As of April 1, travelers to Canada will no longer be required to provide a negative result from a pre-travel Covid test.
When the border opened last summer on August 9, there was a tremendous amount of anxiety shared by all of the anglers that traveled north to fish with us at Silver Water Wheel. We were able to get everyone across but for many guests, it was a hassle. Getting the timing figured out for a PCR test 72 hours before an arrival at the border was problematic, especially for our groups from smaller home towns and more rural areas. Many had to travel to get a test and often the cost was between $100 – $200.
I am happy to report that all of those concerns and headaches are gone.
Traveling anglers are still required to be vaccinated and I personally do not expect that rule to change for this summer. Anglers are considered fully vaccinated if they have had 2 shots of Moderna or Pfizer or one shot of Johnson & Johnson. Booster shots are not required. Your CDC card is considered adequate for proof of vaccination.
The only other requirement is to fill out the ArriveCan app. This is a screening tool that you fill out 3 days before your trip up north. It is easy to navigate and pretty straight forward. Most fisherman have reported that it takes about 5 minutes to fill out. There is one tricky question on the app – “What is your quarantine plan?” Your answer is the address for Silver Water Wheel Lodge. If anyone has a question, please feel free to call us and we will be happy to walk you through it.
There will be the usual questions about alcohol, tobacco, and firearms, but this latest announcement from the Canadian government means that it will be much easier to plan and to cross the border this season.
We very much look forward to welcoming all of our friends – old and new, to the Wheel this summer!