THUNDER BAY – For the Canada Day, and 4th of July long weekends, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) are anticipating higher traffic volumes at the Pigeon River and Fort Frances ports of entry. The CBSAwould like to remind travellers to plan their border crossing to avoid delays.
“Travellers are encouraged to check the CBSA Web site or Twitter (@CBSA_FFB) for border wait times during peak traffic periods for the entire holiday weekend,” says Kim Beaudry, Fort Frances’ Chief of Operations.
Avoid Border Crossing Delays
Peak traffic volumes are anticipated to be between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday, June 28, and between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, when border wait times may exceed 30 minutes.
Travellers may also choose to enter Canada via the Rainy River port of entry where peak traffic volume is anticipated to be between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday, June 28.
The CBSA would also like to remind travellers that whether camping in Canada or returning from a camping trip this summer, all camping gear, recreational equipment and supplies must be clean and free of pests and soil. Furthermore, firewood cannot be brought into the country because it can introduce invasive species and spread disease to Canada’s trees. Campers should buy firewood on site, burn firewood on site, and leave all unused firewood on site.
“The CBSA at the Fort Frances and Rainy River ports of entry would like to wish all travellers happy and safe travels this summer,” adds Chief Beaudry.
For more information on border wait times and for instructions on how to receive Twitter messages for border wait times at some ports of entry, visit the CBSA Web site at www.cbsa.gc.ca.