We're planning a trip to Gwaii Hanaas, BC, next summer and I'm wondering what the requirements are for crossing the US Canadian border with kayaks.
We'll likely be transporting two kayaks, one belongs to the driver/vehicle owner. The other boats owner will be flying up. I'm assuming we'll need the statement of origin for each boat, but I didn't know if any additional documentation will be required, especially for the unaccompanied boat.
I plan to speak to the outfitter next week too. No luck with a web search so I thought I'd ask for advise and experience here too.
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Posted by: Dr_Disco on Feb-02-13 3:08 PM (EST)
We have taken kayaks into Canada lots of times and never had a problem.
Posted by: willi_h2o on Feb-02-13 3:12 PM (EST)
Posted by: mrmannerz on Feb-02-13 3:20 PM (EST)
I've never been questioned about my boat. They will ask you about guns and food. They will be about 100 times more polite and friendlier than the a-holes that work the US side of the border...don't forget your passport
Posted by: Jackl on Feb-02-13 3:41 PM (EST)
When we went to Aklaska we passed through Canada going and coming back and we were never questioned with two sea kayaks on the roof
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Posted by: rpg51 on Feb-02-13 4:50 PM (EST)
Never had a single question asked. They did want to see firearms and I recall we had to have some forms filled out for that but it was quick.
My passport was out of date, but they |
Posted by: g2d on Feb-02-13 5:28 PM (EST)
only commented that I should get it updated soon. Boats no problem.
Posted by: randy_morgart on Feb-02-13 6:21 PM (EST)
This is shping up to be yet another trip of a lifetime!!
I heard that|
Posted by: mjamja on Feb-02-13 6:59 PM (EST)
sea kayaks are no problem, but if you take a good canoe into Canada they will not let it leave the country :)
Posted by: rblturtle on Feb-04-13 5:59 AM (EST)
You could avoid possible trouble by getting a statment going in that you brought the boat with you. Sometimes they suspect you bought the boat in Canada and want to be sure you payed all the huge taxes! This is more likely to happen if the boat is new looking.
Posted by: jengel on Feb-04-13 3:41 PM (EST)
If you buy a kayak in Canada it's only US customs you have to deal with, if you decide to declare it, and then you may be liable for duty. When you leave Canada, you have nothing to do with Canadian customs unless you want to stop and fill out a form to be reimbursed for sales (HST) tax you paid when you bought the boat.
Randy you should have authorization|
Posted by: kayamedic on Feb-04-13 7:08 PM (EST)
with the HIN indicated signed by the owner along with a phone number.
Rare issue but it happens|
Posted by: willi_h2o on Feb-04-13 8:34 PM (EST)
Posted by: angstrom on Feb-05-13 2:55 PM (EST)
Thanks again to all!|
Posted by: randy_morgart on Feb-05-13 8:31 PM (EST)
Angstrom the links were helpful and easy to understand. The outfitter had mentioned having a tow belt or throw bag too.
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Posted by: seakayaking on Feb-06-13 4:45 PM (EST)
not one post from a canuk !
Posted by: rblturtle on Feb-07-13 7:54 AM (EST)
This is ONE of the reasons I stopped going to Canada to canoe. US costoms comming back is worse than Canadian going in.
Posted by: ByronWalter on Feb-07-13 11:24 AM (EST)
The last time I crossed back in upper Michigan, the border guys gave me the third degree. I'm an older white guy, there's a beat up kayak on the roof of my car and the guard asks me what I was doing in Canada :).