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Old 06-16-2019, 11:30 AM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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We used to live in Northeast Ohio and made regular trips in the summer to Toronto crossing the border at Buffalo NY. Never searched. But that was 10 years ago so our experiences are out of date. The Canadian border agents were usually polite and business like and the US agents predictably rude.
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Old 06-16-2019, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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We used to live in Northeast Ohio and made regular trips in the summer to Toronto crossing the border at Buffalo NY. Never searched. But that was 10 years ago so our experiences are out of date. The Canadian border agents were usually polite and business like and the US agents predictably rude.
I'm wondering if rudeness is an East coast thing. I've never encountered rude agents, but all my crossings are in the Western states.
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Old 06-16-2019, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Cleverly concealed
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I've gone through secondary searches both times (driving). But I probably fit the profile of someone up to no good, traveling alone, without much in the way of luggage. I assume they were searching for drugs. They looked disappointed to let me go.
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Old 06-17-2019, 02:22 PM
 
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We used to live in Northeast Ohio and made regular trips in the summer to Toronto crossing the border at Buffalo NY. Never searched. But that was 10 years ago so our experiences are out of date. The Canadian border agents were usually polite and business like and the US agents predictably rude.
Canadians are so nice !!
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Old 06-17-2019, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Canadians are so nice !!


They are! I remember being in my early 20s traveling in a big rented van up to Vancouver with my other idiot 20 year old friends going thru customers and the Canadian customers officers asked the driver "what is the intent of your trip" to which my idiot friend replied "just here to see lots of strippers and drink a ton of beer." The Officer said "hey at least you guys are honest...have a great time."
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Old 06-19-2019, 01:08 PM
 
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I was thinking about driving up to Montreal for the 4th of July weekend, as I have a few days off, but this thread is making me have second thoughts. I'd hate to have to drive several hours only to have to turn around and go home. I don't really have much time off.

I can't tell if the strip search guy is being serious or not haha, that would seriously suck.
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Old 06-19-2019, 01:18 PM
 
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We have been searched more often in the southern U.S. in Arizona and Texas (never in New Mexico) at those border check points which sometimes must be 75 miles or so from the border. They do not search thoroughly; they just want you to pop the hatch and take a look if you have a body back there.
Can they search your car without a warrant or probable cause? I know crossing into Canada or Mexico they can, since it's an actual border, but those border patrol checkpoints are within the borders of the US, so I would think the same laws apply as if you're pulled over by the police.
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Old 06-19-2019, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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We have been to Canada several times over the past few decades, either driving our own vehicles or using a rental car one time. We have never been searched going into Canada. The only time I thought something was kind of weird was when we traveled up there with our infant son for the first time. They asked us a few times "Is that your baby?". The answer was "Sure, you want to see his birth certificate and passport?". "No, have a nice trip."


We were searched once when returning to the United States. We had California plates and were crossing back into the States in upper Maine (Fort Kent). The U.S. agent searched the vehicle for about an hour. We played catch in the parking lot. He apologized for the delay, we asked where the nearest grocery store was, he gave us directions, and we wished each other a nice day.


We have been searched more often in the southern U.S. in Arizona and Texas (never in New Mexico) at those border check points which sometimes must be 75 miles or so from the border. They do not search thoroughly; they just want you to pop the hatch and take a look if you have a body back there.
If you do have a body in the trunk, is it a problem getting across, or will they look the other way for a Benjamin?

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Old 06-19-2019, 07:40 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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We go 2-3 times a year, mostly entering in Vancouver, but sometimes Osoyoos. In the last 20+ years we have never been searched going across or coming back.
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Old 06-21-2019, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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I was thinking about driving up to Montreal for the 4th of July weekend, as I have a few days off, but this thread is making me have second thoughts. I'd hate to have to drive several hours only to have to turn around and go home. I don't really have much time off.

I can't tell if the strip search guy is being serious or not haha, that would seriously suck.
Unless you have something that raises red flags on your record, I wouldn't be concerned, TBQH.
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