High on the Mountain Top
Join Date: May 2006
Location: in the valley, BC, Canada.
Interest: Spending time with my man and family, relaxing with good friends and good food, hiking, paddling,
It depends on where the tent is made. If it is made in the US or Mexico then there is no duty, you only have to pay GST. Otherwise it is subject to duty. We bought a Big Agnes tent, made in Colorado, so no duty. And we got lucky when we came back across the border. The border guard let us through without making us pay GST on it either. Guess he was in a good mood.
You could plan a weekend camping trip to get around it. Head down, buy the tent, use it for a night and then don't declare it. Once used they would have no idea how long you've owned it.
Have fun tent shopping!