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Southern Ontario Region

NEXUS members: Enter Canada faster at the Whirlpool Bridge

The Whirlpool Bridge is a dedicated NEXUS crossing located in Niagara Falls, Ontario in the heart of downtown and only a few minutes from the Horseshoe Falls. Only NEXUS members are permitted to use the Whirlpool Bridge resulting in minimal to no delays when entering or returning to Canada.

Hours of Operation at Whirlpool Bridge

Monday – Sunday
7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Toll at Whirlpool Bridge

The toll is collected on the U.S. side as vehicles are entering Canada. The only toll accepted at the Whirlpool Bridge is prepaid on your NEXUS card. Cash and tokens are not accepted to pay the toll. You must be enrolled in the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission (NFBC) toll program prior to crossing. This can be done at the kiosk located on the U.S. side of the bridge. Only Canadian or U.S. currency can be used to prepay your tolls at the kiosk. For more information on enrolling in the toll program, refer to the NFBC Web site.

Using your NEXUS card at Whirlpool Bridge

When you present your NEXUS card at the NEXUS reader located in front of the entrance gate on the United States side of the Whirlpool Bridge, your card will be checked for security clearance and a toll charge will be deducted from your account. A successful operation will be signalled by a green light, a "Thank you for using NEXUS" message on the patron fare indicator and the gate will open. You are then cleared to proceed across the bridge. You must then present your NEXUS card at the reader located just prior to the CBSA inspection booth.

Directions to Whirlpool Bridge

From QEW Niagara:

  • Take ON-420 East towards Niagara Falls, U.S.A.
  • Continue onto Regional Road 420 / Roberts Street
  • Take Victoria Avenue ramp to Falls
  • Turn left onto Victoria Avenue
  • Turn right onto Bridge Street
  • Follow to the end where it meets River Road and Whirlpool Bridge is straight ahead

From I-190:

  • Take I-190 North towards Exit 21
  • Take Exit 21 for NY-384 / Buffalo Avenue toward Robert Moses Parkway / New York State Park American Falls
  • Keep right and merge onto Lasalle Expressway
  • Continue and take exit toward Robert Moses Parkway
  • Merge onto John Daly Boulevard
  • Turn left onto Niagara Street
  • Turn right onto 4th Street
  • Take 2nd right onto Main Street and turn left to stay on Main Street
  • Turn left onto Cleveland Avenue
  • Turn right onto Whirlpool Street

NEXUS Program

NEXUS is a joint initiative of the CBSA and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The NEXUS program is designed to expedite the border clearance process for pre-approved, low-risk NEXUS members travelling between Canada and the United States. This allows both countries to focus their efforts on unknown and potentially higher-risk travellers and goods.

Membership Benefits

NEXUS members enjoy the benefits of simplified border crossings whether they are travelling by car, boat or airplane:

  • They enjoy an expedited entry process by using designated NEXUS lanes at land borders or the NEXUS-only Whirlpool Bridge;
  • They benefit from simplified reporting to border services officers by telephone in advance of their arrival by recreational boat;
  • They save time crossing the border by using automated NEXUS self-serve kiosks at designated international airports; and
  • They can use their NEXUS card as an alternative document to the passport for entry into Canada and the United States by land or boat.

Becoming a Member

  • You may qualify to participate in NEXUS if you are a citizen or permanent resident of Canada or the United States and have continuously lived in Canada and/or the United States for the last three years.
  • You must submit an application by mail or online through the Global Online Enrollment System (GOES) and then go through an enrollment process. The enrollment process takes six to eight weeks.
  • There is a non-refundable CAN$50 or US$50 processing fee.
  • Applicants must satisfy the eligibility criteria, be admissible into Canada and the United States, and pass risk assessments performed by both countries.
  • Successful applicants will receive a NEXUS card that is valid for five years.

For more information about NEXUS, visit www.nexus.gc.ca or www.nexus.gov.