The Remote Area Border Crossing (RABC) Permit allows the bearer to cross the Border into Canada in remote areas without reporting to a port of entry. All campers and counselors going on an overnight trip into Canada need one. To apply for the RABC Permit, you must print and fill out the application, make a copy of your child’s passport, and print and fill out a Letter of Authorization which gives your child permission to enter into Canada with Camp Voyageur.
Below, we break down these steps for you.
Make sure you’ve signed up for a Quetico or other trip into Canada through our Trip Director. This includes paying the additional fee if it’s required. To find this year’s trips, check out 2020 Trip Options.
Download, print, and fill out the RABC Permit application.
Note: The CAN $30 processing fee is waived for children 17 and under. In other words, the RABC Permit is free for children 17 and under.
Scan and print a copy of your child’s passport. This will need to be included with the RABC Permit application.
Download, print, and fill out the Letter of Authorization. This gives permission for your child to go into Canada with Camp Voyageur. This will need to be included with the RABC Permit application. Scan a copy and send it to our Trip Director.
Put the RABC Permit application, a copy of your child’s passport, and the Letter of Authorization into an envelope and mail to:
You will receive a response by mail 3-4 weeks or more later.
Note: Campers 18 and older must also include a payment of CAN $30 with the application. Children 17 and under are free.
Have your child bring their RABC Permit (you should receive it in the mail 3-4 weeks after you’ve sent in the application), passport, and a copy of the Quetico Letter of Authorization to camp (if you did not already send a copy to Deb or the Trip Director). Your child will need all three documents on hand to get into Canada with camp.
For more information, visit the Canada Border Services Agency website at https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/prog/canpass/rabc-pfre/menu-eng.html.
Last Updated: 12/3/2019
The primary applicant is the person going into Canada - so it should be your son or daughter if they are going on a Quetico trip with Camp Voyageur.
Only campers 18 and older must include the processing fee. Children 17 and under are free.
Yes. The camper going on the trip can now be named the primary applicant.
We highly recommend ordering one ASAP. They can take several months to obtain.
You can just put the date your child arrives to camp.
Their RABC Permit, passport, and a Letter of Authorization are required.
Permits are considerably more expensive in Canada versus the BWCAW, especially for nonresidents.