Crossing to Canada:
The Canada/US border is reputed to be the friendliest border in the world.
The International Bridge is the start of Interstate 75. Crossing the bridge to Canada will entail paying a toll: click here for current rates.
You will cross into Canada when your vehicle makes it half way over the St. Marys Rapids. Canadian Customs personnel will generally ask you the following questions:
Where do you live and what is your citizenship?
You will need a form of ID such as an enhanced driver’s license, Passport, Nexus card, Tribal or a state ID for adults. If children are too young and do not have a picture ID, a Birth Certificate will be required for them to cross into Canada. Children not accompanied by parents or legal guardian need to have a note from a parent or legal guardian stating that they have permission to cross into Canada, signed with a contact telephone number in the event Customs officials have any questions.
Do you have any firearms with you?
Sporting rifles and shotguns are permitted as long as they are registered with Canadian Customs. There is a fee for registration that can cover more than one firearm. For more information on the application process, click HERE. At this web site, one may download a copy of the registration form for firearms. (Do not sign the registration form until you are in the presence of, and requested to do so by a Canadian Customs official.) Pistols and other handguns are strictly prohibited.
ADDITIONAL BORDER CROSSING INFORMATION
Do you have any alcohol?
A specific amount of alcohol that could be considered for personal use is permitted: no more than one case of beer, single liter of alcohol, or 40 ounces of wine are allowed per person.
Do you have any tobacco?
Up to one carton of cigarettes or one roll of snuff is allowed–an amount that could be considered to be for personal use only.
What is the purpose of your visit?
Inform the official how long you intend to visit. State that you are visiting as a tourist (if that is the case).
In an effort to curtail illegal entry of children, they may ask for the childrens’ birth certificates.
If you have ever received a ticket for DUI or OUIL, Canadian Customs can—and often do—refuse entry. In some cases you are allowed to post a personal bond, non-returnable, and travel in Canada.
The above questions are what is generally asked or looked for. Remember, this is a foreign country, and they can and do thoroughly search both the contents of your vehicle and your person.
Dogs and cats accompanying their owners from the U.S. must have current (with in 36 months) rabies vaccinations certificates. Owners from other countries who wish to bring their pets should contact the nearest Canadian consulate or embassy.
Pleasure crafts may enter Canada by trailer or under their own power and stay for a period of up to 12 months. The required entry permit is obtainable from Customs at port of entry. All boats powered by motors 10 HP or over must be licensed, and the license number clearly indicated on the bow of the vessel. Boat licenses from outside Ontario are acceptable. For remote check in: 1 (888) CAN-PASS or 1 (800) 226-7277
Individuals with criminal records wishing to enter Canada can apply for a waiver. This should be done 6-8 weeks in advance of the intended visit. It should be noted that driving under the influence convictions are considered a criminal offense in Canada. Individuals with criminal records without waivers can be refused entry.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection wants your feedback. Please contact them at one of the methods listed below.
U.S. Phone: (877) 227-5511
International Phone: (202) 325-8000
Mail: U.S. Customs and Border Protection; OPA/CBP INFO Center; 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, MS: 1345; Washington, DC 20229; United States of America