As of 2009, having a current passport is mandatory for the driver of the vehicle and all passengers when crossing the Canadian border, explains Louie Doverspike for USA Today. Showing sufficient funds or proof of an airline ticket may be required at the discretion of border guards.
Crossing the Canadian border requires proof of ownership of the vehicle, notes Go Northwest! Without proof of ownership, the driver must have written proof showing the driver has been given permission to drive the vehicle across the border. If the vehicle is a rental, carry the rental agreement. All vehicles are subject to inspection for illegal items. Sporting or recreational guns require a permit or a permit in advance.
If public transportation is used, belongings may be checked randomly by border guards and luggage returned later, according to Go Northwest!. Be prepared to show receipts of any items purchased exceeding a total of $100. Certain goods are not allowed to be brought across the border. When returning to the United States, different restrictions apply to U.S. citizens. For the most up-to-date information, go to websites for the Canada Border Services Agency or U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Knowing current regulations before crossing the border aids in the experience.