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Old 05-08-2012, 10:18 AM   #1
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Going to Niagara Falls, do we need passports?

Thinking about going to Niagara Falls and going into Canada for a night of camping. I have 3 kids and a wife, do we need passports?? Any places close to the boarder that we need to see? Thanks for your advice..
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Old 05-08-2012, 10:31 AM   #2
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Adults need passports. Kids 15 & under can travel with a birth certificate.

"Since June 2009, everyone from every country arriving in Canada by air, land and sea has needed a passport or equivalent travel document. (Some exceptions apply to children's passport requirements). Besides an up-to-date passport, visitors may instead have an equivalent travel document, such as a NEXUS Card."
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:41 PM   #3
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Depends on where you live. Some states, Michigan being one, you can bring your birth certificate to DMV and they issue a drivers license that allows you to enter without a passport. Don't know if other bordering states do the same. If you go, keep in mind that the left lanes are for passing and you need to return to the right lane after you pass. Also check Canadian law about firearms if you carry one. I understand it's illegal to enter with one. There was a resteraunt west of the fall's called Empty Bellies. The proportions are insane. Bacon came in at 1 lb., omlets were a dozen eggs, you get the picture.
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went last year. The Canadians did not bother to look, just handed the pass port back and waved us on. The Americans did not bother to look just asked if we had any booze to declare. neither stamped the documents
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Thanks for the info. Any great campgrounds within 20 miles or so of the Falls on the Canadian side??? My kids are 13,11 and 8.
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The KOA on the Canada side is a nice park. You can take the bus from the park down to the Falls area, restaurants, etc.
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The KOA on the Canada side is a nice park. You can take the bus from the park down to the Falls area, restaurants, etc.
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KOA on the Canadian Side. They have a full program for children most nights.
Must visit some of the wineries and Niagara on the Lake.
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Thanks to all for your help!!! Now, has anyone stayed near New York City??
Looking to stop by New York for a few days after The Falls and need to find a Campground close or a hotel that will allow a Rv in its parking lot..
Thanks in advance......
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went last year. The Canadians did not bother to look, just handed the pass port back and waved us on. The Americans did not bother to look just asked if we had any booze to declare. neither stamped the documents
Don't be counting on that to happen every time! Let me tell you what can happen when you go to cross the border without appropriate documentation. They can detain you ...... for hours should they choose while they check your identity, question you ad naseum, maybe even search you. If as an adult you want to take that chance, well its a free world, but with kids in tow too. Just too much of a risk. And bear in mind, it isn't just the Canadian side you have to go through, it is the US side going back. Things have loosened up a little bit the last little while but all it takes in one moron to do something horrible and we will be right back to square one.

And in case you are wondering. I almost had that experience going to Pt. Roberts Wash. Look it up on Mapquest and you will see why that is funny. There are probably more Canadians there than Americans.
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Our Canadian friends don't care so much if you don't have a passport, but good luck coming back to the U.S. without one. Save yourself some trouble and get one if you don't live in a border state and can't get an enhanced drivers license.
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You will need a passport to return to the US. Period!
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You need a passport, passport card, or enhanced driver's license. Read the official U.S. requirements: Passports

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Thinking about going to Niagara Falls and going into Canada for a night of camping. I have 3 kids and a wife, do we need passports?? Any places close to the boarder that we need to see? Thanks for your advice..
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