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Going to Canada, eh?

- Caroline

I have been traveling to Canada (specifically Niagara Falls) since I was a child. It’s one of my dad’s favorite places to vacation. Canada offers a variety of great travel spots but getting there can be a bit tricky.

When I was a child, we’d drive from Ohio to Canada. The hardest part was facing border control, both entering and leaving the country. Lines can be long and if you honk your horn and scream “hurry up” it only upsets the guards! You can expect your car to be searched. The only option is to get in a line and be patient. It’s helpful to have know the answers to security’s questions ahead of time. Know where you’re from, where you’re going, how long you’re staying, and count the number of souvenirs you bought. You don’t want to look ‘suspicious’ by counting items in your purse when the guard asks you ‘what kind of souvenirs did you buy?’

A few years ago it got a little trickier to travel to Canada; a birth certificate was required to come back into the States. My family discovered this new rule when we were at the border control; it was embarrassing to say the least. For years we had handed our driver licenses as proof of ID, then one year the guard asked where our birth certificates were.

Good question, either in a box with my baby blanket or in the bottom drawer of a filing cabinet that holds all those important documents my parents won’t let me touch; why do you ask?! Although birth certificates were the new required form of ID, luckily my Dad was able to plead ignorance and we were granted entrance back into the U.S.

Today, the rules have changed again; one must have a passport (or the passport card) to travel to Canada. The passport card looks like a driver’s license and costs a little less than the passport book.  It may become more of a hassle to get into Canada, but there’s plenty to do once you get there. If you don’t believe it, check this out and notice my gorgeous photos of Niagara Falls. :)




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