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Old 04-12-2021, 10:59 AM   #1
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Crossing U.S. and Canadian Border PNW

Getting close. I thought I would share my links for crossing the boarder.
Links to CBSA:

https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/t.../index-en.aspx

https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/tr...nsit-cdn-water

https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/tr...s/wizard-start

https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/travel-v...pb-pp-eng.html

https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/travel-v...b-rmf-eng.html

https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/do-rb/op...itime-eng.html

https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/prog/nex...itime-eng.html
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Old 04-12-2021, 11:01 AM   #2
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Actual Crossing and Innocent Passage

I also received an email from a friend of mine that shared his experience in the past few days crossing the border and heading north.


Hi everybody,

I spoke with CBSA yesterday, (as I do at least once a week)...

Between last spring & now I have made +/-40 trips back/forth across the border as an “essential worker”.

However, every time I am there, or speak with them on the phone I bring up the question below, “Can private boaters transit the inside of Vancouver Island to Alaska?”

The answer is yes. (As of yesterday afternoon 3/26/21).

The important verbiage to remember is “Innocent Passage”. There is a loophole in what the last CBSA officer I spoke with referred to as international law.

Innocent Passage allows vessels to anchor/fuel/provision as necessary/safe.

The officer recommended Googling “Innocent Passage” and you can find the directive which she read to me on the phone.

CBSA highly recommends checking in at your first possible chance, having a float plan with daily itinerary, anchorages, miles capable of being traveled x day, total range of boat with current fuel load, amount of days vessel can go without re-provisioning, etc...
This route must be the quickest possible route...

As you all know, when you check in with CBSA, you will receive your “check in #”.... hang on to it, put it in the window because you will more than likely be stopped by RCMP during your transit.

Just be friendly, give them any info requested & your CBSA entry #.

(I have had about 15 run-ins with RCMP & they have always been very friendly & easy to work with)

I hope this helps, feel free to reach out with any questions.

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Old 04-12-2021, 11:02 AM   #3
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Another Email and Crossing

Althea is now safely anchored in Nanoose Harbor, about 15 nm N. of Nanaimo.

We crossed the border two days ago. Pretty much used all the suggestions contained already in this link. We had float plan outlining the purpose of our trip, anticipated stops, fuel supply, food supply, etc etc.

The border folks were at first stand offish and then VERY friendly and helpful. Explained what was expected of us and..... that they want us to be safe. So, anchor where you must. Stop for fuel or supplies or help if you need to. They also explained that RCMP might check us out as well. So... I am anticipating that that will happen. They took down our AIS "number" so.... they will be tracking us.

I should add that qe had called in the day prior to crossing the border, while at Reid Harbor. Screening questions were asked and answered. The fellow on the phone, who I think was in Ottowa explained that the local agents would make final decision as to whether or not we would be allowed through. We also used the arriveCam app, which I think helped move things along.

Last night, we spent the night at Silva Bay because gabriolla pass slack time was more favorable than Dodd Narrows. We left early yesterday morning to head north, hoping to get to Comox. But it was blowing! Also got some tide vs. wind action and it was rough in the straits. Boat handled it fine but it wasn't fun at all, so we pulled into Nanoose Harbor. There really is much between Nanaimo and Comox. Nanoose Bay is "controlled" by Winchelsea (sp) operations. We called them on channel 10 and they gave us permission to anchor in the harbor.

Wind calmed down last night. Seems favorable for passage to comox (or beyond) today.

It is so beautiful up here..... and.... it is frustrating to be looking out at folks walkng on a long, sandy beach with clamming shovels and buckets..... and not be able to join in. However, I am really thankful to the Canadians for allowing us to pass through in these strange times.

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Old 04-12-2021, 12:14 PM   #5
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Thank you for posting. Very helpful info.
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Old 04-12-2021, 01:24 PM   #7
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So were in Van Isle marina is customs? On the end by the fuel dock? I have never been there.
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Yes customs is at the Van Isle fuel dock
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Yes customs is at the Van Isle fuel dock
Thank you. Found it in the Waggoner too.
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Old 04-12-2021, 01:49 PM   #10
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Please keep posting daily, if you can of course. Planning my journey north to AK as well, and they are very informative, given the border issues, etc. Thanks and Safe journey!
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The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) would like to provide you with two updates.
First, the CBSA would like to inform you that, in an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and its variants, there have been changes to reporting requirements for travellers arriving in Canada. As of February 22, 2021, all travellers arriving by land or air must submit their travel and contact information electronically via ArriveCAN before or when crossing the border or boarding a flight. This requirement also applies to individuals on exempt travel and NEXUS members. In addition to travel and contact information, ArriveCAN allows travellers to submit a quarantine plan and COVID-19 symptom self-assessments as required.
ArriveCAN is available to download as a mobile app through the App Store or Google Play, or you can create an account and sign in online.
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Old 04-12-2021, 04:31 PM   #12
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Thanks for sharing.

They don't mention entering by water/vessel. Doesn't apply? I don't know.

This is one of the issues folks have encountered when looking at "transient through." The rules are kind of vague.

Example, see below, it only deals with those entering Canada by land or air. Nothing about boats. So as of today, the rules I posted for vessels are still in effect.
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Use ArriveCAN: Submit travel information to enter Canada ...https://www.canada.ca › coronavirus-disease-covid-19
Apr. 1, 2021 — ArriveCAN isn't mandatory if you're travelling to Canada by marine. However, you're strongly encouraged to submit your travel information ...
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Use ArriveCAN: Submit travel information to enter Canada ...https://www.canada.ca › coronavirus-disease-covid-19
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Nice. Thanks for sharing.
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I downloaded the app. They ask mode of travel. I selected marine. The next page informs me that my status will be determined by the on-site border agent.

It continues any further supplied personal information is only for the Canadian government collection to determine the spread of COVID.

So I will wait until I see the agent.
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And I thought we had it rough down here south of Mexico, Mandatory insurance, Covid testing, Dr. visits and high entry fee’s. Hell, a few boats got stopped for not flying the Nicaragua flag even though they never entered there waters. The Nic Navy collected there fee, $10 maybe more and pocketed it, no receipt. At least you guys are meeting friendly RCMP.
Best wish’s for a smooth and safe passage!
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According to Marine Traffic there are a few U.S. flagged pleasure boats making their way north.

Atlhea is heading north just off of PR heading to Dixon Entrance.
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According to Marine Traffic there are a few U.S. flagged pleasure boats making their way north.
Maybe US flagged, but 4 went through Queen Charlotte Strait with no flags.
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Maybe US flagged, but 4 went through Queen Charlotte Strait with no flags.
Good for them.

No requirement to fly flag.
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Good for them.

No requirement to fly flag.
Bite your tongue. Proudly hiding the obvious. Not true patriots.
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