A word to the wise, if youâ€™re ever thinking about visiting Vancouver, British Columbia then please do so as soon as possible. As far as I am concerned, it's the best city on the west coast of North America.
Even if itâ€™s only for twelve hours you should go.
Just drive, take a cab, or walk to anywhere on Robson Street and youâ€™re smack in the middle of one hip town that doesnâ€™t seem to want to close. The city is very safe and the American dollar has a lot of spending power up there. Deals abound.
Traveling to Canada requires very little identification, making it easy to decide that you should go to Vancouver on a whim maybe for dinner and a show.
At the border a kind man will politely ask where you are going, how long you will be in the country, and why. To this my answer was Vancouver, one night, and our eighth anniversary.
Ok then and off we go. No request for identification, vehicle registration, or to pop the trunk for inspection. Just okay from the nice man and before I know it weâ€™re heading to Vancouver at a steady 100 KPH.
Simple enough, thank you NAFTA, thank you stable Canadian economy (unlike our neighbor to the south), thank you years of kinship formed around hockey, beer, maple syrup, and salmon, et cetera. We're all friends in the north, no questions asked, just come on in and have some fun!
Like I sad, if youâ€™re thinking about visiting Vancouver, just go any chance you can get.
That said, even though our friends to the north don't ask for identification doesn't mean you wonâ€™t need it on the return trip home. Despite what you may have heard before, claiming United States citizenship (which is what every American does when re-entering the country) requires proof of citizenship in the form of a passport or birth certificate.
Handing the border patrolman a driverâ€™s license only gets a sigh and a grumpy chuckle, followed by a long list of questions pertaining to your birth, occupation, residence, mothers, aunts, uncles, the Civil War, and finally constitutional trivia.
This is followed by a short, but very stern lecture, about the legality of entering the country and all the laws passed by Congress that regulate such action.
Then maybe, if you use the puppy dog eyes and promise not to do it again, he'll let you in.
So much for living in, and trying to re-enter, a free country.