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The Canada Border Services Agency would like to remind travellers to plan ahead for their travel this Victoria Day long weekend.

The CBSA is anticipating increased traffic volumes at ports of entry in northern and eastern Ontario.

Travellers can beat the border rush by crossing at a non-peak times.

Regardless of your itinerary, try to plan crossing the border in the morning, especially if you cross on Sunday or Monday when peak times are from 3-9 p.m. at most locations.

We encourage travellers to plan ahead and help facilitate their border crossing by following these tips:

1. Plan your border crossing

Check border wait times using the CanBorder App and cross at the least busy port of entry in the area.

2. Know your purchases and keep travel documents handy

Know your personal exemptions and restrictions, and make sure each passenger has the correct travel document.

Have your travel documents and receipts in hand when you arrive at the border.

3. Be sure to declare all purchases or acquisitions when returning to Canada

You can refer to the “I Declare” publication on the CBSA website for more information.

4. Know the contents of your vehicle

Travellers can consult the CBSA's website for information on firearms, firewood, and fireworks.

5. Pre-registration of travel information for private boaters

Boaters can take advantage of the new pre-registration feature by e-mailing information to the CBSA prior to their trip.

It will speed up processing when they call in to report their entry to Canada.

6. Not sure? Ask the CBSA officer

The single best thing you can do to save time returning to Canada is to simply be open and honest with the CBSA officer.

If you are not sure about what to declare, don't hesitate to ask.

The officers are there to help you.

For more information, visit www.cbsa.gc.ca or contact the Border Information Service at 1‑800‑461-9999.

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