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1 day trip with 3 young kids

Dayton, Ohio
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1 day trip with 3 young kids

I am planning an impromptu 1 day trip to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. A few questions. The adults have passports. Do the children (under 12) need passports or will

US birth certificates clear them for entry into CAN as well as return to USA? (Driving there from Michigan) Will arrive evening time on a weekday and would love advice on a nice hotel that has a view of the falls. Would be leaving the next day late afternoon. So any trip to the falls might need be early morning day of departure. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Quick trip, impromptu, and not able to change time spent there. Thanks in advance for ideas and tips!!

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Niagara Falls, ON
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for Niagara Falls
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1. Re: 1 day trip with 3 young kids

Children under 16 only need birth certificate to enter either country.

This Traveler Article from the 'Top Questions' at the right has information on Fallsview hotels: https:/…Fallsview.Rooms.html

Don't really know what advice you are looking for. If you mean things to do, this other Traveler Article will help: https:/…edit

https://www.niagarafallstourism.com/

https://www.niagaraparks.com/

https://www.cliftonhill.com/

Oshawa, Canada
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2. Re: 1 day trip with 3 young kids

Are both parents accompanying the children? If not then you will require a notarized letter from the absent parent giving permission for them to cross the border.

West Grey, Canada
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3. Re: 1 day trip with 3 young kids

From the Canadian Border Services Agency’s website;

"Carry copies of legal custody documents when you travel with children for whom you share custody or a permission letter if both parents are not travelling with the child. If you are not a custodial parent or legal guardian, you must carry the children's identification as well as written permission from the parents or legal guardian to supervise them. Ensure that the permission letter includes addresses and telephone numbers where the parents or legal guardian can be reached."

Sample Letters from Foreign Affairs Canada;

voyage.gc.ca/preparation_information/consent…

While it is not a requirement, I too would suggest having the letters notarized.

Best Regards

p.s. The Hornblower boat ride and the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory are not to be missed !

Tyler, Texas
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4. Re: 1 day trip with 3 young kids

The last two trips by car into Ontario with grandkids I have put the notarized letter per sample ( thanks Rescue Team) into each passport at the picture page and handed to officers. There have no questions or conversation.... except the polite have a good stay

Moral of the story...good paperwork, keep quiet til asked a question equals an easy border crossing...both ways!

West Grey, Canada
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5. Re: 1 day trip with 3 young kids

You're Welcome, Felschurch !

Happy to have helped !!

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