Minnesota shares a 547-mile border with the Canadian provinces of Manitoba and Ontario. There are 8 border crossings in this state, the busiest of which is the one located between International Falls and Fort Frances with over 1,000 vehicles passing through daily. Other heavily travelled border crossings in the state include Grand Portage, Baudette, and Warroad. Most of the vehicles that pass through these border crossings are travelers and locals. Less than 50 trucks pass through each port of entry each day.
Travel Tips for Border Crossing between Minnesota and Canada:
- You can get travel information from Minnesota’s Department of Transportation by calling 511. This service provides continual updates on weather-related road conditions, road closures, vehicle restrictions, and other important travel information. If you want to get updates on the go, just download their app from the App store or Google Play.
- Traffic updates are also provided by Minnesota DOT through their Twitter account: @MnDOTtraffic.
- Manitoba also has a travel information service, 511, where travelers can get traffic and road conditions updates. You can also follow them on Twitter for updates on the go: @MBGovRoads.
- Ontario has several travel information centers to help vacationers find what places they’d like to visit and things they’d like to do. There’s only one travel information center along the Minnesota – Ontario border, near the Grand Portage port of entry.
- For Canadians who wish to go hunting or fishing in Minnesota, applying for a license requires the collection of your Social Security Number or the Canadian equivalent.
If you want to learn more about the border crossings in Minnesota, you can click on the links provided below. Each page discusses the location of the port of entry, traffic and road conditions, border wait times, and other important travel information.
- Lancaster – Tolstoi
- Pinecreek – Piney
- Roseau – South Junction
- Warroad – Sprague
- Northwest Angle Inlet
- Baudette – Rainy River
- International Falls – Fort Frances
- Grand Portage – Pigeon River