How to Walk to Canada

The annual Congress for the New Urbanism is like a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster; the effects of which are similar to “having your brains smashed in by a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick” [find out more]. It’s a shock to your system: refreshing, educating, exhilarating, and completely exhausting.

Bittersweet, has been my only experience waking up on each Sunday of the Congress. Programming was over, and I needed to do something behind the event flight. I got a ride to the Buffalo Airport with Matt Steele (@MatthewSteele) and Matthias Leyrer (@mjleyrer) from the great Bill Banas (@buffalobill1)( — thanks a ton dude! — ). We got a rental car and trekked northbound to Niagara Falls!

There has also been something uncomfortable with crossing the border. Usually treks between the United States and Canada looks something like this: an endless queue of cars, unhappy border agents, and unnecessary searches. However, instead of driving across the border, Matthias and I decided to hike across the Rainbow Bridge (Matt forgot his passport and worked from a nearby coffee shop).

In contrast to driving or flying, it’s a very human experience. Great views of the falls and no wait. We passed cars on our stretch.


Walking is a tale of two cities. Canada welcomes pedestrians and the United States bumps them into a parking lot. Here’s what it is like to enter Canada …



And here’s what it’s like to enter back into the USA …


Walking is a very human activity. When it comes to walking across the bridge between the two places; one Canadian and one New York – it’s a tale of two cities.

Here are a few photos of the trip:

Need $ to get back in the USA
Me and the Falls
#USA Falls
$5 parking in Canada
Incompatible land uses in Canada
American side streetscape
American side streetscape
Shops on Canada’s side