Four Falls Border Crossing

The Four Falls Border Crossing is a one-way crossing between Fort Fairfield, Maine and Four Falls, New Brunswick on the Canada–US border. Traffic is seasonally permitted to enter Canada at this location, but people entering the United States face arrest[1] per immigration[2] and customs laws.[3]

Four Falls Border Crossing
Four Falls NB border station.jpg
The Canada Border Inspection Station at Four Falls, New Brunswick as seen in 1998
Location
CountryUnited States; Canada
Location
  • At the intersection of Russell and Brown Roads
  • No access from Canada to the US
  • US Port: None
  • Canadian Port: 415 Brown Road, Four Falls NB E3Z 2C6
Coordinates46°49′24″N 67°47′23″W / 46.823392°N 67.789625°W / 46.823392; -67.789625Coordinates: 46°49′24″N 67°47′23″W / 46.823392°N 67.789625°W / 46.823392; -67.789625
Details
Opened1934
US PhoneNone
Canadian Phone(506) 273-2528
Hours10:00am - 10:00pm
Second Monday in April to Second Sunday in October
Website
http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/do-rb/offices-bureaux/99-eng.html

HistoryEdit

This crossing opened in 1934, and traffic was permitted in both directions. In the late 1950s, the US closed its border station; however Canada continued to operate its border station until April 1, 1985.[4] Both border stations were demolished after their respective closures. In 1994, the Government of Canada relented to pressure from members of the nearby Aroostook Valley Country Club to reopen the crossing during golf season. The US government refused to reopen its border station, but it allowed vehicles to enter as long as they proceeded only as far as the golf course, or if they traveled directly to an open US border inspection station to report for inspection.

After the September 11 attacks, the United States changed its entry policies, requiring all travelers to enter at an open border inspection station. This meant that Canadian golfers could not enter the US via Brown Road,[5] and even Canadian residents who can only access their homes via Russell Road could not legally drive to their homes from Canada.[6]

 
Bilingual sign banning entry into the United States via Brown Road

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Errant N.B. family shown no mercy at border". March 31, 2010. Retrieved 2014-07-24.
  2. ^ 8 U.S.C. § 1324, 8 U.S.C. § 1325 and 8 U.S.C. § 1326
  3. ^ 19 U.S.C. § 1459
  4. ^ Flannery, Gloria (April 24, 1985). "Closing of border station means long drive for golfers". No. Vol. 96 - No.283. Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Golfers' drive out of bounds, say U.S. officials". June 27, 2008. Retrieved 2014-07-24.
  6. ^ "N.B. man in border dispute should have 'special rights': American neighbour". April 10, 2008. Retrieved 2014-07-24.