Border Crossings by Water
Entering Canada by Recreational Boat
The master of a recreational boat is the person in charge. As master of the recreational boat, he or she is required to go to a designated telephone reporting marine site and call the telephone reporting centre at 1-888-CAN-PASS (226-7277). No one except the master may leave the boat until authorization is given by the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA).
When you enter Canada, a CBSA officer may ask to see your passport and a valid visa, if one is necessary. If you are a citizen of the United States, you do not need a passport to enter Canada. However, you should carry proof of your citizenship, such as a birth certificate, certificate of citizenship or naturalization, as well as photo identification. If you are a permanent resident of Canada or the U.S, you should bring your Permanent Resident Card with you.
All travellers, including U.S. citizens, are encouraged to visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Web site at www.cbp.gov for information on the U.S. Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative and its traveller requirements to enter or RETURN to the United States.
Upon arrival to Lakeview Park Marina, the master is required to follow these steps when reporting to the CBSA:
- give the full name, date of birth and citizenship for every person on the boat;
- give the destination, purpose of trip and length of stay in Canada for each passenger who is a nonresident of Canada;
- give the length of absence for each passenger who is a returning resident of Canada;
- give the passport and visa information of passengers, if applicable;
- make sure all passengers have photo identification and proof of citizenship documents;
- declare all goods being imported, including firearms and weapons;
- report all currency and monetary instruments of a value equal to or greater than CAN$10,000;
for returning resident of Canada, declare all repairs or modifications made to goods, including the boat, while outside Canada;
- and give true and complete information.
As proof of presentation, the border services officer will give the master a report number for their records. The master must give this number to a border services officer upon request.
Nexus Reporting Procedures
Boat masters are responsible for presenting themselves and their passengers to border officers, and for reporting all goods on behalf of the NEXUS members on board. All persons on board must be NEXUS members in order to take advantage of NEXUS reporting procedures.
The boat master must do the following:
- Call the NEXUS Telephone Reporting Centre (TRC) at 1 866-99-NEXUS (1-866-996-3987);
- Provide advance notice to the CBSA at least 30 minutes (minimum) and up to four hours (maximum) prior to arriving in Canada. The boat master must provide the following information to the TRC:
- an estimated time of arrival (ETA);
- the name and location of the landing site of arrival (in Canada, it must be a "designated site");
- the registration number and/or name of the boat;
- the full name, date of birth and country of citizenship and/or permanent residence status of all NEXUS members on board;
- the destination, purpose of the trip and length of stay in Canada for each passenger; and
- the passport and visa details of passengers when applicable or required.
- Ensure that all passengers have photo identification and proof of citizenship, permanent residence status and/or other immigration status documents when applicable or required; and
- Declare all goods being imported, including currency information.
If any information changes before arrival, contact the NEXUS Telephone Reporting Centre at 1 866-99-NEXUS (1-866-996-3987).
As proof of presentation, the boat master will receive a report number for his or her records and he or she must produce this number when asked to do so by border officers.
If a border officer is not at the specified landing site to meet the boat at the reported ETA or actual time of arrival, the individuals who have reported may proceed to their intended final destination.
Need more information?
Visit the Canadian Border Services Agency at www.cbsa.gc.ca or call the Border Information Service 204-983-3500 or 506-636-5064.
Parks and Recreation
2450 McDougall St.
For general information, call 311. For detailed information call 519-253-2300