Procedure for crossing Canadian Border from US

Discussion in 'Canada' started by eburrell, Jun 29, 2004.

  1. Beezer

    Beezer Long timer Supporter

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    I hear the won't let you through if you have a drunk driving conviction, as this is a felony in Canada. This happened to an aquaintenance (I would imagine he was drunk at the time), he had to go to another check point & lie to get through. This was 10 years ago or so when things were much more lax. How is it now?
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  2. akrider

    akrider mild adventurer

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    A riding buddy and I made the crossing into the Yukon. We stopped for the Canadian Female boarder guard. He flipped up his helmet and said.........
    "Hello Honey". Bad move.

    Passport, or drivers liscence, registration and proof of insurance are needed. But usually only the passport is asked to be produced. I have been asked how much cash I was carrying, and asked if I had any credit cards one time. And where I'm from and where im going and the purpose of trip are usuall questions. They usually ask how much booze and tobacco I am carrying.

    Shut off the Bike, take off sunglasses, and helmet when you get to the border guard and they go real easy on you.
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  3. Tatson

    Tatson Tatson the Raven

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    A "bunch of socialist fucks", eh? Hard to know what to say to that depth of ignorance other than that no Canadian I know of is going to insist on your coming here. As for weapons, did you know that a Canadian sniper has the record for the longest confirmed kill shot? Did it a couple of years ago in Afganistan. I were you I would look that up and then not come any closer to the border than that. He might just be a socialist fuck.
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  4. North

    North Aimless Drifter

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    Speaking of a "bunch of socialist fucks". It's not our Socialist Government who is bailing out failed companys.:D What a bunch of Commies.:rofl

    Anyways, I had an American Border Guard really give me hard time last week. I just driving down on my GS to get some parts for my Husky. I stopped the engine and took off my helmet. But I didn't know my plate number. I just thought it was a bit over-kill. I mean a middled age guy on a BMW. The month before I went through driving my car and no problems. I guess it's just a crap shoot.
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  5. toddiscdn

    toddiscdn Take off, EH!

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    What a asshole, its people with attitudes like that that get hassled at the border, not to mention making the majority of nice Americans look bad.:huh
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  6. kneeslider

    kneeslider Insufficient privileges!

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    Have been to Canada more times then I can count for both business & pleasure, love it!

    So let me say this, follow my rule, if you don' like certain places, don't go there! I apply the rule to Iraq, Iran, all the nasty stans & being around narrow minded bone heads!

    As a final comment on anti-Canadian rantings let me pass this on...:topes
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  7. fatdr

    fatdr dirty dirty boy

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    It's actually the same going both ways. A criminal conviction of any kind is grounds to turn you away. Stupid customs..... they ought to just open up the border and make an uber-border around us all to serve both countries, then I can bring in all my cheap liquor and ciggies...:D
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  8. Steve G.

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    I've recently returned from a month in Europe. My opinion is, I don't think we want to go down this road, a free border. Yeah it sounds nice, but you would not believe the 'rif-raf' that would find it's way to feed off of our 'liberal' social safety net. They are having one heck of a problem in western Europe [ Germany, Austria, Switzerland] with roving bands of Eastern European gypsies coming into towns, grabbing everything that moves.
    One day as I sat at a coffee shop in small town Austria, we watched as a clearly recognizable group with clever handed kids walked down the streets, and the shop keepers grabbing their stuff, pulling it into their quickly closing doors.
    No, keep the border there, we are doing just fine!!
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  9. fatdr

    fatdr dirty dirty boy

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    hey Steve,
    I said that more tongue in cheek than really meaning it. I drive a big truck across the border, sometimes 2 or 3 times a week and it does get tiresome with the inane questions and border wait times. However, that said, I do agree with you about keeping them there.
    Stupid customs...:huh
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  10. Steve G.

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    I hear ya regarding the line-ups. The USA, whether self imposed, or it just happened, are the worlds policeman. As such, many people [not me] dislike them. As a result, the USA knows it, feels it, and are now nervous at their borders. I have no problem answering any of their questions either, and just thank the stars that I am not one who could be considered a visual profile pick for further interogation in their books. All I want to do is enjoy their roads, buy their cheap beer & bike stuff, and in the winter, enjoy their sunshine. But I always know the way back to the border.
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  11. nvdlboy

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    IME, having crossed the border regularly for the past 40 years at a variety of crossings in BC, I find that being polite and respectful is the best approach. I've been searched a few times going into the US and even more coming home into Canada. I'm honest; my kid sister tried to bring a 40 oz bottle of Tequila home one time, that was the most expensive "cheap" bottle that they never even got to enjoy as it was poured out in front of them when Customs impounded her car! I now use a NEXUS pass, still get the occasional secondary questioning, but they're pretty good both ways. Coming back from Death Valley this year, the only comment I got was "I guess you don't have anything to declare!" I did, dropped off the forms and was still through in under 5 minutes.
    This year, one of my cousins who is Canadian and has lived in Milan with his Italian wife for the past 10 years ran into trouble as his kids (10 and 8) are both on the wife's passport per Italian regs; the US folks refused him entry to visit our jointly owned US property for lunch. They have never had a problem in years past. After 4 hours in the custom's office, their biggest lesson was don't argue when you're refused entry.
    :deal
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  12. toddiscdn

    toddiscdn Take off, EH!

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    I agree with nvdlboy, I live 25 min.s from the Sarnia, Ont./ port Huron Mich. border and go over all the time to get beer, gas, pick up packages, etc.. Take you shades off, have your documents ready(passport helps), yes sir, no sir etc. and you should be on your way. Yes the have some inane questions, and some are on a power trip, but play nice and you should be ok.

    All this has been in my cage, its good to get some insite on helmet removal, etc. if I ever take my bike over. I havent yet as Im usually picking stuff up and its hard to get 5 cases of beer on the bike:lol3

    cheers, Todd
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