The good thing about Vancouver is that it is just around the river bend. Us people from India do not get the whole “Canada” thing that goes on around here. Evidently, there are many jokes about Canada. Anyway, having been there a few times now, and not having anything urgent to do I thought to myself, lets talk about Vancouver with the few dozen people who read this blog.
crossing the border
There are two types of people:
- People who go “oh my god, I’m crossing an international border” or the theatrically inclined, prone to histrionics
- People who go “meh, border”, or the generally lazy kind
For both sets of people, the first thing to note is that you need to get to the border. While driving up you will see electronic noticeboards that mention the wait times. I’ve compiled a table below of what the notice board said and how long it took to cross. I shall leave you to draw your own conclusions on the accuracy of these notices:
|Direction||Crossing location||Time of day||Expected time||Actual Time|
|US –> Canada||I5||~11AM||10 mins||15 mins|
|US –> Canada||I5||~1PM||20 mins||40 mins|
|Canada –> US||SR 543||~1AM||5 mins||1 mins|
|Canada –> US||I5||~2:30PM||40 mins||20 mins|
As for the actual crossing, the customs/immigration people have been most polite. It has usually been a cursory check – they ask where you’re from, where you’re going, why you’re going there – mostly routine.
(Of course, you could be unlucky, catch the official on a bad day, be pulled over to the side and stuck there for a long time. Such is life).
Friendly reminder of things that you must have with you:
Friendly reminder of things that you should have with you:
- Driver’s License
- Registration of the car
- Insurance and what not
This post stops here. Abruptly.