Motorists using the international bridges over the weekend should expect some delays with a significant increase in traffic due to Canada Day, a federal holiday in that country.
Canada Day is officially Tuesday but more than half the nation is expected to celebrate on Monday to enjoy the long weekend.
Customs and Border Protection officials remind residents that they will need proper documentation to enter either the U.S. or Canada. A spokesman suggested that a way "to beat the rush" is to cross at off-peak times, such as before 6 a.m. or after 3 p.m. Most lines at the border start building in the morning and carry on into early afternoon.
People planning the cross-border trips may obtain the "wait" times by calling 1-800-715-6722, which provides updated information every 30 minutes. In addition, two web sites include cameras that will show live shots of the present traffic situation at the bridges. Those sites are: NITTEC.org (Niagara International Transportation Technology Coalition) and niagarafallsbridges.com
The Canada Day observance is traced to July 1, 1867, when that country became a self-governing dominion of Great Britain. Initially, the anniversary of that date was called Dominion Day until 1982, the year before the renaming of the holiday.