Moving from Ontario to Alberta, drive through US or Canada?
May 13, 2012 8:27 AM Subscribe
Help me convince my son not to drive through the US from Ontario to his new city, Calgary, Alberta. Or alternatively, convince me it won't be the hassle I think it will...
posted by mbarryf to Travel & Transportation (35 answers total)
My son just graduated medical school here in Ontario. His residency is in Calgary, Alberta. He is a Canadian citizen. He is planning to drive with his possessions from Ontario to Calgary, going via the US, since he feels the multi-lane highways will be a better drive.
I am afraid that when he goes through US customs/immigration at the border he will face infinite hassles, which could include complete search of his possessions (as he is permanently moving, so he will have everything with him). He could look to the border guards as a person trying to sneak into the US from Canada.
His response is that since he will have his acceptance form at medical residency and a signed apartment lease, all will go smoothly at the border. I am not convinced. The border guards could simply think that all the documents could be faked.
What can I do to convince him to drive though Canada from Ontario to Calgary, rather than through the US? Alternatively tell me what preparation could be made so that his transit through the Canadian-US (in Ontario) and again through the US-Canadian (at Alberta) borders will go smoothly.