Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Fort Frances, ON, CA
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If you plan on frequent crossings, here's the skinny (from a Yacht Club that straddles the border).
This information is if you're crossing where there is no official point of entry by boat.
To enter Canada, you will want an RABC (Remote Access Border Crossing) doccument. Last summer they were around $35CAD for a family. If you're Canadian (I don't know how it applies to Americans, sorry) you only have to report in if you have something to declare. This form is good for one year (I don't know if that's calendar or total)
To enter the United States, you will be required to have either an I-68 (listed by Mr. Jones), or a nexus card. The I-68 cost me around $32USD for the family (I think it's around $20USD individual) The I-68 is good for one year.
The other option to enter the US is a Nexus card. These are initially more pricey at $50USD per person, but they are valid for 5 years.
We did the I-68 the first year as a trial, but will be going with the Nexus in the future.
We are with the Rendezvous Yacht Club in Fort Frances Ontario and International Falls Minnesota. Almost every event we have (including races) cross the border at some point.
Hope this helps.