St. Stephen. It is shorter and the roads are much improved from the old days.
The route 9 (Airline) is well paved and widened and there are places to pass.
I would agree with maryann but, unless there has been improvement the road from Moncton to St Stephen was crap last year.
There is probably some construction. There was in March when we went through, but it was not too bad.
You could research this or ask on the New Brunswick forum.Edited: 13 July 2012, 21:22
No need to research the road conditions on the NB forum! Just returned from Maine on Monday. The road from Moncton to St. Stephen has been greatly improved. They are doing construction but by the looks of it, some of it may open soon. It was not as rough as it was last trip through there.
Cross at St. Stephen - Calais. There are now three border crossings. There is one that takes you through downtown Calais (by the famous Marden's store), the old Miltown crossing and the new crossing as well. Not much of a delay. Be sure to bring your passports, prepare to open your back windows if they are tinted, as the U.S. border agents ask.
Have a great trip
KC: If there are three border crossings how would one know which one to take? We will just be driving through from Maine to NS and trying to make good time. Thanks for your help.
Just follow the signs. I believe the new crossing comes first. If by chance you see a long line then keep going into Calais.Edited: 14 July 2012, 12:57
maryann is correct, if you are driving from Maine to NB. Assuming you are driving across route 9 (known as the airline route), you will turn right at the end of route 9. There will be an Irving bigstop gas station/restaurant at the intersection. Proceed on, following the signs for Calais. You will pass a wildlife preserve on your right. You will come to a rotary or roundabout, with a Duty Free America shop on one side. This is the newest border crossing. Follow the signs to Canada.
Once you have cleared Canadian customs, the transCanada highway is there.
Thank you for your help!
no problem, angie...feel free to ask if you have more questions.
Remember speeds are posted in kilometers per hour, seatbelts are mandatory, and you cannot use a hand held cell phone while driving in NS.