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Manitobans Venturing South for Long Holiday Weekend

February 17, 2012 10:53 AM | News

With the long weekend upon us, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is preparing for an influx of traffic at the border as Manitobans venture south to North Dakota and take advantage of the holiday Monday.

Last year’s Louis Riel Day saw more than 4,000 travellers returning through the port of Emerson, according to figures released Friday by the CBSA. The agency is making every effort to minimize border wait times during this peak period.

The CBSA says to plan ahead and avoid travelling during peak periods, such as afternoons and evenings. The 24-hour port of entry in North Portal and Regway will help to reduce delays, but may still see a heavy traffic load as cross-border shoppers return.

As always, the CBSA is reminding travellers to carry appropriate ID, declare all merchandise, and be aware of personal exemptions, which are as follows:

  • 24 hours or more — $50 CAD
  • 48 hours or more — $400 CAD
  • 7 days or more — $750 CAD