Sound advice: Behave when crossing the border
For the third time in four days, we are crossing the border again at Niagara Falls.
We are sightseeing Niagara Falls and in the process of a 6,000 mile trip around the Great Lakes, we tell the Canadian agents.
There have been no problems coming or going.
Questions will vary between border control agents on either side. The Canadians want to know if we have a gun on board. The gun question was asked during each entry. They wanted to know where we lived, why we were coming to Canada and how long were we staying; purpose, are we bringing anything to leave behind, firearms, tobacco or alcohol.
A felon might want to stay home. If traveling with children, it is wise to bring their birth certificates.
The U. S. agents in the past have sent an agricultural specialist into our RV to check the refrigerator. Once they found and confiscated a half lime. Fruit flies, they say, can harm the U. S. citrus crops.
Returning from Canada into the U. S. an agent asked for our vehicle registrations for both RV and tow car. The registration papers were within arm’s reach.
Not that we are professional border crossers, we have learned to make a list and have it readily available. On that list will be alcohol—specifically the number of bottles of liquor, wine and beer. If entering either country, avoid carrying more than $10,000 cash and make a list of any purchases and the cost of each. For some reason, we have never been asked if we were carrying that much cash. Ha.
Crossing the border is serious business. Remove your sunglasses. The agent wants to see your face. This is not the time to joke with the agents. Look them in the eye and behave yourself. Have everything readily available: passport, driver’s license, vehicle registration papers, shot records for the dog and proof of vehicle insurance. Canada also requires braking systems on RV tow vehicles to prevent breakaway.
Agents will randomly board and inspect every nook and cranny of an RV. This is not the time to be sneaking a gun into Canada.
More border crossing information is available online.