Daytrip from Vancouver to Mt Baker?

fenrir

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I've booked in a Canada trip in January 2020 and I'm flying directly into Canada from Australia. My Canadian Visa is still valid but I dont currently have ESTA for the USA. I'll be spending a few days with a mate in Vancouver and was considering a side trip to ski Mt Baker.
How much of a hassle is a border crossing via car for a day trip? Can I just spend my $20, get my ESTA and drive through or is there more to it?
 

fenrir

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Get the ESTA ahead of time.
Haha I intend to, but is that all I need to do? I just found a condition referring to form I-94W if travelling by land?

edit: found a website to apply and it says the following

Please Know: The I-94 you apply for on this page is provisional.
To complete your I-94 application you will also need to:
  1. Appear at a port of entry within seven days of completing this online application. If you do not appear within seven days or are not issued an I-94 for any reason, there are no refunds.
  2. At the port of entry, submit your biometrics (if required) and complete an interview.
  3. Please bring the documents you entered into the application with you to the port of entry.
  4. Be prepared to show evidence of your residence, employment and/or travel plans, if asked by the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer.
Is there no way to do this in advance? I just want to go skiing for a day, don't really have time for a cavity search as part of the deal.
 

Chowder11

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Thanks

I wasn't worried as much about wait times as making the trip as smooth as possible - ie have all my documentation pre approved, present passport and pass through.
Sounds simple but sometimes it isn’t.
We spend 1.5 hrs waiting at Niagara/Buffalo customs when we drove into upstate NY.
Sat in a waiting room for 1.5 hrs, and spend all of 45 secs with the customs officer before being let through. And we had all documents ready.

I think a bit of luck is involved at times.
But as previously mentioned it is something you really do need to consider and be prepared it can happen.
 

fenrir

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Sounds simple but sometimes it isn’t.
We spend 1.5 hrs waiting at Niagara/Buffalo customs when we drove into upstate NY.
Sat in a waiting room for 1.5 hrs, and spend all of 45 secs with the customs officer before being let through. And we had all documents ready.
Thanks
Given my options are spending a hassle free day at Cypress or potentially losing half the day to US customs it's an easy choice. I'll spend my money in Canada.
 
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Cypress can be the foggiest place on earth IMO.
When I was there they'd had 27 feet of snow. In Feb.

Fun hill. So is Seymour.
 

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The entry should be no different to airport immigration. Show them your documents, answer a few questions and off you go. If you cross at Sumas should not be any great delay on a weekday (Mon-Thurs)morning although will be busier in afternoon. Mt Baker is a great spot and nice drive. Big day from Vancouver and back though (2 hours each way in good conditions and no border delay).
 
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Sumas is usually the quietest of the coast area crossings. As @geeoff says, avoid the busy periods when Canadians head south to shop or camp (weekends and holidays) and you will scoot through easily. Early morning start is always a good idea.
 

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You don't have to drive to mt baker. There is weed in vancouver.
 
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