Among others, the Aldergrove Border Crossing is expected to be a busy place this Thanksgiving long weekend.
And the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) advises travellers to prepare for a few days at the border.
Last Thanksgiving Day, 18,938 vehicles entered Canada through five Lower Mainland border crossings – including the one on the south end of 264th Street in Aldergrove.
The busiest crossings were the Douglas and Pacific Highway ports of entry (POE), which processed approximately 7,795 and 4,848 vehicles, respectively.
The CBSA anticipates higher than normal traffic volumes, and there are a few things you can do to make your cross-border trip a little easier:
Plan ahead: Cross the border in the morning, especially if you plan to cross on a Sunday or Monday. The Douglas POE is the busiest land border crossing in British Columbia, and longer wait times begin building in the afternoon and carry on throughout the evening. Alternatively, travellers can return to Canada through nearby POEs like the ports of Aldergrove, Abbotsford–Huntingdon or Pacific Highway (the truck crossing).
For border wait times, download the CanBorder app, visit the CBSA website, or follow us on Twitter for hourly updates from each POE.
Be prepared: Have your travel documents, proper identification for all persons in the vehicle, and receipts from purchases outside of Canada ready to present to the border services officer. Be ready to declare all goods purchased and/or received while outside the country.
Know your exemption limits: If you plan to make purchases or pick up online purchases across the border, be aware of your exemption limits. Be sure to check the CBSA duty and taxes estimator to calculate taxes on goods purchased in the United States and to help you make informed decisions when shopping abroad.
Ask the CBSA officer: To enter into Canada as quickly as possible, the single best thing you can do is to simply be open and honest with the CBSA officer. If you are not sure about what to declare, don’t hesitate to ask. The officers are there to help you.
To expedite the border clearance process, apply to become a NEXUS member. For information on the NEXUS enrollment process and hours of operation, please visit the CBSA website.
For more travel tips from the CBSA, visit the travel tips section on the CBSA website.
NEXUS Hours of Operation: Saturday, October 8 to Monday, October 10 at the Aldergrove crossing is 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.