Hi Guys an Gals. Might change the route for the trek East in 2 weeks. Will I need a Canadian passport to enter the U.S. ?? Will I need a passport to get back into Canada (they keep changing the rules) ??
NO, passport not required if crossing the border by land or water.
(Will become necessary Jun 1, 2009.)
Until then, if do not have passport, need government issued photo ID (ie driver's licence) and proof of citizenship (ie birth certificate).
Used to be that an expired passport was respected some places in the Westerrn hemisphere. I reckon that an expired passport would do just as well as a current one, for a Canadian entering United States or Canada.
I use my current one, because I am an American and I believe our government wants us to have and use them at all border crossings. Nevertheless, I keep my expired one under the seat, along with my expired driver license. Each of those would be far better than nothing, if the current documents were not available.
I always marvel at the questions I am asked upon entering Canada. Here are some of them:
Cornwall ON May 2008:
Q: What is the registration of the bikes on the trailer?
A: Florida and Florida
Q: Are you bringing in any gift worth over $50?
When I answered in the negative, we were welcomed to Canada. The trailer was also carrying a roof for a sports car, and the van was carrying about $1000 of parts for that car, but nobody asked about those.
Osoyoos BC June 2006:
Q: Why did you choose THIS crossing point to enter Canada?
A: Because I figured anyone ignorant enough to work at Osoyoos would be too stupid to ask about the grass under the seat.
Well, no, I actually replied: I am taking the scenic route, and I just had a lovely ride from Spokane.
Fort Erie ON May 2007:
Q: What is the value of the costliest gift you are bringing?
A: A $50 computer toy for a young child.
They keep changing the questions to keep me on my toes, I guess.
Enjoy your ride, and if you want a pleasant ride through Washington, go south from Osoyoos toward the Grand Coulee Dam. You will see lots of different scenery, much more arid than the stuff near your home. The dam is interesting too. I think it was the biggest dam in the country when it was opened, but that is just a guess.
We are headed to Carberry Manitoba to see Lynda's brother. Should be leaving on the 12th if all goes well. Probably come back westward on the south side of the border just to keep off the exciting Canadian prairies. There are so many different ways to ride and still stay off major highways. So many destinations and never enough money to see them all. Looking forward to just riding and listening to the world go by.
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