Growing up along the border with Canada, I reflect upon days where security was non-existent and crossing the border was like crossing a bridge and paying a toll.  The most grilling question from the border inspector was “Are you bringing in any fresh fruit?”  I guess bananas and some pomegranates were considered dangerous and needed to not be let in.  My how things have changed.  If you are traveling to Niagara Falls from the US and considering taking a Niagara Falls Tour in Ontario, be careful.  There are some things that can’t cross the border.  Courtesy of the Canadian government, here is a partial list of things that will be confiscated should you attempt to being them across the border:

automatic knives such as switchblades;

centrifugal knives such as flick knives or butterfly knives;

gravity knives;

mace or pepper spray designed for use on humans;

nunchaku sticks;

shuriken (throwing stars);

manrikigusari or kusari (fighting chains);

finger rings with blades or other sharp objects projecting from the surface;

Taser and stun guns shorter than 480 mm;

crossbows designed for one-handed use;

crossbows 500 mm or shorter;

Constant Companion (belt-buckle knife);

push daggers;

devices shorter than 30 cm concealing a knife blade (e.g. knife-comb);

spiked wristbands;


Kiyoga or Steel Cobra batons (spring batons);

spring-loaded rigid batons (triggered by a button or lever);

morning stars; and

brass knuckles.

Devices that are prohibited from entering Canada:

silencers or devices designed to muffle or stop the sound of a firearm;

certain cartridge magazines above a given capacity. Generally, cartridge magazines are limited to 5 rounds for centre

fire, semi-automatic rifles or shotguns and 10 rounds for semiautomatic handguns;

bullpup stocks;

replica firearms;

I think our Northern neighbors have it right.  They are concerned about letting people and things into their country that cause problems.  In the US our southern border is porous and daily transgressed by illegals.