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I am embarrassed to be Canadian if the story I just read on Cruisehive is correct. We have cruised to Alaska and in fact doing so again this September. We have taken the WP&YR train and enjoyed it immensely. I believe most persons do. The train goes through a small border crossing with the flags and if I remember a sign and a cabin and proceeds a few miles into the Yukon where the train stops beside a narrow lake. The engine disconnects and comes back around to the other end of the train and then takes us back down to Skagway. The train does not stop at the border, there are no border guards and nobody disembarks the train. That means there is nobody to show passports to, nobody to show ArriveCan to and other than pictures out the window and a story to tell, no proof of being in Alaska and the Yukon during a train ride. If we (Canada)changed this procedure at some point during the pandemic then we went overboard. There was no need to, the system worked and I do not believe there were any international incidents because of the way it was set up. Many people would be proud to tell their tale of their WP&YR train ride and the fact that they visited the Yukon and Alaska by rail. Now all they will get is probably a laugh at the fancy procedures of Canada to protect a vast wilderness and a couple of black bears from Covid. Amazing how we can complicate things!

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