Don't you just waive your passport and drive right through? We got hassled one time, but that was only because A) it was like 9/18/01 and B) one of the idiots we were with forgot her ID.
Some times I'll get "Any alcohol or tobacco? Any firearms, pepper spray, or mace? Have a nice day." Other days it's "What was the nature of your trip? Have a nice day." Other times they'll want to know what I had for breakfast last Tuesday and every penny I spent. Overall, male guards give you an easier time or are more joking/friendly. Female guards seem to have a chip on their shoulder, though not always.
I've gone from being an 18 year old kid visiting his Canadian girlfriend, to being on a student visa, to being a permanent resident, married to a Canadian, and now I have my citizenship application in. I've gone both ways with any combination of US and Canadian citizens in the car, and with Ohio and Ontario plates. If you're young and alone, you're going to get a lot harder time than if you're a married couple. If you're just dating someone or with a group of friends, the questions will be more prying too with the "how do you know each other?" and "how did you meet?"
I've never had a criminal record, so I've never had that complication at least. From what I know though, prepare to be profiled. If you contact the border ahead of time about that factor and have your Ts crossed and Is dotted on everything else, they won't throw the book at you. Even if it's legal to do so, not bringing any beer, tobacco, or firearms with you, and leaving the radar detector at home if you're going into Ontario, is going to give you an easier time, as the only point of contention will be the DUI. If you don't give them reason to give you a hard time, they won't give you a hard time. If you're unprepared or ignorant and walk in as a deer in headlights, they're going to ask you everything they can, and probably send you inside to straighten things out.
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Drinks are cheap... but you use 90% ice and then 9% sugary mixers. And it was in Montreal I saw my first drink meters... little caps that prevent the bartender from giving too much sweet stuff to a customer. Seriously not even NYC or at least the clubs I frequent use that.
So, two things...
1) Canada wont allow "felons" with DUI's into their country, but they'll turn a mostly blind eye to pounds and pounds of weed leaving their country for the US.
2) Adam144- You guys just don't get any good American small brew beer up there. We're sending you the cheap Budweiser crap to make sure you guys have a false sense of safety. Then BAM out of nowhere it's a bunch of hippies from Oregon, who've been drinking small batch double IPA's most of their adult life, charging in there with a BAL of 0.35 and the dexterity of an Olympic knitting champ. You'll never see it coming.
There is NO WAY you will ever get into canada. My friend has a DUI and the scanned his passport (they scan ALL of them) and they told him to GTFO. His DUI is many many years old too. He drove 6 hours to get to the border, had a legitimate reason to be in canada, was not driving. No way hose.
Some Canadian border guards are really sticklers for past criminal history. I've heard stories where people with a dui in the 80s can get into Canada for years and then one day get denied because the particular guard thinks they are a risk. I think the upper brass has advised officers on what is appropriate to deny entry for but who knows.
Last edited by WhistlerYOW; 10-01-2012 at 04:40 PM.
Just arrive with a boat load of other felons and they will just wave you into the country...
But yeah they are sticklers for single persons with criminal records, my friend had to get a job on a ship that never sailed into US ports for the same DUI reason as OP.
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