There’s something exciting about exploring another country, which makes the Sault Ste. Marie area a traveler’s paradise. It’s a short ride across a beautiful bridge to a foreign land and all the intrigue that comes with it. Visitors will enjoy the Agawa Canyon Tour Train, the hockey culture, and the hustle and bustle of the city we share our name with on the northern side of the border.
Crossing the international border does require some planning. There are a variety of documents that will meet the requirements of U.S. Customs and Immigration – for most people, it will be a passport but other options also exist. When entering Canada, officials will ask to see a passport (or other approved documentation), inquire about your purpose for visiting Canada and ask a few basic questions. Upon return to the U.S., travelers must show passport (or other approved documentation) and will be asked a few questions (where do you live? what did you purchase? how long were you in Canada?) before being allowed to re-enter the U.S.
Although it may sound like a hassle – it really isn’t. Over two million crossings occur each year, including trips made by hundreds of thousands of visitors making their first trek across the nearly three-mile span.
Wait times used to be a mystery to travelers, but no more. Want to see how long you might wait on the bridge at a given time? Visit the International Bridge website to view webcams updated every 15 minutes and a description of current wait times at both the U.S. and Canadian crossing.
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