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 have crossed back and forth via bus usually after flying into Buffalo. I live in Toronto. I hate carrying a suitcase and usually manage to arrange things so I only have couple of changes of socks and undies that I put in my computer bag. Always the same questions concerning why I travel so light. I am used to this sort of thing as I travel a lot. Once the Canadian border guy was asking questions and more questions. It was not until the work area was empty and all the other border guards were staring at him that he realized that most were about to start laughing, except his boss who looked like a thunder cloud. 42 people on the bus gave me mean looks when I finally climbed back onboard. My advice to people: Try to keep your sense of humor. Answer all questions directly. Be proactive. If I get asked what is in my bag, I begin by opening it and start stuffing things up on the counter. Usually, they say, "STOP," especially when the stuff on their counter is well-used socks and underwear.
- —Guest Lewis Edgel
u.s. border crossing
- No reason to be intimidated by border guards unless your hiding something. Answer the questions truthfully but don't volunteer information , answer what your asked and when asked the same questions answer the same way , word for word. Nothing you can do if an officer seems rude or abusive , all part of their training. No doubt some are burned out and see everyone as criminals. Then there are the new recruits power tripping. You see this behavior with police all the time only these officers have a lot more power and no point in complaining about them because it falls on deaf ears so be cool and hopefully you will not be detained too long.
- —Guest Owen
U.S. Border crossing
- Border guards treat us like mutts (because they can ) Complaining about their behavior falls on deaf ears. If you want to visit the U.S. this is fact of life. You get pissed on and belittled. Welcome to America and make sure you enjoy your stay and spend lots of money. Or maybe your denied entry because you were a soldier in WW 11 and you got arrested for being drunk and disorderly back in 1943 lol
- —Guest James
U.S . border crossing
- I don't believe a veteran would be denied entry for a drunk and disorderly in 1943. Sounds bogus. He was just trying to appear like a nice guy who had no choice but to deny you entry . He could have let you in if he wanted to.
- —Guest Don
An X on my paper generated from Kiok
- When I came in through Chicago OHare after one week visit in Germany, I scan my US passport in the kiosks as directed by agent. The machine prints a paper I suppose to take to border drowsing agent. On the paper is a big X on it. I was then directed to a line dedicated for people with the same X on their paper. I noticed that there were equal number of people whose paper without the marker in another line. When I asked the agent behind the counter, he told me very condenscendingly that US government is interested in people shared similar names as mine. I was too tired to talk to him after a long journey. But that increased by curiosity. Does anyone have any similar question and can share the answer?
- —Guest Sharon
Mike must work for them
- I constantly see this Mike guy praising the border guards and saying it makes him feel safe. I just seen over many posts where people feel violated. I do not call that safe.
- —Guest Iloveacanadian
Never go to Canada
- I was traveling through Canada to take the ferry from Prince Rupert to Alaska. I couldn't get a ferry out of Bellingham so I just thought hey I will drive a couple of days and go that way. Wow was I wrong! I drive a clean, rather new car and had my 15 year old dog who is half blind, wears booties, and sweaters to keep from shaking, my cat in a bag and all my paperwork. I was stopped and harrassed asking if I had guns dozens of times. They made me carry my old dog and lock in a cage, started throwing my things all over the place, including my cat which I later found crushed under a pile of luggage but still alive, only to after get harrassed individually me and my husband (both dressed in business attire) for over and hour to finally be told, okay go with our clothes on the ground and stuff throw everywhere, their search dog even scratched my leather seats, I hate Canada now.
- —Guest Rude experience
was having been to Asia a probem
- My home airport is Vancouver but recently had a flight that landed in Toronto. I did not know where the Nexus machines were so used those passport reading machines that produe a photocopy. I was coming back from Costa Rica but the officer was curious about my Laos visa. I think they were targetting older males for porno searches. He went through my luggage my camera pics and my tablet. No real questions. I felt violated. Now I will dread returning through customs in my own country. Random people being sent to secondary seems to be harassment to me.
- —Guest Ian
- Seem new laws have recently been passed. I've been across the border over 100 times in the past decade. Work related and vacations with no problems whatsoever. Know I'm 67 yrs old and just the other day I was denied for a assault charge from 50 years ago! Now I am no longer allowed in the US at all and I just purchased a vacation home in Florida. What is going on at the Can/US border?Why has their been no news about this matter?
- —Guest Brian
- 3 hours 20 minutes at sumas border crossing feb 15 2014 to go about 6 blocks. was it about there lack of contracts? all the woman at the border crossing said was ...bet your glad to see me aren't you. it sure took alot of will power for me and my boyfriend not to say anything else. lazy lazy lazy canadian border guards!!!!
- —Guest colleen
- i had a big business trip set up with all sorts of important meetings. Cabs booked, flight booked, people's schedules cleared....I'm the man, big trip here I come. I forgot to renew my password....what, no one told me they expire?
- —Guest Adam Bruecknr
Crossing in Windsor
- I do understand that the CBSA has a difficult and stressful job. However, there is a remarkable difference in crossing behavior by the CBSA. Windsor is by far the most difficult group. Regularly, they try to trip you up. Recently I crossed with personal property (I am dual citizen and own property in both countries) and am exempt for temporary use under e99 exemption. The officers acted like they had never heard of it, forced me to pay tax, and now I am getting a refund...I gave in after 45 minutes of arguing. Their reasoning, I did not mention the words e99...apparently it was not enough to say I was expempt - silly me, I crossed at 5 other crossings over 10 years and never had an issue....by the way, this repeats itself at this crossing on a recurring basis. I now drive a little further via Sault or Buffalo and enjoy the same friendly service I had for 10 years.
- —Guest cdnyanki
Crossed by accident
- In 2006 I was attending college in BC (I am from Alberta) I was on my way home from a day trip to Vancouver and got lost. I ended up on a one way hwy to the border and couldn't see anywhere to turn off. When I got to the border the US guards came up to me, they had guns on their belts and dogs and I said I had came the wrong way and where could I turn around. Instantly I was told to get out of my truck, it was searched. I was in tears by the time I was done and even though I didnt technically cross the US border I still had to cross the Canadian border to get back home. Which I did bawling and blubbering like a baby, they could barely understand me because I was hysterical, I only had a drivers licence for ID, and thankfully they just waved me through. Looking back I can see the humor in it and see why they would question someone who wants to suddenly not cross the US border, but at the time it was pretty traumatizing. I did find the border guards on the Canadian side to be quite nice.
- —Guest megan
Canadian Border crossing
- I am an American citizen and was crossing the border at Windsor for business for the second time. Because of a non violent felony from 25 years ago, I was informed never to attempt to cross into Canadian border or I would be arrested. I have a Canadian friend who I car pool with and he informed me that Canadians really don’t want American up there doing work because they are afraid we are taking their jobs. But, it’s ok for them to come down here to work shop and attend our sporting events. They look at American as a bunch of gun toting hicks who will not respect their country. The thing about my visit to Canada was I was there to create jobs for them. Their loss,
- —Guest Bob
pulled into secondary for tires
- Hilarious! I was pulled into secondary / Canadian side because my tires looked too clean and shiny. they are 3 yr old winter tires that I applied some 'meguaires tire shine' onto 3 days prior to border visit. searched the car and my phone... and then let me on my way within 10mins. I get it.. they are doing their job but this only compliments the meguaires product ... it truly does revitalize tires.
- —Guest paul
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