Originally Posted by jmschmidt
pcmm is correct. Took my ten-year old daughter fishing
in Canada once, by air, and they questioned her out of ear shot of me. They asked her who I was. Luckily she said "My Daddy" or I would have been in the hoosegow for kidnapping.
Im sure the procedure is more complicated today.
I've crossed the US/Canada border lots of times with one or both of my kids, without my wife...she does not travel. NEVER was I asked anything other than to see all our passports/ID. I crossed by boat (video check-in and walk up to customs
office), and by car at regular border crossings. I used to carry a letter of permission from the wife, but never ever needed it.
Americans do not need a visa to enter canada.
If you have a valid passport, some picture ID (drivers license) and a letter signed by BOTH your parents, then you should have no trouble at all.
What will be trouble, is that as a group of teens, they may give you a thorough search. Don't risk any booze, drugs, or guns
. If you are refused entry, you may NEVER enter canada for the rest of your life!
BTW, I think your adventure sounds great, you should totally do it. But like everyone else, be sure to bring the paperwork. Some sort of ownership
papers for the boat may be required as well, depending on size and hp.