Construction holiday means heavy traffic at US border

Quebec's annual construction holiday begins this weekend. And that means lots of traffic, especially at the US border.

Canada Border Services Agency spokesman Dominique McNeely says tourists can do a couple of easy things to make everyone's life easier.

First, be prepared. Have your passports, receipts and notes on purchases ready.

Second, be honest.

"The best thing you can do is take a little bit of time to prepare their declaration and then to answer truthfully all the questions. Our officers are there to help them," he says.

He adds that the best times to avoid crossing the border are the afternoons and evenings.

And that travellers can visit the agency online at cbsa.gc.ca to get an idea on wait times at their busiest border crossings.

Transport Quebec also has a few tips.

First, check the Quebec511 website. It has all the information you'll need on the province's road conditions, construction sites and waiting times at the border.

Second, slow down. Police are cracking down on speeding motorists, especially around road work sites.

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