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How to find wait times for American-Canadian border crossings 0

By Ilona Kauremszky, Special to QMI Agency

(Craig Glover/QMI Agency file photo)

(Craig Glover/QMI Agency file photo)

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Q: Where can I find out about wait times at border crossings into the United States and the latest duty free allowances?

-- J. Larkin, Etobicoke

A: The Canadian Border Services Agency website reports on wait times at the busiest land border ports of entry. Up to date information on duty free allowances is also available there.

"Wait times include the time it takes to reach the primary inspection booth, and the first point of contact with CBSA when crossing the Canada/U.S. land border," reports the federal agency.

And if you don't like queues, be prepared to go when you see "no delay." CBSA says this typically means a wait of less than 10 minutes.

You can also get updates on Twitter. And the federal agency has a mobile website devoted to these topics, too, with a handy duty and tax estimator based on province.

Q: We usually head to Myrtle Beach in the winter but we feel like taking a last-minute getaway now. We don't want to spend a lot of money, though. Any suggestions?

-- P. Foster, Etobicoke

A: Until Nov. 30, Dunes Village Resort has a 25% off deal that offers rooms from $140 per night and discounted tickets to Ripley's Aquarium. Room rates start at $140 per night. Some restrictions apply. Call toll-free 1-888-465-5889 or visit dunesvillage.com. In addition, Porter Airlines has direct flights on Thursdays and Sundays from Billy Bishop airport to Myrtle Beach until Nov. 25.  See flyporter.com or call 416-619-8622.

Send your travel questions to ilona@mycompass.ca

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