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Old 08-06-2013, 02:23 PM   #15
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Hi, pretty much everything has been covered. Don't bring excessive amounts of money. No guns or pepper spray, but you can bring Bear Spray. On our Alaska trip we made seven border crossings. The questions are similar, but somewhat different at each stop. Only answer what you are asked. [and be nice]
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Old 08-06-2013, 03:01 PM   #16
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Holy smoke Andy - not to hijack this thread but that statement can't go unchallenged.
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Not only is Thunder Bay a great place to visit as part of a regional holiday - it is a great place to live as well.


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Fair enough and apologies - last time I was there was about five years ago and the downtown had more empty storefronts than looked healthy. We were having a coffee and got accosted a couple of times by drunks within the 20 minutes it took us to finish it.

Maybe that kind of tainted the experience - I take your word for it that things are on the up. I did like both the airport and the university. Oh, and nice people most everywhere.
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Old 08-06-2013, 04:12 PM   #17
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Fair enough and apologies - last time I was there was about five years ago and the downtown had more empty storefronts than looked healthy. We were having a coffee and got accosted a couple of times by drunks within the 20 minutes it took us to finish it.

Maybe that kind of tainted the experience - I take your word for it that things are on the up. I did like both the airport and the university. Oh, and nice people most everywhere.
No apology necessary - your experience serves to underscore the importance of first impressions and when that gets trashed it paints a damaging picture of the entire community. Unfortunately, like any larger urban centre, Thunder Bay does have its seedier locations and, by your description you may have been in one of them - thankfully - this is not the norm.


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... DO NOT BRING ANY FIREARMS IN TO OUR COUNTRY ...
Several years ago, a couple in our club making the summer trip to Alaska properly left their firearm at home. Arriving at the Canadian border crossing, they were able to answer the questions truthfully, but completely forgot about a box of shells visible on a shelf in their motorhome. They eventually were allowed to proceed after that prompted a lengthy and extensive search. If you own one, remember to leave all the accessories at home also. It might save you and your hosts a lot of time and make the crossing a cordial experience.
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Thank you all for your responses to my questions. I know for sure we will NOT be traveling with a firearm

Has anyone ever stayed at any of the local campgrounds near Thunder Bay? I'd love recommendations please.

We were interested in the Provincial Park by Kekabeka Falls, Chippewa Park, Happy Land or the Thunder Bay KOA. What are the best attractions for a short stay? Thanks again!
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Crossed a couple of days ago from Calais to St Stephens.
Do not bring firearms or booze! No firearms but a friend asked me to stop
In NH and get some scotch and Beefeaters for him. Sure no problem. Ha!
Reported I had 2 1.5 L bots of booze. Pulled over. They searched the TV and trailer? 1.5 hrs later they said we can't find the booze!!!! You dopes , it's in the
Cabinet right here. An extra 78 bucks. But still cheaper then if it had been bought in Canada. Whatever happened to free trade?
Gas works out to 5.20/gal mid grade. Guess that free health care isn't so free. While cruisingg across NB I was listening to a radio station. They were talking about the wait, from 1 to 2 yrs for a hip replacement!!! And if you move to a different province in the meantime the process starts all over again.
I'm throughly enjoying my stay at Bayside RV on PEI, Lenard is great and the accomodations for air streamers are wonderful. Just getting across the border sucked.
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Crossed a couple of days ago from Calais to St Stephens.
Do not bring firearms or booze! No firearms but a friend asked me to stop
In NH and get some scotch and Beefeaters for him. Sure no problem. Ha!
Reported I had 2 1.5 L bots of booze. Pulled over. They searched the TV and trailer? 1.5 hrs later they said we can't find the booze!!!! You dopes , it's in the
Cabinet right here. An extra 78 bucks. But still cheaper then if it had been bought in Canada. Whatever happened to free trade?
Gas works out to 5.20/gal mid grade. Guess that free health care isn't so free. While cruisingg across NB I was listening to a radio station. They were talking about the wait, from 1 to 2 yrs for a hip replacement!!! And if you move to a different province in the meantime the process starts all over again.
I'm throughly enjoying my stay at Bayside RV on PEI, Lenard is great and the accomodations for air streamers are wonderful. Just getting across the border sucked.
Paul
I don't think anyone was asking for political commentary, just camping recommendations.
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I have stayed at the KOA and it was ok but pricey. I drove past there a few weeks ago and noticed it was loaded, side by side, with big fivers. I will be staying at Happy Land in a few weeks only because it is on a direct root to where I have to go in Thunder Bay. My preference would be to stay at the Provincial Park, since they are normally really nice parks with a bit of green space between you and your neighbour. Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park, best bet. (Don't miss the Terry Fox monument) Jim
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We were interested in the Provincial Park by Kekabeka Falls, Chippewa Park, Happy Land or the Thunder Bay KOA. What are the best attractions for a short stay? Thanks again!
This is just personal preference, but given the choice we will almost always stay at a Provincial or State Park vs a private campground. You won't find full hookups, but the sites tend to be large and private, the showers clean and the rates more than reasonable.

You can book online here: https://reservations.ontarioparks.com/

Reservations are highly recommended, as Parks fill up quickly. We just booked a getaway for Canadian Thanksgiving and were lucky to get a spot in a Park on Lake Ontario.
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When we are in Thunder Bay we will use either Kakabeka Falls or the KOA - but both for different reasons.

If "camping" is a major part of our reason for being in the area then Kakabeka Falls is it - in fact - the family has started to develop a bit of a ritual by spending our Thanksgiving weekend at Kakabeka.

If Thunder Bay is simply a stop-over to visit family or do a bit of shopping then we will use the KOA - it is a bit closer to the city and the full hook-ups are a welcome treat - but in this situation we really don't spend a lot of time at the trailer. The KOA is good for kids - playground is central, the pool is well used and they often have organized activities. One drawback is its location - it is right beside a fairly significant hill on the Trans Canada - meaning that when a tractor-trailer descends the hill at 2AM using its jake brakes then you are gonna know it .....

Haven't stayed at Chippewa Park in a very long time - it had become underused and quite tired - but the city has spent a whack of money upgrading and redeveloping it and I understand it is greatly improved.

Never been into Happy Land - and have rarely seen trailers entering or leaving it - from the highway it looks more like a mobile home park.

Sleeping Giant - as already mentioned - is a great spot - if you are into hiking at all it has some great trails with lots of scenery - and a walk down the waterfront avenue in Silver Islet is like a walk back through time (unfortunately I hear the old store is closed this year). To go to Thunder Bay and not visit Sleeping Giant is to miss a lot - and don't forget a day trip to Ouimet Canyon (no camping).

Have a great trip.


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Enjoy your trip to Canada, as others have said you may find things a bit more difficult crossing back into the USA. I can't recommend Provincial Parks in Ontario highly enough. They lack the full hookups but for everything else they are excellent.
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We are not planning on bringing any firearms across the border. We may however like to bring a bottle of wine and some frozen fruit for smoothies. Any problems with these items?
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Please check here this should answer your questions
http://www.cbsa.gc.ca/travel-voyage/ifvc-rpvc-eng.html

Safe travels!
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