JUST A HOP SKIP AWAY FROM THE USA
The Creston Valley is just a short drive from the United States-Canada border and with two options to cross the border at Kingsgate Crossing near Yahk and Rykerts Crossing near Creston, is a very accessible vacation destination from Idaho, Washington, and Montana. Please find further information on border crossing locations, directions from the USA, travel documents required, public health regulations and other tips for travel below.
USA-Canada BORDER CROSSINGs Near Creston Valley
The Creston Valley area is just north of the US/Canada border and both the Town of Creston and the hamlet of Yahk are short 15 minute drives from the following two crossings:
Rykerts-Porthill Border Crossing
The Rykerts-Porthill Border Crossing connects the town of Bonners Ferry, Idaho with Creston, British Columbia on the Canada–US border. It can be reached by Idaho State Highway 1 on the American side and British Columbia Highway 21 on the Canadian side.
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
7 days a week
Kingsgate-Eastport Border Crossing
The Kingsgate-Eastport Border Crossing connects the town of Bonners Ferry, Idaho with Yahk, British Columbia on the Canada–US border. It can be reached by U.S. Route 95 on the American side and British Columbia Highway 95 on the Canadian side.
24 hours a day
7 days a week
What Documents will You Need TO CROSS THE BORDER
1. A valid passport is required for each individual when crossing the border.
2. A secondary piece of photo ID is also advisable to bring with you.
3. Your vehicle registration is also advisable to bring with you as this may be requested at the border crossing.
Covid-19 Related Border Regulations
For all travellers entering Canada by air, land or marine mode on or after October 1, 2022:
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is not required
COVID-19 pre-entry and arrival tests are not required
Quarantine after you enter Canada is not required
Using the ArriveCAN is not required
Pre-boarding tests for cruise passengers are not required
Health checks to board planes and trains are not required
Wearing masks on planes and trains is not required
** It's still strongly recommended that you wear a high quality and well-fitted mask or respirator while you travel
For further details on current travel restrictions please visit Destination BC's Know Before You Go page.
OTHER TIPS FOR A SMOOTH Border Crossing
1. Know What You Can and Can't Bring Into Canada - Whether you're wondering if you can bring your pet, how much alcohol or tobacco you can bring, or what the restrictions are for hunting rifles and motorboats, know the rules before you show up at the Border Officer's booth.
2. Check Your Vehicle Before Arriving at the Border - Unnecessary items in your vehicle may be a source of questioning by border officials and may add time to your border crossing or perhaps being asked to pull over for an inspection. It's a good idea to remove anything from your vehicle other than what you need for your trip in advance of crossing the border.
3. Be Prepared As you Approach the Border - Passengers should pass their passports and other ID to the driver before reaching the border services booth. In addition, take off your sunglasses, and turn off radios and cell phones. Also, roll down your front and back vehicle windows so the Border Officer can see everyone in the vehicle, speak with them, and see what else you are bringing across.
4. Answer Questions Directly & Honestly - The Border Services Officer at the Canada-U.S. border will ask you a series of questions, such as "how long you will be in the country," "why are you traveling to Canada," and "what is the address of the place where you will you be staying." It is best to answer these questions directly and honestly and avoid cracking jokes or appearing unsure.
For further information on regulations for travelling to Canada from the United States or abroad please click here.