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Old 04-09-2016, 10:58   #1
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New(ish) Rule for Entering Canadian Waters

Hi all.
Just 'discovered' (with the help of a Canadian border patrol officer) that all pleasure-craft entering Canadian waters must report in to the CBSA EVEN IF YOU ARE TRANSITING AND HAVE NO INTENTION OF TOUCHING GROUND. This means that all the standard rules for entering the country apply. On the west coast just south of Vancouver it's very easy to enter American waters then back into Canadian waters without even knowing you have done so. CBSA now demands that boaters follow all the procedures as if you were actually visiting a Canadian port or even anchoring. You would then of course have to 'report in' to the US side when you go back into US waters.
I actually didn't believe the very helpful and polite officer, but when I checked the CBSA web page, the rule is right there. He did tell us that the CBSA is only issuing warnings for not reporting at this time, but that will change
I'm very surprised this is allowed under international law. Isn't there some law allowing free transit of a country's waterways without the requirement to 'check-in' to the country?
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