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Old 04-06-2016, 03:22 PM   #1
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Border Crossing US/Canada

This will be our first time for crossing the border from US into Canada and back, besides our passports, is there anything else we should be aware of needing or things we should do to prepare so we'll have an easier/quicker crossover? Also, we want to take our standard-size Goldendoodle along to Canada with us, so other than his immunization record, is there anything else we will need for him or would be handy for us to have or not have when border crossing?

Oh, how about fresh veggies -- seems I read some time ago that we can't take fresh produce from one country to the other, is that correct?

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Old 04-06-2016, 03:50 PM   #2
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Theoretically, your dog should have a health certificate and a record of rabies vaccination. We have never been asked for them but...

Guns are a problem but I don't know the details.

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Old 04-06-2016, 04:20 PM   #3
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Most long guns can be taken w permit, handguns, mace pepper spray for use against people are big no no's. Canada requires proof of Rabies vac US requires Veterinary Cert of health, they are only good for 30 days. In something more than a dozen round trips haven't been asked for them but we always have them, can't afford to be turned back.

Never had issue w foods into CA but into US is a problem. It is USDA regulation, as one inspector told me- never, never, never any citrus. Processed juice ok. Some veggys issue but all regs available on line.
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Also limits on alcohol and tobacco, and no more than $10k in cash.
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Old 04-06-2016, 04:42 PM   #5
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The Canadian Customs are also concerned you will bring something into the country for someone else, or sell something there, preventing them from collecting some taxes. So if they ask you if you are bringing anything into the country to leave there, tell them no unless you want to pay taxes on it.
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We have crossed with our trailer dozens of times over the past couple of decades (and more). Our habit now has become:
- have your pets up to date vaccination record handy if asked - the big deal is rabies - we have been asked if the paperwork was available but never had to produce it.
- be prepared for the questions "anything you will be leaving" - "where are you going" - "how long will you be visiting" - "where were you born" .....
- don't cross with perishables - the rules change a lot - but ironically - there are grocery stores on the other side of the border - stock up after you cross - this is the most rigid rule we have for ourselves .....
- don't sweat it if you are asked to pull over and someone goes through the trailer - it has happened to us not lots but not uncommon either - always a cursory search - often as much interested in the trailer over anything else - has happened less in recent years than the years immediately following 9/11.
- you will likely be fine if you are bringing in modest amounts of anything for yourself (alcohol, tobacco) - but declare whatever you are asked.

For Americans crossing into Canada there are three really big deals:
- do not have a past criminal record that is not cleared - a youthful DUI can prevent you from entering.
- guns laws are a lot more rigid than you may be used to - best to leave them at home.
- make sure you have a passport - you will need that to get home ....

Thinks that is about it - crossing the border is not a big deal - they are after bad guys - and if you aren't one of them you will be fine.


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you might need special auto insurance id cards in canada.
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As pp's have stated, documents for the dog and buy your dog food in Canada.

Absolutely no hand guns, period. Long guns are fine, but not for personal defence; also have the paper work for the gun, which you can download from the CBSA website, BEFORE you get to the border.

Buy your groceries AFTER you cross the border as the exchange rate will give you a bonus and you'll have no hassles at the border. Great Canadian Superstore, Zehrs, Sobeys and Fortino's are top line grocery stores, followed by Metro, Fresh co, No Frills, ValueMart and Foodland which are still very clean and have great selection.

Above all, just remember to bring a sunny disposition, relax and leave your troubles at home.

On behalf of all Canadians, enjoy your stay.

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When it comes to border crossing get your information from the most reliable source. The Canadian border services agency.
http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/noncan-eng.html

And even if it seems obvious never lie to a border patrol agent, coming in Canada or returning home.
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"Leave you guns at home Son, don't take your guns to town Son". Canada is NOT firearm friendly like the US. Your Second Amendment rights end at the border.
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You can have bare arms here, just don't have a gun in your hand. Lol
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"Leave you guns at home Son, don't take your guns to town Son". Canada is NOT firearm friendly like the US. Your Second Amendment rights end at the border.
Misinformation isn't helpful. As mentioned earlier, long guns can be brought in with the proper paperwork, but it is your responsibility to ensure that you research the requirements. Go to the CBSA website that papa surf linked to in an earlier post for all the latest information on the do's and don'ts of crossing the border into Canada.

Enjoy your trip.
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We had to leave our eggs, frozen chicken, and pepper spray tubes at the border. All the border guards both ways were very friendly. Canada is a wonderful place to visit and worth any minor inconveniences you may encounter.
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This will be our first time for crossing the border from US into Canada and back, besides our passports, is there anything else we should be aware of needing or things we should do to prepare so we'll have an easier/quicker crossover? Also, we want to take our standard-size Goldendoodle along to Canada with us, so other than his immunization record, is there anything else we will need for him or would be handy for us to have or not have when border crossing?

Oh, how about fresh veggies -- seems I read some time ago that we can't take fresh produce from one country to the other, is that correct?
To amplify on some of the above replies and add our own experience on several trips to Canada with our Airstream,

For yourselves you will need current passports. I believe the full book-style passport is necessary, the card-style passport is only for air travel.

For your dog you will need rabies vaccination certificate and what is called a "Certificate of Veterinary Inspection" which you can get from your vet.

(Traveling with our three small dogs, we have always rolled up to Canadian Customs with a thick sheaf of papers ready to hand to the agent and have always gotten, "Welcome to Canada!' If you didn't have the thick sheaf of papers they would probably ask to see them. )

In theory you are supposed to have a certificate stating that your car insurance is valid in Canada. You can get that from your insurance agent. We have always gotten one, never needed it.

The last time we returned from Canada we were stopped by US authorities, trailer searched, my wife and I separately questioned to make sure our stories matched, and several of our statements were challenged. Since we were returning from a WBCCI caravan we weren't too worried, because we could provide witnesses as to our whereabouts for most of the time we were in Canada. We were eventually allowed to proceed.

However, on the basis of that experience, we decided that would be the last time we took the Airstream to Canada. Your mileage may vary.
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