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Old 05-31-2012, 08:30 PM   #1
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Off to Canada

We have decided to take our good friends' invitation seriously and plan to leave for Canada in mid-August. Our thoughts are to take it easy with four- or five days to travel from here in Virginia to Kingston, Ontario.

We are pretty open on the rest of the trip. Montreal and Quebec are attractive. Perhaps Acadia State Park in Maine. Then we'll roll back to a planned week under the trees in Virginia.

Any thoughts about travel to Ontario, sights to see and routing would be welcome.

Thanks.
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If you have never been to the MOTHERSHIP, this would be a good opportunity to visit.

Courtyard Virginia Beach Norfolk to Kingston, ON, Canada - Google Maps

That would get you away from some of the traffic on the eastern seaboard and allow you relax and visit some of the many interesting points along the way.

As always, when traveling, allow yourself lots of time to be able to enjoy those spots located between your destinations.

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We have decided to take our good friends' invitation seriously and plan to leave for Canada in mid-August. Our thoughts are to take it easy with four- or five days to travel from here in Virginia to Kingston, Ontario.

We are pretty open on the rest of the trip. Montreal and Quebec are attractive. Perhaps Acadia State Park in Maine. Then we'll roll back to a planned week under the trees in Virginia.

Any thoughts about travel to Ontario, sights to see and routing would be welcome.

Thanks.
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Old 06-01-2012, 01:47 PM   #3
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You could check the schedule at Fort Henry to determine if you will be there for the ceremony of TATOO. It's an impressive show of the Fort Henry Pipes and Drums, a jet fly over and roll, the McCloud Dancers, the, Royal Hamilton Light Infanty Regiment known as The Rileys, and other invited military performers.

You could camp at Rideau Acres Cammpground 1014 Cunningham Rd, Kingston, ON KOH 1A0, Canada and takde a day trip on the Gananoque Boat Lines Ltd, 6 Water Street, Gananoque, ON K7G 2B9, Canada. This is a cruise of the Thousand Islands on the St. Lawrence River. You will see homes of the rich and famous on both Canadian and American Islands, Boldt Castle.

You could go on to Ottawa and stay at Ottawa Municipal Campground 411 Corkstown Rd, Ottawa, On. Tour the Center Parliament building in the morning, eat at the Chateau Laurier Hotel for a fabulous buffet.

Just a couple suggestions above. You are going to enjoy the beautiful Ontario. Pat
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Whether you cross in Buffalo or Detroit I would not hit the border during rush hour. The wait can be long...especially in Detroit.
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Old 06-01-2012, 03:54 PM   #5
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We liked the Alouette Campground www.campingalouette.com. south of Montreal. They have bus transportation to downtown Montreal for a nominal fee, also was a good location to drive to the Metro for subway transportation into the city. A nice campground with 150 large pull through sites and working wi-fi.
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Old 06-01-2012, 04:37 PM   #6
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Check the websites for each country for border crossing info. The Canadians are generally friendly, the US side is not. The US border guards do not know how to say things like "hello", "how are you?" or "welcome home". I guess they treat citizens of other countries even worse. When we crossed back in the US several times 2 years ago, they were very, very concerned about fruit. The rummage through your food and who knows what else because they won't allow you to see what they are doing. The regs are confusing. No hand guns in Canada. Dogs have to have rabies documentation. Passports are necessary.

Ottawa is a very nice city. Toronto is big and busy, but also an attractive city. In Quebec, be ready for very few signs in English (unlike the rest of the world; even Saddam Hussein's Iraq had bilingual signs) and if you do not have some knowledge of French, prepare to be confused, especially in small towns. The people there were very friendly last time we were there as in all of Canada. Quebec City is fascinating. A drive around Lakes Huron and Superior is long, but nice, and remote. It is a very big country. How long do you have? Lots and lots to see.

Remember, everything is metric. Speed limit of 100 kph is 62 mph.

The Canadian dollar is dropping in value compared to the US dollar. $1 US = $1.04 C today.

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Old 06-01-2012, 06:56 PM   #7
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Assuming you are heading east from Kingston then back around to Maine then these are some areas you may want to think about:

1000 Islands Parkway:
VISIT THE 1000 ISLANDS

Quebec City:
Official Web Site - Québec City Tourism

Gaspe Peninsula:
Gaspe Peninsula travel : Info Gaspesie (Quebec, Canada)

Prince Edward Island:
Tourism Prince Edward Island (PEI) - Canada - Official Guide

Nova Scotia:
Travel to Nova Scotia | Canada#

Ferry: Yarmouth NS to Maine:
Ferries between Maine and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

Eastern Canada and the Maritime Provinces are a great trip - lots of culture, lots to see, lots to eat ...... just plain lots to enjoy - have a great trip.



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Old 06-01-2012, 08:26 PM   #8
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Check the websites for each country for border crossing info. The Canadians are generally friendly, the US side is not.
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Hi Gene,

As someone who has crossed the border hundreds of times I've found that 95% of the time the border guards are very polite and respectful (often friendly), and the times they aren't would be evenly split between the two nationalities. I've had a few bad experiences in both directions, but they're few and far between. My wife is American, and we're only a hour from the border so we cross frequently for shopping and visiting family, sometimes several times a month.

If you're crossing the border in the Niagara region call 1-800-715-6722 before deciding where to cross. There are three places to cross (plus the Whirlpool Bridge if you have a Nexus card). All four crossings are suitable for RVs, although the Rainbow and Whirlpool Bridges involve driving on city streets on both sides of the border. The Rainbow Bridge crossing does give you a great view of the falls from the bridge. The Queenston-Lewiston crossing is often the busiest, especially on weekends.
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We have crossed the border many times, some with a travel trailer some without. Have never had a "problem" at any crossing. Last summer we went north with our airstream. Crossing into Canada from NY was without effort and coming back from New Brunswick into Maine at Calais was interesting. This was the first time we had them ask to check our trailer and when they came out they had 2 lemons from our refrigerator. Can't bring citrus fruit from Canada to the USA. Go figure. Ironically the lemons had made the trip from New Jersey with us but they didn't care. We had other veggies, meats and dairy both from US and Canada but all they cared about was the citrus. Anyhow, I still say we've never had a problem crossing the border. Also, pepper sprays / mace is also a NO NO along with firearms as mentioned earlier. Go for it and have a great trip.
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Old 06-02-2012, 10:17 AM   #10
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Trip to Canada

For all, thanks for the comments so far. This is great stuff!

This will be the longest trip we will have taken since we bought the Airstream two years ago. With some pre-planning we're looking forward to a great trip.

This weekend I'll begin detailed route planning. When I have a draft I put it up for further comment.
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Old 07-15-2012, 06:33 PM   #11
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CORRECTION - Whirlpool Bridge

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All four crossings are suitable for RVs, although the Rainbow and Whirlpool Bridges involve driving on city streets on both sides of the border.
CORRECTION: Sorry, I was mistaken about crossing the Whirlpool Bridge with an RV. On a recent trip (without the trailer) I noticed that RVs and trailers are not permitted on the Whirlpool Bridge. Also keep in mind, as mentioned above, the Whirlpool Bridge is only open to those with a NEXUS card.
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Some Canadian provinces and territories do not allow radar detectors. I have been told if they see them in Ontario, they take them.

You can check for other jurisdictions in AAA, CAA and other sources for where they are banned.

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We just came back from spending 2 nights at this campground... it is our favourite when we visit Ottawa to see our grands...
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Some Canadian provinces and territories do not allow radar detectors. I have been told if they see them in Ontario, they take them.

You can check for other jurisdictions in AAA, CAA and other sources for where they are banned.

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My wife's cousin had a radar detector confiscated in Ontario several years ago. The officer had a radar detector detector.
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