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Daytrip from Vancouver to Mt Baker?

Discussion in 'United States' started by fenrir, Apr 27, 2019.

  1. fenrir

    fenrir One of Us

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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?
     
  2. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    I've not done the crossing, but suggest that the crossing near Abbottsford is potentially less busy
     
  3. sly_karma

    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Get the ESTA ahead of time.
     
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  4. fenrir

    fenrir One of Us

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    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.
     
  5. sly_karma

    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    They get you to do that at the border.
     
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    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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  7. fenrir

    fenrir One of Us

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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.
     
  8. Legs Akimbo

    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    I have heard that wait times can be up to 2 hours. For a day trip it is something I would worry about.
     
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    Chowder11 Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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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.

    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.
     
  10. fenrir

    fenrir One of Us

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    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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    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    just avoid cypress on the weekend
     
  12. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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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.
     
  13. fenrir

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    Yeah there is Grouse as well. Plenty of places to go without risking being shut in a room.
     
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    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Vancouver is a great spot .
     
  15. geeoff

    geeoff Hard Yards

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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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    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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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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    crackson A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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