Good news, Americans—despite some concerns about labour problems with the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA), the feds have reached a contract deal with the border security. As of August 9, Americans can now ride into Canada to explore the Great White North, or ride through British Columbia to Alaska.
Such great privilege does not come without great responsibility, as Stan Lee would have told us. According to the Canadian federal government’s website, “American citizens and permanent residents of the United States, who currently reside in the United States, who meet specific criteria to qualify as fully vaccinated.” The Canadian border guards will want proof that you’ve been double-vaccinated for COVID-19, and also want proof of a negative COVID test (more details on all that here and here).
Canada announced its opening to US travelers in July, but there were worries a pending strike by CBSA workers (the Canadian equivalent to the Border Patrol) might cause massive delays at the border. Indeed, even though a last-minute deal averted that strike, initial reports say some Canadian border crossings were massively backed up in the early hours of opening. No doubt, as time goes by, those bottlenecks will lessen, as Americans catch up on their family visits and/or tire of poutine.
Now that Americans are able to travel in Canada, they’ve got considerable more space to explore in North America, or they can hit the ALCAN Highway and ride to Alaska. However, Canadians have no such option yet. As of August 9, Canadians are still unable to travel to the US by land for non-essential purposes, which means no adventure biking, unless you’ve got money for a fly-and-ride arrangement.