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Old 07-05-2015, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Troy, Michigan
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I want to visit Canada soon since Ive been here about a year and Im so close to the border. Ill be taking the Tunnel Bus from Detroit.

Does anyone have any advice on it who has taken it before. My focus is mostly just to buy candy from Canada and the UK that isnt available in the States.

I also may want to try Canada's signature dish, poutine.

I have basic questions. Does the tunnel bus stop at immigration going into Canada and if so do they board or do you get out. If so does the bus wait for you or do you have to catch another bus as customs isnt the end of the line from what I can tell.

Will I have a problem bringing candy and snacks back with me into the US? I know to avoid meat, eggs, fish, anything from Cuba etc lol.

Is there anything Canadian other than what Ive said I should do? Are there any notable attractions in Windsor itself to explore? Ive been to Canada before but only on the west coast, Vancouver.

Just thought it would be a nice day trip. Naturally I want to visit the bigger eastern cities in the future.

Ive called some places and have been surprised to hear the local accent sound way closer to my own Californian than the Michigan Northern Cities accent. Also a much larger UK presence. It was weird being its so close, closer to downtown Detroit than I am lol.

Thans everyone
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Old 07-05-2015, 07:02 PM
 
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Is this the bus you're going to take? I would call and ask them if you don't get any responses here. I've never taken it, although I have bought a couple food items (ketchup flavoured, and all dressed chips) in Windsor that were unavailable in Detroit and brought them back. Windsor is nice, it's the only thing I miss about not being back in Detroit. I can't think of any special attractions, usually would just go to one of the restaurants and stroll along the riverfront.
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Old 07-05-2015, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Troy, Michigan
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Yep thats the one. I think I will go ahead and call them for sure. And yes the ketchup flavored chips are on my list haha.
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Old 07-05-2015, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Stasis
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I've crossed by bus at Niagara Falls. We got out and went through customs while the bus waited.
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Old 07-05-2015, 10:35 PM
 
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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I want to visit Canada soon since Ive been here about a year and Im so close to the border. Ill be taking the Tunnel Bus from Detroit.

Does anyone have any advice on it who has taken it before. My focus is mostly just to buy candy from Canada and the UK that isnt available in the States.

I also may want to try Canada's signature dish, poutine.

I have basic questions. Does the tunnel bus stop at immigration going into Canada and if so do they board or do you get out. If so does the bus wait for you or do you have to catch another bus as customs isnt the end of the line from what I can tell.

Will I have a problem bringing candy and snacks back with me into the US? I know to avoid meat, eggs, fish, anything from Cuba etc lol.

Is there anything Canadian other than what Ive said I should do? Are there any notable attractions in Windsor itself to explore? Ive been to Canada before but only on the west coast, Vancouver.

Just thought it would be a nice day trip. Naturally I want to visit the bigger eastern cities in the future.

Ive called some places and have been surprised to hear the local accent sound way closer to my own Californian than the Michigan Northern Cities accent. Also a much larger UK presence. It was weird being its so close, closer to downtown Detroit than I am lol.

Thans everyone


I suppose I could answer this. lol

Yeah, the tunnel bus will stop at customs. You get out, go talk to the guards, and provided they don't think you need a cavity search, you get back on the same bus. I can't remember if you can walk straight out of customs into downtown Windsor after that, or if you have to get on the bus, and get off at the next stop though. I don't think you'll have a problem bringing candy back, but I would check the USBP website, or call them to make sure.
And have your Cuban cigar while you're over here. lol

If you're not driving, and you don't want to bus it everywhere (I believe bus fare is $2.50 now), you're basically stuck down town. There are a lot of restaurants, bars, and pubs down there to choose from. The Keg, at Riverside drive and Ferry is always good, but pricey. There's always the casino as well. Look at Caesar's Windsor if there might be a concert going on while you're hear, if interested.

If you're at all interested in swimming, there is "Adventure Bay", a brand new water park located across from the main bus terminal. Water slides, lazy river, etc, etc. I liked it.

The is also Windsor River Cruises. Boards across for the casino. Check their web site for schedules.
It's a nice cruise. Takes a chunk out of your day though. 2:30-5:00 pm. Interesting seeing both cities from that perspective though!

Other than that.......I can't really think of anything without bussing it everywhere, or having a car, which makes me an awful spokesman for this great little city, because I know there is more to do. I guess if you like to walk a lot....I could tell you more. lol


I'm not sure about this UK presence you're talking about, but as far as the accent goes, even someone in mid-Michigan sound COMPLETELY different than we do. lol

Enjoy your stay!
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Old 07-06-2015, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Windsor Ontario/Colchester Ontario
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If you want to try poutine, make sure you go to Frenchy's Poutinery, it's right on Ouellette Ave, half a block from the tunnel exit. It's the best in the city, and the proprietors are from Quebec!
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Old 07-06-2015, 11:56 AM
 
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You guys are more courageous than I am taking a bus from Detroit. Bus terminals in the US are scary places, I don't think I would want to know what the one in Detroit looks like.
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Old 07-06-2015, 12:04 PM
 
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Poutine is not Canada's "signature dish". It is just French fries plus some gravy/cheese. It is like a hamburger with bacon is still a hamburger. Not sure what the fuss is about. The US has it too. Even a city like Omaha, Nebraska has good poutine. So do countries like Greece and Italy, in various forms. It is not that hard to think of adding something to the regular fries, is it.

Of course you can bring candy and snacks back, just make sure they don't contain meat or any kind of seeds/nuts. In most cases they don't even bother checking.
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Old 07-06-2015, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Troy, Michigan
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You guys are more courageous than I am taking a bus from Detroit. Bus terminals in the US are scary places, I don't think I would want to know what the one in Detroit looks like.
Its just a local public transit bus and the one Im referring to is run by Canada. Canada's crime is more like northern Europe. As for the Detroit portion of the journey, the city surely has its problems but much of it is confined to the city proper. Downtown is ok. I think Ill survive the seedier areas. Europe isnt all rainbows and unicorns. Mostly its just poverty and Detroit's are way blown out of proportion, the suburbs and even a few pockets of the city itself are very affluent.

I survived Mexico, in fact its intercity buses are rather luxurious compared to the USA but it has poverty akin to sub saharan africa and the crime situation is nuts there. I choose not to live my life in fear.
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Old 07-06-2015, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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You guys are more courageous than I am taking a bus from Detroit. Bus terminals in the US are scary places, I don't think I would want to know what the one in Detroit looks like.
So if you don't want to know doesn't that mean you simply don't know about it and as such should refrain from passing along an uninformed opinion?
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