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Old 05-29-2016, 12:59 PM   #29
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sorry about your hassle but something must have set them on the "search" ... i have crossed the us/canada border so many times in my life I can't even remember the number. Ive had it happen to me especially coming into the US from Mexico ....US customs had us pull over and do the look thru the vehicle ...made us wait close to an hour...finally let us in ...last time US customs asked me 2 questions and said have a nice trip! ....go figure!!....I don't take it personal and know that sometimes the border guys are going to do the full monty....thats US and Canada Customs .... My daughter had a huge hassle for no apparent reason with Ireland last year ....2 hours of pure hell.... if you want to see all the amazing countries and sights out there don't break any rules and if they want to search just smile and wait for them to do their thing ....Ive never been denied entry but once in awhile you get a border person who gets a bug about something and you may as well relax and follow the steps ......dont worry about being stopped in Canada once your here we don't have any random check on the highways like the southern US border patrols ....enjoy your trip!!
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Old 05-29-2016, 01:12 PM   #30
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Interestingly, we have had several intimidating experiences crossing into the US and while travelling in Texas. While crossing into Washingon state we were questioned by someone who was obviously either bored or having a hard day. He was sarcastic and impolite. And, our trailer was searched......we had been warned not to take any fresh food into the US so we gave away all our produce, meat etc. ahead of time. What they found was a small ziploc bag with some cut up red peppers left over from a picnic lunch. That was confiscated.
While in Texas near Big Bend, we got stopped by armed border control with dogs. As Canadians, this was a new experience for us. We were questioned and then had to drive through some kind of scanner....obviously looking for illegal immigrants.
In our travels throughout the US and Canada we have had some wonderful experiences and some uncomfortable ones....in both countries.
It is unfortunate that security concerns, politics and ill will seem to be replacing simple common courtesy and good will.
Canada is still a great country to visit.
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Old 05-29-2016, 01:24 PM   #31
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"We were questioned and then had to drive through some kind of scanner....obviously looking for illegal immigrants."

maybe they could make a little extra $$ and let us know if we have mice in our bellypans!
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Old 05-29-2016, 01:32 PM   #32
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When I was a kid my dad drove my two brothers and me up to Canada for a vacation. When the Canadian customs officer asked if we had anything to declare, I decided it was a good time to be a smart aleck and piped up from the back seat, "I declare war on Canada!"

Fortunately the CC could barely suppress a grin. My dad, though, was furious, about as angry as I'd ever seen him. I won't make that mistake again.
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Old 05-29-2016, 01:55 PM   #33
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We moved from Kenai, Alaska to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 1973 for a two-year assignment. We loved camping at Jasper in our VW pop-top camper and decided to buy a Winnebago so I drove the VW to Billings, Montana, sold it and bought a Winnebago. Since we had some options added we couldn't take it home on that trip we went home and I got Alberta registration and license plates, returned to the RV dealer, slapped the plates on and drove across the border. The Canadian customs agent was ready to wave us through when he asked the critical question; "do you have anything to declare?" I could have said no but didn't hesitate and waved my arm over the coach. We spent the next 30 minutes while he called to find out what to do and then we were on our way. Sadly, those easy going, trusting days are gone forever.
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Old 05-29-2016, 02:07 PM   #34
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Seriously...

The IRONY of this tread is amazing. The sovereignty of each national border is front and center. The Rules are the Rules to gain admittance - period. I've been screened, searched, interrogated, and detained. All in the USA! I've even been "asked" to produce proof that I bought - yes bought - my AS playthings (once in Ft. Lauderdale, and again in Detroit, MI at U.S Customs). Was I TICKED OFF, yes, but not as much as when I was asked by a older 'good-old-boy' how'd I afford to have one. All in the USA. Never happened in any area of Canada we've visited.
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Old 05-29-2016, 02:11 PM   #35
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We travel between Washington state and British Columbia regularly.

Pre-9/11, you would pull up to the Canadian customs booth and say that you were going to play some golf (many fine courses) or ski, and the officier would say. 'thanks for coming - have fun'.

Now, of course, everyone is much more serious, or at least pretending to be. The US- Canadian border is about 4000 miles, mostly farmland and forest.

Best to answer questions with 'yes' and 'no' whenever possible when going in either direction; do not be chatty or friendly.

We've encountered grumpy and unpleasant people on both sides. These people are now armed to the teeth with nowhere to go and the job is almost all boring and repetitious - not a good combination.
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Old 05-29-2016, 02:43 PM   #36
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I have been to Canada a number of times in the last 25 years both for work and for vacation. There have been many times I did not enjoy the customs experience. Have only taken the trailer in and out about 20 times. We were searched 2 times by Canada and they looked in it a couple of more times. US customs opened the trailer a few times.

It is not unusual to have a smooth, quick, pleasant entry. It is not unusual to have an irritating experience. Business trips I pretty well know what the problem triggers are. I have hit several of them.

Personal trips, I have no idea what they think. I do know they have all the records in front of them and I have been asked about something from previous trips. Either way, business or pleasure, the trip has always been worth the trouble and I have enjoyed every trip after I got there.
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Old 05-29-2016, 02:46 PM   #37
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Entry into canada

To the misinformed Canadian, most US citizens do not own Guns.
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Old 05-29-2016, 02:57 PM   #38
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Tourism Vancouver reports that American visits were up 20% last year, and this year it could be as high as 25%. So, we must have something going for us.

Full-timing Rvers raise an employment red flag with customs because they are worried a Canadian may lose a fantastic job opportunity - dishing out the poutine at McD's.
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The IRONY of this tread is amazing. The sovereignty of each national border is front and center. The Rules are the Rules to gain admittance - period. I've been screened, searched, interrogated, and detained. All in the USA! I've even been "asked" to produce proof that I bought - yes bought - my AS playthings (once in Ft. Lauderdale, and again in Detroit, MI at U.S Customs). Was I TICKED OFF, yes, but not as much as when I was asked by a older 'good-old-boy' how'd I afford to have one. All in the USA. Never happened in any area of Canada we've visited.
I don't understand, where are you going through customs in Fl or Mi with your AS? Let me know so I can avoid this.thanks.
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Avionstream, in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, at the cruise ship port, U.S. Customs pulled me over for being "on United States Government property which encompassed so many feet BEYOND their outer fences. Sorta like being too close to Area 51. I was parallel to "their" fence - not inside it, yet they came to inquire my intentions. In Detroit, I was returning FROM Canada. We had a Great time for a week. We went to have CanAm RV do hitch work on our PanAm for the trip. Andy fine tuned all the components and off we went. Coming back to Detroit - through Windsor - WOW! Four U.S custom agents, a drug dog, check our papers, etc. We sat, and sat some more! Oh, and we our residents of both MI and TX.
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Smile Canadian customs & american customs

Sorry that our customs were so difficult; it is always unpleasant & we also have experienced this maybe not quite so bad at the american side. They go thru our trailer & with guns ready asked my husband to open the bathroom door; in case we have someone hidden in there i guess. Some years ago they brought out the dogs & went through the truck. Last time, they circled our trailer & truck with some kind of electronic gizzmo, probably detects drug, not sure. My point being, we still visit the usa every year, more than once sometimes & just hold our breath that everything goes well at the usa border in our case. We are leaving for jackson centre monday-tomorrow. We do not take any fruit, veggies, or meat & hope for the best.

We do need to be able to visit each others country & not feel like criminals. We have a beautiful country as you do.
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OK - do not take plants, produce, meat, unpackaged dog food, guns, fireworks, more than two liters of wine per person, mace, or illegal drugs.

Have a permanent address.

Documents are assumed to be passports. Any other documents required? Car and trailer registration? Insurance card?

There have been comments on declaring items. Do you make a list of everything. Do you make a list of anything?

What about prescription drugs? Is it sufficient to carry them in the original bottle/package?

Dogs need a rabies letter/document from vet. Anything else?

How about computers and smart phones? Are they declared, listed, or ignored?

Really want to make a visit to Canada. When we do, it would be nice to be prepared for a simple crossing.

Thank you for your help.

Travel safe. Pat
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