Minors age 15 and under must have proper identification, such as a birth certificate, passport, citizenship card, permanent resident card or Certificate of Aboriginal Status. While passports are recommended, they are not required for American minors age 15 or younger crossing the border by land – a birth certificate will suffice.
If a minor is travelling alone or with an adult that is not their parent or guardian, they should carry a letter from their parents/ guardians. This letter should authorize the person meeting them or travelling with them to take responsibility for the minor while visiting Canada. The letter should also include addresses and telephone numbers where the parents or guardian can be reached.
Divorced or separated parents should carry custody or legal separation documents and a letter of authorization from the other parent to facilitate their entry into Canada.
If you are travelling with a group of vehicles, make sure you arrive at the border in the same vehicle as your children, to avoid any confusion.
Entering the NW Angle
As you have just driven through Canada on your way up to the Angle, upon entering the NW Angle, you are re-entering the U.S. This means you need to check in with U.S. Customs. This is a very easy process. You can stop at one of the three U.S. Customs and Border Protection kiosks located at Jim’s Corner, the NW Angle school or at Young’s Bay Resort.
An even easier option is to use an iPad at Jerry’s Bar and Restaurant or most of the resorts up at the Angle, depending upon which resort you are staying with. A few questions and you are set!
Boating into Canada Water from the NW Angle
If you are staying at the NW Angle and plan on boating into Canadian waters, the first thing you need to decide is if you are going to touch land. If you are just boating and not touching land, touching a dock, exchanging goods and services or anchoring up, you are welcome to boat across the line without checking in with Canada Customs.
If you plan on touching land in Canada, you need to contact CBSA prior to boating into Canada by calling the 1-800-CAN-PASS number.
Know the rules if you plan on fishing in Ontario. You must have the proper Ontario fishing license and fishing or Outdoors Card. No bait can be transported into Canada from the U.S., alive, dead, or frozen. This is a newer regulation that went into effect in October, 2020. Thankfully, there are some great plastics to use on jigs and when pulling spinners and the walleyes have responded favorably.