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Old 06-08-2010, 01:16 PM   #15
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Very Important Re: Pets. We left US with our Pet Bird no problem! BUT had problem getting back in, US Wanted Medical Records Etc. and what Bird was eating. I think they were looking for fresh fruit. Almost didn't get back in.Was a Long procedure.
There were LOTS of people with there Dogs in line.
Terroist and illegals had an express lane at the crossing we were at and did not have to stop.
So Sleep Tight you are safe from Pets and Bad Fruit !
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Old 06-08-2010, 01:24 PM   #16
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Last summer crossing from Michigan into Onterio they went through the standard inquiries but also asked about firewood. I did not have any
"cut" firewood ( they did look see) but I did have some cabinet making scraps to use as firewood. These were not a problem. There is some insect issues ( here in the lower 48 also) that they are very careful to monitor. Just a heads up to NOT bring any firewood from your home woodshed. Never had any problems crossing either way and have done it many times both with a camper and without.

Have a good trip, enjoy your time in Canada
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Old 06-08-2010, 10:09 PM   #17
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Have the passport, have all the dogs papers, still deciding on beer. How much is it ($ US ) for a case in Ontario now? Last time I was up there I think it was about $40 a case (24-12oz). Any issues with fresh meat? Can't eat walleye for every meal ,so I'd like to take some prime midwestern steaks with.
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Old 06-09-2010, 10:02 AM   #18
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Have the passport, have all the dogs papers, still deciding on beer. How much is it ($ US ) for a case in Ontario now? Last time I was up there I think it was about $40 a case (24-12oz). Any issues with fresh meat? Can't eat walleye for every meal ,so I'd like to take some prime midwestern steaks with.
Canada Customs has an "Automated Import Reference System" that will tell you whether it's ok to import food, and how much you can import.

Here's the link:
Canadian Food Inspection Agency - Automated Import Reference System (Airs)

Although rather tedious to go through, (you have to identify what state your cut of meat comes from, and whether it has the bone in or is boneless, that sort of thing), it does give the most up-to-date information on the food you want to bring in. Go through the process, print out the results, and have them ready when you hit the border.

We have some nice steaks up in Canada too, available at many fine shopping establishments.

Enjoy your stay. Atikokan is some nice, remote country.
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Old 06-09-2010, 10:26 AM   #19
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Thanks, everyone, for you inputs. We're heading up to Bowron on 19 Aug to kayak for a week. Can't wait. The ony problem is (1 week)/(4 liters of wine) = Not Enough. The obvious anwer is sampling the local product, of course!

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Old 06-09-2010, 08:43 PM   #20
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Since the computer tells them where we are from and the passports confirm, they don't have to ask that anymore, but when we entered Alberta about 10 days ago, "where is your vehicle registered?" That threw me for a moment since I'm used to the same questions. Obviously it was to check if I were deranged, stole the truck and changed the photo on the passport.
Yes, they have all now been trained to add at least one new, different question to the mix for exactly the reason you demonstrated, to put you off guard and see how you react.

Keeps you awake, if there has been a long line at the border, though

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Thanks, everyone, for you inputs. We're heading up to Bowron on 19 Aug to kayak for a week. Can't wait. The ony problem is (1 week)/(4 liters of wine) = Not Enough. The obvious anwer is sampling the local product, of course!

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By Bowron do you mean this park? Looks like a beauty, despite that it's only 147,209 hectares.

Have a great time, the both of you! Looks like we will be staying close to the home base for at least the summer, since we are expecting our first grandchild late this fall.
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Old 06-10-2010, 12:35 AM   #21
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Leaving Skagway, we ran into a novice customs person who wanted to make sure she asked every possible question, and sometimes twice, as she said out loud "what else do I ask?" She wanted to know if we had a house perhaps thinking we were going to live in our Airstream in Canada. She ran our passports through the computer too as she made sure of something or another. I never knew an old guy driving a pretty new truck and trailer was such a danger to Canada; next time I will wear a hockey uniform with "Howe" or "99" on the back. When we re-entered Alaska today they took some of our fruit because we bought it in Canada. The fruit we find in Canada is generally better quality than we can buy in the US. Go figure.

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Old 06-10-2010, 04:05 PM   #22
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Old 06-10-2010, 07:46 PM   #23
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I forgot to mention, they told us we could go back to Canada, half a mile down the road, and eat the fruit. We couldn't eat it there! Otherwise, they give it to the birds. Does that attract other wildlife and make them fearless of humans? If so, that's just as dumb.

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Old 06-13-2010, 08:32 AM   #24
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I know the question pertains "into Canada." We purchased up to the 1.5L limit apiece and brought 4 bottles of nice Okanagan pinot gris back from Waterton last fall. U.S. customs didn't blink or inspect when I declared them. Might have helped we escaped camp ahead of 2 dozen Class B mohos of a German auto club headed for the border -- and they were queued up right behind us with the U.S. customs officer shaking his head.

We've heard stories about limits on food going into Canada but have never had a question about our full refrigerator or shelves. Bringing a quantity only for personal consumption is probably the important point.

Be careful not to appear as if any of your party is organizing or charging for guiding. They frown on out-of-country commercial trips -- and have a very skeptical approach if a pilot flies in "friends" while the latter split costs. Same issue applies if your destination is a private cabin. They'llprobably give you benefit of the doubt if family or cameraderie & friendship are at the core. It'll always help to have handy any brochures & proof of deposit at a resort. Politeness is important on a visitor's part. We've only been welcomed in that manner and it has always been a positive experience.

They will ask about guns and bear spray -- you won't get either in. Don't bring any cheeses or cured meats back to the U.S. from Canada -- that's the subject of a longstanding European trade embargo.
In regards to guns....handguns are a definite no! Long guns are OK, but there is a form that you can download from Canadian customs. Of course, no full auto, or assault rifles, it's hunting weapons only.
There is a fee of course.
I'll be able to post more in about a week, we're heading to Alaska, currently are in Rapid City, SD.
All of this info is available on the internet..
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Old 06-13-2010, 09:27 PM   #25
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In regards to guns....handguns are a definite no! Long guns are OK, but there is a form that you can download from Canadian customs. Of course, no full auto, or assault rifles, it's hunting weapons only.
There is a fee of course.
I'll be able to post more in about a week, we're heading to Alaska, currently are in Rapid City, SD.
All of this info is available on the internet..
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My experience - and that is all I can talk about on this subject, i have not looked up the rules or laws on this. In 1998, I crossed over at Rainbow Bridge at Niagra and had a semi-auto (as always, don't leave home without it) in the truck. I admitted to it to the Canadian border guard, the wife was with me and I did not want to get in legal trouble. Their response was "How long are you going to be in Canada and where are you crossing back over at?". I told them 48 hours for camping and we would return through the same entry point. They explained that if we were to cross at another location they would need at least 72 hours to ship the weapon to that crossing, maybe more if on the other side of the country.

Upon our return they handed the weapon over without any question or issue. Then the guard asked "Do you have your New York carry permit or home state CCW?" When i said no, it's not a requirement in Mississippi to have a permit to carry a weapon in a vehicle - she just looked at me and was in shock. Well, as luck would have it the NY side guard was a "jerk" to put it nicely and was intent on giving us folk from Mississippi a hard time but never ever did he ask about a weapon, if he had asked I would have admitted to it.
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Not only no guns but no ammo. If you have ever carried ammo in the truck or trailer make sure it is out.
There is a procedure to take specific firearms with you for specific purposes. There are restrictions on barrel length and cal. You need to know the procedure for the providence where you enter. It takes some planning and doing some paperwork ahead of time. It's available online. Then there is the return to the US. You may need proof of US purchase.

Without doing it legal it just isn't worth the anxiety.
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Old 06-21-2010, 10:59 AM   #27
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We just got back yesterday and it was a great trip. I fished some lakes I had not been in before and the Smallmouth were unbelievable. Crossing into Canada was a breeze ; no problems with groceries but I wish I had taken the weeks worth- it was certainly sticker shock at the store in Atikokan ( $3.69 for a can of soup, $ 3.79 for a 1/2 gallon of milk). Gas was $ 4.40 (US) per gallon. The Canadian hospitality was outstanding.

Getting back into the US was also easy. The customs people were very nice but I did give about a 10 minute tour of my trailer;wasn't really an inspection, one guy just really was interested in my trailer and I had great time showing him everything and answering his questions about it.
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