312,

No need to take the 407 on the way to Niagara Falls. Just drive south on Mississauga Road/Erin Mills Parkway to the 403, head west on the 403, and take the QEW from the 403 where they merge in Oakville, near the Ford Plant. Continue on the QEW all the way to Niagara. Careful to stay in the LEFT two lanes approaching Hamilton, as the 403 and QEW separate at that point, with the QEW making a swing southward towards NF and Buffalo, and the 403 (the right two lanes at the split) continuing into Hamilton and beyond. Look for the overhead sign showing the split after you pass Bronte Road.
Continue on the QEW past St. Catherines, and over the bridge, then keep to the right lanes at the split for the 405/420, just beyond the bridge. You want the 420 at this point, which will take you into NF. First light at the end of the 420 in NF is Stanley Avenue, which is lined with hotels, etc.if you turn right onto Stanley, or to get to the Falls themselves, continue past Stanley Avenue for two blocks, and look for the exit on the right, to Casino Niagara. Right turn at the stop sign, then left at the light, and the Falls are at the bottom of the hill, to the right. Be sure to get off the 420 at either Stanley Avenue, or two blocks beyond, or you will continue to the border crossing into Buffalo.
The drive should take no more than an hour and 15 minutes, even with some rough road (re-surfacing for the last few months) for a short stretch just before St. Catherines.

Have a safe trip, enjoy the Falls.

We're off to NF in the morning for 3 days of casino'ing and jacuzzi'ing. Maybe I'll see you at the blackjack tables!!

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