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Old 06-20-2017, 08:48 AM   #1
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Crossing into canada

We've been to Canada lots of times but never with a rv. Just looking for any tips on doing so. We will have our toy hauler with our motorcycle in it to visit friends in Michigan. Going through Canada is much shorter for us. Thanks
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We've been back and forth across the border, with/without RV, motorcycle etc over the years.

Just have copies of all vehicle registration, insurance, etc. available in case they ask. I made photo copies of paperwork for RV, tow vehicle, trailer, motorcycle and put them on one 8"x12" piece of paper. Makes things easier for border staff, but have the originals if needed beyond that.

More questions? Just ask.
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You'll need a passport or NEXUS card:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g...he.Border.html
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If there are dogs (and probably cats too???), make sure to have a Rabies vac paper for all......
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Make sure you friends Smith and Wesson don't ride their Colt across the 49th... They'll get held up and put out to pasture.. And I doubt that you'll be making the trip much further north...
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Make sure you friends Smith and Wesson don't ride their Colt across the 49th... They'll get held up and put out to pasture.. And I doubt that you'll be making the trip much further north...
Yep.....leave them at home for this trip.
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Weird!!! Came into Canada today via 93 into BC from Montana.
Had all paperwork ready to go, doggie papers, veh papers, and proper firearm declaration.
Got asked about 7 questions, went inside and paid 25 buck fee, and was out in no time at all, maybe 15 minutes total.
The only document I was asked for was a passport.
Guess it's just when or where you cross and the border personnel you deal with.
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Old 06-27-2017, 11:23 PM   #8
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Weird!!! Came into Canada today via 93 into BC from Montana.
Had all paperwork ready to go, doggie papers, veh papers, and proper firearm declaration.
Got asked about 7 questions, went inside and paid 25 buck fee, and was out in no time at all, maybe 15 minutes total.
The only document I was asked for was a passport.
Guess it's just when or where you cross and the border personnel you deal with.
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And maybe what/who you look like!
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Weird!!! Came into Canada today via 93 into BC from Montana.

Had all paperwork ready to go, doggie papers, veh papers, and proper firearm declaration.

Got asked about 7 questions, went inside and paid 25 buck fee, and was out in no time at all, maybe 15 minutes total.

The only document I was asked for was a passport.

Guess it's just when or where you cross and the border personnel you deal with.

Grumpy


What was fee for ?
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What was fee for ?


Maybe something to do with his firearm.
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Weird!!! Came into Canada today via 93 into BC from Montana.
Had all paperwork ready to go, doggie papers, veh papers, and proper firearm declaration.
Got asked about 7 questions, went inside and paid 25 buck fee, and was out in no time at all, maybe 15 minutes total.
The only document I was asked for was a passport.
Guess it's just when or where you cross and the border personnel you deal with.
Grumpy
I think you nailed it with :Guess it's just when or where you cross and the border personnel you deal with.

I would be surprised if someone had the same experience coming from/to Detroit/Windsor or NY State/Ontario
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No thanks.

My sisters son-in-law and 5 of his buddies booked a fishing trip up in Canada last year...about $10,000 in total cost. Got to border...were asked tons of questions...one was about arrest's...one gentleman told agent he'd had a misdemeanor DUI in 1987...and all 6 were denied entry. Fishing company refused to refund money....No Thanks...I'll stay here.
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I would say it's how you present yourself, how you respond to their questions that has an effect on THEIR response back at you.
We're two seniors, two small dogs. Questions were about cash over 10 grand (no), alcohol (beer and wine), selling or leaving anything in Canada (no), purpose for visit (enroute to Alaska), length of stay (2-3 weeks), and any illegal/prohibited firearms (handguns, magazines, auto weapons) (no).
Carrying a legal pump shotgun and had proper paperwork filled out, in triplicate. Presented it to customs person, was charged a 25 buck fee for temp license/permit (good for 60 days) and was on my way. They never asked to see any other paperwork/documents other than our passports. Never entered our Lexi, asked about our dogs, food, and never checked firearm.
Our traveling friends, in their class a, right behind us, went through the exact same procedure, questions, ect.
We answered all their questions with short, direct answers, most were yes/no responses.
But who knows.....the next rig behind us may have had to go thru a complete "strip search".
It's up to them.
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Crossing into Canada and back to USA

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We've been to Canada lots of times but never with a rv. Just looking for any tips on doing so. We will have our toy hauler with our motorcycle in it to visit friends in Michigan. Going through Canada is much shorter for us. Thanks
Check your rig for prohibited items. Coming back from P.E.I the US customs confiscated two Canadian bell peppers from the fridge. We try to have only canned and purchased items in the store packaging per the advice given. Buy anything else after border crossing. Have all paper work ready. Remove your sunglasses. If your TV has tinted windows roll front AND back down to give a clear view into vehicle. Answer directly and look the agent directly in the eye. Do not try to answer any question directed at a passenger. Don't try to be funny, they have no sense of humor. Follow all instructions without delay. They have a job to do and are well trained. They have seen it all and will be professional. They appreciate it if your are prepared when asked to pull up for the interview. Fumbling around and causing a delay can get you sent for a more through inspection. They usually end with "Enjoy your stay in Canada"
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From what I've read, an arrest for a misdemeanor without proof on your possession that you were not convicted may be grounds for being barred entry into Canada.

With the epidemic of bell pepper overdoses in the USA, I can see why Canadian bell peppers were confiscated at the US Border.
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From what I've read, an arrest for a misdemeanor without proof on your possession that you were not convicted may be grounds for being barred entry into Canada.

Yeah. It been to Canada several times and was never asked about misdemeanor convictions... but have read on Canada's website that you cannot enter if you have any.

My impression of Canada goes down more and more as time goes on.

I guess lying is the best approach!
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From what I've read, an arrest for a misdemeanor without proof on your possession that you were not convicted may be grounds for being barred entry into Canada.

With the epidemic of bell pepper overdoses in the USA, I can see why Canadian bell peppers were confiscated at the US Border.

Good one .
No fresh produce, vegetables, fruit, meat and meat products unless store bought sealed at an approved facility and unopened. The same rules apply both ways. You can't even bring an apple grown in Washington state that was bought in Canada back into the US either.
We prefer the small crossings, no wait times and much more relaxed atmosphere.
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Yeah. It been to Canada several times and was never asked about misdemeanor convictions... but have read on Canada's website that you cannot enter if you have any.

My impression of Canada goes down more and more as time goes on.

I guess lying is the best approach!


It's the same for us going the other way across the border and getting worse.
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Canadian border asked us four or five questions then told me to try to follow the road signs while in Canada, said I was supposed to stop at the light and turn off engine. I didn't see the light. We got to the US side and border patrol came out and said I was to tall and to back up, I ran over two of there cones, the sign said rv, I didn't see how tall
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My impression of Canada goes down more and more as time goes on.

I guess lying is the best approach!
I think that you will find similar restrictions in place for non US citizens wanting to enter the US. No government, of any nation, wants to allow people with a criminal background in to their country. The border agents are simply enforcing this welcome policy on both sides of the border.

As for those who feel their rights are being impeded because they are not allowed to bring their handguns or other restricted weapons in to Canada, look at it from another perspective. Here in Canada we are fortunate enough to live in a society in which we feel that we can move around without the need to carry a firearms to defend ourselves. The violent crime rate here is significantly lower than in the US. As a Canadian citizen I certainly feel more vulnerable being in the US where it is known that I am not permitted to carry a firearm. That certainly paints a target on my back for those looking to commit a crime where they know for sure that I do not have the means to protect myself, my family or my property.
For those who are bringing their long guns legally in to Canada for hunting or sporting purposes, there are no problems just so long as the correct documentation is done in advance and correctly declared - with the appropriate admin fees of course. Again, similar restrictions apply to Canadians entering the US for legitimate purposes.
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