Go Back  Harley Davidson Forums > General Harley Davidson Forums > Road Trips
Reload this Page >

Riding in Canada from the states

Notices
Road Trips Let us know where you've been on your Harley, the best places to visit on a bike, etc.

Riding in Canada from the states

 
  #1  
Old 12-17-2018, 09:18 PM
harleyfiremedic's Avatar
harleyfiremedic
harleyfiremedic is offline
Club Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Springfield, MA
Posts: 670
Thanked 14 Times in 11 Posts
Default Riding in Canada from the states

Hello all,

Thinking about a trip up to the upper portion of MI (Mackinaw City) and the shortest route for me would take me through Canada from the Toronto area to Sarnia MI. I know that I will need a passport. What other things would I need to know about riding into Canada? My quick calculations would be I would enter and exit Canada in the same day.

Looking for any information that might help with the planning and execution of the trip.

Thanks in advance

 
  #2  
Old 12-17-2018, 09:22 PM
IdahoHacker's Avatar
IdahoHacker
IdahoHacker is offline
Ultimate HDF Member
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Idaho
Posts: 9,230
Thanked 1,206 Times in 840 Posts
Default

Do not carry a firearm across the border.
 
  #3  
Old 12-17-2018, 09:29 PM
Pulledmebackin
Pulledmebackin is offline
New Member
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Idaho
Posts: 4
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default

The speed limit signs are in kilometers per hour, not mph.
 
  #4  
Old 12-17-2018, 09:30 PM
rwhisen's Avatar
rwhisen
rwhisen is offline
Club Member
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: TX
Posts: 63,053
Thanked 1,663 Times in 1,145 Posts
Default

You won't be able to get in if you have had a DUI.
 
  #5  
Old 12-17-2018, 09:30 PM
Kingglide549
Kingglide549 is offline
Banned
Join Date: May 2018
Location: Viet Vet, crossroads
Posts: 4,577
Thanked 925 Times in 671 Posts
Default

A smart license is all you need.
Ski for the front tire, chain for rear. (This time of year)
No premium near Sue St Marie on the Candian side after you leave twn (I did not check your map)
 
  #6  
Old 12-17-2018, 09:48 PM
artie2908
artie2908 is offline
New Member
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Central Vermont
Posts: 45
Thanks: 0
Thanked 10 Times in 6 Posts
Default

I made that trip last summer from Vermont. First night we spent in Kingston, Ontario from there we rode all the way to Sarnia/Port Huron. It was about 330 miles. Highway 401 was very heavy with truck and traffic in general. It got worse the closer we got to Toronto and we were not in rush hour. Decide bail out on 401 and take 407. It's called the ETR, Electronic Toll Road. Well, worth it. Very light traffic. We never got billed for it either. Got to the Blue Water bridge in sarnia which was very cool. Once again pretty backed up at the border. Took about an hour to get through. Spend the night in Port Huron. Next Day shot across to the west coast of MIchigan to Ludington. Spent the night. Next day headed north, rode thru the "tunnel of trees" nice ride. Spent the night just short of the Mackinac bridge. Crossed the next day in gorgeous weather. awesome views. We then toured the U.P. Pictured Rocks, Shipwreck museum, the Soo ship locks, overall nice trip. Great roads for riding except for 401-- that sucked.
 
  #7  
Old 12-18-2018, 06:04 AM
Architect's Avatar
Architect
Architect is offline
Outstanding HDF Member
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Long Island, New York
Posts: 3,067
Thanked 444 Times in 334 Posts
Default

No firearms or weapons of any kind.
When you pull up to the booth at the crossing, motor off, sun glasses off and present your identification. Be polite.
Know where you are going, specifically, name of hotel etc. or crossing back into the States etc. They will ask, more info makes you credible.
No drugs of any kind, prescription is OK if in the bottle, but still will be a conversation, better to not bring unless you need it.
Make sure your bike is insured for Canada, the used to request a "yellow" card which you can get from your carrier, rules may have changed, call your insurance company.
They will run your criminal record at the border and they will turn you back if you have priors they do not like, including a DWI. Bit of a hit or miss, I know guys that got through with old felonies and I know guys turned back for 30 year old teenage shenanigans. Rule one, do not lie to the officer at the booth, they have it all in front of them on the computer screen.
If you will be in a group or with a passenger, go thru this list with them as well. 5 out of 6 getting into Canada will screw up your plans. Everyone needs to be able to cross. They will question your passenger as well.

Did I mention no firearms?

Good luck, good riding up there but you need to be prepared for the border crossing, take it seriously.
 
  #8  
Old 12-18-2018, 07:57 AM
Zedbra's Avatar
Zedbra
Zedbra is offline
One Of The Regulars
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Squamish, BC
Posts: 201
Thanked 61 Times in 40 Posts
Default

Our CBSA (Canadian Border Security Agency) have taken it upon themselves to now deem folding knives that have thumb studs are now also prohibited to enter into Canada. This applies to all folders, switchblades have been prohibited for a long time. Basic rule of thumb with knives - if it can be opened with one hand, they have deemed it prohibited to enter into Canada, though our Federal laws allow them. Welcome to the new socialist era. Do not bring in any prohibited gun items - such as high capacity magazines for pistols or ARs, or any parts that enable full automatic on anything. Any prior arrests can deny entry, even if charges were dropped, the arrest in itself may make you inadmissible.
 
  #9  
Old 12-18-2018, 08:13 AM
1plumr1's Avatar
1plumr1
1plumr1 is online now
Road Warrior
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Ellensburg, WA
Posts: 1,524
Thanked 148 Times in 98 Posts
Default

MIP will get you detained if not disclosed. It does stay on your record regardless of what you're told. DO NOT feed your horses before you go, alfalfa looks like pot to Canadian border agents (long story).
 
  #10  
Old 12-18-2018, 10:36 AM
Lude-a-tick's Avatar
Lude-a-tick
Lude-a-tick is offline
Road Captain
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Michigan
Posts: 595
Thanked 93 Times in 63 Posts
Default

Much of what was said above is true. The only exception would be the insurance thing. I live on the border between the U.P. of Michigan and Ontario and have never been asked about an insurance card. I think traveling through Ontario is much more picturesque than Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.
 

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Featured Sponsors
Vendor Directory

Contact Us - About Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: