Crossing the Border
Canada does not require a visa for U.S. citizens visiting for 180 days or less. However, Canadian law does require that anyone entering Canada provide both proof of citizenship and proof of identity. A valid U.S. passport, passport card or NEXUS card will suffice. Children under the age of 18 will be required to present proof of citizenship and identity.
If you are traveling with children of whom you do not have legal custody you may be asked to provide a notarized affidavit of consent from the legal guardian. Visit CBSA's website for more details.
Just as with the United States there are restrictions as to what you can bring with you into Canada. We encourage you to check the CBSA's website for a complete list.
If you have a criminal record, including misdemeanors or Driving While Impaired charges, you may be prevented from crossing the border into Canada. We urge you to obtain a special waiver prior to your fishing adventure. Contact Citizenship and Immigration for assistance.
Upon return to the United States from Canada you will be required to provide a valid US passport to reenter by air. If you drive back you will be required to provide U.S. passport, passport card, NEXUS card, Enhanced Drivers License or other Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)-compliant document. For those under the age of 16 a birth certificate (original, photocopy or certified copy), Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or naturalization certificate will be accepted. For more information regarding entry/reentry to the United States.