The last time I went to Canada, decades ago, crossing the border was no more than an opportunity to stop for a few minutes, have a short chat about why I was crossing the border, and what I had in the car.
Now, things aren't quite so easy. The U.S. Department of State Consular Information Sheet for Canada shows requirements that are tighter than I remember. I'm not going to try to sort out what's written there, but it looks like Americans need some sort of photo ID to get back into America. And, the Canadian Embassy has a few words on the subject, too. I see that, starting January 31, 2008, the U.S. government will require documents for people coming in from Canada.
I'm not upset by any of this. Even in this small town, I've had to show documentation to prove I am who I say I am (that drier's license is a handy document).
I'm not happy, either. The open Canadian-American border was something to be proud of.
Population density being what it is up here though, in practice the border is still open.
Providing that someone is willing to walk in, or take an ATV.
And then, be prepared to
- Survive in the lake country of Northern Minnesota
(wonderful place: but underdeveloped and swampy)
- Trek across North Dakota or Montana
- Or have a go at cross-country mountain climbing further west