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Old 07-19-2004, 05:06 PM   #1
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Question Crossing Canadian Border

We are planning a trip to Canada, any tips for crossing the border with our Airstream?
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Old 07-19-2004, 05:07 PM   #2
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Yes, hope you aren't the trailer that they decide to search....

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Birth certificates, pet vacination papers, no camp fire wood (if you are crossing from MI), no eggs, no guns.

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Old 07-19-2004, 05:23 PM   #4
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Meat's a problem too. Buy what you need when you get there. The borders are closed both ways to most meat products including chicken from Texas (I wonder if it's a poke at W...).

Where are you going up there?
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Hello Welcome to Canada

You should have no problems crossing the border..have all the info that John stated and you will be ok.. have crossed with our Airstream into the US last summer .. no problem going your way and it should be the same coming this way.. Whether US or Canada... only answer the questions asked...Don't volunteer any other info.. they are not interested.. and sometimes will try to trip you up on the questions so pay attention to questions asked.. We have crossed many many times as my Husband Happy in a US citizen.. we crossed 2 days after 9/11 and that was scary at both border checks. . ok now.. Annie
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Old 07-19-2004, 05:56 PM   #6
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I will try to remember to remain silent. I know I have the right, just not the ability sometimes. When a guy parked his car half out on a Michigan street (blocking me) and I yelled at him to back up and try again, my wife was sure I was about to be "road raged"
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Just don't do what I did.

Once when I was returning from US (Idaho) back into Canada (British Columbia), I pulled up to the booth and nobody was inside. The gate was up and there wasn't a soul to be seen anywhere. I waited for several minutes and then did what any respectable red-neck Canadian would do. I put the petal to the metal.

Well, wouldn't you know it, the attendant came out of the washroom and ran to hit the gate button. I slammed my brakes on and stopped within inches of having the gate hit my windshield. After the attendant went up one side of me and then down the other, I returned to my country with my Canadian flag between my legs (metaphorically speaking)

And that was before 9-11. I think now they would just shoot and ask questions later.

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Chicago to Canada to Rochester, NY in late May

I will be following this thread because we are going to my son, Joe's graduation next May.. 11 years of college and he has a Master's degree.. if he just makes it till May! he has a HORRID fall and winter lined up.. teaching deaf ed and history to 300 college freshmen and sophomores, in 3 classes.

We'll be leaving from near Chicago, 90 miles west, and Joe says that the prettiest route is a little jaunt BY Niagara and THROUGH a bit of the Canadian border. I haven't even mapped routes yet.

I am SO EXCITED that his school journey is ALMOST over,, he's had a LOT of bad breaks and I'VE had a dejected guy living in my house off and on for FAR too long!

Wish us luck!
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I think getting the "search" treatment has more to do with numbers rather than how you look. I've crossed a few times on our Harley, black leather and all and never spent more than 20 seconds there. "where were you? anything to declare?" and p-tato-ptato away I went.

I'm told that THE worst thing you can do, is get caught lying to them. If you do (get caught), they'll rip your rig apart, I don't care if you're gramma and grampa jones. Don't volunteer anything. Just hope they don't ask! e.g. We always bring our own hooch to CA (worst bartenders...ANYWHERE). We're usually over the limit but we just hope they don't ask how much booze we have (they've never asked us). But if they do, be honest and pay the duty.

Also, never tell them you're going there (canada) to work. I have guitar-playing friends who combine vacation to canada with a few gigs to pay for beer and gas. Some have learned to just say you're there for pleasure. Actually, this works well no matter what country you're going to visit. Some of my Norwegian biz associates warned me before I went there (to norway) to just tell them you're there on "holiday". Though when I got there, there were 2 gates. One was for if you had something to declare, one was for if you didn't and was completely unattended. Guess which gate I chose?<G>.

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A friend of mine went with his trailer a few years ago to Canada....Banff, Calgary, etc.
They saw the Texas plates and pulled him to be searched.
They asked repeatedly where the guns were. They said several times, "All Texas people have guns, so where are they?"
After nearly 2 hours, and emptying every drawer and cubby hole in the trailer, and the pickup and covered bed, and not finding any guns, they let them go.
Maybe sometimes it is how you look....or what plates are on your truck.
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You are doing it wrong for the way back. Have to have a few pounds of Fat Back and a touque on the dash.

When they ask you tell them Got some fat back eh....reminds me of home ,ya want it eh?

Just think bob and Doug McKense and say "Eh" after every other sentance and they will thing your a canadian and let you go... eh.


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...We'll be leaving from near Chicago, 90 miles west, and Joe says that the prettiest route is a little jaunt BY Niagara and THROUGH a bit of the Canadian border.
We visited the Canadian side of Niagara Falls in the Spring with the Airstream. The most memorable question I was posed by U.S. Customs was: "What do you do with the Airstream?"

I looked the custom's agent in the eye, never cracked a smile, and replied, "We camp in it," and that was all I said. He nodded and waved us through.
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We came through a pair of times on the way to/from the International Rally this year. No trouble, but I was surprised to be asked for ID going into Canada. Used to be they only asked on the way into the US.

If traveling with kids, be sure to have their birth certificates or a letter from their parents saying it's OK for you to take them into Canada.

Biggest problem we've ever had with the Airstream was the border guard at Buffalo who didn't know what an Airstream was. He had to take a look inside before he figure it out!
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A friend of mine went with his trailer a few years ago to Canada....Banff, Calgary, etc.
They saw the Texas plates and pulled him to be searched.
They asked repeatedly where the guns were. They said several times, "All Texas people have guns, so where are they?"
After nearly 2 hours, and emptying every drawer and cubby hole in the trailer, and the pickup and covered bed, and not finding any guns, they let them go.
Maybe sometimes it is how you look....or what plates are on your truck.
Same thing happened to my wife and I. All we had was a rented compact with a Michigan license and our two bags. They asked where we were from. I said "Texas". Next question was "How many guns do you own?" I allowed as to the fact that I had some. "Where are they?" "At home". "Pull over in the shed and open the trunk".

They searched our bags and even checked under the seats and looked under the car with flashlights. After about 30 minutes, we were free to go.

Left me with a distaste for ever going back to Canada.
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