Canada Border Tour

Our next border tour is scheduled for this coming September. We will begin the week-long excursion in Toronto and travel south across the Niagara peninsula before heading west toward Lake St. Clair and Detroit, where the trip will conclude.

Along the way we will meet with various immigration authorities on both sides of the border and talk with locals on the unique geographic and historic aspects of the region and the challenges of securing it. We will see the grandeur of Niagara Falls from both sides of the border. As we travel northward along the Niagara River toward Lake Ontario, we will visit Fort Niagara and learn of its role during the War of 1812. We will also visit a winery in the beautiful wine country that has developed on Lake Ontario’s southwestern shore. We will pass through the marshlands and rich farmland of Southern Ontario, visiting the towns of London and Chatham, on our way to Detroit. There we will visit a major international crossing and get several perspectives on how large-scale immigration from all over the world has impacted the cities and towns in that part of Michigan. We will discuss how Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision to remove Mexican visa restrictions has affected illegal crossing attempts into the United States. All of this will give us a better understanding of the immigration issue and of the relations between our two countries.

The tour will be led by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and CIS Senior Research Fellow Jerry Kammer, who will be joined by Executive Director Mark Krikorian and Assistant Director John Wahala. Please contact John at if you are interested in learning more about the tour and joining us for this invaluable look at the Canadian border.

Read accounts and view pictures of past tours

Diligence on a Changing Canadian Border
Constant Activity on the California Border
Holding Steady in West Texas
A Washington Narrative Meets Reality
Sunshine, Saguaros, and Smugglers
Reflections from the Border

Testimonials from past guests


"All I can say is top notch, incredibly well-done. These tours are can't miss." - Jim


"These tours are intense and joyous adventures packed with knowledge, uncommon scenery, and ebullient mealtimes. The work done in preparation is awe-making. The folks at CIS take care of every detail, enhancing the roster of learning and experiencing with piquant extras. I, inveterate traveler, feel safe, confident, and dazzled from start to finish." - Marion


"You promised we would not get the usual Border Patrol spin job or fed the Janet Napolitano line about how border security has improved, and you were right. We heard and saw at many dangerous border sites from local ranchers, a veteran customs agent, border residents and brave journalists who really knew their stuff, the dismal truth about how our federal government has failed to protect American citizens." - Don


"We thought the arrangements to meet these extraordinary people were superb, as was the guidance and logistics on the entire trip. Thanks for all you did to make our visits such memorable experiences." - Don


"It was an outstanding trip. So much experience and information packed into just a few days. Thanks for the excellent arrangements!" - Sarah


"The various people we met brought into stark relief the magnitude of the problems the nation faces arising from illegal immigration." - Allan


"Every American should come see the state of the southwest border." - Linda