Brace yourselves for extraordinarily heavy border traffic this weekend.

Canada’s Victoria Day Weekend begins Friday, with the holiday observed Monday.

Never mind that Queen Victoria actually was born on May 24, and not on May 20.

For motorists heading across the border via Western New York, U.S. Customs and Border Protection recommends:

• Preparing for the inspection process before arriving at the inspection booth. That includes having documents in hand, ending cellphone calls, rolling down the windows of your vehicle, and removing sunglasses and hats.

• Visiting the “Know Before You Go” section of the Customs and Border Protection website at

• Allowing for extra time and checking border wait times in case of exceptionally heavy traffic. Wait times can be viewed at

Cross-border travelers are encouraged to participate in the NEXUS program, which allows prescreened, low-risk travelers to proceed with little or no delay entering either country.