THUNDER BAY – If you are headed to Duluth for the weekend, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) anticipates higher traffic volumes at the Pigeon River port of entry this Victoria Day long weekend.
The weekend which also marks the start of the fishing season in Northwestern Ontario, which also means there are likely many people from the United States who will be headed to Canada.
Duluth? Border Traffic Heavy
The CBSA would like to remind travellers to plan their border crossing to avoid delays. “We encourage travellers to plan their crossing outside of peak traffic periods if possible and to check border wait times on the CBSA’s Web site,” says Tracey Gagnon, Pigeon River’s Acting Chief of Operations.
Peak traffic volumes are anticipated to be between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, and between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Monday, May 20, when border wait times may exceed 30 minutes. Higher than normal traffic could also be expected on Friday evening, May 17, and on Saturday morning, May 18.
“We would also like to remind the travelling public that the importation of certain goods, including firearms, firewood and fireworks, is restricted or prohibited in Canada. To avoid the possibility of penalties, including seizure or prosecution, make sure you have the information you require before attempting to import these items into Canada.”
Be Border Smarter
For more information, travellers can consult the CBSA’s fact sheets specific to firearms, firewood, and fireworks. Additional information on restricted or prohibited goods can be found in our online publication I Declare.
The CBSA reminds all travellers to truthfully declare all purchases when returning to Canada and to be mindful of the following: after an absence of 24 hours, you may bring back $200 worth of goods duty- and tax-free; after 48 hours, your personal exemption is $800. There are no personal exemptions for same-day purchases.
You can also stay connected with the latest updates from the CBSA at www.cbsa.gc.ca/mobile.