NEXUS Information for Boaters Traveling to Canada
We recommend the NEXUS card for those of you who like to boat up in Canada. It allows you to return directly to Fair Point Marina (or other ports on the US side) without having to go to a videophone. You just call the NEXUS phone number from your boat, give them your card number and answer the usual questions. It will save you quite a bit of time and fuel by not having to go to a port with a videophone.
Other benefits include the ability to use:
- dedicated processing lanes at land border crossings,
- NEXUS kiosks when entering Canada,
- Global Entry kioks when entering the United States (it replaces your Global Entry card)
Below are some useful information about the NEXUS program. We suggest you print these documents and keep them on your boat for handy reference.
If you don’t have a NEXUS card, the off-season is a great time to apply for one. When I applied for a card this fall, it took much longer than the 2-3 week processing time mentioned on the website. After getting preliminary approval, you then have to set up a personal interview at one of the NEXUS processing centers. We ended up going to the center in Fort Erie. All of this – from start to finish – could take you 2-3 months so you don’t want to wait to do this at the start of boating season.