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Floating into Canadian waters could cost you up to $750K in fines, jail time

Canadian officials are enhancing restrictions during the pandemic
Posted at 7:48 PM, Aug 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-11 19:48:40-04

Americans can enjoy the water this summer, but if you happen to float over the marine border into Canada, you'll face big fines and possibly even jail time.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police posted a message on Twitter reminding the public of enhanced travel restrictions during the pandemic ahead of the annual Port Huron Float Down. Officials said that those who happen to float over into Canadian waters during this time for non-essential purposes could face fines up to $750,000, and/or imprisonment for up to six months.

"This remains an un-sanctioned marine event and poses risks to the participants and other users of the waterways during the 7.5 mile /12 km course," read a joint statement from the Canadian and U.S. Coast Guard. "In addition to these risks, the Canada/U.S. border also remains closed until at least August 21, 2020, due to COVID-19.

The statement adds that in 2016 during the Float Down, high winds caused 1,500 participants to drift over the marine border. Many of the floaters ended up stranded on the Canadian shoreline at Sarnia and Corunna "often without identification, money and means of communication. Some had injuries and were suffering from hypothermia," officials said.