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Border Alert!

Summer means increased cross-border traffic with the vacation season kick-off on the July 1 to 4 long weekend. On average, weekend traffic volumes during July and August are significantly higher than weekends during the spring and fall.

Last year, heavier than normal Canada-bound traveller volumes were experienced on Friday from 3 p.m. to midnight, Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 11 a.m. to midnight. It is anticipated that border crossings into Canada will be busier this coming Thursday through Monday, with both Americans and Canadians taking advantage of the long weekend.

"We are making every effort to minimize delays at our border crossings this July long weekend by maximizing our resources with additional staff," said Roslyn MacVicar, Regional Director General, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Pacific Region. "However, as there will be some peak periods when traffic volumes will be heavy, we are asking travelers to plan ahead, allow for extra travel time, cross at the least busy border crossing and avoid peak travel periods when possible."

Whether you travel once a day or once a year - make it simple, use NEXUS!  The NEXUS program is a joint Canada/US initiative that offers a simplified and expedited border clearance process to low-risk, pre-approved travelers into Canada and the United States.

For general border questions, contact our Border Information Service at 1-800-461-9999 for calls within Canada, or 204-983-3500 or 506-636-5064 for calls outside of Canada (long distance charges will apply). Anyone with information about suspicious cross-border activity is encouraged to call the CBSA Border Watch toll-free line at 1-888-502-9060.

Be patient. The CBSA wishes you happy travels and a safe return to Canada.



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