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Old 05-16-14, 05:32 PM
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Clayton, NY to Gananoque, ON

I want to go from Clayton, NY to Gananoque, ON to catch the ferry to the Boldt Castle. Has anyone done this? If so how?

The options I see are:

1. Take the Clayton ferry to the castle then take the Gananoque ferry to Gananoque. This would be ideal. Has anyone tired it? I suspect there could be problems with customs. I have not yet talked to the Gananoque folks but the Clayton ferry does not have an issue with us bringing bikes aboard.

2. Cross the I81 bridge. Has anyone done this on a bicycle all the way to Canada? Are bikes allowed the whole length of the bridge?


3. The last option that I really don't want to do is the Wolfe Island ferry. Since I am headed west after the castle, Gananoque would be back tracking for me.
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Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
I want to go from Clayton, NY to Gananoque, ON to catch the ferry to the Boldt Castle. Has anyone done this? If so how?

The options I see are:

1. Take the Clayton ferry to the castle then take the Gananoque ferry to Gananoque. This would be ideal. Has anyone tired it? I suspect there could be problems with customs. I have not yet talked to the Gananoque folks but the Clayton ferry does not have an issue with us bringing bikes aboard.

2. Cross the I81 bridge. Has anyone done this on a bicycle all the way to Canada? Are bikes allowed the whole length of the bridge?


3. The last option that I really don't want to do is the Wolfe Island ferry. Since I am headed west after the castle, Gananoque would be back tracking for me.
I don't understand what exactly you're trying to do. Are you simply trying to get to the castle from Clayton? If you're just wanting to go check out Boldt castle, you don't have to cross into Canada. You could just ride on down to Alex BAy and hop on one of the tour boats from there, it's right across the channel and on the US side. Are you ultimately trying to get to Gan afterwards? You can cross the bridge, sure. I think you are supposed to walk your bike across on the bridge sidewalk, but I doubt anyone actually does that.
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According to the TI Bidge WEB site, bikes are prohibited from riding over, but can be walked over on the ped walkway.

i've taken both of the Wolfe Island ferries on my motorcycle, and I remember bicycles on the ferries also. does take a long time and if you miss the Canadian ferry, you'll have a long wait.
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I don't understand what exactly you're trying to do. Are you simply trying to get to the castle from Clayton? If you're just wanting to go check out Boldt castle, you don't have to cross into Canada. You could just ride on down to Alex BAy and hop on one of the tour boats from there, it's right across the channel and on the US side. Are you ultimately trying to get to Gan afterwards? You can cross the bridge, sure. I think you are supposed to walk your bike across on the bridge sidewalk, but I doubt anyone actually does that.
I am heading west once I cross into Canada across the St. Lawrence. Alexandria Bay is sort of out of my way. Do to time constraints, I do not think it would be possible. But thanks for the tip, because if my buddy can add a day to our trip Alexandria Bay may be an option.


Are you allowed to cross both bridges US and Canada?
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i've taken both of the Wolfe Island ferries on my motorcycle, and I remember bicycles on the ferries also. does take a long time and if you miss the Canadian ferry, you'll have a long wait.
Thanks VT_Speed_TR.

Do you know, how much time between when the US ferry arrives and Canadian leaves?
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Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
Thanks VT_Speed_TR.

Do you know, how much time between when the US ferry arrives and Canadian leaves?
tough to say, checking the Wolfe island ferry & homes ferry web sites, looks like a half hour. But you need to go thru the little Canadian customs plaza when you get to Wolfe Island. So everyone gets off the ferry & waits. Then you have 4 or 5 miles to bike over to the other side of the island, each ferry is about 15 -20 minutes.

From Kingston, I rode along the lake heading toward Trenton, that was a nice ride and would have been nice on a bicycle.
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Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
I am heading west once I cross into Canada across the St. Lawrence. Alexandria Bay is sort of out of my way. Do to time constraints, I do not think it would be possible. But thanks for the tip, because if my buddy can add a day to our trip Alexandria Bay may be an option.


Are you allowed to cross both bridges US and Canada?
The reason I mentioned Alex Bay is because it's the closest town to Boldt Castle. If you walk out behind the town pavilion, the castle sits right in front of you. If you're definitely going to the castle, the quickest and easiest way is to go down to A-Bay and hop a boat from there. You can just lock up your bikes at the Tour boat place.

Yes, you can cross both bridges.

If you've decided not to go to Boldt castle, then I definitely recommend the Wolfe Island ferry from Cape Vincent.
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