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Old 09-08-2010, 09:35 PM
 
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Please don't bash me on this, but I'm serious:

Is it true that you have to cross the boarder with a certain amount of money in your wallet/purse when crossing Canadian borders? I can certainly see the pros and cons of this and thought this would be the best place to ask.

A friend of a friend states you can't cross unless you've got $2,000, but that just sounds like really bad info.
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Old 09-08-2010, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Lyon, France, Whidbey Island WA
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If you're driving a beater yes possibly. they want to make sure you can get out of Canada without becoming a burden.
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Old 09-08-2010, 09:49 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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I've never been asked that, I have 17 crossings of Canada and a single crossing to Whitehorse.
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Old 09-08-2010, 10:52 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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I've never been asked either. I believe they will accept a credit card as proof if you're asked.

You do need a passport though. It's mainly needed to get back into the U.S., but Canada will want to see it to ensure you'll be able to leave.
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Old 09-08-2010, 10:55 PM
 
Location: Casa Grande, AZ
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Not ever been asked how much cash...20+ years ago, not a few years ago, and things are different now with credit and debit cards...
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Old 09-09-2010, 12:47 AM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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I have been asked that when I was driving a new truck, and not asked when I was driving an older one.

They don't care if you don't have cash per say, but a couple of valid credit/debt/gas cards will keep you in good stead. If you don't have the cards, then travelers checks or cash is going to be required if the question comes up. Besides, it would be stupid to make the trip if you are broke before you even get started.....
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Old 09-09-2010, 07:49 AM
 
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Great info. I ask because I never carry cash, but I do carry cards.

Thank you!
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Old 09-09-2010, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Southeast Alaska
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I've had them frequently ask if you're carrying more that $10,000 in US currency.
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Old 09-10-2010, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Fairbanks, AK
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I was asked if I had resources to make it all the way through. I was driving a beater and had a 2 year old, a 5 year old and the car was loaded to the gills. In December. I don't blame them for asking. I felt like I could make a movie called Beverly Hillbillies Move North.
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Old 09-10-2010, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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I was denied crossing into Canada at Blaine in 1981 because I didn't have enough cash. I drove east to the next one and they let me through.
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