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Old 01-03-2016, 09:59 AM   #29
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We cross the boarder multiple times a year. We find the staff to be friendly and have never had an issue. We travel with a dog and moving food across the boarder is really not a big issue unless you have food that has banned ingredients. If your food has an ingredient they don't like, don't bring it across and buy a new bag on the other side. Pet stores on both sides of the boarder have the same brands and one can confirm with a simple search of your food manufactures website if and where the food is available in a given country.
As a final comment on dog food - We often get asked if we have the original bag the food came in as we store our food in a plastic bucket in the trailer. We have learned to keep (an) original dog food bag that DOES NOT have any banned substances as part of its ingredients list. We keep it folded in the top of the plastic food bucket and it satisfies there requirement every time.

The bottom line is Canada is having a big sale these days with our exchange being about 40%. So take advantage of it and come on up for a visit...

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Old 01-03-2016, 10:19 AM   #30
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Last time we crossed back into the US, the US border guard said she wanted to look inside the Airstream, so I handed her the keys. My wife, who always has a hard time with the AS keys because she feels that they work backwards, said, "You better go open it for her." I said, "I'm sure she's opened enough trailers that she knows how to get in." Sure enough, after about 5 minutes of fiddling around with the keys, she came back and asked me if I would please let her in.
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The few times we've had our trailer inspected crossing the border I've always commented that the door lock is a bit tricky (which it is) and would they mind if I unlocked it for them. They've never said no.
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Old 01-03-2016, 10:33 AM   #31
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The last time we crossed over from the U.S. to Canada we had to leave our eggs. Guess it was the bird flu. My wife is Canadian and I am American. We new about fresh fruit, but the eggs were a surprise. Had just bought a dozen.
Funny, we bring eggs across the border a couple of dozen times a year and have never been asked about them. The only time we ever had them confiscated was crossing into the US at Campobello Island.

Last spring we asked about poultry products coming into Canada at Niagara Falls in anticipation of bringing frozen chickens back from Michigan the following week. The chickens are raised and processed by my in-laws on their family farm. The border guard said that there were only certain states that were a problem and were surprised when he remarked that unless the chicken was labelled as coming from one of those states it was okay.
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Old 01-03-2016, 11:21 AM   #32
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Crossing the border can be a headache or a breeze . It all depends on what you have inside your rv and the border guard . Prohibited groceries change all the time check with Canada border services just before crossing. I personally have never had any trouble at the border except losing some tomatoes and peppers . One border guard even asked to sign our sons arm cast ! (It was a great way for him to check inside our van without being unfriendly )
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Old 01-03-2016, 01:12 PM   #33
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[QUOTE=Arcticfox;1731129
As a final comment on dog food - We often get asked if we have the original bag the food came in as we store our food in a plastic bucket in the trailer. We have learned to keep (an) original dog food bag that DOES NOT have any banned substances as part of its ingredients list. We keep it folded in the top of the plastic food bucket and it satisfies there requirement every time.

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The current rules for dog food are if the food is made in the US or Canada its good to go BUT it must be in the original bag! and going into the USA the the original bag is not to have been OPENED! Have more than one friend who has had their dog food bag taken from them going into the US simple because the bag was open. Going into Canada its OK to have the bag open but it is suppose to be in the original bag.

Since the rules regarding dog foods have become somewhat more relaxed in recent years than in the past, to be actually asked about the dog food in my experience in the last couple of years is actually a long shoot .... but all it takes is that one time they do ask and they want you to play by the actual written laws.

Last year going in both directions there were no dog food issues but there was an issue with fresh eggs - may still be an issue haven't checked yet. The year before Basmati rice was the hot item.

Carrying fresh vegetables or fruit is always a bad idea going both ways. To avoid issues I just do not carry them in either direction - ever! Have many camping friends who will attest to never had any issues at the border ..... until the one time there was a tomato or apple incident!

As has been said everyone has bad days and Border staff are not an exception to that rule. Have meet a few bad day type folks, going in both directions. Having made dozens of trips across the line each year for the past 10 years with a trailer & I have only had the trailer opened up once! I know it was going to happen as soon as I pulled up to the booth. Before the border guard had even taken the passport from me, he said in a very stern voice "And where are you hoping I grant you the privilege to go in my country today?" While answering that question I started to removed the keys from the ignition & selected out the trailer key anticipating based on the tone of his voice & the phrasing of the question asked, what he was going ask for next. He did not disappoint me. He then scanned the passport and went back to the trailer opened the door, look into it & did not even go in, locked it back up and then handed me the keys & said have a nice trip! Not another single questions asked. Go figure. LOL

The big advantage they have at the border today is the computerized passport scanning system. They can read on the screen how many times you have been in and out of their country, as well as other countries, without any issues and can be trusted to return to your home country.

I traveled internationally for my work and I can name a number of counties where I had a far less pleasurable experience getting in or out of them, than I have ever faced getting in or out of the USA or Canada. In fact one time I was not so sure I was actually going to be let out of one country any time soon for reasons unknown/unexplained, without the help/pressure from the Canadian Embassy.

I sometimes think we do not appreciate just how well Canada & USA play together when it comes to easy border crossings even though we are in fact two very different countries with some big differences, especially when it comes to certain laws.

Sincerely hope that never changes.
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Old 01-03-2016, 01:23 PM   #34
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I had good and bad experiences - doesn't matter which country. I've found that the smaller the crossing, the more human the officials and that on these occasions it's possible to have a person-to-person conversation.

This summer, Denmark of all places was a shining example of officialdom running amok, coming back to Canada we got warmly welcomed - one of our passports wouldn't scan at the machine, a border guard saw we were struggling with three young kids, antsy after a 7 hour flight, and whisked us past the line and through a side booth where it took 30 seconds with a smile and a "welcome home" to have our passports inspected.
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Old 01-03-2016, 02:44 PM   #35
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A couple notes on taking a long gun(s) into/through Canada. Summer of 2014 I took them on our trip through Canada to Alaska. We crossed the border many times on that trip, never an issue. This past summer we spent 4+ months in the Atlantic provinces, did not take them. There are two forms, one from RCMP, the other from US Customs. You must stop at US Customs BEFORE you cross into Canada and declare those firearms and ammo. If you fail to stop at customs and the US form is not stamped, you are subject to having the firearms seized and a fine.
Also, when ask why you are taking them into Canada, the answer is wildlife protection or hunting. Do not say they are for personal protection. Pepper spray is also banned, bear spray ok.

Never any issue with dog food, in fact Jake got lots of biscuits at the crossings. Always ask how much money, guns, alcohol, firewood, and produce. Must say that went entering back into NS from Newfoundland, we found that NS does not like NL potatoes. Had to dump them before we entered the ferry staging area.
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Old 01-03-2016, 02:53 PM   #36
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The flip side of the crashing Cdn. $ - it's good for Canadian food processors. I have just sold some of my gourmet product to Madison, Wisc.

I love visiting America and Americans, but may have to put any future travel plans on hold.
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Old 01-03-2016, 04:15 PM   #37
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I'm telling all my American friends I see ...this is the year for them to travel .... Your currency is killing everyones .... Can$.....euro .....mex pesos and more .... Bad for US exporters and is probably really hurting US northern border towns as the Canadians aren't coming south like normal. Same with a lot of snowbirds not heading south.
We cross the can/us border and the mex/us twice a year for 11 years ......once heading south and once again heading north. This past Nov the us customs agent asked me 2 questions and then said have a great trip. Coming north we find the us always seems to want to look in the truck at Nogales .

I prefer small border crossings when possible, but it doesn't always work out.

The simple rule is don't bring any fruits and veges over the border....it's the easiest way. Do your grocery shopping when you get to the US or Can. 10 years ago us customs took all our expensive dog food away because of mad cow..... They told me if it was US made it would have been ok .... The last 6-7 years no one has said a word about Dog food and we alway carry it both ways. In 11 years the Canadian ,,,,US....and Mexico customs have never asked once for our dogs paperwork ( we always have it!).
When you get to the border... Take off your sunglasses and hat answer the questions without any smart remarks ....don't drive up over the line until your waved thru or green light (I did it once too with the US and they didn't like it!!) 99% of the time your gone in a few minutes. And NO PISTOLS into Canada!
Gas and alcohol are more expensive in canada but you'll find most everything else very reasonable...... Remember a $40 campsite fee is only going to be about $30us.....
Come see us ....ehhhh ......we love having you visit.
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Crossing into Canada from the United States, Iíve found, can be hit or miss. Iíve visited Canada nearly a couple dozen times and entered all but twice without incident. Both times I was detained were lengthy, inexplicable, and unpleasant enough to almost make me not want to ever return so I can empathize with ROBERTSUNRUS. On both occasions I was treated as though I was a criminal.

For the sake of disclosure, Iím a law enforcement officer whose appearance is neat and well groomed (i.e., clean shaven, military haircut, etc.) so itís unlikely I was profiled. I almost always travel with my duty weapon and when I journeyed into Canada I declared it at the border where they secured it and furnished me with a receipt. I retrieved the weapon when I returned to the United States (note that Iím reasonably certain that is no longer an option). I guess it just depends on the individual you encounter on any given day. I truly enjoy Canada and all it has to offer and in spite of a couple of bad experiences with the border officials, I will continue to visit for as long as I am welcome.

As far as Canada being ďsaferĒ because they have zero tolerance for handguns is a matter of semantics. While homicide rates are clearly much higher in the United States, I suggest you compare violent crime rates per 100,000 both in Canada and the United States . . . you might be surprised. An opinion is often just that Ė an opinion, but an informed opinion can be enlightening.
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While homicide rates are clearly much higher in the United States, I suggest you compare violent crime rates per 100,000 both in Canada and the United States . . . you might be surprised. An opinion is often just that Ė an opinion, but an informed opinion can be enlightening.
Violent crime rates in Canada are considerably lower, and falling, than in the US, see source and source.

This includes murder, assaults and rapes.

You were possibly thinking of property crimes.
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1. A passport is not only legit form of proof of citizenship/proof of identity but I figured that anyone who crossed the border frequently enough to use one of the others (like the Nexus card) would know about them.
Nexus cards are great for anyone crossing the border frequently! For a while we put off getting them because we thought the $50 fee times a family of six might not pay off over 5 years, but then learned that there's no fee for children under 18. We've saved many hours of waiting in line compared to what we used to experience before having the cards. Generally there's one or two quick questions and away we go, but it doesn't exempt you from random checks. We once got pulled over from the Nexus lane on a random check with the trailer, but even then the inspection was quite quick and the US border guard commented that it was just a formality and he wasn't really worried about us having something we shouldn't because we had Nexus cards.

It can speed the process when flying from one country to the other as well.
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I just checked out the latest pet food regulations, and from Canada going back into the US it's:

https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/det...od-from-canada
sealed unopened original package indicating Canada or US origin, no lamb, mutton, or goat (no lamb for people food either.)Beef, &c OK.

Going into Canada from the US it's:
Import Policies - Pet Food - Animals - Canadian Food Inspection Agency
sealed unopened original package. Canada doesn't seem to mind sheep or goat products. Not that I've ever seen goat-based dog food. 20 kg limit (That's a whole lot of dog food.)

I forgot to mention that if you bring more than $10,000 into the US or Canada you are supposed to declare it. Our answer when we get asked this once in a while is, "We wish!"

And sure, there can be a long border delay or an extra-conscientious border guard. But compared to what? Of course there are no long delays at airports, no rush hour on the Interstate highway, Amtrak runs on time, and nobody gets sick on a cruise ship. Right!?

Possibly a better way to travel: (Lake Louise in Banff NP)
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For both countries:

1. A passport is not only legit form of proof of citizenship/proof of identity but I figured that anyone who crossed the border frequently enough to use one of the others (like the Nexus card) would know about them.
Not having heard of the NEXUS card before, I googled it and found the following information about it and other trusted traveler programs:
Trusted Traveler Programs | U.S. Customs and Border Protection
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