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sightseeing into Canada

TravelBeauty09
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sightseeing into Canada

I will be arriving in Detroit on 6-22-09. I will be staying at the Ramada Inn in Taylor, MI. My roommate and I (two ladies) want to visit a site in Canada for about 1-2 hours. what transportation is available? Is there a bus for sightseeing? Or Trolley? We will be free for travel from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

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1. Re: sightseeing into Canada

Hi TravelBeauty09;

IMHO, with only 2 hours you would be wasting your time attempting to visit Canada from the US. Crossing the border TWICE would consume a considerable amount of your time.

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2. Re: sightseeing into Canada

I dont understand why I would be wasting my time. I only want to visit a site, and maybe have a late lunch.

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3. Re: sightseeing into Canada

What RescueTeam is trying to say is that it could take you that long just to clear customs. Not only that, but you'll need a passport or passport card to get back into the US after June 1, so if this is something you want to do, make sure you bring the correct documentation.

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4. Re: sightseeing into Canada

TravelBeauty09;

Taylor MI is approx. 30 minutes from the US / Canada border without any traffic delays.

30 minutes x 2 = 1 hour

You will need to cross the border twice. The amount of time that will take is unpredictable, but I would estimate a *minimum* of 15 minutes each way.

15 minutes x 2 = 30 minutes

BUT…

These times are approximate and are based on the average time it would take using a private car. That leaves you about 30 minutes to "visit" someplace.

You commented that you will be travelling by public transit / tour bus. It will take considerably longer for a bus load of people (45 passnegers ?) to clear thought Customs, twice.

IMHO, two hours is TOO short a period of time to accomplish your goal.

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Hi TravelBeauty09,

Unfortunately, I too agree with the others... and Windsor is one of the busiest crossings between Canada and the USA... both directions, (READ that as major line-ups).

Add to the fact that since 9/11 neither the US or Canadian Border Guards look as "fondly" on those who wish to go across for a couple of hours... a couple of days, you get asked enough Questions, a couple of hours, they wonder what you are up to.

Sad but true... a reality of the times we live in. Our once friendly border and easy going back-and-forth between neighbours isn't as easy-breezy as it used to be. Hence the new Western Hemisphere Initiative and the Passport Requirement for June 1st... and most of us can only IMAGINE the delays at the Border that that change will bring about.

Sorry I don't have better news.

Cheers!

Wine-4-2

PS... Please plan on coming back for a longer visit though... we'd love to show you the sights!

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I agree that you probably won't have a great deal of time, but in my experience as a seasoned Canadian/US shopper, Taylor Michigan (I-75, exit 36 area) is only 15 minutes from the border.....10 minutes in good traffic.

If you have the proper ID/passport to return to the States, I say give it a try....what do you have to lose?

:)

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"Add to the fact that since 9/11 neither the US or Canadian Border Guards look as "fondly" on those who wish to go across for a couple of hours... a couple of days, you get asked enough Questions, a couple of hours, they wonder what you are up to"

I disagree with this....there are alot of people that cross (each way) for only a few hours...casino, shopping, gas run, etc....and it's not like they time stamp your plate number when you cross back into the US, so they really have no idea how long you've been across. It's part of their job to know if you are lying or not. So just don't lie.

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"...and it's not like they time stamp your plate number when you cross back into the US, so they really have no idea how long you've been across."

Umm...actually, they do ! Your license plate is automatically entered into the system as you approach the booth.

The next time you cross, have a look around while waiting in the line. Just over a car length from the booth you will see the cameras that are aimed at the rear of your car.

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9. Re: sightseeing into Canada

Not only that...

But there are cameras everywhere now... focused at you and the interior of your car as well as underneath... there used to be a time if they wanted to take a look under your car they'd come out with a big mirror on a stick, now it is all done automatically (your car drives over a camera embedded in the pavement) it is exactly the same technology that those fancy car shows on tv use to show off the underside of restored vehicles.

The only place they can't see is in your trunk... and if they want to... and sometimes they do... they'll ask you to pop the lid.

Cheers!

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10. Re: sightseeing into Canada

Yes, I've seen the cameras....hard to miss them. I'm even aware of how they work. I'm just going by what I've been told by both US customs officers and Cdn. customs officers.

Unless TravelBeauty and friends have a criminal history, I don't think crossing the border for a few hours is that big of a deal. It's fine to give people some semi-expert information, but let's not scare them off completely.