Originally Posted by Porkchop
So hears the dealeo. After researching this boarder crossing problem very thuruoghly online I still didn't have any solid data on what to do or what to expect. I did talk to to one friend who was able to shed a little light on the subject. When he was crossing the boarder with his sister in-law they were pulled inside because of a dui that she receieved three years prior. My freind told me that she had to get some some character refrence letters faxed up and they let her cross. I tried to sell my spots and even thought i had sold them on one occasion but the deal fell thru so i figured what the hell? The worst thing that could happen would be that i'd be out $2600 for the cat and go ski for a week with my wife at white fish. So i got together a couple of refrence letters and off i went. sure enough got to the boarder and pulled inside. she told me there was an issue because of a dui conviction i had. I told her my story and what my freind had told me. she asked when my probation was over and I said 06 and she eplained I wouldn't be allowed into canada until 2016 and that they only grant passes in extreme situations. AND I WAS LIKE OH SHIT HEAR WE GO
or don't go). I explained i contacted the consulate and it was to late to get my money back for the trip. She asked a couple more questions and said your wife is really going to be bummed if you don't go on your trip. then she asked if i had any other arrests and i told her in 99 i was arested for dui but it was all dismissed... she told me she was going to grant me a temporary resident permit but with the second arrest I'm going to have to call immigration. (SHIT SHIT SHIT) a hour and a half older and $169 poorer and i was in canda. the skiing was great w/ vallhala I could only imagine what it like on a good snow year. they are only 50% of average snow pack but the town of Nelson kicks ass!! any ways i've said enough it was quite the ordeal but i made it.
oh yeah for swimteam101 i didn't see any body drinking and driving in canada(yeah right) only half the the local snowmobile club was in the ditch after the poker run. if you canadians are so morally superior what are you doing down hear anyway eh?
Used to live in Whitefish and crossed the border all the time because I had a Fernie pass too. The biggest key with a DUI is don't admit to having been arrested which is the general question they ask. You can always backtrack if they figure it out, apologize and let them know you didn't realize DUI was included, offer to pay a fine if that is required. Most likely they will be happy with this.
To have the most hassle free chance...
Always be ready as you get to the border with passports for everyone in drivers hand and radio turned off.
Be ready to let them know where you are going, how long you are going to be there. Where you are from and how you know each other.
Of course being clean cut with a nice looking car helps. And if there is a girl in your group with a clean record always let her drive because most border patrol are men. A big portion of the time they pull out the people who don't seem organized. It used to be 5 years past your DUI. I suppose they may have changed that in the last couple of years but I lived there for 7.
There are many horror stories out there but I've also heard plenty of what you got which was pay a fine and we'll let you in. Usually it helps if you are staying at a nice place like this and are planning on spending lots of money. It also helped for us that it was only 45 minutes back if the DUI person got in trouble and they tended to be friendly with people living close too. Had several friends with DUI cross with us and never got hasseled any more than having to a wait a little while as they checked backgrounds more thoroughly and asked the DUI guy a lot a questions but most of the time it was those questions I mentioned above along with the alcohol, firearms tobacco question and then they handed the passports back and it was "have a good trip". Nelson is a fantastic place. Hope you hit Whitewater on your way there.