US-Canada border traffic plummets with new passport policy

Posted Wednesday, September 9, 2009 12:12 PM | Contributed by Jeff

The number of people crossing the northern and southern land borders into the USA has dropped sharply since a passport requirement began June 1. At Martin's Fantasy Island, about 10 minutes from the Canadian border, "our Canadian business is way off," spokesman Mike McGuire says. Nearly one-third fewer Canadian families of four have come for discounted "Canadian Wednesdays" compared with last year, he says.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009 4:57 PM

I can't tell if you're joking. Are you really from San Diego? Tijuana has near zero effect on San Diego attractions. You have to a visa approved through the US embassy to travel to the United States from Mexico. Tijuana is one of the poorer areas of Mexico and has few affluent citizens who can afford to travel.

Edit: If you have a US border crossing card and Mexico National passport then you don't need a visa.

Are you from San Diego? If so, you've never noticed all of the traffic from south of the border? Never seen those plates at Seaworld or Legoland? Must be some sort of fluke. And most of the cars blend right ion with the local traffic.

Ever been to TJ? TJ has quite a large middle class. Yes, there are a lot of poor people too, living in shanties, but I wouldn't say it was the poorest city in the country. Why would you open a Costco or Imax theater in one of the poorer areas of Mexico?

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Thursday, September 10, 2009 5:56 PM

RatherGoodBear said:
You never know when you'll get the urge to head to Pelee Island. I know how you feel though. My passport expired in 2001 or 02, and I keep saying that I should get a new one, but never get around to doing it.


Pelee Island!? That place has to be, without a doubt, the most boring island on Lake Erie!

Last edited by tambo, Thursday, September 10, 2009 5:59 PM
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Thursday, September 10, 2009 6:00 PM

At least if i go to Canada, I've got Montreal about 4 hours away by car, and a 1 1/2 hour drive and a three hour ferry takes me to Nova Scotia.

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Friday, September 11, 2009 10:11 AM

janfrederick said:

Ensign Smith said:
Did anybody else read that and the first thing that popped in their head was 'British Columbia'? I almost posted to correct her, before it registered.

Check out my full profile. I make for a pretty ugly (oxymoron) "her" ;)

Whoa, you're right. Nobody's gonna mistake you for a chick. My bad, um....dude. (Note to self: always check out the profile always check out the profile always check out the profile.)

I sincerely promise never to try to 'regenderize' you again. ;)

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Friday, September 11, 2009 10:37 AM

No sweat. I get that all the time. "Jan" actually means "John" in Dutch. Yumpin Yiminy eh?

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Friday, September 11, 2009 10:41 AM

Just don't tell me you went to 'Yale'....

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