Hello all: We are hoping to benefit from the collective experience and Canadian members' knowledge to help us with trip planning.

Our family will attend the National in MSP this year and we'd like to return to Northern Virginia via the Great Lakes. Tentatively we will head north to Duluth and Thunder Bay, eventually getting on Rt 17 in Canada and going around to Sault Ste. Marie. Is Rt 17 in Ontario a heavily traveled highway? We are hoping to avoid freeway-like conditions if we can. We have an AirStream BaseCamp trailer pulled by a Toyota Highlander Hybrid. We'll have three bikes along with two of us riding daily. What can we expect at the border crossings? Is it easier to cross at SSM? or try a smaller crossing further east? This will be our first foray into Canada and we hope Canada becomes a regular destination.