Can I bring Knives Across the US-Canada Border?

Can I bring Knives Across the US-Canada Border?

It is not always illegal to bring a knife or a firearm into Canada via the US-Canada border. However, the rules and requirements surrounding bringing a knife into Canada are very strict – if you do not follow them or declare a knife or other weapon properly, you could be arrested or denied entry into CanadaKnife into Canada

Knives You Cannot Bring into Canada

Certain types of knives are not allowed to enter Canada, including switchblades, butterfly knives, gravity knives, belt-buckle knife, finger ring with sharp blades in the surface, centrifugal knives, spiked wrist-bands, push daggers and devices smaller than 30 centimetres that would hide a knife blade. In other words, knives which have the blade easily concealed or spring loaded will not be allowed into Canada.

In many cases, you can bring fishing knives, antique knives and decorative swords into Canada, but they must be declared at the border.

It is your best bet to not bring a knife into Canada, no matter how harmless the knife actually is. After all, it is up to the border agent who is processing you through customs to determine whether or not the knife or yourself are suspicious, and you can be detained, arrested or denied entry to Canada if they aren’t satisfied with your explanations for possessing the knife. Note that one-handed opening knives can be brought into Canada.

However, it is likely that you may be able to come into Canada with a knife if you have a reasonable explanation for bringing the knife into Canada, such as chef’s knives or a hunting or fishing trip. Regardless, always answer the border agent’s questions truthfully when coming to Canada and declare anything you aren’t sure about.

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