Chief Mountain border crossing opening delayed due to COVID-19

News release

May 12, 2020          Calgary, Alberta          Canada Border Services Agency

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is advising travellers that the seasonal opening of the Chief Mountain, Alberta border crossing (AB Hwy 6) will be delayed until further notice due to COVID-19.

The port of entry had originally been scheduled to open on May 15, 2020, but will now remain closed until such a time as international travel restrictions are lifted. Persons whose travel is essential must seek entry to Canada at an alternate port of entry, such as the Carway border crossing (AB Hwy 2), currently open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

The temporary restriction on all non-essential travel at the Canada-United States border has been extended until May 21, 2020, and can be prolonged as necessary for public health reasons. Visitors continue to be restricted from entering Canada unless they are both asymptomatic and crossing the border for essential reasons, such as work or study. Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and Registered Indians under the Indian Act continue to enter Canada by right. All travellers are subject to COVID-19 entry screening measures and, with limited exemptions, must quarantine or isolate for 14 days.

Healthy, non-symptomatic foreign nationals, travelling through Canada for non-discretionary purposes, such as to return home to Alaska, may transit through Canada.

Finally, persons considering a visit to Waterton Lakes National Park should be aware that Parks Canada has suspended camping, group activities, and events at all Parks Canada places across the country until at least May 31, 2020. Vehicle access by visitors and visitor services are suspended, and facilities remain closed until further notice. Follow @WatertonLakesNP for information and updates.

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Quick facts

  • Now is not the time for non-essential travel: hiking across the border, boating across the border, and visiting Canada for other recreational activities is currently prohibited.

  • Last year, more than 70,500 travellers entered Canada at Chief Mountain.

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