I traveled to Toronto from Iceland several days ago for a weekend trip to the "the most multicultural city in the world". I'm married to a stewardess so her job allows me the perk of travelling a bit more than I otherwise might. In Toronto though I had a very unfortunate encounter with Canadian immigration officials:
On the plane every visitor has to fill out a simple form where you have to state whether you are travelling on business, if the trip is personal and for how many days you intend to stay in Canada. I wrote 3 days and checked with Personal.
When I came into the customs/immigration area a young woman checked my passport and asked a few questions: "Where will you be staying?" "Why are you here?" "Why are you only staying 3 days?" etc.
I thought it interesting that she asked so detailed questions but she was simply proud of her city and wanted to know why tourists decided to visit. Unfortunately she had obviously marked the visitor form because shortly after I was shuffled into a semi-interrogation area and met by another official:
"What are you doing here?" I'm a tourist.
"What are you going to do in Toronto?" Eat, explore and bicycle.
"Nobody comes to Toronto for 3 days. What are you really doing here?"
It was then that I understood that this wasn't normal procedure because he then pulled out my passport, told me to shut up and said: "Does it say Canada on the Passport?" "You have no right to be here!"
I was frankly dumbfounded and was waiting for the "Candid Camera" crew to show themselves. I decided though not to argue with him because based on his questions it seemed possible that he might decide throw me into a holding cell if I made a fuss.
It wasn't until then that he told me the real reason I was being interrogated: My trip was too short (3 days), I wasn't carrying any luggage and I was dressed in a blazer jacket! I might well be trying to smuggle me into the country!
I was then shuffled to another room where a slightly more courteous official went through me hand luggage and told me again that it was highly suspicious that someone would want to visit Toronto for 3 days! But considering that I had explained to them that my wife was an airline employee I could enter the country.
On the way into the city I asked two other passengers that had arrived by the same plane and walked without incident through customs what they had written on the visitor form. Both of them had written 5 days and what had possibly also "saved" them was that they were wearing sweaters and had luggage.
So the moral of the story is: When travelling to Toronto carrying light luggage and dressed in a jacket don't admit you are a tourist!