Border Crossing Information
Travelling to the Creston-Valley Kootenay Lake Area from the USA
The Creston Valley Kootenay Lake Route is just a short drive from the United States/Canadian border and with two options to cross the border at Kingsgate Crossing near Yahk and Rykerts Crossing near Creston, is a very accessible vacation destination from Idaho, Washington, and Montana.
Please find further information on border crossing hours, directions from the USA, and tips for travel below.
Kingsgate/Eastport Border Crossing
The Eastport-Kingsgate Border Crossing connects the town of Bonners Ferry, Idaho with Yahk, British Columbia on the Canada–US border. It can be reached by U.S. Route 95 on the American side and British Columbia Highway 95 on the Canadian side.
Hours - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year round
Rykerts/Porthill Border Crossing
The Porthill-Rykerts Border Crossing connects the town of Bonners Ferry, Idaho with Creston, British Columbia on the Canada–US border. It can be reached by Idaho State Highway 1 on the American side and British Columbia Highway 21 on the Canadian side.
Hours - 8:00 AM - Midnight, 7 days a week (1st Saturday in November to 2nd Saturday in March). 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM, 7 days a week (2nd Sunday in March to 1st Sunday in November)
What Documents do US Visitors Need to Cross the Canadian Border?
Be sure to travel with your passport when crossing the border. Adults traveling with children who are not their own should have a written note from the parents or guardians giving permission for the children to leave the country. The permission should include the name and contact information of the parent or guardian.
If you are with your own child but not the other parent, bringing the other parent's written permission to take the child over the border is a good idea.
It always advisable to bring your vehicle registration with you as well.
Other Tips for Crossing the Canadian Border
1. Know What You Can and Can't Bring Into Canada - Whether you're wondering if you can bring your pet, how much alcohol or tobacco you can bring, or what the restrictions are for hunting rifles and motor boats, know the rules before you show up at the Border Officer's booth.
2. Check Your Vehicle Before Arriving at the Border - Unnecessary items in your vehicle may be a source of questioning by border officials and may add time to your border crossing or perhaps being asked to pull over for an inspection. It's a good idea to remove anything from your vehicle other than what you need for your trip in advance of crossing the border.
3. Be Prepared As you Approach the Border - Passengers should pass their passports and other ID to the driver before reaching the border services booth. In addition, take off your sunglasses, and turn off radios and cell phones. Also, roll down your front and Bach vehicle windows so the Border Officer can see everyone in the vehicle, speak with them, and see what else you are bringing across.
4. Answer Questions Directly & Honestly - The Border Services Officer at the Canada-U.S. border will ask you a series of questions, such as "how long you will be in the country," "why are you traveling to Canada," and "what is the address of the place where you will you be staying."It is best to answer these questions directly and honestly and avoid cracking jokes or appearing unsure.