The International Ice Bridges to Canada
Drummond is your "Gateway to Canada"
Drummond Island is the only place in the United States where snowmobiles
can legally cross the ice directly to (and from) Ontario. Thousands
of miles of trails await you in Ontario - some have referred to
the trails in Ontario as "highways" - as wide as 18 feet with extensive
Once the ice freezes to a safe thickness, snowmobile enthusiasts
from Drummond Island and the neighboring Canadian communities of
St. Joseph Island and Thessalon (Canadian mainland) get together
to build a Christmas tree line across the frozen ice to connect
the three communities. The trees are spaced one tenth of a mile
apart, and marked with reflective tape for night riding. The Ice
Bridge to St. Joseph Island is 11 miles, and 18 miles to Thessalon.
The tree lines "construction" dates are based on weather conditions,
but commonly occur in the second or third week of January.
When arriving at either community, snowmobilers must quickly check
in with Customs. They must also be in possession of a Canadian (or
U.S.) Trail Permit, available at Drummond Island Resort and Conference
Center and many local businesses.
The quick trip over the Ice Bridges allow snowmobilers the opportunity
to return each night to Drummond after a full day of riding, or
stay in Ontario for longer, more extensive trips. Guided trips are
available through Drummond Island Resort and Conference Center,
and are highly recommended for those wanting to experience the best
sites and trails Ontario has to offer.
The International Ice Bridges are normally in use until late March
/ early April.
For U.S. Citizens - Everyone snowmobiling over to Canada is required
to purchase a Canadian Trail Permit before arriving in Canada. Several
businesses on Drummond Island, including Drummond Island Resort
and Conference Center, sell these permits. Information required
for permits includes name, address, phone number and snowmobile
Snowmobilers are also required to give a drivers license number
to Canadian Customs when registering in Canada.
2007 Canadian Trail Permits
Passes now available....$81U.S. for 3-day pass
This is the only pass available for purchase, day passes no longer
Before riding to Canada, please read the following from the
US Border Patrol for 2007
Notice for Travelers entering the U.S. from Canada who are arriving
on Drummond Island, Mi., via the "Ice Bridge".
EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2007:
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has implemented revised
clearance procedures for travelers arriving on Drummond Island,
Mi. via the "Ice Bridge" into the United States from foreign.
These new reporting procedures are part of CBP's comprehensive efforts
to improve security at our nation's borders while facilitating legitimate
1. General Reporting Instructions:
" All U.S. Citizens and aliens seeking entry to the United
States MUST REPORT their arrival.
" Travelers arriving Drummond Island, via the "Ice Bridge"
are required to immediately report their arrival to the U.S. Customs
and Border Protection (CBP) office upon entering from a foreign
port or country.
" Travelers having had contact with any snowmobile or person/s
having nexus with the Canadian border which has yet to be inspected
by CBP, must also report their arrival.
" This legal obligation can be met by immediately reporting
your arrival in the U.S. at the designated reporting station.
" For general information regarding reporting procedures please
call CBP @ 906-632-2631.
2. Designated Reporting Station and regular hours of service.
" Reporting location-Drummond Island Township Dock, Drummond
" Regular Service Hours-1:00pm-9:00pm 7 days a week.
3. Requests for service outside of the established regular hours
for special events.
" Request must be made and approved in advance.
" Request should be directed to Port Director Devin Chamberlain,
Assistant Port Director Leroy Frazier or Assistant Port Director
Patrick Wilson telephonically by calling 906-632-7221, 906-632-7222
4. Information Required:
" Proof of Citizenship (Passport, Birth Certificate, Nexus
Card, Merchant Marine Card, I551)
" Photo Identification
" Vehicle registration (Snowmobile/Air sled/ATV/Hovercraft)
" Value of any merchandise to be declared
5. Reporting Suspicious Activities:
" The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency is asking the
community to report any suspicious activity and non-complaint travelers.
Please report any suspicious activities observed to 1-800-BE-ALERT
(1-800-232-5378) or the after hours toll free number 1-800-562-5943.
6. Failure to Report:
" Failure to report can result in civil penalties as defined
in Title 19, United States Code, Section 1436 to include a penalty
of $5,000 for the first violation and $10,000 for each subsequent
violation with the conveyance subject to seizure and forfeiture.
" Any alien who enters or attempts to enter the United States
at any time or place other than as designated is in violation of
Sec. 275 (a) (1) (8 U.S.C.1325). Any alien present in the United
States without being admitted or paroled or who arrives in the United
States at any time or place other than as designated is inadmissible
under Sec. 212 (a)(6)(A)(i). Any alien who enters without inspection
at any time or place not designated is in violation of 8 U.S.C.
Sec. 1325 (a)(1) and upon conviction liable for a fine of $5,000
for first offense or imprisonment for up to 6 months. Second or
subsequent offenses are Class E Felonies subject to up to a $250,000
fine or imprisonment for up to 2 years.
? Additional penalties may also apply.
For more information, or reservations, call Drummond
Island Resort and Conference Center at 1-800-999-6343
Or email: email@example.com