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Old 01-16-2004, 12:10 PM   #1
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Cabin Fever BC or Bust

In the depths of winter the walls are becoming too real for my tastes. My mind has began to roam to the Great White North.
A trip is what I need, and let the journey begin.
I have tried to find information on the web concerning trailering in Canada, BC in particular.
I will bow to my fellows of the road and their wisdom and ask for any information or sources of info on Canadian travel.
Somes questions would be: Dogs, Fishing, Insurance, Places of interest, Boarder crossing, and any other important things I need to make a safe trip.
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Old 01-16-2004, 03:50 PM   #2
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It's all here.
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I'd hesitate to buck Maurice on the definition of "all" but there's "supplemental" info here.
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I've always wondered how hard it was to take an RV through to Canada. Although we have been there many times by car, I've always been nervous at the border crossing because the rumor is (as I've been told anyway) that if they are suspicious of you they have the right to take your entire car apart, piece by piece, and then leave the heap of parts for you to put back together! What if they wanted to do that to my Airstream?

We have the cabin fever too, but I think we might head for Eastern Oregon and see what the high desert looks like in winter.
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Old 01-16-2004, 10:34 PM   #6
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O.K. guys -as a transplanted Canuk , I need to chime in!
Firstly- Canadians LOVE to be visited !Especially if you're pulling some vintage tin, and spending dollars that will now only get you $1.25 worth of merchandise. Tourism ,especially in B.C. is big business, and trust me there is no better place to camp than in govenment campgrounds. B.C. delights in them in the most gorgeous places. I could go on for hours about them as I grew up going to them every summer. Don't expect hook-ups but do expect an experience in nature.
Generally you will find Canadian border officials very friendly and welcoming- but since 9-11 it takes longer and be sure to have lots of photo i.d. or a passport.
Travel on Vancouver Island is also recommended and you can find out about the ferries at www.BCFERRIES.com. Otherwise here's a wealth of other sites including the official B.C. Tourism site. Check B.C. out early as you are going to wanna back for the winter Olympics.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&i...=Google+Search
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I have heard that Canadian customs welcomes travelers that will be participating in the local economy. They get sensitive if you try to do all your business on the American side before entering Canada. Therefore you shouldn't look like you're carrying more than a day or two of food. But then again... our children participated in a local program to do river & lake country expeditions (northern Ontario and Nunavut) where they carried 3 1/2 weeks of backpack-type condensed meals not commercially available. The adult chaperones had to talk some fog and mirrors to get through customs.

Personal travel should be no problem. A Minnesota opthalmologist owned a lodge "up north" and carried various acquaintances and business contacts with him on his private plane if they'd share costs. It didn't take too long before Canada customs was limiting this access, saying he was engaged in a commercial guide business.

Plan your trip. At the border be able to briefly explain what ongoing supplies you will be purchasing in Canada. Explain what campgrounds you might be using and the fees associated with that. Know provincial fish and game laws if you'll be engaged in such activities. I know of some areas that you cannot fish at all unless you have a hired local guide with you. Know firearms laws if you are "packing." You will not be allowed to carry Mace and I think anti-bear pepper spray devices are restricted.

Who wouldn't want to immerse in another culture? Be a traveler, not a tourist -- you'll do fine!
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Generally you will find Canadian border officials very friendly and welcoming- but since 9-11 it takes longer and be sure to have lots of photo i.d. or a passport.

Not just photo id! As a person who crossed into Canada last fall at Windsor, and was forced through immigration, I can tell you about it now, and smile.
We were told we MUST have proof of American citizanship! Such as a birth certificate, or passport. We had neither with us. So. We had to pass through immigration!
They were kind about the cigarettes, all six cartons. I declared four of them, and was told we were only allowed one carton each..... but they let it slide mainly because they were an off brand and our travel plans were for six weeks!
Important to know if you travel with four footed critters..... have their innoculation records with you, and UP TO DATE! Do not attempt to bring back into the US any opened dog or cat food or certain types of bird food! The US customs people will seize seize opened bags or cans of food! Make sure any meat you bring back was purchased in US, with original, sealed wrappings. (I had some smoked neck bones for a soup I was making for thirty people at our poodle party in NH, not being sure I could get those special ingredients in NH, I took enough along for the pot of soup!) I had been forewarned about the dog food, so made sure I had unopened bags to come back in with.... feed a regional brand and didn't want to upset the dogs systems with unfamiliar food.... no fun to travel with two big poodles with upset tummies! Go, have fun, report back!

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Amazing, I'd never heard the one about the unopened food. I'd have to see if I could get away with a note from my vet to justify our dalmatian's expensive perscription diet (really, he needs it, I wouldn't pay over $2 a pound for it if he didn't!).

But I have to say, we have been to BC many times and the people there have always treated us fantastic. We've never had trouble at the border, but it's always scary to deal with government type and not know what to expect.

Last year we went to Victoria via the ferry from Port Angeles, and we got through the border very quickly. There were a couple big motorhomes on the ferry as well, and I watched with interest as they loaded them up and unloaded them. First on, first off.

Well, it's good to hear it's not a scary prospect to head up North. Like I said, we've been there many times, and I think it will be great fun to head up there with the trailer sometime.
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Ferries to Victoria

The ferry from Port Angeles,WA. and Victoria is operated by Black Ball line, an American company. It will cost you alot more money for your TT , but they're the only alternative unless you go from Twaassen, B.C.
The Black Ball vessel is OUT OF SERVICE until mid March .Here is their website link:
http://www.cohoferry.com/

The pet food situation is due to the 'mad cow' issue and the use of ground bonemeal and animal parts in them.
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Brrr....

Kind of cold and dreary going further north this time of year - how about Northern CA? Any suggestions for lovely locations in slightly warmer places?
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I guess we're headed south.
Need to get the sunglasses installed anyway.
Big Trees here we come.

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