GRAND FORKS, ND — When the Canadian border opens on Monday, Aug. 9, Manitoba fishing camp owner Bill Kolansky hopes to renew a friendship with American campers he hasn’t seen in over a year.
During the past 17 months, Kolansky has rented out his cabins to Canadians as his American guests across the border to stay at Croduck Lake Camp in Whiteshell Provincial Park, about 220 miles northeast of the Grand Forks, ND Canada-US border. have not been able to. It has been closed for non-essential travel since March 21, 2020, when both countries restricted crossings to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
He said Kolansky’s business has felt the impact.
“Most of my business (clients) are in the United States. Some of these American customers are coming to this camp, keeping their week for 48 years in a row,” Kolansky said.
Crowduck Lake Camp offers boat, motor, and other fishing equipment and accommodations. Most fishermen book camping before the fishing season.
While Americans 13 and older can cross the border into Canada starting Monday, some restrictions will still remain in place. For example, fully vaccinated Americans must provide evidence of a negative molecular test for COVID-19 taken within 72 hours of arrival at a land crossing or flight departure. US travelers will also be required to upload proof of vaccination through the Canadian government’s smartphone application called Arivacan. Unvaccinated children 12 years of age and younger can cross the border without vaccination if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian who has been vaccinated.
Americans returning to the United States from Canada will need a passport or advanced driver’s license.
One potential wrinkle in plans for Americans to travel to Canada is the expected strike by more than 9,000 Canadian Border Service Agency employees. A strike might not prevent Americans from crossing the border into Canada, but it could delay the process.
Although Canada will open its borders to American travelers, the United States will continue to restrict Canadian travelers. Those restrictions are due to expire at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 21, unless they are amended or revoked before that date. The Biden administration could also increase restrictions.
Kolansky said that some Americans who had reservations for Crowdack Lake Camp contacted Kolansky after the Canadian border was announced and told him they would come to the camp.
However, Americans must comply with requirements to travel to Canada, and concerns about a rise in COVID-19 delta variant cases have resulted in some of them reconsidering and then canceling reservations, Kolansky said. .
“We’ve probably got about three-quarters of the people who had reserved,” he said.
Because of the uncertainties surrounding the opening of the Canadian border, Kolansky is not placing any bets on exactly how many American visitors will arrive at Crowduck Lake Camp on Monday and in the coming days.
“Whoever has reservation and whoever can cross it across the border,” he said.
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- Minnesota The ports of entry are: Baudet, Rousseau and Varrod, 24 hours a day, seven days a week; Lancaster, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week; and Pinecreek, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.