Bob Lowe wrote:Is anyone aware of any issues with crossing the US/Canadian border, traveling in either direction, by air,on land, or by boat?
In our experience nothing has changed much in the sixteen years we've been running our boat back and forth across the border, and the last 35 years I've been driving across the border. By road, it can take a lot longer these days partly because of the vastly increased numbers of vehicles making the crossing, particularly cars and trucks from BC, and partly because of the generally more thorough questioning that can take place depending on what they're looking for on a particular day.
For phone clearances we used to use a CanPass for entering Canada and an ID number for entering the US. After these programs expired, we've so far not bothered to go through the Nexus pass process, mainly because we've usually had guests with us on the boat and a Nexus pass is issued to the individual, not the boat. So we would have had to go through a POE even if we'd had Nexus passes.
As always, the Canadian customs folks are generally friendlier and quicker. Perhaps this has been because we've been in "the system" for so many years.
The US customs folks are reasonably efficient, but they seem to be more nit-picky the last few years, particularly with vehicle traffic. For example, they made a big deal out of, and confiscated, our dog's special food when we returned from Canada (by car) because it wasn't in its original packaging. They did offer to let us feed the dog before they destroyed the food, though.....
The only specific policy change I've observed over all the years we've been entering Canada by boat, vehicle, and floatplane (our own, not commercial) is that taking a firearm into Canada now requires a form to be filled out and presented at the border. This is for ANY firearm be it a rifle or shotgun. We keep forms on the boat and at home. Handguns are not permitted. Many years ago you could carry a handgun though Canada (say coming from Alaska to Washington via the Alcan), but the gun would be sealed in a heavy plastic bag on entering Canada and could only be removed from the bag by Canadian customs cutting the seal when you left Canada. I don't believe you can even do this anymore.
Most vessel clearances into Canada, even at the POEs we've used, is by phone. In the case of Bedwell on South Pender, the phone bank is outside the customs office at the head of the dock.
You need a valid passport or enhanced drivers license. In the case of a boat, they'll want either the documentation or the state registration number. And it might be a good idea to review the what-and-how-much list of things you can't bring in going in either direction as these change from time to time.
But I think, Bob, that you'll find that other than some of the wait times, the clearance process in either direction will be little or no different than when you last made the crossing.