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Going to Canada - passports needed?

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Yeah I’d plan on using cards as much as you can, maybe exchange a little bit just in case you get in a pinch somewhere, but then be prepared to have a pocket full of loonies and toonies

IIRC some of the gentlemen’s clubs will let you buy fake dollar bills to give the girls instead of having to spin coins at them

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On 7/9/2018 at 1:33 PM, Tom Servo said:

My sons (17 and 15) want to go to Niagara Falls. I'd like to be able to take them to the Canadian side as well. Back when I went in 1976, you just crossed over IIRC. I've read things both ways :loco: 

What's the straight scoop? I want to take them to the Skylon Tower as that's where my dad took us. We'd be there 4-6 hours, tops.

:help:

 

Unless the rules have changed under Trump then you need a passport for flying but driving across border only a license ( no enhanced license here).  A few years back, I was flying to Montreal and didn't realize my passport was expired.  Checked the rules and ended up taking a bus over from NYC.

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13 hours ago, CGRdrJoe said:

Do you guys recommend switching to canadien dollars or staying with US?

In the airport in the US, I convert $100 USD to Canadian just in case, and then convert whatever is left back to USD when I return to the US airport. But last time, I didn’t use a single dollar of paper money, so I "wasted" the cost of the exchange rate on each end of the deal, but it was worth it for me to have the  insurance of cash if I needed it in a pinch. 

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Double post.  sorry. . 

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Skylon tower should be a hard pass. Went there 2 years ago and the place might not have been updated since your father took you there. The revolving restaurant was ok, bit pricey for what it was and the outer deck view was easily beaten by many of the hotels nearby. 

Arcade on the bottom was half closed and half broken. That annoyed me more..lol

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On 7/9/2018 at 3:10 PM, Joe Summer said:

http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/travel-voyage/ivc-rnc-eng.html#a1a

"If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you must carry proof of citizenship such as a passport, birth certificate, a certificate of citizenship or naturalization, a U.S. Permanent Resident Card, or a Certificate of Indian Status along with photo identification. If you are a U.S. permanent resident, ensure you carry proof of your status such as a U.S. Permanent Resident Card."

Sounds like you can get away with bringing your birth certificate plus your photo ID.

Divers license(w/ your photo on it) & birth certificates for the kids.  If kid has drivers license bring it .  Passport or license they still put your name in the system to check your history.  Lately the 1st question for me has been "have you ever been denied entry into Canada".   Don't LIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I got denied once & had to flip a U & go back through the USA side.  He asked how long I had been in Canada.  I said 5 minutes.  2 hours later I was admitted back into the US.

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Stay out of Niagara Falls, NY if you can. Nothing there but crappiness. And there’s a better view of the falls from Canada, anyway. 

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Be prepared to be grilled at the Border, both coming and going...They will ask you a series of 6 to 8 

different questions on both sides...It kind of freaked me out.

Fallsview Casino is pretty nice as far as the Casinos go in Toronto.

 

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7 hours ago, The Big Guy said:

Skylon tower should be a hard pass. Went there 2 years ago and the place might not have been updated since your father took you there. The revolving restaurant was ok, bit pricey for what it was and the outer deck view was easily beaten by many of the hotels nearby. 

Arcade on the bottom was half closed and half broken. That annoyed me more..lol

For what it's worth, I agree with this re:Skylon Tower, it's not a great attraction but it has a place of nostalgia in OP's heart, so maybe that makes it worthwhile.

I've been to Niagara Falls countless times and my opinion is: The falls themselves and the parks around them are obviously amazing. The Maid of the Mist is still super cool to me. The behind the falls thing is worth doing once. Fallsview Drive has some "nicer" touristy stuff and the better casino, where Clifton Hill has kind of trashy touristy stuff. The outlet shops aren't worth your time and Niagara-on-the-Lake is a better destination than anywhere but the falls themselves.

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37 minutes ago, jimmy b said:

Be prepared to be grilled at the Border, both coming and going...They will ask you a series of 6 to 8 

different questions on both sides...It kind of freaked me out.

Fallsview Casino is pretty nice as far as the Casinos go in Toronto.

 

I had the opposite experience on my most recent trip. Waved through into the states, despite clearly having more beer than you're allowed to bring across the border, and saying as much. Coming back into Canada was literally a 5 second stop but it always is.

Disclaimer: I am as white and Canadian as a person can possibly be.

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8 hours ago, Northern Voice said:

I had the opposite experience on my most recent trip. Waved through into the states, despite clearly having more beer than you're allowed to bring across the border, and saying as much. Coming back into Canada was literally a 5 second stop but it always is.

Disclaimer: I am as white and Canadian as a person can possibly be.

Are you Dave Coulier?

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5 minutes ago, IMAX 3D said:

Are you Dave Coulier?

Cut...It....Out..

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Yea - I have never had any issues crossing into Canada. A nice bonjour and a couple simple questions and I am waved on my way. Coming back into the states the dudes at border patrol are ####### dick heads every single time. 

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28 minutes ago, the moops said:

Yea - I have never had any issues crossing into Canada. A nice bonjour and a couple simple questions and I am waved on my way. Coming back into the states the dudes at border patrol are ####### dick heads every single time. 

I’ve had good and bad both ways 

for whatever reason going into Canada it seems like the agents in the bilingual lane were jerks 90% of the time 

Also i mostly went over for business related issues and they’d often give me a hard time of why I needed to come over

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Posted (edited)

What about a Trusted Traveler card like NEXUS?

Edited by Tom Servo

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On ‎7‎/‎9‎/‎2018 at 6:56 PM, Bob Sacamano said:

Better go before they start building their wall.

They still have their now obsolete pennies, the wall will be all copper & very pretty in the morning sunlight.

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16 minutes ago, Tom Servo said:

What about a Trusted Traveler card like NEXUS?

What is your hesitation in just getting passports?

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Put ‘em in the trunk like at the drive-in. 

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I'm going to throw this out there for ya. (I may have some inside info about Border crossings, to put it lightly)

1) STOP at the stop sign, and only proceed when the car ahead of you is GONE

2) Make sure EVERYONE in the car is alert, awake, IDs ready and opened, music/tv/movies OFF, and hats/glasses removed.

3) Put your car in park when you are stopped in front of the border guard

4) Know your travel details. Do NOT bring a firearm or weapon.

sounds like common sense? believe me when I say you'd be lucky if 2 of those were hit by a crosser.

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On 7/13/2018 at 10:43 AM, the moops said:

What is your hesitation in just getting passports?

:shrug: The hassle?

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