Metaline Falls-Nelway Border Crossing


Nelway border station

The Metaline Falls – Nelway Border Crossing connects the town of Metaline Falls in Washington to Nelway, British Columbia. Passenger and commercial vehicles pass through this border crossing. However, most of the travelers are tourists who wish to explore the International Selkirk Loop, the only multinational scenic loop in North America.


 Hours of Operations & Wait Times

Passenger vehicles can pass through the Metaline Falls WA border crossing from 8 am to 12 am daily. The commercial services of the US Customs office also operate the same hours. Their Canadian counterpart’s hours, however, are limited to weekdays, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  Both the US and Canadian Customs offices do not post wait times for this particular border crossing online. You can check the traffic information below to get an idea of how much wait time you may experience when you’re on the road.

Weather, Traffic & Road Conditions

Find more about Weather in Metaline Falls, WA

While the Metaline Falls-Nelway Border Crossing is open for both passenger and commercial vehicles, traffic is often light. Most travelers are just tourists that want to explore the scenic views in the area. However, once a year, the Shambhala Music Festival is held at the Salmo River Ranch which is only 11.7 miles away from the border crossing in Nelway. The amount of people attending the festival can reach up to 10,000.  For this reason, you should expect long delays at the border during this time. You can find out the current traffic conditions in Metaline Falls by checking out the camera set up by the Washington State Department of Transportation along Highway 31. You can also check for traffic alerts in Northeast Washington here. To check traffic conditions in British Columbia, call 1-800-550-4997. Call 1-604-664-9010, on the other hand, to get the current weather forecast in British Columbia. You can also go here for the weather conditions in Metaline Falls.

Contact & Directions for Your Trip

If you require more information about the Nelway Border Crossing, you can get in touch with the Customs or Immigration offices of either country. We’ve listed the contact details for both offices below.

Find Directions to the Border Crossing on the Map

How to Get to the Border?
The US border is along Highway 31 in Metaline Falls, Washington which meets the Canadian border on Highway 6 in Salmo, British Columbia.

Address & Phone Numbers

U.S. A

  • U.S.: 105 Hwy 31, Metaline, WA 99152
  • US Customs: 1(509) 446-1037


  • Canada:9999 Highway 6, Salmo BC V0G 1Z0
  • Canadian Customs: 1(250) 357-9940
Useful information for travelers

On your way to crossing the border hotels are available, compare best hotels prices available on the US side and Canadian side. Bed and breakfast can be found here and here. If you are looking to find cheap cars for rent check this website for comparision of car rent prices. Check best car rental deals from Hertz, Avis, National Car Hire and Alamo.

Are you heading for camping, check for this fantastic campgrounds, or search for the best RV parking places. Need an RV hired, check this website. Boats and canoes are available for rent if you are crossing the border for some fun and hiking check these accommodation options. Are you going for golf – see the top golf courses and tee times here. Hiking options.

Did you car break down middle of the road, call for car help get emergency services. Do you need travel insurance – visit our partners here. You pets can be insured as well here. Visiting Canada for medical reasons, check this website.

Documentation needs to be all ready, for find the necessary legal forms here.

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