Don't make the mistake of driving to or flying across the border and thinking you'll talk your way through. I've seen too many get turned back. I've got a hunting buddy that got a baiting ticket 22 years ago (Fed) and he still can't get in. Canada views our misdomeanors a little more seriously than we do.
Make sure you apply for and receive an approved application "Ministers Approval of Rehabilitation
" with you even if your minor conviction is over 5 years old. You must be approved and the offense MAY be removed from your immigration record & data base in Canada. DWI's are treated the same way. It's mighty expensive to travel all that way and get turned around! Not to mention the letdown and disappointment & anger!Take a look at this web site for information on "rehabilitating" yourself and your buddy. There is a waiting period, so get on it right now and you may get lucky. Make sure you have a passport to get back into the states if you are able to get into Canada.http://www.canadasborder.com/Rehabilitation.htm
The application is at this site:http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/pdf/kits/f ... M1444E.PDF