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Old 03-29-2012, 10:27 AM
 
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Default Going to Vancouver From Seattle

I'm moving to Seattle in August 2012. But we're visiting in June. I used to go to Canada all the time from the Detroit bridge to Canada when I had family up there and the border patrol people on that side of the country have become more strict since 9/11. I'm just wondering how much more strict, if at all, the people on the Vancouver side of the border are.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-29-2012, 10:43 AM
 
Location: WA
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Strict about what? You'll absolutely need passports.

They pulled us over last weekend because I had Canadian fruit in the car. We had to go into the customs building and there was a long line of people with foreign passports waiting clearance.
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Old 03-29-2012, 10:47 AM
 
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Strict about what? You'll absolutely need passports.

They pulled us over last weekend because I had Canadian fruit in the car. We had to go into the customs building and there was a long line of people with foreign passports waiting clearance.
Strict about letting people in/out. Which you answered. I already knew you needed a passport. The last time we went to Canada for a funeral they almost didn't let us in from the Detroit side because my sister is half korean (so she didn't look like my mom and i).

Thanks.
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Old 03-29-2012, 03:46 PM
 
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The border crossing is a pain in the ass. Royally. It used to be free and easy going in and tougher coming home. Now the Canadians are being prickly too.
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Old 03-29-2012, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA! Finally! :D
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I heard it is easier to just take the train to Vancouver nowadays...
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Old 03-29-2012, 05:43 PM
 
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Historically, it has not always been easy. Circa 1972, we could not enter B.C. from Washington because we couldn't prove our dachshund had the proper shots.

When I moved from Anchorage, Alaska back to the lower 48 in 1998, I was stopped and my car was searched at the Alaska/Canada border.
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Old 03-29-2012, 06:41 PM
 
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Sometimes it makes sense to not use the main border crossing at Blaine, but to use either the nearby truck/car crossing or the border at Sumas. They're far less crowded. And when they ask "what is the nature of your visit?" don't be a wise guy and say things like" I'm going to Canada to sell heroin" or "I'm planning on blowing up a few government buildings", don't mutter things like " Death to America" but rather say " Just going to sample some of that fine Canadian cuisine" or make it sound dreadfully dull " Going to the software code writers association annual meeting" or " Going to the stamp collectors show."
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Old 03-29-2012, 07:20 PM
 
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Sometimes it makes sense to not use the main border crossing at Blaine, but to use either the nearby truck/car crossing or the border at Sumas. "
Generally speaking. yes. But then again, no. I crossed there routinely the past few years and there are a few Hitleresque agents there.
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:59 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle, originally from SF Bay Area
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It just takes time. We went last summer and it took 15 minutes to get into Canada, close to an hour coming back. With passports there was no hassle, just a long line of cars waiting.
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Old 03-29-2012, 10:14 PM
 
Location: US Empire, Pac NW
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Weird.

I went to Canada with my Moroccan friend last year and it was smooth as silk going to Canada. Guy almost didn't look at our passports. Coming back felt like re-entering the Empire. My beat up old passport didn't help either.

Of course, had HE been driving, it might have been a different story. I don't know if they're prejudiced oh wait I mean ... "focusing on persons of 'interest' " , ... because you know ALL Arab guys are suicide bombers. Us white folks are as truthful and innocent as apple pie right?
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