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Long border lineups expected over long weekend

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – It will be all hands on deck at the border crossings this long weekend.

This is the busiest period of the year for Canadian Border Services, says Chief Holly Stoner. “Last year, over the same long weekend we processed 56,000 vehicles. Last holiday Monday was our busiest day; we processed almost double the number of vehicles that we normally see on a regular weekend at the border.”

This time around, she expects the same number — if not more, because of the soaring loonie. Thomas Schrieber with US Customs and Border Protection says they will open the lanes a little earlier.

“Beginning tomorrow, all lanes will be open at 6 a.m. and then on Saturday all the lanes will be open at 5 a.m.,” he explains. “So this gives travellers a window of opportunity… to avoid the long delays by travelling early and spending more time on their holiday.”

As always, you’re advised to avoid peak hours and have your documents ready.

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