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Old 09-08-2013, 11:34 AM   #15
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Don't bring more then one open bottle of booze. I had 2 new and had to pay an additional 78 bucks for the 2 and 3 bottles of wine and 2 bottles of beer.
Didn't know a 69 yr old was a menace. Took an hour and a half for the search.
Crossing to US was a breeze 4 wks later.
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We spent a couple nights at Niagara-on-the-Lake two months ago -- saw the falls and experienced almost nothing of the tourist trap extravaganza. I should say no kids were in tow. We camped at the former Shalamar Lake campground (now Vine Ridge) just south of N-o-t-L. There are a good assortment of restaurants in the latter.

The falls are a leisurely 20 minutes south of N-o-t-L and well worth seeing. The big Horseshoe Falls is best viewed from the Canadian side. Maid of the Mist docks on the American side -- a very wet boat ride. There is a large parking area just south of the Canadian side of the falls but it's about $20 to park there. Niagara Parkway has a number of features with free parking and regular bus service into town. We enjoyed the Butterfly Conservatory at the arboretum on Niagara Parkway.

Bring no guns or personal defense sprays into Canada. Do your homework first if any of the traveling party has ever had a DUI -- Canada has gotten a bit more lenient but they used to turn anyone away with that status. It's two 750ml bottles of alcohol products per person, whether entering Canada or the US. Getting back into the US is the bigger issue for Americans -- no fresh fruits or veggies as has been said. Canada welcomes tourism. I've never had anything but a fast entry to Canada as long as I told them I was going home...
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I think the falls themselves are worth seeing-- but the city, no-- although natives might point out some good restaurants or something. The Canadian falls are in a city park-like area, somewhat insulated from all the kitsch.

I think one bottle of alcohol, two bottles of wine, or a six-pack per person is the limit on alcohol. Have your passports at the ready to hand over, with rabies certificates for any pets, as well. (We have only been asked about them twice, but they can request them.) The link posted above is worthwhile perusing, because every so often the rules change. We once had to sacrifice an entire box of US strawberries to the Crown, and massive quantities of cheese are verboten for some reason.

Be prepared for long delays at the border. Over an hour is not unusual. Crossing times vary and you should be able to find them on-line. Depending upon your plans, we usually prefered crossing at Sarnia rather than Detroit.

The US is fussier about produce and meat than Canada and its rules change depending upon what problem they're concerned about at the moment.

So the big questions are: what do you like to do, and will the time of year affect open hours for places you want to visit?

If you want to stay in eastern Canada but can manage a trip along the St. Lawrence River through Quebec, it is well worth doing. Quebec City is still a walled city, with a very Old Europe flare. There are guided tours that are very informative.

Of course our favourite parts are the Canadian Rockies and coast! Another trip, perhaps?

Have a super trip!
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Yes, Len n Jeanne. It's complicated -- for Visitors to Canada; Alcohol & Tobacco guidelines
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A bottle of alcohol or 24 beers per drinking age. Don't know about wine. No weapons. DUI is a major problem.
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Old 09-10-2013, 10:28 PM   #20
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We fish near Atikokan ,Ontario and cross the border at Thunder Bay. I take a weeks worth of food in from the US because you are not going to buy anthing where we are at. No problem coming or going. Strict rules on alcohol,tobacco, and firearms that you must follow. Pets must have a current rabies certificate. Canadian customs is much more hospitable to US citizens than the US agents are I have to say.
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Great information.
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Going into BC this summer was great. Dealing with the US returning ... not so much. Firewood going into Canada? No problem. SAME US firewood, returning? Nope, gotta go back into Canada (again no problem) and leave it there. I guess they're used to that -- "Just leave it in the pile in the guy's yard." Then the ordeal with our ICE-holes again. Makes ya proud...
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Old 09-11-2013, 09:08 PM   #23
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Bring common sense. Leave fireams at home.

All the information you need is here: Government of Canada - Be Aware and Declare! - What Can I Bring Into Canada in Terms Of Food, Plant, Animal and Related Products?

Have a great trip.

Niagara Falls is a tourist trap and really quite awful. If you have time, you may wish to visit Niagara on the Lake, about 45 minutes away. Yes, also a bit of a tourist trap, but beautiful.

Thanks for that, I live in Niagara on the Lake and work in Niagara Falls.
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Old 09-11-2013, 09:15 PM   #24
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As B.C ers, we notice the same attitude the other way with customs. No problems going down through U.S. customs, but sometimes major attitude going home. I know I can phone the U.S Customs office before going down to find out any changes, but our good old Canadian side won't even give out their phone #.
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Everyone should see Niagara Falls, The Falls are quite impressive.

Niagara on the Lake, about 20min North of Niagara Falls is one of the most beautiful towns in Canada, full of wineries and vineyards. The best wines in Canada are made in Niagara. We have amazing theatre productions at the Shaw festival and you can visit many historic sites such as Fort George where they are currently celebrating the 200 year anniversary of the war of 1812, and the Monument to General Sir Isaac Brock at Queenston Heights. Queenston Heights is the starting point of the Bruce Trail, a hiking trail which runs all the way from Niagara to Tobermorey Ontario.

If you're driving through Niagara and see a guy working on a '77 Safari, stop and say hi to me!
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