It’s really not so far to Rice Lake, Ontario.
Rice Lake is easy to find! It is about 90 minutes east of Toronto or west of Kingston. At over 18 miles long and over a mile wide, it’s not just a puddle!
Located immediately north of Lake Ontario (about half way along), between the city of Peterborough to the north and the town of Cobourg on the lake Ontario shore — access is from Hwy. 401, a major highway which runs from the U.S./Canada border at Detroit to the Ontario/Quebec border on the east. American visitors can easily reach Hwy. 401 at any major border crossing.
Depending on which resort you are going to, leave Hwy 401 at either Hwy. 28 (Port Hope exit) or Hwy. 45 (Cobourg exit) and travel north to County Road 9 for south shore resorts.
North Shore resorts are reached by going further north to Bewdley and Bailiboro on Hwy. 28 for OR, if you are coming from the West, by leaving Hwy. 401 at the Hwy. 115 exit. In any case YOU ARE ADVISED TO GET SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS FROM YOUR RESORT HOSTS!
Info for U.S. Visitors
Entering Canada or Returning to U.S. — Identification
US Passports or Passport Cards are required
As of June 1, 2009 all US travelers are required to produce a valid passport in order to enter the US. This is the final stage of the transition to the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative secure document (passport) requirement.
As of July 14, 2008 U.S. citizens were also able to apply for a U.S. Passport Card, which facilitates entry and expedites document processing at U.S. land and sea ports-of-entry when arriving from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda. The card may or may not be used to travel by air. Otherwise, it carries the rights and priviledges of the U.S. passport book and is adjudicated to the exact same standards.
This new card has been widely accepted by Citizens of the U.S. The card has the same period of validity as a passport book: 10 years for an adult, five for children 15 and younger. Adults who already have a fully valid passport book may apply for the card as a passport renewal.
For more information on the new U.S Passport Card, please visit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security website.
Please Note: These changes affect U.S. visitor’s ability to get back home and NOT their ability to enter Canada.
For childrenunder 16, or anyone 19 if travelling with a school, religious group or youth group, a birth certificate is required if they do not have a passport or Passport Card. Birth certificates can be original, photo-copy or certified copy. Visit: www.GetYouHome.gov
Entering Canada — Customs
At the border, customs officers:
Monitor and control the entry of people and goods into Canada by keeping out goods that could threaten health, environment, industry, or agriculture;
work to keep prohibited goods such as drugs, firearms, obscenity, hate propaganda, and child pornography out of the country; and
look for missing children and runaways.
Among the customs regulations, visitors may bring the following into Canada: 200 cigarettes (= 1 carton), 50 cigars, and 14 ounces of tobacco; 1.1 litres or 40 imperial ounces (= 1 bottle) of liquor or wine, or 24 x 355-milliliter (12-ounce) bottles or cans of beer for personal consumption; gifts up to the value of C$60 per gift. To import tobacco products a person must be 18 years of age or over, and to import alcoholic beverages the importer must have reached the legal age established by authorities of the province. You can bring in a small amount of food for your own consumption.
Returning to U.S. — Customs
1. Every 30 days, returning U.S. citizens are allowed to bring back $400 (retail value) in merchandise duty-free, as long as they have been out of the U.S. for 48 hours. This amount can include: one carton of cigarettes; 100 cigars (not Cuban); two kilograms of smoking tobacco; one litre of liquor, provided the buyer is 21 years of age.
2. For a length of stay less than 48 hours, $200 in merchandise may be taken back to the U.S. duty-free (including up to five ounces of alcohol and 50 cigarettes). The following items are not permitted into the U.S.: Cuban or Iranian products; fruits and vegetables; uncooked grains.
Goods that are bought in Canada but manufactured in the U.S. are duty-free and are not included in the basic exemption. Original handmade crafts and works of art are exempt but a receipt of purchase may be required.
This information may be subject to change; therefore you are advised seek more current information on the links above.