Scenic Route part trois.
Or part 3 if you like. Ontario is partly bilingual, and you will see a little bit of French on some signs in the part you will see. Farther north, French is used more. Where was I?
Oh, Travel information kiosks. V-Tom is correct that the Internet can provide most of the information available at the Travel Information Centres, but it is far easier to grab a handful of pamphlets than print what you want from a web site and then remember to take it with you. I found the three TIC locations that will matter most to you:
Three Ontario Travel Information Centers for you to consider.
This is at an ideal border-crossing spot from Buffalo NY. The Niagara Parkway starts at Fort Erie, but you will want help finding how to get to it. Recent changes to roads near the bridge suggest you ask for advice. You will probably find no services on the Niagara parkway, because the marina is seasonal and the season has probably not started. The $ symbol means you can trade US$ for Canadian money.
FORT ERIE - Peace Bridge in the Ontario Welcome Centre ($)
350 Bertie Street, Unit 1 L2A 6S6
Tel: (905) 871-3505
This is at the next border crossing north of Fort Erie, about an hour north via the slow (36 MPH) Niagara Parkway. Use this only if you want to visit Niagara Falls. I think it may be difficult to park near this.
NIAGARA FALLS - Rainbow Bridge ($)
5355 Stanley Ave. L2E 7C2
Tel: (905) 358-3221
This is for your return journey. Sarnia is across the Blue Water Bridge from Port Huron Michigan.
SARNIA - Blue Water Bridge ($)
1455 Venetian Blvd. N7T 7W7
Tel: (519) 344-7403
The numbering of Ontario roads is very peculiar and confusing. When you see a number in a trapezoid (flowerpot silhouette) that means a county road, and the road may change its number when you cross a county line. If you head west from Fort Erie (instead of taking Niagara Parkway north to Niagara Falls) then Provincial Highway 3 (a shield on the map) is an excellent compromise between efficiency of travel and scenery. When you get to Dunnville, Provincial 3 goes northward, and Haldimand County road 3 goes west, keeping its number 3 when it crosses into Norfolk County. Last summer I rode the highway between Port Ryerse (County 42 becomes County 24 near Port Bruce) and Port Stanley. I enjoyed this ride, and stopped to photograph the lighthouse at Port Burwell; it was an important beacon.
West of Port Stanley, I have no recent experience, so I defer to others, except for this important recommendation.
If you want to meet snarly stupid border guards and spend lots of time with red tape, cross the Ambassador Bridge from Windsor to Detroit, or the other direction with a bit less hassle. If you want cheerful and competent border guards, cross from Sarnia to Port Huron via the Blue Water Bridge. On the map this may seem like a waste of time. In reality, the extra time and hassle and incompetence at the Ambassador Bridge will more than make up for the shorter route. Believe me, you will drive away from the Ambassador Bridge shaking your heads and saying, "You know, we should have listened to Keith".
If you DO choose to cross at Sarnia, you can go through Oil City and Petrolia and learn about the origins of Canada's oil industry.
Bonne chance et bon voyage en Ontario!