Canadian Border Crossing Information
Canada is nearby and accessible, but has a number of border crossing regulations travelers should be aware of.
Crossing into Canada
Canada is nearby and accessible, but has a number of border crossing regulations travelers should be aware of. Crossing the border is a smooth procedure if you’re able to follow these instructions and border-patrol directions. Bookmark this page for when you come up north. If you need further information, give Canada Customs a call at 1-800-461-9999.
Citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States need a drivers license and birth certificate or proof of citizenship (passport) to enter Canada. All persons 18 years or older are required to have passports in order to re-enter the United States.
To assist officers in expediting the process, especially to re-enter the United States native-born citizens MUST have a passport and should carry a birth, baptismal, or voter’s certificate. Proof of residence may also be required. Naturalized U.S. citizens should carry a naturalization certificate or other evidence of citizenship. Legal, permanent residents of the United States who are not U.S. citizens are advised to carry their Alien Reg. Receipt Card (U.S. Form 1-151 or Form 1-551). Persons under 18 years of age who are not accompanied by an adult should bring a letter from a parent or guardian giving them permission to enter Canada.
Entry By Vehicle
The entry of vehicles and vacation trailers into Canada for touring purposes is generally a quick and routine matter. Customs permits, if required, are issued at the time of entry. Rental vehicles or trailers are also admissible, however, the vehicle registration forms should be carried together with a copy of the rental agreement. Visitors entering Canada with vehicles not registered to themselves should carry a letter from the owner indicating authorized use of the vehicle. Note: Guidelines for entry by private aircraft or boats are also available from Tourism Canada.
Visitors may bring personal baggage into Canada duty-and tax-free, provided all such items are declared to Canadian Customs on arrival and are not subject to restriction. Personal baggage may include such items as fishing tackle, boats, motors, snowmobiles, camping, golf, tennis, and scuba diving gear, radios, television sets, cameras, and other similar items to be used in Canada during the visit. Alcoholic beverages may be brought into Canada duty-free if visitors meet the minimum age requirement of the province or territory of entry (19 years in British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Yukon, and Saskatchewan; 18 years in Alberta, Manitoba, and Quebec). The amount cannot exceed 1.1 liters (40 ounces) of liquors or wine, or 24 x 355 ml (12 ounces) cans or bottles of beer, ale or their equivalent. Additional quantities of alcoholic beverages, up to a maximum of nine liters (two gallons) may be imported into Canada, except Northwest Territories), upon payment of duty and taxes plus provincial fees at the port of entry. Persons 18 years of age in most jurisdictions, but 19 years in Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and British Columbia may import 50 cigars, 200 cigarettes, and 2 lbs. of manufactured tobacco duty-free. Federal duty and taxes apply to additional quantities. Subject to some restrictions, a visitor may bring food with them for their own use, without Customs assessment, provided the quantity is consistent with the duration and nature of the visitor’s stay. Gasoline and oil brought into Canada for consumption are dutiable. Reasonable quantities for tourist use such as gas and oil used to the normal capacity of the vehicle are granted free entry.
Plants & Animals
All animals, plants, vegetables, fruit, and meat (and any product of these) must be declared to Canadian Customs upon entry to the country and accompanied by import documentation when required and must pass inspection.
We are pet friendly!
Domestic dogs and cats may be brought into Canada provided each animal is accompanied by a licensed veterinarian certificate identifying the animal and certifying the dog or cat has been vaccinated against rabies during the preceding 36 month period. Up to two puppies or kittens under three months of age and dogs for the visually impaired may enter with their owners without certification. Further information is available on other animals.
Handguns are not allowed entry into Canada. Firearms are divided into the following three categories: Prohibited firearms are those that are capable of firing bullets in rapid succession during one pressure of the trigger and any that have been adapted from a rifle or shotgun so that its barrel measures less than 18 inches or is less than 26 inches overall in length. Restricted firearms include any designed or intended to be fired by one hand and with a barrel less than 18.5 inches capable of firing center-fire ammunition in a semi-automatic manner and any that can be fired when reduced to a length less than 26 inches by folding or telescoping. Tourists cannot import restricted weapons. Lon guns (regular rifles and shotguns) may be imported without a permit by visitors over 16 years old. All visitors must declare all firearms to Canadian Customs. Most provinces and territories have regulations concerning the transportation of firearms. Visitors should check with the province.
200 rounds of ammunition for hunting purposes can be imported duty-free.
Fishing & Hunting
Hunting is governed by federal, provincial, and territorial laws. Non-residents are required to obtain a hunting license from each province or territory in which they plan to hunt. When hunting migratory game birds, a federal migratory game bird hunting permit is also required. This permit is available at most Canadian post offices. In many of Canada’s provincial parks, reserves, and adjacent areas, the entry of any type of weapon is forbidden. Further regulations can be obtained from each province. In the Northwest Territories, export permits are required to take out all unprocessed wildlife. Fishing is also governed by federal, provincial and territorial laws. Anglers must possess non-resident licenses for the provinces or territories in which they plan to fish. British Columbia also requires tidal waters sport fishing licenses. Special fishing permits are required to fish in all national parks. These permits can be obtained at any national park for a nominal fee and are valid in all national parks across Canada. No permit is required to import fishing tackle for personal use. Foreign fishing guides are not permitted to work in Canada without an employment authorization card.
Returning home to the USA and re-entry
It is the responsibility of travelers to satisfy U.S. customs authorities of their rights to reenter the United States, through some form of identification. Reentry can be simplified if travelers keep a list of all purchases, have sales receipts and invoices handy, and pack purchases separately for inspection.
PACKAGES & RATES
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Amason’s Obabikon is Your Gateway to Northwest Ontario
Sleeman, ON P0W1M0
Sleeman, ON P0W1M0
We welcome any inquiries, suggestions, and comments. It would be our pleasure to host you in Northwest Ontario.
1674 Gladys Lane
Centralia, IL 62801
Centralia, IL 62801
Obabikon Bay Camp
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Here is the checklist of what to bring when you come to Obabikon Bay Camp.
- Rain Gear
- Rods and Reels
- Tackle Box
- Jigs (1/4oz-1/2oz)
- Spinner Baits
- Steel Leaders
- Filleting Knife
- Payment Method
- Personal Checks
- Travelers Checks
- NO Credit Cards Please
TEAM OBABIKON PROVIDES THE FOLLOWING:
Meals – if on American Plan: Our “American Plan” provides three full meals per day.
Breakfast will be cook to order. You can have french toast, pancakes, eggs, bacon, oatmeal, red river cereal, or a variety of cereals. Our staff will serve you any combination and any amount. All fixed fresh and hot when you arrive at the dining hall. Lunch is almost always a delicious shore lunch. Fixed at the resort or on the lake, depending on what your group would like to do. A box with everything needed is provided every morning. If you’d like help preparing the lunch, our staff is always willing and able to help. Sack lunches are also available on request.
Dinner is an alternating menu of hearty home cooked meals. All served with made from scratch breads, vegetables, desserts, salad, and a delicious main course. Larry has been the cook at Obabikon for more than twenty years. If you have any special requests or needs, please let us know and we’ll be happy to accommodate you to the best of our abilities.
Full Kitchens include: pots, pans and cooking utensils; plates, bowls, glasses and silverware; coffee pot & coffee mugs; microwave, full size fridge/freezer, stove with oven, dish soap, dish towels, paper towels.
Kitchenettes include: pots, pans and cooking utensils; plates, bowls, glasses and silverware; coffee pot & coffee mugs; microwave, dorm-style fridge/freezer, stove with oven, dish soap, dish towels, paper towels.
Bathrooms include: towels, hand towels and wash clothes, bath mats, bar of soap, toilet paper.
Bedrooms include: beds, sheets & comforters, extra blankets, pillows & pillowcases, dressers, shelf with hangers
WHAT GUESTS SHOULD BRING:
Meals – if on Housekeeping Plan: Groceries if you are on the housekeeping plan.
Personal gear: rain gear, camera, wet/dry bag – plastic bag, flashlight, fillet knife, lip-balm -SPF, sunglasses – polarized, clothes (warm and cool clothing options, flip-flops/shoes, coolers–smaller for in boat, prescription drugs, antihistamines, shampoo/conditioner, toothbrush etc., watch, ear plugs.
Fishing equipment: (most items included with guided fishing trips) First Aid kit , tackle box, rods and tube, reels, tackle & lures, bait containers, fish stringer, rain gear, life jacket, insect repellent, depth finder, GPS, compass, lake maps, pocket knife, fish net, lighter, lures and pliers, jaw spreaders.