Crossing into Canada to Lake Ontario’s northern shore

 Crossing into Canada to Lake Ontario’s northern shore

We love camping in Canada and recently crossed into Ontario from Michigan for a short getaway on the northern shore of Lake Ontario.

We crossed via the Blue Water Bridge from Port Huron, MI to Sarnia, ON and ended up in a spectacular campsite directly on the water at Presquile Provincial Park. Except for the always horrendous traffic around Toronto Canada's largest city, it couldn't have gone any better.

We've found a lot of RVers are unnecessarily nervous about crossing over into Canada in an RV and we did this video to show you how easy it is. U.S. citizens need a passport or passport card (that's what Jennifer and I have) and you should have proof of your pet's vaccinations if you are accompanied by a dog. We have never been asked to show them but we always do have them wherever we travel.

Firearms are not permitted and there is a very stiff penalty involved if you try to do so. Hunters can make prior arrangements but this is the one question you will be asked and the answer better be no. You should't be bringing in a large quantity of cash or merchandise. You may be asked about alcohol or food. We've found groceries and a few bottles of beer or wine meant for personal consumption has never been a problem.

Go to the Canada Border Services Agency website and check the latest requirements at

Come on along with us in this video. We document what's involved in entering Canada, show you the route and give you a quick tour of the park. 

Here's the video, posted on the RV Lifestyle Channel on YouTube.

Mike Wendland

Mike Wendland is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, travels North America in a small motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and adventure of RV life on the road at He and Jennifer also host the weekly RV Podcast and do twice-weekly videos on the YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel. They have written 10 books on RV travel.


  • I travel with a firearm for protection. Self protection at the most top of that level. That is why I wouldn’t want to travel to canada. Otherwise it is a great country. What we need is a place to secure your firearm in USA and return and pick it up.???

  • We crossed into Canada from Grand Portage Minnesota and couldn’t have been treated better. Drove up to Thunder Bay and camped in a nice campground last June.
    Came back and entered the US
    With no problems.

  • I have never camped in the U.S. because you carry firearms. I have camped in Canada for 60 years and never felt the need to carry a firearm. We are friendly people!

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