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Old 09-07-2013, 07:29 PM   #1
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Travel to Canada

We're planning a bucket list trip for a close friend and will be going to Niagara Falls, through Canada, starting in the area of Detroit.

I understand that I should have medicines in their original bottles. What about food? Can we take food in th fridge into and out of Canada?

What issues might we need to prepare for?

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Old 09-07-2013, 07:36 PM   #2
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I think it's mainly fresh fruits & vegetables and remember, no Kinder Eggs back into the USA...
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Old 09-07-2013, 07:37 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 09-07-2013, 07:39 PM   #4
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I think it's mainly fresh fruits & vegetables and remember, no Kinder Eggs back into the USA...
Lol. Funny.
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Old 09-07-2013, 08:36 PM   #5
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Getting into Canada is probably going to be a lot easier than getting back into the U.S. - but regardless - have passports ready and pet vaccination certificates available - as far as food products we've made it a standard practice for many years now to try and cross without perishables on board - then stock up on the other side.

Although you didn't ask about routes you might want to consider staying away from the 400 series highways if you want to take a bit more of a leisurely trip through the countryside - suggest highway 3 as one consideration.

Also - Niagara Falls is a busy place - you might also want to think about taking advantage of day-tours - a number are listed here: Niagara Falls Tours - Cruises and Tours of Niagara Falls . They are a great way to see busier destinations and avoid fighting traffic and wasting time looking for parking. We've found this kind of service helpful for at least the first day - then we have our bearings and can plan from there.

Have a great trip.


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Old 09-07-2013, 09:00 PM   #6
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Niagara Falls is to be avoided. There are so many great things to see in that region, there isn't much point in the tourist traps. Like theatre? Head up to Stratford. Like art? Hit the ROM in Toronto or head North to Kleinburg and spend a day at the McMichael Gallery. Like nature? Head a bit further North and explore cottage country!
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Old 09-07-2013, 09:02 PM   #7
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As Ranger Jay said, it's tougher coming back into the USA. Going into Canada at Sault St Marie, we were ready with vet certs on the dog, etc. The immigration officer just wanted to know about our Airstream and what mileage we got with our Sprinter, besides where we were headed. It was a breeze, and a pleasure, and one of the reasons we've been back to Canada whenever we can.
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As others have said, you'll find it easier getting into Canada than you will getting back into the US. Like Ranger Jay, we rarely take any food at all into the US, New York State's Wegman's stores are where we stock up after crossing the border.

Niagara Falls is very touristy but you should try it once, just to say that you've been; it's not so bad. In the UK the seaside town of Blackpool is much the same (without the waterfall of course) and it's every Englishman's duty to visit it once in their lifetime
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As others have said, you'll find it easier getting into Canada than you will getting back into the US. Like Ranger Jay, we rarely take any food at all into the US, New York State's Wegman's stores are where we stock up after crossing the border.

Niagara Falls is very touristy but you should try it once, just to say that you've been; it's not so bad. In the UK the seaside town of Blackpool is much the same (without the waterfall of course) and it's every Englishman's duty to visit it once in their lifetime
Too funny - don't you mean Margate or Clapton-on-Sea?
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Too funny - don't you mean Margate or Clapton-on-Sea?
Yes, but I'm a softy southerner so I think Margate and Clacton are wonderful

Clifton Hill on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls does run Blackpool to a very close second:

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As others have said, you'll find it easier getting into Canada than you will getting back into the US. Like Ranger Jay, we rarely take any food at all into the US, New York State's Wegman's stores are where we stock up after crossing the border.

Niagara Falls is very touristy but you should try it once, just to say that you've been; it's not so bad. In the UK the seaside town of Blackpool is much the same (without the waterfall of course) and it's every Englishman's duty to visit it once in their lifetime
Our last trip to Niagara Falls, crossing into Canada was terrible. We must have looked menacing (just kidding). My wife and I and our two kids were all asked to stand by the wall while two Canadian border guards went through our Airstream for 20 - 25 minutes. It took us another 15 minutes to get it back together, as we had to stow items that the officers took out from under the dinette, cabinets etc.

We love Niagara Falls - the tourist traps and the contrast with the amazing natural beauty.
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I just got back from a week in northern Ontario. I don't take fruits and veggies, but anything packaged has been fine. Bring everything you can as there are NO bargains in Canada. Make sure your tank is full as well, gas is at least 30% higher. Id suggest one of the truck stops at Zeeb rd., assuming your taking I94 from I69. If your taking 23 to 94, you might be best to top off in Ohio. Zeeb rd is easy on/off and about 50 miles from the bridge. Much closer and you start getting into the Romulus/Detroit mess. Niagra Falls are beautiful and surrounded by tourist trap. Two nights is plenty.
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Tourist traps and travel go together, if you want to see the great features of the world. Make the best of them and enjoy yourselves. I made the trip from Detroit to Niagara Falls through Canada 40 years ago and it is still a great memory. We plan to go again soon.

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Don't you want to see what more than six million cubic feet (168,000 m3) of water falling over the crest line every minute looks like? The highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world?

Bring a raincoat.
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