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Old 06-14-2012, 11:02 AM   #43
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I have just looked up what a litre of diesel is costing in Canada---$3.01/litre---at 3.875 litres to a gallon that makes fuel $11.66/gal. ---is this correct ???
Please, someone tell me I am miscalculating.
You might have the digits mixed up. I am currently in Edmonton and diesel is $1.13/liter at home in Prince George BC it was $1.30. This the likely the range in western Canada.
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Old 06-14-2012, 11:14 AM   #44
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Having crossed the border many times in the last 20+ years with RV's, race car haulers, hunting and fishing gear, I have adhered to these simple rules:
Yes sir / mam
No sir / mam
Thank you sir / mam

Having all of you paperwork in order is mandatory.

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Old 06-14-2012, 12:13 PM   #45
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What kind of paperwork did you have to fill in. I've never heard of it. We've crossed many times at Blaine both ways no problem. (touch wood) I've even imported vehicles through Blaine and I was really impressed how helpful and obliging both the US and Canadian Border Patrols where. The US BP sent me an email prior to my arrival giving information for what exit to take of I-5 directions to the parking area and to be careful and watch for southbound traffic when I used the crosswalk to come over to their office. I was in their office maybe three minutes got my export papers and was on my way.
I don't recall...it was around 7 years ago. Had to stand in line waiting for quite a while due to the arrests that were made. Maybe had to do with the new requirements for passports or ID or something. Or maybe they wanted me to fill in an import document...I didn't have anything to declare though.
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It's a 1.39 a liter in Vancouver that works out to 5.25 a gallon
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Old 06-15-2012, 08:32 PM   #47
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1. Beware of dog sleds crossing roads in front of you. It's our mode of travel here.
2. We all live in igloos so try not to let your generators run too long.
3. Travel in groups and learn the phrase "circle the RV's" for safety.
4. We trade furs for shiny things.
5. Speak slowly as we don't speak American.
6. Bring plenty of flint if you want a campfire.
7. Do you know how to portage your RV?
8. Beware, the bears run rampant up here.
9. Learn to use the phrase "EH? often as it will endear you to us.

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1. Beware of dog sleds crossing roads in front of you. It's our mode of travel here.
2. We all live in igloos so try not to let your generators run too long.
3. Travel in groups and learn the phrase "circle the RV's" for safety.
4. We trade furs for shiny things.
5. Speak slowly as we don't speak American.
6. Bring plenty of flint if you want a campfire.
7. Do you know how to portage your RV?
8. Beware, the bears run rampant up here.
9. Learn to use the phrase "EH? often as it will endear you to us.

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Old 06-16-2012, 05:14 AM   #49
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What kind of paperwork did you have to fill in. I've never heard of it. We've crossed many times at Blaine both ways no problem. (touch wood) I've even imported vehicles through Blaine and I was really impressed how helpful and obliging both the US and Canadian Border Patrols where. The US BP sent me an email prior to my arrival giving information for what exit to take of I-5 directions to the parking area and to be careful and watch for southbound traffic when I used the crosswalk to come over to their office. I was in their office maybe three minutes got my export papers and was on my way.
Actually went through the 'next one/trucker's' a bit east. Four Guys going fishing, no booze well a half bottle of single malt and a couple of beers), no porn, no nada. And after the very nice man checked us in the MH was tossed from one end to the other.

"Do you have any pornography in your unit?" This question from some young lady the size of a neighborhood fire plug. And I do mean 'tossed.'

Of the four of us, I was born in Canada but hadn't been there for years, one had, two never. Going through the boarder at (roughly) 0530 ... we were all California residents at the time.

'Where did you spend last night?' Gave him the RV park receipt from 2000 the night before.

'Why are you coming through the Boarder so early?'

'Because we have to get to the RV park (no hook up, dry camping with water and pit toilets. But clean, clean, clean.) early as our Fishing Guide is picking us up at 0800 (or 0900?) this morning.'

"Plug" asks who owns the unit? 'Me.' Points at one of the other guys, who save for this trip had never been inside the thing, and a pointie finger and: "You come with me."

I'll skip the rest, never been back, and never will.

Oh, the DVD's ... I'm sure that when 'she' found the 'Shreck 1' and that's exactly what it was ... major disappointment for 'fire plug.'
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Mistakes I made on a recent trip into Canada taught me a few things.

Make sure to fill your prescriptions in the US. Canadian drugs are much cheaper, and it is now legal to buy them and have them shipped to the US. You can NOT have an Rx written by a US doctor filled by a pharmacy in Canada.

Passport cards are cheaper than the book style passport by about $80. They work if you are driving or boating, but not flying. There is a passport office in Seattle and you can get an expediated passport or passport card quickly if you pay an extra $60. I got mine in 2 days.

You cannot bring any produce from Canada into the US. The grocery store I stopped at had a cart locking system that required a Canadian quarter to activate. US quarters don't work.

If you are heading home via the Peace Arch entry port get into the far left lane. There are 2 lanes that split off into about 10 entry gates, but the approach is poorly designed. I watched as the right lane crawled, but the left lane split off into 6 lanes and NO ONE will let you in.
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Old 06-16-2012, 05:22 PM   #51
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You cannot bring any produce from Canada into the US. The grocery store I stopped at had a cart locking system that required a Canadian quarter to activate. US quarters don't work.
A couple of things:
  1. You can bring quite a lot of Canadian Produce into the US, but it is mighty quirky want you CAN'T. A call to the border post and the Agriculture Rep will tell you want you can't bring that week (it does change that often), and will fax or email the list.
  2. American quarters won't work in the grocery carts, only Canadian dollar coins (not Canadian quarters either). You get it back when you return the cart to the collection point in the parking lot.
How do you get 100 drunk, partying Canadians out of a swimming pool?




You say "Please get out of the pool".


Come, have fun, go home safe. We do it in your country all the time.
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Old 06-18-2012, 07:23 PM   #52
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Actually went through the 'next one/trucker's' a bit east. Four Guys going fishing, no booze well a half bottle of single malt and a couple of beers), no porn, no nada. And after the very nice man checked us in the MH was tossed from one end to the other.

"Do you have any pornography in your unit?" This question from some young lady the size of a neighborhood fire plug. And I do mean 'tossed.'

Of the four of us, I was born in Canada but hadn't been there for years, one had, two never. Going through the boarder at (roughly) 0530 ... we were all California residents at the time.

'Where did you spend last night?' Gave him the RV park receipt from 2000 the night before.

'Why are you coming through the Boarder so early?'

'Because we have to get to the RV park (no hook up, dry camping with water and pit toilets. But clean, clean, clean.) early as our Fishing Guide is picking us up at 0800 (or 0900?) this morning.'

"Plug" asks who owns the unit? 'Me.' Points at one of the other guys, who save for this trip had never been inside the thing, and a pointie finger and: "You come with me."

I'll skip the rest, never been back, and never will.

Oh, the DVD's ... I'm sure that when 'she' found the 'Shreck 1' and that's exactly what it was ... major disappointment for 'fire plug.'
There's always two sides to the story. I'd like to hear Fireplugs!!
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The Blaine crossing takes longer.
My point for posting I'd use another crossing point.
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I won't call out Fredaevans. I've had some really bizarre contacts with Canada customs. Coming home to Toronto from business meetings in Washington DC on a commercial flight, wearing a good suit, I had a little male twerp with spiked punk hair and ear studs demand to know why I had been in Thailand and Columbia in the previous two years (had the stamps in my passport, vacation both times). Under that kind of tough questioning I collapsed and confessed to being an international drug dealer.

As a rule I get waived through which is part of the reason it is such a surprise when I get an idiot.
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I'm Canadian, my Mom was American and half of my relatives are American. My business has always been US based which I run from Canada. I speak with Americans on the phone all day and know that most Americans seem to know absolutely nothing about Canada. Here is a link to a video that may help give a little insight to those that want to learn a little about Canada and especially about the relationship that Canada and America share: Tom Brokaw explains Canada to Americans. [VIDEO]

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Be prepared, as soon as you cross the border you will have to contend with ice on the roads and people living in igloos.
We don't have too many paved roads cause they are hard on the horses hooves.
It is dark most of the time so you will need a good flashlight.
The beer is more expensive that's why we make our own most of the time unless we have company coming over.
Make sure you have your cowboy gear with you during Calgary Stampede Week. Don't want to be mistaken for a City Slicker.
Most of all, Have Fun and enjoy our beautiful country. EH!
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