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Old 05-20-2018, 06:09 PM
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Default Delay times at International Falls

New to this forum. Thanks for any suggestions. I posted questions on threads initiated by others, and wanted to follow up with my own.

Going to cross the border on June 16th with my 12 year old son heading to Sioux Lookout to meet a plane early on June 17. Driving from Madison, WI area. We have never been to Sioux Lookout, but fished Eagle Lake last year.

We have been through International Falls last year, and had relatively little delay. We expect to be at International falls around noon on June 16, and I see mixed information about delay times during a Saturday in June.

I could go up through Thunder Bay and avoid International Falls. It is about 75 miles greater driving distance, but probably worth the extra drive it if there is a reasonable chance of an hour+ delay at International Falls.

Thanks for any information on what type of delays we might hit at IF.
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Old 05-20-2018, 06:23 PM
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I think youíd still save time chancing it at the Falls. Iím in Duluth and on the 16th is Grandmas Marathon. The expressway up Hwy 61 will be open, but you will need to navigate round the road closures for the marathon to get to the expressway. That will add about 20 minutes. Total additional time to the TB route will be at least an hour and a half more. I donít think the delay at the Falls will exceed that and youíll save gas.


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Old 05-20-2018, 07:08 PM
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If you cross Saturday afternoon you won't have much of a line.
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Old 05-20-2018, 07:50 PM
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When are the longest wait times to cross to the north on a Friday and Saturday?
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Old 05-20-2018, 07:59 PM
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You hit her early Saturday and it could be hours. To be honest I have found getting out takes longer.
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Old 05-20-2018, 08:02 PM
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Check out this site for border wait times http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/bwt-taf/menu-eng.html
You can check out the approximate time you will be crossing leading up to your trip to get an idea of the wait times. We usually go up in July and August so the wait times are probably different than in June but Saturday mornings are almost always busy. We cross on Friday afternoon with no wait time and spend the night on Fort Frances.
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Old 05-21-2018, 06:04 AM
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Make sure you have a letter written by the child's mother that it is okay to take your son out of the country.
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Old 05-21-2018, 06:32 AM
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Couple of crossing tips.

Have your license / passport ready.
Remove you sunglasses.
Answer only the questions when asked.
Don't be a comedian or smart a$$.

I always roll my boat cover up so they can easily look in the boat if I'm waiting in line anyway.

Good luck & have fun. Remember you are a guest.
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Old 05-21-2018, 06:36 AM
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Make sure you have a letter written by the child's mother that it is okay to take your son out of the country.
And notarized at that...

At least I always do. Not sure if it is a requirement, but it lends credibility to your paperwork. There are specific forms that you can print off for this, search the web.
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Old 05-21-2018, 07:08 AM
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There is a form online for taking a minor across the border. 90% of the time you donít need it, the other 10% can cost you hours. My kids play in a cross border youth hockey league, every year a couple kids miss the first game of a tournament.
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