for Travel to Creston BC Canada
Embark on an unforgettable adventure in Creston, BC, Canada! Nestled in the heart of British Columbia, this picturesque vacation destination is just a stone's throw away from the USA-Canada border, between BC & Idaho. Discover the two accessible border crossings—Kingsgate Crossing near Yahk and Rykerts Crossing near Creston—which offer effortless entry for visitors from Idaho, Washington, and Montana. In this section find important information on border locations, border office operating hours, the types of travel documents you'll need, and valuable tips for a smooth and enjoyable visit to Creston, BC, Canada.
USA-Canada BORDER CROSSINGs Near Creston Valley
1. Rykerts-Porthill Border Crossing
The Rykerts-Porthill Border Crossing serves as the main connection between Bonners Ferry, Idaho and Creston, British Columbia along the Canada–US border. Rykerts is the Canadian port of entry, while Porthill serves as the US port of entry. The crossing is conveniently located about a 30-minute drive from Bonners Ferry, Idaho via Idaho State Highway 1 to Rykerts-Porthill, followed by an additional 5 minutes to Creston on British Columbia Highway 21.
**Please note that currently the respective Canadian and US Ports of Entry do not have the same hours of operation, with the Canadian side being open for longer throughout the year, which will require consideration when planning to return to the US. Please find the current hours of operation, phone number and further contact information below:
Rykerts (Canadian) Port of Entry Info
7am–11pm (2nd Sunday in March-1st Sunday in November)
8am–12pm (1st Saturday in Nov-2nd Saturday in March)
Porthill (U.S.A) Port of Entry Info
2. Kingsgate-Eastport Border Crossing
The Kingsgate-Eastport Border Crossing is a vital connection between Bonners Ferry, Idaho and Yahk, British Columbia, serving as a gateway on the Canada-US border. At this crossing, Kingsgate represents the Canadian port of entry, while Eastport serves as the US port of entry. It is conveniently located just a 30-minute drive from Bonners Ferry, Idaho, accessible via US Route 95, followed by another 15-minute drive to Yahk on British Columbia Highway 95.
Both the Canadian and US ports of entry operate round the clock, seven days a week, ensuring continuous accessibility. For the specific hours of operation, contact details, and further information, please refer to the details provided below:
Helpful Canada-USA Border Crossing Info
What Documents will You Need To Cross the Border?
A valid passport is required for each individual when crossing the border.
Bringing a secondary piece of photo ID is also recommended.
Bringing your vehicle registration is also recommended as border officers may request proof of ownership at their discretion.
Other Tips for Crossing the Border
Familiarize Yourself with Import Regulations - Prior to reaching the Border Officer's booth, make sure you understand the regulations regarding items such as pets, alcohol, tobacco, hunting rifles, and motorboats. Being aware of the rules will help expedite the crossing process.
Prepare Your Vehicle in Advance - To minimize potential questioning and save time during the border crossing, remove any unnecessary items from your vehicle. Only keep what is essential for your trip.
Arrive at the Border Prepared - Passengers should hand their passports and identification to the driver before approaching the border services booth. Remove sunglasses, turn off radios and cell phones, and roll down all vehicle windows. This allows the Border Officer to see everyone in the vehicle and examine your belongings.
Respond Directly and Truthfully - Expect a series of questions from the Border Services Officer, such as the purpose and duration of your visit, as well as your accommodation address. Answer these inquiries directly and honestly, avoiding jokes or uncertainty.
What Are the Covid-19 Related Border Regulations?
For all travellers entering Canada by air, land or marine mode most Covid-19 related border regulations for entry into Canada have now been been lifted. For further information regarding recommendations on safe travel to Canada and Covid-19 visit the Government of Canada's website here.
Can we help?
Have any other questions or need more assistance to plan your trip to the Creston Valley from the USA? Contact the Creston Valley Visitor Centre and staff will be happy assist you!