The story from Doreen of Lancashire
her story about her Ontario holiday!
Thanks to one of our readers, for this story from Doreen, of Lancashire, England
I am 80 years old and this is my story. About 15 years ago I was visiting my daughter in London, Ontario, when we decided to go cross-border shopping for the day. We set off for Port Huron, Michigan, planning to cross over at the town of Sarnia, Ontario.
My 15 year old grand-daughter and her friend came with us.
We drove for about an hour to get there and just as we were crossing the beautiful bridge to the USA I realized that I didn't have my passport with me.
My daughter told me not to worry - we would see if they would let us in anyway - we didn't think there would be a problem, I'm a Pensioner, not a Terrorist!
When we reached the American border, the guard would not allow us into the USA and told us to turn back and go back over the bridge and return to Canada, which we did.
However, the problem really started when we got to the Canadian side of the bridge - at the border because I had no identification with me, they would not let me enter Canada either!
I was in limbo - stuck on the bridge between the USA and Canada!
My daughter had to leave me and the two teen-agers in the Customs Office at the border, drive the hour back to London to get my passport, then hurry back to pick us all up.
We were then able to pass through the border into Michigan and spend what was left of the day, shopping.
I have been to the USA several times since on my visits to Canada, but I have always remembered my passport!
I hope you enjoy this "story from Doreen" - I have enjoyed telling it!