Border Crossing by Water

General Guidelines for Border Crossing

The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) provides general guidelines for admission into Canada for non-Canadians and returning Canadians. Generally, a passport is the recommended form of identification. For more information, visit

Arrival & Check In

Upon arriving at one of our ports, the master of the boat (the person in charge) is required to go to a telephone reporting marine site and call the telephone reporting centre at 1-888-226-7277. No one except the master may leave the boat until the CBSA gives authorization. See below for a list of telephone reporting marine sites in Elgin County. 

Designated Telephone Reporting Sites in Elgin County

To learn more about the services each site offers, click the location name. For a national list of telephone reporting sites, visit To find a designated telephone marine site in another area, call 1-888-226-7277. 

Port Bruce
North Erie Marina/Trailer Park Ltd.
RR #2 Aylmer West
3344 Bank Street
Port Bruce, Ontario N5H 2R2
Tel: 519-765-2010

Port Burwell
Port Burwell Municipal Docks
Off of Wellington St.
Port Burwell, Ontario N0J 1T0
Tel: 519-866-5521

Port Glasgow
Port Glasgow Yacht Club & Marina
Lot 6 Concession 14
RR #2 Haven's Lake Road
Aldborough, Ontario N0L 2C0
519 785 0189 

Port Stanley
Kanagio Yacht Club
258 Carlow Road
Port Stanley, Ontario N5L 1B6
Tel: 519-631-9183

Kettle Creek Marina
220 Colonel Bostwick Street
Port Stanley, Ontario N5L 1C2
Tel: 519-782-3261 

Port Stanley Sailing Squadron
305 Sailor's Alley
Port Stanley, Ontario N5L 1C2
Tel: 519-782-9910

Portside Marina Inc.
290 Colborne St.
Port Stanley, Ontario N5L 1A9
Tel: 519-782-3623
Mobile: 519-870-1753

Stan's Marina
246 Colborne Street
Port Stanley, Ontario N5L 1B9
Tel: 519-782-3553

Frequent Traveler Programs
For people who are frequent travelers, two programs are offered to low-risk, pre-approved individuals. See below for more details.

The CANPASS programs for marine travel apply to individuals who frequently travel directly to Canada from the United States on small, private pleasure boats. For more information on CANPASS, visit

NEXUS is designed to expedite border clearance for travelers to Canada and the United States. For more information on NEXUS, visit

REMEMBER that regardless of your mode of transportation, it is always best to be informed of border crossing protocol. It is your responsibility to be informed and prepared. Visit the Canadian Border Services Agency website,, and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website,, for complete information.