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Two Hours in Canada

On Monday I flew to Detroit for work related training. Our hotel was on the Detroit River just by the Windsor Tunnel into Canada, so I brought my passport along.

Tuesday after work a friend and I caught the bus into Windsor, Ontario. After a five minute and $5.00 ride under the river via the tunnel, we were at the customs office in Canada. The officers asked us a few questions and sent us on our way with “Have a good time.”

We walked to Ouellette Avenue from the terminal and started north. Both sides of the road were lined with great looking pubs and restaurants. The Manchester Pub was one of the first we came to, so we went in.

For beer, I asked for something hoppy and local. The cute and friendly waitress brought me a Geronimo IPA, which was perfect. I also ordered the Manchester burger. The meat was thick and hand patted, and the bread was fresh baked at a nearby bakery and delicious. I had no idea the burgers in Canada could be better than burgers in Texas. I was full before I started my fries.

We paid with American dollars and received Canadian dollars for change which was perfect– my kids would expect a Canadian souvenir. Then we continued up Ouellette toward the river.

We walked along the river and took pictures for a bit before deciding we’d better find the bus station back to the states. As we walked along, though excited to be in Canada, we agreed that everything looked like what we saw the evening before in Detroit. We even passed a McDonalds, which was a tad disappointing.

Upon arrival back in Michigan, the customs officer asked me if I’d bought anything in Canada. When I said, “A burger and beer,” he handed back the passport and said, “Have a good evening.”

My two hours in Canada were great; I’d loved to have had two weeks, but I’ll take what I can get.

If you ever travel to Detroit, don’t forget your passport. A ride through the Windsor tunnel, a stroll down Ouellette Avenue, and a beer at the Manchester make for a perfect evening.

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23 thoughts on “Two Hours in Canada

  1. haha that is absolutely fantastic.

    Old Trafford M16 all the way in Canada.

    Great post.

    Much love from Manchester!

    Posted by Lee Cleaver | September 13, 2019, 5:58 pm
  2. How awesome John, you day tripper you, lol. 😎

    Posted by thehuntress915 | September 13, 2019, 7:43 pm
  3. We live across the border from Canada – about a 20 minute drive, but we haven’t gone across in years, mostly because we don’t feel like dealing with the bridges. However, at least I can say that I have, in fact, been in at least one foreign country in my lifetime.

    Posted by cordeliasmom2012 | September 13, 2019, 9:07 pm
    • The bus ride made it really simple. But I realized from asking questions on the U.S. side that not many people go over. No one could tell me what was over there other than the casino, which I wasn’t interested in.

      Posted by Nowhere Tribune | September 14, 2019, 7:26 am
      • I guess that’s the case everywhere. When you live really close to something, you just take it for granted. I can’t even tell you how long it’s been since I visited Niagara Falls (on either side of the border), and I can get there in about 20 minutes.

        Posted by cordeliasmom2012 | September 14, 2019, 11:54 am
  4. A beer and a burger. It doesn’t get much better than that..

    Posted by Rivergirl | September 14, 2019, 5:39 am
  5. It’s too bad a passport is required. There was a time one could travel to Canada or Mexico with just a driver’s license. But if I knew I’d be so close to the border, I would have done the same as you. It may look much like the U.S., but hey, it’s still a foreign country.

    Posted by Tippy Gnu | September 14, 2019, 8:25 am
    • You’re exactly right. We were excited just to be in another country. And yeah, those days were nice. I drove over to Mexico and back without a worry twenty years ago. Now, I probably wouldn’t go even with my passport.

      Posted by Nowhere Tribune | September 14, 2019, 9:23 am
  6. I’d love to visit Canada at some point! It’s definitely a bit more of a trek for me but it’s on my list of places to visit, for sure.

    Posted by Hannah Louise | September 14, 2019, 12:59 pm
  7. Thanks for stopping in! I am happy that your two hours were enjoyable. We have a vast country with some beautiful locations. If you ever venture to Ottawa look me up! By the way, I might just make the best burgers in the country! 🍔

    Posted by Middle Aged Momma | September 14, 2019, 3:22 pm
  8. My reaction when I have gone to Canada on business is “this is just like the US, but with Canadian flags everywhere.”

    Posted by Jason Frels | September 15, 2019, 11:51 am
  9. Every customs officer I’ve ever dealt with has made me feel like I was being interrogated. I’m glad you had fun in Canada and didn’t look suspicious!

    Posted by Shayne | October 3, 2019, 10:52 am


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