The official border closure isn’t deterring thousands of travellers from attempting to enter the country. That’s the message coming from the Canada Border Services Agency this week, as they revealed almost 18,500 people tried to cross Canada’s border to shop, sightsee or visit relatives. The majority of those were American citizens.\nAlthough Canada officially closed its international borders back in March due to concerns about COVID-19, thousands of foreign travellers have still attempted to visit.\nEditor's Choice: Tim Hortons Is Giving Away Free Donuts In Canada For The Entire Long Weekend\nTo discourage cross-border travel ahead of the Labour Day weekend, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is reminding visitors just how many people have already been turned away at our entry points.\nAccording to the agency, per CBC News, 18,431 people were denied entry between March 22 and September 2.\n16,070 of those were U.S. citizens and 2,361 were other foreign citizens arriving from the U.S.\nThose turned away were deemed to be taking non-essential trips to Canada to do things like sightsee, go shopping or visit relatives and friends.\nWhile the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have slowed international travel considerably, more than four million people have still entered Canada since restrictions were imposed in March.\n.@CanBorder reminds travellers that travel restrictions to Canada remain in place for September long weekend https://t.co/nZzBrri9xb— GC Newsroom (@NewsroomGC) August 31, 2020\nOn August 31, the CBSA shared a reminder that all of Canada’s international border crossings were closed to non-essential travel.\n“All travel of an optional or discretionary nature, including tourism, recreation and entertainment, is covered by these measures across all ports of entry in all modes of transportation: land, marine, air and rail,” the notice reads.\nThe agency adds that U.S. citizens would not be permitted entry for activities such as hiking, fishing, hunting, boating, checking on a cottage, visiting friends or attending a party.\nView this post on Instagram On August 9, 2020, our officers at the Emerson, Manitoba port of entry intercepted an individual who was wanted in the United States in connection to a @minneapolis_police_department homicide investigation. #CBSA officers arrested the individual and returned them to the United States into the custody of @cbpgov #ProtectingCanadians A post shared by Canada Border Services Agency (@canborder) on Aug 12, 2020 at 1:41pm PDT\nSince the beginning of Canada’s travel restrictions, multiple Americans have faced heavy fines for failing to follow the rules.\nSome travellers initially used an Alaska loophole to enter the country, before visiting tourist hotspots like Banff and Jasper.\nMore recently, boaters have been caught crossing the border via the water, and now face fines of up to $2,000.\nView this post on Instagram The Canada Border Services Agency ( #CBSA ) provides clearance, control and examination services, on behalf of other government departments and agencies, for travellers, importers and exporters, at close to 1,200 points of entry (POE), including land border offices, international mail processing centres, airports, sufferance warehouses, and a number of other service locations. A post shared by Canada Border Services Agency (@canborder) on Feb 25, 2020 at 1:01pm PST\nWith the Labour Day holiday ahead, officials are probably hoping it’s a quiet one at Canada’s borders.\nIf you’re interested in patrolling Canada’s entry points, the CBSA is hiring students right now. They’re even paying up to $34 per hour!