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Old 01-11-2007, 01:29 PM   #15
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Maybe a little out of the way, but near Geneseo New York is Letchworth State Park, with a huge gorge ( really huge) called the Grand Canyon of the east. Water falls and terrific views.
Yes! That is the other place I was trying to think of...we will make this part of our trip.
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Old 01-11-2007, 02:09 PM   #16
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We were just there this past August; yes you will need passports in '07 for Canada and Mexico. We stayed at the Canadian KOA and it was great. No big deal crossing into Canada with the AS, just keep all the way to the left when coming to the stop gates and look for the RV lanes. A few simple questions, show them passports and we were on our way. The views are much better on the Canadian side and we had lots of fun in town. A short drive from KOA to downtown parking. You will have a good time!
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Old 01-11-2007, 03:03 PM   #17
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As to border crossings, Page and I have our passports and that makes it much easier. We made a bunch of crossings this summer - from ND to Sask, then from BC to AK and YT to AK and finally AB to Montana. The only problem we had was the last crossing into Montana at Chief Mountain - where we lost to the gendarmes what was to have been a very savory tenderloin of good Alberta beef because of mad cows. I wasn't mad, but I remember being disappointed at whatever else it was that I had for dinner that night.

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Old 01-11-2007, 04:34 PM   #18
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Satellite dishes are embargoed to prevent Canadians from accessing "foreign" TV and depriving local stations of ad revenues... Apparently too many folks smuggled receivers and dishes across the border, and used PO boxes in NY to handle billing, as way to access illegal American TV... Who Knew??
On our last trip up north we didn't have our satellite with us. Do you mean that you absolutely can't take one across the border or that you just can't sell it up there?

Oh yeah, my wife didn't like KOA cause she felt they couldn't spell. Then we used a few going cross country and now she has changed her mind. We use them every time we travel long distances. They are really handy and always neat and clean. They always have drive throughs too. As for a destination, well, they aren't usually where we want to spend time.
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Old 01-13-2007, 08:30 AM   #19
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You asked about an amusement park in your posting - right next door to the Niagra Falls KOA is Martin's Fantasy Island park - they even have their own entrance from the KOA to the park. Perhaps that is the one you remembered.

Martin's Fantasy Island - Western New York's Most Affordable and Fun Theme Park!

The KOA is alright as far as KOA's go - if you read the reviews on the web, some love it, others hate it. They do have a variety of sites, some are in an open field, some are wooded and some of their pull thru sites are paved. As a base of operations for visiting the falls area it worked out just fine for us.
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Old 01-13-2007, 10:42 AM   #20
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We went to the falls 2 years ago and stayed at the US side KOA. YUCK! Campground was dirty, our reservations were messed up and the water hookup leaked. Even though we asked them to fix it every day they did nothing about it. Would not go back.

When we camp locally we always go to state parks and national forest campgrounds. It's only when we travel afar we stay at KOA's. We have been to some really nice ones like Bar Harbor ME., Gettysburg PA.
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Old 01-13-2007, 06:26 PM   #21
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Thanks for the link AZ.

Will passport be required for children?

I am assuming it will be easier to camp on US side and do day trips to the Canadian side with just the truck?
Any recomendation on campgrounds in the area or along the way?

Thanks for reminding me about S&W, they are always riding shotgun (pun intended)! I will make sure they stay behind for this one.

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Along with some other reasons, this would be a reason for me to stay on the US side, and day-trip into Canada.
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Old 01-22-2007, 02:41 PM   #22
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Also need recommendations
on stop over near Howe Caverns. They suggested the following;

Locust Park 868-9927 (Central Bridge)
Hi-View 294-8951 (Richmondville)
Twin Oaks 827-5641 (Middleburgh)
Max V Shaul 827-4711 (Middleburgh)
Country Roads 827-6397 (Gilboa)
Nickerson Pk 607-588-7327 (Gilboa)
Waterfalls 827-5794 (Gilboa

Anyone ever stay at any of these?
Other suggestion close to Howe Caverns?

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Old 01-22-2007, 04:17 PM   #23
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All the details are listed here. The best thing to do is not have my wife with you ! One wrong word at the border can change your life. I will not give the details of my upclose and personal visit with the US Customs at Niagara Fall, NY. Ask me around the campfire sometime, you will get a laugh out of it...
Why would you blame Mrs. Azflycaster? Your the crazy one.
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Old 02-13-2007, 11:29 AM   #24
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Maybe a little out of the way, but near Geneseo New York is Letchworth State Park, with a huge gorge ( really huge) called the Grand Canyon of the east. Water falls and terrific views.
Hi Alan, we are starting to put together the details of our trip and want to spend a few days at LWSP, do you-or anyone have any details about Letchworth SP?
Do they have hookups?
Can you recommend site numbers/areas that are nice?
Do they take reservations?

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Letchworth SP

Letchworth is one of our favorite spots for a night or two stopover on the way to points west. The park is very narrow strip running along the Genesee river gorge for about 15 miles. Lots of hiking opportunities. The lodge and falls are toward the southern end. You'll feel like you've traveled back in time, to the 40's say. It's enchanting. You might want to have dinner at the Inn one night, the food is pretty good.
Campground is toward the northern end. They have large, shady electrical sites, and potable water and a dump station are available. They are closed during the winter and early spring, but reservations for May thru Oct can be made through ReserveAmerica.
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We stayed at Shalimar Lake on the Canadian side. Acutally stayed there twice in August and September of 06. Had fun meeting Canadians who actually put us on to a good campground in Toronto and invited us to their home for dinner. Don't miss Niagara-on-the-Lake and the wineries!
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Old 02-17-2007, 04:43 PM   #27
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If you are looking to camp on the Canadian side and want a little more of an upscale place to park your Airstream then check out:

Fifty Point Conservation Area

The park is about 40 minutes from the Falls - but if you are looking for a decent family camping experience you will not regret the distance - reservations are pretty much mandatory. We have in-laws and out-laws throughout the Niagara - Toronto area and always use Fifty Point as our base-of-operations.

As for having your Airstream -disassembled when crossing the border - we cross a number of times each year - can testify to the fact that getting into the States is more onerous than getting into Canada - but regardless - we have never ever had anything more than a minor inconvenience - but - we've learned to cross without perishables in the fridge - meat, vegetables, fruit - unless you want to consider them expendable .....

Have a great visit.


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Old 02-17-2007, 08:03 PM   #28
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Letchworth SP Advice

Looks like we will probably stay at the KOA while at the Falls area and then head to Letchworth for a few days.
How long a drive from Niagara to LW?

Any specific sites to stay at LW?
We have heard the 100 loop is better than some of the other loops?
We have a 6 yr old and will have the dog.

Thanx for all the advice,

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