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 hours, directions from the USA, and tips for travel below.
Just a Hop & Skip
Away From the USA
US/Canada BORDER CROSSINGS
The Creston Valley area is just north of the US/Canada border and both the Town of Creston & hamlet of Yahk are short 15 minute drives from the following two crossings:
Rykerts/Porthill Border Crossing
The Porthill-Rykerts 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.
Hours - 8:00 AM - Midnight, 7 days a week (1st Saturday in November to 2nd Saturday in March). 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM, 7 days a week (2nd Sunday in March to 1st Sunday in November)
Kingsgate/Eastport Border Crossing
The Eastport-Kingsgate 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.
Hours - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year-round
What You Need TO CROSS THE BORDER
1. A valid passport is required for each individual when crossing the border.
2. It also advisable to bring your vehicle registration with you as well as this may be requested at the border crossing.
3. Adults traveling with children who are not their own should have a written note from the parents or guardians giving permission for the children to leave the country, which should include the name and contact information of the parent or guardian.
*** Also note during this time that all Visitors must also be double vaccinated against Covid-19 and be able to provide proof of vaccination upon entry to Canada. For further details on current travel restrictions please visit Destination BC's Know Before You Go page.
OTHER TIPS FOR A SMOOTH 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 Bach 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.