Oswego, NY -- It's time. The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative deadline of June 1, 2009 is fast approaching for travelers to have officially recognized documents for crossing the international border between the U.S. and Canada. The 2009 edition of the Cross-Border Travel Tips for Recreational Boaters, RV Owners & Motorists Traveling the Great Lakes Seaway Trail lists the types of acceptable personal identification documents.To facilitate smooth border crossings for motorists, RV owners and boaters, New York Sea Grant and the nonprofit tourism organization Seaway Trail, Inc. have published the Cross Border Travel Tips with assistance from U.S. and Canadian border crossing officials since 2002. New York Sea Grant Recreation and Tourism Specialist Dave White says, "This multi-agency partnership has continually updated these Cross-Border Travel Tips and posted them online to help the boating, driving, diving, camping, and touring public access the most-current information they need to easily cross between our nations. We want travelers to know all their options for having the proper identification to facilitate their crossings." Seaway Trail, Inc. President and CEO Teresa Mitchell says, "These Cross-Border Travel Tips are designed to encourage our Canadian neighbors to continue to visit the U.S. for an authentic experience of American life, history, and culture along the Great Lakes Seaway Trail freshwater shoreline. Cross-border visitors bring welcome and needed dollars into our regional economy." The 2009 edition of the Cross-Border Travel Tips for Recreational Boaters, RV Owners & Motorists Traveling the Great Lakes Seaway Trail include:
- The types of acceptable personal identification documents
- Contact points for 7 international bridges and one international ferry service
- Contacts for 20 New York and 5 Pennsylvania ports of call - 21 with videophones
- Know Before You Go resources and Customs information contacts
- Contacts for applying for a NEXUS ID card
- Boat trailering and boat safety information sources
- How to check bridge crossing wait times
- Great Lakes Seaway Trail, Seaway Trail Pennsylvania and Travel Canada vacation resources.
# # #Fast Facts for the 2009 Cross-Border Travel Tips for Recreational Boaters, RV Owners and Motorists Traveling the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Who/When: Published by New York Sea Grant and Seaway Trail, Inc. since 2002 Why: Designed to facilitate international travel, vacations, the enjoyment of Great Lakes Seaway Trail recreational, historic, cultural, and natural resources; and the tourism-based economic gains Where: The Great Lakes Seaway Trail edition of the Cross-Border Travel Tips offers information for crossing between Canada and New York by boat, by international ferry (Wolfe Island-Cape Vincent), and via 7 international bridges that connect the 518-mile-long Great Lakes Seaway Trail with Canada What: The 518-mile-long Great Lakes Seaway Trail is a federally-designated America's Byway and National Recreation Trail How: Tips are maintained online for ease of updating with new developments (watch for NEXUS lane and center at 1000 Islands International Bridge at Wellesley Island) or any sudden changes. Brochure can be seen and/or downloaded at www.seawaytrail.com and www.nysgextension.org Info in Tips includes:
- Seaway Trail Ports of Entry in New York (and notes those with videophones): Dunkirk, Buffalo, North Tonawanda, Lewiston, Youngstown, Wilson, Olcott, Point Breeze, Rochester, Sodus Point, Oswego, Sackets Harbor, Cape Vincent, Clayton, Alexandria Bay, Morristown, Ogdensburg, Waddington and Massena.
- Seaway Trail Pennsylvania Ports of Entry on Lake Erie: Presque Isle, Dobbins Landing, Perry's Landing and Lampe Marina.
- Travel resources section identifies boating, water sports, bird watching, maritime & military history, architecture, regional foods & farms, arts & culture among themes for traveling the Great Lakes Seaway Trail, the 518-mile freshwater byway along the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Niagara River and Lake Erie.