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Old 11-06-2006, 02:19 PM   #15
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Sandi and I stayed at the Niagra Canada KOA on our way out to Yellowstone in Spetember. Nice place to spend a few nights for sure and the Canada side of Niagra was a riot. I had no idea of what to expect. We stayed for two night and three days on our way to Detroit and had lots of fun! The camp ground was close to town and once in town we walked everywhere. USe you debit card whenever you can and avoid currency exchange. On the smaller priced stuff they charged you the same wether USA or CAN.

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Old 11-06-2006, 02:22 PM   #16
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That's funny - well not really. I had a gun - very little problem - they held it but it was no real issue. My biggest problem was getting back into the US - not the gun - THE DOG was the big issue. Canadian side is MUCH MUCH better and has lots to do.

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Old 11-06-2006, 03:10 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by jcanavera
We ended up staying in a KOA on the American side. As it ended up this was the trip where the Canadian boarder folks decided that my wife, I, and my 10 year old son looked suspicious, when we crossed over for a day trip. They asked me to park my van, sit in a nearby area and then they proceeded to dump everything out, including my tool case, glove boxes etc. Bottom line we had to put everything back before we went on. I was glad I wasn't towing at the time. Who knows what shape the trailer would have been in.

It pretty much soured me from ever towing over the border.
Jack, I'm sure that it was a random event. Here's my story which I hope will make you feel better about towing over the border. My husband and I were traveling thru Niagara Falls with our Bambi and decided to stop and take a look at the falls. Well, we had heard that the view from the Canadian side was more spectacular so we towed the Bambi over the border for a total of four hours. On our way back, US customs asked us what was going on (apparently they had a record that we had just crossed over four hours ago) and I proceeded to tell them the truth -- that we were just passing thru and wanted to see the falls, and that we heard the view was better in Canada, blah, blah, blah. And guess what? They waved us through with nary a second glance.
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Old 11-06-2006, 03:11 PM   #18
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Canadian side

My Mom lived in the Falls for years. The American side, I hate to say, is pretty dumpy! Downtown Niagara Falls is now one big casino. Niagara-on-the Lake is quite nice, up towards Lewiston and on up to Lake Ontario. The Canadian side offers better views of the American Falls, the power plants, and the whirlpool and rapids.Take the ride over the whirlpool in the Spanish Aerocar(cable car) unless you're subject to queezyness!! While in New York, visit the Cave of the Winds(bottom of the American Falls), hike out to Goat Island, and just enjoy the scenery. Summer months are always jammed with tourists. I would seek out reservations early.
Having been raised in that area, that's where we always went on a cheap date. The American falls used to be pretty spectacular before the last big slide and rockfall back in the late 50's(if I remember correctly).
Enjoy Niagara and stay away from barrels!!!!
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Old 11-06-2006, 05:58 PM   #19
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Hi Sarah,
We also stayed at the Grand Island KOA. It's nice. We were there the pass spring. In the Finger Lakes westayed at the Watkins Glen/ Corning KOA. which is very nice. Reservations for Watkins Glen (800) 562 7430.
When you go into Canada take your Passports with you. Passports work better than Birth certificates when coming back into the States.
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Old 11-12-2006, 06:08 AM   #20
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It's been a couple of years since I was there last, but I had no trouble crossing the border in either direction. The Canadians wanted to see the vaccination certificate for the dog, the Americans were concerned with how much beer I was bringing home. No big inspection, no one even looked in the Airstream. The Grand Isle KOA doesn't rate really high (depending on what source you use) but it's clean and safe and convenient. FWIW, there is a Topp's supermarket a couple of miles down the road (back toward Buffalo) that has a pizza oven in the deli - they make a buffalo wing pizza that's out of this world.

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