Sarnia, Ontario & the Blue Water Bridge to USA


When I arrived in Sarnia, the town was a mess.  A huge storm had just blown through (and I had driven through it, as I made my way down the Lake Huron coast from Grand Bend.  No surprise, power lines were down, traffic lights were out, and trees were knocked into the road.  The rain was ending, but I still wanted to see Lake Huron before heading across the border, and then south towards Detroit.  So, I made my way along the soggy streets to Canatara Park.

Canatara Park is located in the northwestern-most corner of Sarnia, just slightly east of the mouth of the St. Clair River (which connects Lake Huron and Lake St. Clair).  There’s a nice big beach here…

… which provides a good place to watch the sunset.  I was surprised that the sky was this clear, given the storm that had just blown through.

Canatara Park offers some wooded areas and other typical park features, as well as the beach.  With daylight quickly fading, I didn’t have enough time to explore the rest of the park, or spend much time in the city of Sarnia.  Instead, I found my way to the Blue Water Bridge, which connects Sarnia and Ontario Route 402 with Port Huron and Interstates 69 and 94.

Heading west into the USA, I was crossing the older span of the Blue Water Bridge.  It was built in 1938, and renovated in 1999.  The newer span, used for Canada-bound traffic, opened in 1997.

The Blue Water Bridge is the second-busiest US/Canada border crossing, after the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit.  It wasn’t busy when I was there, though — and I quickly flew through the customs stop on the American side.

Drivelapse Video

Here’s the time-lapse, dash-cam video of the drive from Sarnia, Ontario, across the bridge into the USA, then on towards Detroit on Interstate 94.

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