From the article: Tips for Driving Across the Border into Canada
Crossing the Canada/US border can be a stressful experience and changes to the passport requirements in 2009 added to the anxiety for many. Do you have a story about crossing the border? Forget your passport? Make a stupid joke? Maybe your story could help someone else, or maybe you just want to get it off your chest. Share Your Story
- I've been reading these stories I've read on here, and am a bit disheartened. These CBSA officers have an extremely difficult, and in many cases stressful job in trying to keep our borders safe, drug free, and free of people trying to come in and take a job that a Canadian citizen can do. Most of the comments that I'm reading are more whinning and complaining than anything serious. Please people, they have a job to do, cut them some slack! And maybe, just maybe go onto the cbsa website and read up on what you can and cannot bring over the border. Also, just a warning, if they suspect something, they can look through your phone messages, iPad, computers, etc...., so if your looking for privacy..........you've been warned! I just want to thank all the CBSA agents for what they do in protecting our country. You guys do a great job and keep up the great work. The vast majority of Canadians are extremely proud and thankful for the job you do. Thanks again :)
- —Guest Jeff
Fuji or Fiji
- I declared a couple of Fuji apples when crossing into US - had to go inside and they looked at them - no problem grown in USA. Now whenever US customs check me on computer they say things like "what were you doing in Fiji? (Islands) Ya there idiots
Turned away from Maine Border-Guest Gary
- I too live in a town on the Maine-New Brunswick border. I attempted to cross and visit my partner and was turned away by a very rude and condescending officer who accused me of lying and said he didn't trust my story. He treated me like a criminal. All that was missing was the spotlight in my face. I heard him talking with a female officer out in the open. This sounds as if it could possibly be the same crossing and same person. If not, this is quite the coincidence.
- —Guest Guest Tom
i feel violated
- When coming home to Vancouver. The Canadian Border guys put me through the ringer. I feel like I have been violated in the worst way and will need counselling. Also, all of you who say that they are "racist", you need to give your heads a shake because more than half of CBSA are visible minorities. Thats a fact even if you dont see it.
- —Guest frank
STill in Shock..
- Hi Im a 55 year old female, living in Canada since 1965, my father immigrated to this country to work for an engineering company and I was raised here , became a canadian citizen in 1988. I have traveled to the USA several times , and the last time was in 2005 , the memories of the CBSA officers that I had at the time of travel , were really good ones, I travelled in and out of the states with no problem at all, was treated with total respect and with professionalism.. Until this month when I decided to go with my friend , we drove to Platsburg for the day .. we went shopping came back the same day... Passing through Us border was fine reasonable and proffesional officers.. Now coming back into Canada .. I was appalled of how I was treated and bullied in my own country of residence .. They pulled us over searched the car and even accused me of having a vodka bottle which i did not have did not let me go to the washroom..why are they targeting the wrong people ? and not the terrorists.
- —Guest Guest Filomena
Very rude US border guard
- I crossed border from Canada, surrey BC, to US, washington only once. The US border officer is absolutely rude, completely disrespectful, barks like a dog, asks very dumb questions like his dumb face. He seems bored from his job since he asks the same questions over and over. But I believe that is not the case. I think he has some anger issues and he is intentionally acting rudely. The boredom of your job is not travellers' fault. I can't believe that like this garbage is the first "thing" you see when you visit the US. Coming back to Canada, the Canadian officer was polite and respectful not like that american animal. I hope he get fired from his job and I hope he suffer in his life and be treated disrespectfully anywhere he goes.
- —Guest Mark
- I cross at least twice a week since my boyfriend is an American border patrol agent and I'm Canadian. Ironic? I've had some terrible experiences, granted. However I wanted to post a positive. My boyfriend had his nexus come in and I was still waiting on mine. I had been having trouble breathing last few days and it was getting worse I started to panic while waiting in the 2h line back to Canada to drop me off. My bf cut out of line and drove through the nexus line. It's against the rules to take a non nexus member in that line and he could have easily gotten his card taken. The border lady quickly came out and held my hand and got oxygen as I passed out. She sat with me trying to keep me awake until the ambulance arrived. Every time I pass now I remember her. She forgot who I am, but I recognize her every time.
- —Guest Cross border romance
called a liar
- I'm Canadian my boyfriend is Guatemalan and lives in America. He has a work permit and is 100% not illegal I know for sure because I have been with him everytime he has renewed his work permit with his attorney. I cross about 2 - 3 times a week at the PAC Highway crossing and usually have no trouble. This time though the guard told me that I spend pretty much every night of the week crossing which is not true at all I disagreed with him and then he asked why my boyfriend doesn't visit me and I explained he is not able to cross because he is only on work permit. The guard then aske me what nationality my boyfriend is and what his work is. I answered truthfully and my boyfriends work is janitorial but when the berry season comes around he works it because the money is so good. The guard told me that my boyfriend is living in America illegally. I told him no he has a valid work permit, the guard cut me off and raised his voice saying I DON'T BELIEVE YOU! To me the guard is a racis
- —Guest Kelley
- My brother and I (Californians) decided to take a weekend mini-roadtrip to the Pacific Northwest and spend a day in Canada. A friend of mine lives in WA, and had told us we could stay with her. When we reached the Canadian border, the young man at the window did not believe our "story" and made us park our car and go into their building. A woman interrogated my brother and I separately, hoping to find any inconsistencies. She asked me extremely stupid, irrelevant questions while searching my purse and wallet. Then she searched our car, with the assistance of drug-sniffing dogs - and came up empty-handed!! She had completely wasted two hours of our life, and shattered any interest we had in going to Canada. She told us we could proceed into the country and told us about a place we could go to to get tourist infomation - I began to cry because I was so upset that she ruined our day, and without sympathy she said "why are you crying?" We turned the car around.
- —Guest Brother Sister
Inappropriate Canadian Border Guards
- I love visiting Toronto from the US. We drove through Niagara Falls NY. We were asked the most bizarre questions by the Canadian border guard, who seems to me to be a pathetic little twerp trying to share his misery with unsuspecting would be tourists. How much money do I have in the bank? Why is that their business? What is the relationship between my co-traveler and myself? I've traveled all over the world without being subjected to these questions. And if you stand up for your rights and object to personal and irrelevant questions you guarantee yourself a 45 min detainment with car search and more inappropriate questions. How many terrorists slipped by while these morons wasted their time with us? My last trip to Toronto. If Canada doesn't want my tourism money I'll spend it somewhere else.
Small business owner harrassed
- I make a trip over the border regularly to bring items over for my shop. One guard in particular is always picking through my paper work to find something wrong with it. He questions me like I am a criminal each and every time. I am always honest, friendly and cooperative, I pay all duties and taxes. I am hardworking individual, trying to make an income and creating jobs in Canada. I am afraid to make a complaint or the harassment will only get worse which in turn will affect my business. He even confiscated one item and threw it out. I later contacted the department which oversees this particular item and it is allowed, it is just that the Officer didn't check into it correctly or listen to me when describing the materials. When he sees me at the counter, he actually goes out of his way to be the one to inspect my paperwork. Very disheartening.
- —Guest Always harrassed
CBSA Canadian border Vancouver
- I would like to know why the young "bully" newbie pulls someone into secondary inspection for over an hour after a 15 hour flight from Australia yesterday. My daughter is a 20 year old employed young lady with a NEXUS card. You've got to be kidding me. Searched every item in her suitcases and looked and read all messages on ipad, iphone, camera. Asked how she could afford to go away for 10 days........Invasive and aggressive and I cannot believe that we have no rights to return to our own country.
- Agents are either nice like Halifax, or typically belittling in Toronto and Vancouver. I'm a world traveller and Canada is the most degrading country to enter, worldwide, hands down. Very sad to say that...
- —Guest Typical Agent
Calgary Border Security is out to lunch!
- Calgary border security officers are BULLIES majority of the time. They are very demeaning in the way they treat you - even if you are a Canadian citizen! I have never felt so disrespected before, but every time I enter back to Canada (my country!!) they investigate me like i'm some suspect. I'm a frequent traveller and 90% of the time, the only people I see getting detained and searched are people of ethnic minorities! It's ridiculous and extremely discriminatory. I hardly have EVER seen any white person being searched. I brought this up to the supervisor and she said it is the discretion of the border agent whether to do an extended search. That provided no sense of rationale for me. They always target the WRONG people, in the eight times I've been searched they have found nothing and I think it is absolute b*&^$t!
- —Guest Mary
CBP is EXTREMELY intrusive.
- My friend was driving me across the border when we got pulled in for inspection. This was our first time, so naturally we were nervous. They searched the car & my luggage, then pulled my friend & I into that tiny interrogation room. They proceeded to pull out my journal & asked me if I was planning on moving to the US, I replied that I was going to fly to my boyfriend. They also questioned my lack of education & employment even though I had just registered for school. They also asked why I dropped out of post-secondary & when I replied that I had a "personal crisis" they got very intense with me & wanted the details. I quietly told them about the miscarriage I had & was appalled when he asked when & why it happened, he wanted exact dates. They denied me for my lack of documentation & ties to Canada, however the lack of tact was shocking. I left the border sobbing & promptly filed an anonymous complaint. All I wanted to do was fly out of Seattle to see my boyfriend.
- —Guest Shocked Offended
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