I recalled the "formality" of the passport control when crossing from Skagway, Alaska into the Yukon Territory of Canada. Here's an excerpt from my journal:
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Breakfast on the ship was early so that we could be ready for an early getaway. We disembarked at Skagway at 7:00 AM. We stored our luggage at the Skagway Westmark and then had about two and one-half hours to tour the town. That was more than adequate. It is a very small town and most of the buildings contained tourist-trap jewelry stores.
We boarded the White Pass & Yukon Route Railway at 12:10 PM for a 12:30 PM departure. After crossing the 3,000 foot pass we arrived in Fraser about 3:30 PM. For a large part of the ride it was so foggy that we could see very little. But what we could see convinced us that the building of the railroad about 1900 was a prodigious engineering feat. It was a fun ride.
We crossed back into Canada and bussed on to Whitehorse, arriving about 6:30 PM. We checked into the Westmark Whitehorse. Our first stop in the Yukon Territory was at Carcross where we got our passports stamped. Actually, the stamp and inkpad were on a table in front of a store and the stamping was “do it yourself”. Well, that was one option. I chose to go into the post office and have the stamping done by the clerk there.