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ENTERING OR LEAVING CANADA / US
Crossing the US/Canadian border
As of June 1, 2009, the rules for passports in North America have changed. The easier way to cross the U.S. Customs and Border Protection is with a government-issued passport.
Please visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website for additional information:
Persons under 18 not accompanied by both parents must carry a notarized letter from their legal guardian and/or the other parent granting permission to travel to Canada.
Be prepared to show proof of insurance and vehicle registration or rental papers.
You may not be able to enter Canada if you have a criminal record (this includes DUIs)
Alaska and Canada will honor a valid driver’s license from any state or country for 90 days after entry.
Speed limits and distance are posted in kilometers (km) which 100 kmh equals 62 mph.
Seat belts must be worn by all drivers and passengers while driving anywhere in Alaska, Yukon, B.C. and Alberta. All children under the age of four, regardless of weight, must ride in a federally approved child safety seat while traveling through Alaska. New laws in Canada require safety seats for all children under the age of eight, or children weighing less than 80 lbs (36kg).Turn your headlights on when driving the highway.
Buckle up. It’s the law in Canada and Alaska.
Operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a criminal offence.
Watch carefully for wildlife, especially at dawn, dusk and at night. Buffalo sleep on the road at night. Wildlife has the right-of-way in Alaska and Canada.
BRINGING GOOD TO CANADA FOR PERSONAL USE
Most things that visitors bring into Canada for personal use during their visit will be considered “personal baggage” by Canada Customs. Some examples are food, fishing tackle, cars, boats and motors, snowmobiles, fuel, sports equipment, television sets, musical instruments, computers and cameras.
Visitors are not allowed to carry a weapon, such as a firearm or mace, or any other device to be used against humans, for self-defense in Canada. Contact information about the restrictions on importing firearms is provided in another section on this page.
You may bring bona fide gifts north up to $60.00 in Canadian funds each for your friends or family in Canada without paying duty, provided these do not consist of tobacco or alcoholic beverages.
When flying into Canada the following items are NOT PERMITTED:
Lighters, Straight razors, Razor blades, Box cutters, Hatchets, Hunting knives, Jack knives (Swiss Army Knives), Meat cleavers, Tools, Hammers, Screwdrivers, Wrenches, Saws, Drills, Crowbars, Heavy tools, Ammunition, Firearms (including toy guns), Sport items, Scuba tanks, Golf clubs, Baseball bats, Skates, Bowling balls, Billiard cues, Cross bows and arrows, Gels, Aerosols And any other liquids. Liquids need to be under 100 ml/100g (3.4 oz)
CANADIAN / US CONVERSTIONS
In Canada fuel is sold by liters using Canadian currency. To calculate your cost per gallon, multiply the price per liter by 3.785 then adjust for the exchange rate.
Quick Conversion Guide
1 liter (CDN)=0.2643 gallons (U.S.)
1 gallon (U.S.)=3.785 liters (CDN)
1 kilometer (CDN)=0.6214 miles (U.S.)
1 mile (U.S.)=1.609 kilometers
Alaska is in a different time zone and is one hour earlier than British Columbia and the Yukon and two hours earlier than Alberta.
BORDER LOCATIONS & HOURS
Open year-round, 24 hours per day
Top of the World Highway (Poker Creek)
Open mid-May to mid September, 8am - 8pm
Open year-round, 7am - 11pm
Klondike Highway (Skagway)
US: Open year-round, 8 am - midnight
Canada: 8am - midnight (November to May) 24 hours per day (June - October)
If time is critical to your travel plans, please call the U.S. Customs office at
907-474-0307 the Alaska Highway U.S. Border Station at 907-774-2252 or the Canadian Customs Office at Beaver Creek, Yukon at 867-862-7230. Canada Border Services Agency 867-667-3943 or 1-800-461-9999
For the most up-to-date information access the following web site: http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/contact/bis-sif-eng.html
MOTOR VEHICLE ACT/TOWING RESTRICTIONS
AND DRIVING IN CANADA
The Province of British Columbia enforces the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) and the Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR). Please be aware of the total permissible weight for your vehicle.
Towing RestrictionsAny towed trailer or vehicle over 1400 kg (3000 lbs) must be equipped with brakes on all wheels plus a break-away device hooked to the trailer brake system. Three unit RV vehicle combinations are prohibited on BC highways. Maximum width for RVs is 2.6 metres (8’6”). Max. length for combination is 20 metres (65.6’).
For additional information on permits / towing:
Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC)
Tel: (250) 414-7900 Toll Free: 1-800-559-9688 (North America) 24 hrs/7 days www.icbc.com
All pets must be accompanied by their owners when entering Canada. Owners of dogs and cats must bring a certificate issued by a licensed American or Canadian veterinarian clearly identifying the pet and certifying that it has been vaccinated against rabies some time during the previous 36 months. An exception is made for puppies or kittens that are younger than three months old.
Always keep pets on a leash outside the vehicle, as it is incredibly difficult to locate them if they wander way, and various species of wildlife will attack them if provoked.
Seeing Eye dogs are allowed into Canada without restriction. Canadian law also guarantees that anyone using a seeing-eye dog may bring them into restaurants, hotels and other businesses.
For further information on the entry of pets
WEATHER & TEMPERATURE
Temperatures in Canada are measured in Celsius. To convert from Celsius to Fahrenheit multiply by 9/5, then add 32; from Fahrenheit to Celsius, subtract 32, then multiply remainder by 5/9.