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    Heading to Gardiner Montana in a couple weeks, which border crossing is better? I know the Couts is bigger but it's probably a lot busier? I found the Piegan crossing as well. Wondering which one is better, haven't driven to the US through Alberta before

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    what time are you planning on crossing?

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    No nexus, crossing will be in the evening

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    I think crossing at Coutts/SG will be better for you. Better chance of not getting to a crossing when it's closed and less detour. Either of which will negate "waiting" at Coutts/SG... though it's doesn't normally get too crazy busy.

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    Coutts/sweetgrass would probably the "safest choice".
    Del Bonita is small but found it speedy in the past.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TYMSMNY View Post
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    I think crossing at Coutts/SG will be better for you. Better chance of not getting to a crossing when it's closed and less detour. Either of which will negate "waiting" at Coutts/SG... though it's doesn't normally get too crazy busy.
    I'm not too worried about the crossing being closed unless you mean unscheduled since I will be crossing before 11pm

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    Coutts/sweetgrass would probably the "safest choice".
    Del Bonita is small but found it speedy in the past.
    Thanks for the input wasn't aware of the Del Bonita one, what do you mean by safest though?

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    Quote Originally Posted by adam c View Post
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    Thanks for the input wasn't aware of the Del Bonita one, what do you mean by safest though?
    Del Bonita may be less busy, but only has one "bay" IIRC. So if you happen to be unlucky and come during a busy time or somebody has an issue you may not save any time. The Coutts one will likely be busier, but has more lanes to go through. I think it's also open 24hrs if you end up crossing later than expected.

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    i normally go couts/sweetgrasss but thats just because of my travel, one time i went to the one south of fernie and it was probably the quickest and least intrusive, most casual, crossing i ever had.
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    i normally go couts/sweetgrasss but thats just because of my travel, one time i went to the one south of fernie and it was probably the quickest and least intrusive, most casual, crossing i ever had.
    Yea I crossed there on a Friday night, we were the only vehicle crossing but we were in a snowstorm so I guess it doesn't count. Very quick.

    Someone mentioned a nexus pass, what benefit does that have at border crossings?

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    Quote Originally Posted by J-hop View Post
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    Someone mentioned a nexus pass, what benefit does that have at border crossings?
    If it's REALLY busy, the Sweetgrass crossing has a Nexus line up that will be quicker, but 90% of the time that I've been through it, they don't have the Nexus line open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J-hop View Post
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    Yea I crossed there on a Friday night, we were the only vehicle crossing but we were in a snowstorm so I guess it doesn't count. Very quick.

    Someone mentioned a nexus pass, what benefit does that have at border crossings?
    There was a snowstorm on Friday night?

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    Quote Originally Posted by roopi View Post
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    There was a snowstorm on Friday night?
    lol please re-read. "On a Friday night"

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    Quote Originally Posted by J-hop View Post
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    lol please re-read. "On a Friday night"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thaco View Post
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    i normally go couts/sweetgrasss but thats just because of my travel, one time i went to the one south of fernie and it was probably the quickest and least intrusive, most casual, crossing i ever had.
    Same. Normally go through Coutts, but on a road trip I took a turn early and went through the Roosville crossing. Suuuuper relaxed, and a really cool drive along the Koocanusa to Spokane

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