Currency Exchange, Firearms, What You Can Bring and More

Plan a stress free trip to Canada.

If you're planning to travel between Canada and the U.S. this summer, there are some important pieces of information and updates you need to know. Find out what they are here!

U.S. Visitors To Canada

For US Visitors entering Canada, you must have a Passport or valid travel document.  For further information, visit the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative website.

Please direct all inquiries or questions to the nearest Immigration office in your community. Any questions about entry to Canada may be addressed to: Canada Immigration Division, Canada Employment and Immigration Centre, Ottawa, ON K1A OJ9.

For Canadian Customs Information call: 705-941-3063
For US Customs Information call: 906-632-8822

New Restrictions On What You Can Bring Into Canada

Currency Exchange

To obtain the best rate of exchange, it is recommend that you use your credit card or exchanging currency prior to shopping. You can exchange currency to U.S. funds at all banks and at the Ontario Travel Information Centre Currency Exchange located on Queen Street West at Huron Street, after crossing the International Bridge.

What You Can Bring With You

Duty free articles that may be taken into Canada include: apparel and personal effects; sporting up to 50 cigars, 200 cigarettes, 200 grams of tobacco; 40 imperial ounces of alcohol or 53 imperial ounces of wine or 288 imperial ounces of beer or ale (case of 24) per adult; and a full tank of gasoline. Note: *All above allowable quantities are subject to change and/or subjected to import duty.


For Information contact Canadian Customs at:

U.S. Residents Leaving Canada

After a 48-hour stay in Canada you may return with $800 U.S. worth of goods including: 35 oz liquor and one carton of cigarettes. Family members may combine their $800 exemptions. Under 48 hours, the exemption is $200 U.S.

Vehicles & Driving

Seatbelts are mandatory for anyone weighing over 66 lbs; and car seats are required for children under that weight.  Right turns are permitted on a red light after a complete stop unless posted otherwise. Speed limits and distances are posted in kilometres (1 mile = 1.62 km). Liquid fuels are sold by the litre (1 U.S. Gallon = 3.8 litres).

Radar detectors and studded tires are illegal in Ontario.

Export Rules

Residents from other countries should ask the appropriate authorities in their country of origin or its nearest consulate for detailed information about duty charged on articles purchased in Canada. Permits are required to export certain products made from endangered plants or animals. Normally, the retailer can advise you about any export restrictions on merchandise in their store.

Emergency Medical Services

In the case of a medical emergency, please dial 911.

Sault Area Hospital
750 Great Northern Road, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6B 5A3
Call: 705-759-3434, open 24/7

Station Mall Walk-in Clinic
293 Bay Street, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 1X3
Call: 705-450-1715, Mon-Fri 9:30am-6pm,
Sat 9:30am to 2pm, Sun-Closed

*Times are subject to change

All travellers please ensure to have:

• Your health card and /or insurance card
• A list of your medications and what they are used for
• Your complete medical history
• The contact name and phone number of primary physician
• The contact name and phone number of next of kin

Note: Non-Ontario residents may have to pay at registration and /or at time of discharge. Cash, VISA, MasterCard and Amex are accepted. They will provide receipt and documents for insurance.

A Safe Community

The Sault Ste. Marie Safe Communities Partnership is working to make the City of Sault Ste. Marie and District of Algoma the safest place to live, learn, work and play. Community leaders from a variety of businesses, government and social agencies have come together in support of the partnership. Established in July of 1999 and incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in December 2000, Sault Ste. Marie Safe Communities Partnership aims to identify, initiate and promote injury prevention and safety along with our accrediting body Safe Communities Canada. In May 2003, Sault Ste. Marie earned the very prestigious and distinctive designation as an International Safe Community by the World Health Organization (Karolinska Institute).

Mission Statement: To make Sault Ste. Marie the safest place in the world in which to live, learn, work and play, by creating a culture instilled with safety, education and commitment to injury prevention.

Government Of Canada

Find our what you need to visit Canada as a tourist or business person, how to extend your stay in Canada and what documents you need to carry with you to travel through Canada. Click HERE to find out everything you need to know.

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About Dionne Elgie

Dionne Elgie grew up in Sault Ste. Marie and has a deep personal love for this city, and like many Saultites, a real passion for the great outdoors. Along with her team at DIG (Digital Intelligence Group)—she works with Tourism Sault Ste. Marie to curate compelling travel stories and collect truly useful tour tips that appeal to both local residents and out-of-town visitors. You can contact Dionne at—she’d love to hear from you!

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