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Boston to Minneapolis: Drive through America or Canada?

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1. Posted by saraeg (Full Member 39 posts) 9y

I'm going to be making a mid-winter drive from Boston to Minneapolis and was wondering which route people would reccomend. obviously, going through America would be the shortest way, but as i've already been through the states i would be cutting through i'm more interested in seeing Canada. would Canada prove too tricky during February? would going over the border with a wagon full of things be more hassle than it's worth?

many thanks.

2. Posted by outdooren (Full Member 86 posts) 9y

I'm not sure about the border crossing itself, but driving in February can be crazy if there are snow blizzards. February is also very cold in Ontario/Manitoba, -20'C to -40'C. Make sure you have a warm blanket and emergency kit if your car were to break down. Also, you need winter snow tires on your car to be safest. And maybe even a block heater to plug in your car on cold nights. Where I live there isn't one car without a block heater. It keeps the battery warm at night so your car can start in the morning. You also need an ice scrapper and snow brush for your car. Just a few things to consider.

3. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1992 posts) 9y

As indicated above, there are severe storms in mid-winter in Canada north of Lake Superior.

I strongly suggest you drive from Boston to Buffalo, New York (do so on a day when there are no storms since when it does snow near Buffalo, it really SNOWS--like 20 inches at a time). Then travel through Canada from Buffalo to Detroit, cut across Michigan to Chicago, then take I-94 to Minneapolis.

The thing to keep in mind is that it snows the most just south and east of Lake Erie--so avoid that area if possible--and just north of Lake Superior and Lake Huron--avoid also.

It will be cold in all the towns I've mentioned also--but not as bad as travelling on the north side of Lake Superior.


4. Posted by willie3333 (Full Member 14 posts) 9y

Yes, as above, I concure with them. Minnesota is known as 'the icebox of the nation', in mid-febuary, temperatures could easily get below freezing, and you don't want to be dealing with trying to find somewhere to stay in some small town in the rural midwest during a blizzard. It is possible, but not advisable.

5. Posted by saraeg (Full Member 39 posts) 9y

Thanks for all the help. I'm thinking it might be best, though surely more boring, to simply go through the states. It might prove easier for mapping out a definite route and finding places to stay for the night.

Can anyone suggest some good stopping off places throughout the mid-atlantic/mid-west?

Thanks again