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US/Canada Border Crossing #5118982
05/29/19 08:29 AM
05/29/19 08:29 AM
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Scituate MA
coopns Offline OP
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Been crossing the Calais / St Stephen (US/Canada) border two times a year for more then 30 years. Sometimes by myself or with wife and four children.

Funny how the agents attitude changes depending on each situation.

One time wife forgot all passports. Canadian side tried to guilt us in to can't cross and 5 mins later after some discussion we were on our way.

Most recently was by myself crossing in to US. I am just your avg Joe at 48 (I think??...white 48 year old male, bald, not dressed up,) and was driving the wife's Infiniti. He asked the basic questions...where you
from, how long (4 days) then he asked me "is that your car?". Never got that before because was always in the minivan. Then asked me to open the back trunk gate which
I had nothing but clothes and chips.

On the way in to Canada she was busting me about to you have proof that you were born in NY...Proof? My Visa says that. (I did say I was going to visit family in NS which I was
). It was late but she asked I think if I had dirt/mud.

I usually just tell the kids to pretend to be sleeping and no problems.

Any insights or stories? Just chattin' here...Not mad.


Coop
Re: US/Canada Border Crossing [Re: coopns] #5118992
05/29/19 08:44 AM
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Never been to Canada .

Been through the port of entry ( a few times ) , driving back and forth from El Paso on US 54 . I am an old WASP male driving a company truck .

Are you a citizen ? Yes . Have a nice day .

Only international port of entry I have been through .

If I take I10 home , no port of entry .


Wyr
God bless
Re: US/Canada Border Crossing [Re: coopns] #5118999
05/29/19 08:51 AM
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I've been crossing off and on since I was a baby. I carry a US passport, but I was born in Canada, which has more than once triggered something that meant I had to pull over and go inside for further questioning. That hasn't happened in quite a few years though. I suspect with all the electronic monitoring you need to have something "in the system" to get the third degree, or else you look suspicious. In informal observations at border crossings they seem to pick on younger people, people of color, and those not from North America. They occasionally have surprise inspections well away from the border, and at those stops they come out dressed like the military carrying weapons and often lead dogs around your car too. It's one good reason to always keep your license, car registration, insurance card, etc. all up to date with matching names and addresses, if possible.

Re: US/Canada Border Crossing [Re: coopns] #5119004
05/29/19 08:55 AM
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I've travelled to Michigan international speedway from Toronto a couple of times to see a NASCAR race. Bought tickets in advance, rented a trailer and had reservations where I was staying. Both times my buddy and I were questioned at length, held up for maybe 30 minutes and certainly made not to feel welcome but eventually let in. Those people serving us [restaurant staff/hotel and Nascar park staff] often asked us about out trip and we told them how we were treated at the border. They appeared very uncomfortable to hear how we were treated. The speedway has recently taken down some of the stands as attendance has dropped and the trailer park we stayed in has closed.

I very much agree that a country has every right to restrict who comes in for a visit but the attitude could be better. Not the only reason but it's part of the reason I haven't gone back in the last two years.

Re: US/Canada Border Crossing [Re: coopns] #5119015
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“I usually just tell the kids to pretend to be sleeping and no problems.“



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Re: US/Canada Border Crossing [Re: coopns] #5119016
05/29/19 09:07 AM
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I'm a Canadian and used to cross the border on business. I always had a passport but picked up a Nexus card to get in the fast track at customs. They also allow the Nexus card to be used for flights between Canadian cities. My card expired so I applied on the internet for new one ($50 US for 5 years). I always get courteous fast service from the US agents. The Canadian agents treat me like a criminal when trying to get back into my own country. smirk2


When driving back into Canada I always have a full tank of gas, a 6 pack of Coors and some of those tasty corn nuts. laugh

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Re: US/Canada Border Crossing [Re: coopns] #5119018
05/29/19 09:11 AM
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Yes , any country has the right and obligation to control who does and who does not enter . If any person does not like it , stay home .

That does not mean the entry officials should be over bearing to the average Joe or Jane . But the average Joe or Jane should not come across with an attitude .

I am a USA citizen and have a right to be here . I do not have a right to be in another country .


Wyr
God bless
Re: US/Canada Border Crossing [Re: coopns] #5119020
05/29/19 09:12 AM
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Who remembers when we could cross either border by just showing a driver's license? smile I do!

Re: US/Canada Border Crossing [Re: coopns] #5119024
05/29/19 09:16 AM
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...ahh the good old days.


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Re: US/Canada Border Crossing [Re: coopns] #5119025
05/29/19 09:17 AM
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I'm an older white male from the south- I've read that that is a targeted segment on the Canadian side- seems a Canadian prosecutor stated they were the biggest group arrested for having undeclared firearms.
Also read some real horror stories of people having their RV's or regular vehicles torn apart, searched and damaged while they look for guns that were not there.

Wife and I have been near the border several times and wanted to go into Canada but were worried about damage- they can search all they want because I'm not stupid enough to bring something they don't allow- but the possible damage concerns me greatly- I'm told they do NOT pay for any damages they cause.

Re: US/Canada Border Crossing [Re: coopns] #5119027
05/29/19 09:18 AM
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Originally Posted by coopns
On the way in to Canada she was busting me about to you have proof that you were born in NY...Proof? My Visa says that. (I did say I was going to visit family in NS which I was). It was late but she asked I think if I had dirt/mud.
A visa?

Dirt? Mud? Maybe the agent moonlights with a mobile car wash and shower parked behind back. Only $500.


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Re: US/Canada Border Crossing [Re: coopns] #5119031
05/29/19 09:21 AM
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I cross pretty frequently, almost exclusively at the Thousand Islands; Alexandria Bay - Ivy Lea. Usually it's easy, but I've notice that the trade issues have changed things a little in the past year or so. It's becoming more common for them to ask me how much food I have with me, or why don't I but my food in Canada. One guy last year made me turn around and discard all my apples, strawberries, and grapes back on the US side then come back in. The border patrol agents on the US side got a pretty good laugh over that one. "How long were you in Canada?" "Oh, about 3 minutes... He told me to come over here and throw out my fruit")

You can easily tell the agents who are having a bad day or have a chip on their shoulder. (That holds true on both sides of the border...)

Usually it's just the basic "Citizenship, where you going, how long, any alcohol/tobacco, weapons/firearms, are you leaving anything in Canada"

We appear just as we are- a middle age couple with two young boys going to our family cottage. And usually treated as such.


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Re: US/Canada Border Crossing [Re: Uphill_Both_Ways] #5119037
05/29/19 09:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Uphill_Both_Ways


Dirt? Mud? Maybe the agent moonlights with a mobile car wash and shower parked behind back. Only $500.


Back in the 70s my uncle had a cooler full of night crawlers he'd collected for fishing. It is permissible to bring the worms into Canada, but not the dirt. He had to cross back across the line and rinse off all the worms. Then he was allowed in.


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Re: US/Canada Border Crossing [Re: coopns] #5119042
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Suonds like Soviet Union border crossing

Re: US/Canada Border Crossing [Re: coopns] #5119046
05/29/19 09:40 AM
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Born and raised in the USA, and had a passport at the time, but I traveled to the Vancouver area on business a few times in years past. Always seemed to have a much harder time getting back into the US than I ever had getting into Canada. Always watched as car after car with Canada plates get waved through into the US, but I always got questioned at length, lol. shrug


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