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Old 04-13-2015, 07:23 PM   #11
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Enjoy the trip eh! Please let us know how it goes; good and the bad.

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Old 04-13-2015, 07:43 PM   #12
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You might want to visit the website for the US Embassy in Ottawa at this link:

Driving in Canada | Embassy of the United States Ottawa, Canada

There's a lot of good, useful information here on not only driving in Canada, but other topics as well.

Have a safe trip!

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Old 04-14-2015, 08:45 PM   #13
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I am planning this crossing in July. Thanks for all the great info guys.
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Old 04-14-2015, 08:52 PM   #14
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What is the work around for bringing a hand gun? Canada is on my list of places to camp and backpack but there is no way I am exploring the wilderness areas without a sidearm.
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Old 04-14-2015, 09:08 PM   #15
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A handgun is a no-no. You will at best lose it at the border and at worst get some time in front of the judge. Best bet for wilderness security is a 12 gauge. Long guns with the proper paperwork is ok. FYI a Mares Leg is considered a long gun in Canada.
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Old 04-14-2015, 10:06 PM   #16
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Ah, so it's just handguns; that's weird but I am ok with bringing my .30-06 instead. Thank you!
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Old 04-15-2015, 07:33 AM   #17
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I've only crossed to Canada a couple times towing a travel trailer, but I cross often towing my sailboat to regattas. To date I have never been pulled over for secondary inspection while towing. (knock/touch wood)

I agree that either the Lewiston-Queenston or Peace Bridge are basically equal as to being trailer friendly.

Some things I believe.

Remove your sunglasses at the booth.

Open your passports/documents to the proper page before handing them over. That shows a bit of respect.

Answer the questions, but don't get too chatty. Less is more when interacting.

Once to the booth stop at the proper marked distance from the vehicle ahead. DO NOT PROCEED UNTIL THE VEHICLE AHEAD IS OBVIOUSLY AWAY OR YOU SEE A SIGNAL TO DO SO. It really p*sses them off if you pull up too soon.

Remember when entering Canada only one case of beer or one bottle of liquor per adult is allowed. (If they inspect and find partial open bottles of liquor in your trailer remember the term "bar stock". I don't know if it directly applies to travel trailers or trailered boats, but they recognize and accept that term for boats in the water. If it doesn't work at least you can say, "Sorry. I thought that it applied to my home on wheels.")

Declare long guns. You will automatically be sent to secondary to complete the proper paperwork. Canada gun laws are very strict. No handguns allowed for foreigners.

When returning to the USA keep in mind that the interaction at the booth is a "verbal declaration". If you are pulled over for a secondary inspection one of the first things that they may do is have you complete a form. That is the official document. Include everything you can remember on that document, like that extra bottle(s) of duty free liquor you forgot to mention.

Don't worry about the crossings. I cross the border often. I've had no problems when doing so in either direction.

Have fun. vic

Added: Be careful with what is on your computers. A Canadian friend of mine imported a boat from Michigan to Toronto. He fudged the selling price on the import paperwork. They did a secondary inspection and found documentation on his laptop which showed the correct selling price. Needless to say he now gets pulled over each time he returns to Canada.

You may technically have legal rights and recourse, but it is best to assume that you have no rights when entering a foreign country or even returning home to the USA . They can and will search anything they feel appropriate.
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Old 04-15-2015, 08:03 AM   #18
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Just a comment about the one of the two experiences I had entering Canada and returning to the U.S.

My wife and I were riding a motorcycle. Entering Canada was no problem. However, returning to the U.S. had a problem. They wanted to see my wife's ID. It was in the tour pack and she must get off the motorcycle to retrieve it. Now the Catch 22 ensues:

Crossing guard: I need to see your ID.
[Wife proceeds to get of the motorcycle to get it]
Crossing guard: You can't get off the motorcycle.
Wife: My ID is in the tour pack.
Crossing guard: I need to see your ID.
Wife: I must get off to get it.
Crossing guard: You can't get off.
Wife: If you want to see my ID I must get off.
Crossing guard: I need to see your ID.
Wife: I need to get off to get it.
Crossing guard: You can't get off.
Me: Look, either she gets off to get it or you don't see it. Now make up your mind which way you want it. You can't have it both ways.

He finally let us pass.

These crossing guards have a very limited ability to reason on their own and follow the book chapter and verse. And with a zero sense of humor.
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Old 04-15-2015, 08:11 AM   #19
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Greg any major boarder crossing will have room for the RV.. no worries there.
Leave all firearms in the USA. Self defense with a firearm is NOT allowed in Canada. Firearms confiscated will not be returned.
Make sure your fuel tank is full before coming here.. our fuel is way more expensive. Meats fruit and veggies MAY be confiscated.. We do not recognize medical MJ so if you are caught with it you will be charged with drug trafficking.. at the very least it will be confiscated and you will be deported.. worst case jail time.. A drunk driving conviction will get you barred from entering.. (or any other criminal conviction) Our laws are different so what may be a misdemeanor in the US maybe looked at very differently here.
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Old 04-15-2015, 03:59 PM   #20
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Thanks to each of you for the great input. I'll be sure and post here about our trip.


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