There are a number of BC border crossings you can go through to cross the Canada US border for travel to the Okanagan Valley and British Columbia. You'll cross the USA British Columbia Canada border either through an airport in BC or by ground. (obviously, right?).
If you're driving to the Okanagan Canada from the US the most direct entry to the valley by ground is through the Oroville WA /Osoyoos BC border crossing.
If you're traveling by air, Canada Customs agents are available at Vancouver International Airport (in case you have to connect from there), as well as at the Kelowna International Airport and also at the Penticton Regional Airport.
Generally passing through US Canada border into BC is straight forward and includes going through Canadian immigration & customs when you enter and leave the country.
Ground BC border crossings into Canada can be very busy. The biggest hassle is usually the length of the queues, so you may want to consider trying to avoid the peak travel times during the beginning and end of the working day, and also on heavy travel days such as public Canadian holidays, or long weekends. You can also check for border lineups here.
Highway 97, Osoyoos, British Columbia - U.S. Route 97, Oroville, Washington. The closest US Canada border crossing to the Okanagan BC is in Oroville/Osoyoos. The Osoyoos border crossing is open 24hrs/day and often has no delays. Be sure to bring one of the acceptable proofs of U.S. Citizenship to cross the border into Canada.
For US travelers driving to Canada's Okanagan from the eastern USA, there is a U.S. to Canada border crossing at Midway, BC on Dominion Street, with Ferry, Washington. The daytime hours are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, seven days a week, all year long. Once you're in the country, from Midway travel west on BC Hwy 3 to reach the beautiful Okanagan Valley.
British Columbia Highway 11, Abbottsford - U.S. Route 9, Sumas. Located approximately 3 hours west of the Okanagan Valley. This border crossing is open 24hrs/day, and connects with Trans Canada Hwy 1 for travel to the Okanagan.
BC Highway 13 - U.S. Route 539, Lynden. This border crossing is open 8 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week. From here you can travel north to BC Hwy 1A, then east to the Trans Canada Hwy and on to the Okanagan Valley.
If you're travelling to British Columbia from the Oregon coast, you can go through either the Pacific Highway or the Peace Arch BC border crossings.
No matter where you're coming from in the US, or what mode of transportation you are coming with, Canada Customs & Immigration Services are readily available for you at all BC border crossings. But, there's nothing more disappointing than realizing you've forgotten important travel documents when you're almost at your destination. :-(
If you're unsure about what identification you may need for crossing the USA Canada border you can find more information from...
The Canadian Border Information Service: is a computerized, 24-hour telephone service that automatically answers all incoming calls and provides general border services information. If you have questions about Canada border services, you can speak directly to an agent during regular business hours, Monday to Friday (08:00 - 16:00 local time / except holidays).
Canada Customs and Immigration and services also provides information for non-Canadian residents visiting, settling in or doing business with Canada on their CBSA website. If you're visiting from the United States, you may also want to look into having a Nexus Card for travel through USA BC border crossings easier and quicker.
If you are travelling through the US-Canada border with children who are minors, you must carry proper identification for each child. If you are not the parent or guardian of the children, you should also have written permission from the parent/guardian authorizing the trip.
If you are divorced or separated be sure to carry custody or legal separation documents and/or a letter of authorization to facilitate your child's entry into Canada.
Driving a rental vehicle across BC border crossings is usually not a problem, as long as you have made proper arrangements with your rental company. Make sure you have a copy of the rental agreement with you always, and that is clearly states you have permission to take your rental vehicle across the border into Canada.
Information provided here is a guide only. We are not Canadian Customs Agents. Canadian rules governing entry of
foreigners are subject to change and you should check with the relevant authorities close to the time you will be making a crossing. You'll also find more here about Canadian Visit Visa and Passports For Canada
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