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Old 03-17-2013, 08:35 AM   #15
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Ny wife and I are planing a trip to Maine this summer we live in Mi. I would like some info about going through Canada good idea or bad. What to expect at customs. thanks
as many times as I have made that trip from Mich to Maine counting 6. Canada is by far the absolute worse. The 401 which is the main road going that way, is truck city, and they haul ass. There is nothing to look at. You have to leave your gun at home if you carry. The 401 through Toronto is a parking lot unless you hit it at 3 in the morning. Stay in the states go through upstate New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and then into Main. You see things you have never seen before.

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as many times as I have made that trip from Mich to Maine counting 6. Canada is by far the absolute worse. The 401 which is the main road going that way, is truck city, and they haul ass. There is nothing to look at. You have to leave your gun at home if you carry. The 401 through Toronto is a parking lot unless you hit it at 3 in the morning. Stay in the states go through upstate New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and then into Main. You see things you have never seen before.

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I agree 100% , nothing to look at, heavy traffic, Toronto is now the 4th biggest city in North America ahead of Chicago, and not counting the cost of fuel $1,35 per litre , over $5.00 gal , beautiful scenery true Vermont and New-Hampshire. go through the state you wont regret it .
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I avoid Toronto like the plague because of the heavy traffic. Often take 407 bypass but that too can be busy. Toronto has about 8 lanes in each direction (counting 401 collectors) and at times they are like a parking lot).

Montreal is also a problem at rush hour. Getting across the St Lawrence is a traffic mess but still not as busy as Toronto but every summer Montreal seems to have sooooo many construction areas. They seem to tear up the roads and then go on vacation)

When I go east I go through NY, VT, NH and ME.
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I avoid Toronto like the plague because of the heavy traffic. Often take 407 bypass but that too can be busy. Toronto has about 8 lanes in each direction (counting 401 collectors) and at times they are like a parking lot).

Montreal is also a problem at rush hour. Getting across the St Lawrence is a traffic mess but still not as busy as Toronto but every summer Montreal seems to have sooooo many construction areas. They seem to tear up the roads and then go on vacation)

When I go east I go through NY, VT, NH and ME.
Have to agree with this. While I live in upstate NY along Lake Ontario, I've taken the Seaway Trail across the state, then through the Adirondacks & US 2 across NH & VT. If you are in a hurry, there are other routes, but this is my favorite.
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Thanks for some really good information here. To some of you Mainers here, when is the best time to visit? (No kids)
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My wife and I went in late September, first 2 weeks of October. Fewer crowds, but a number of 'tourist' things were closed, but we weren't interested in most of those things anyway. Trees were changing, beautiful times!
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Thanks for some really good information here. To some of you Mainers here, when is the best time to visit? (No kids)
I'm not a Mainer, but been there 5 times.
Mid August. The big gush of tourists is over, the lobsters are sweet, the blueberries at peak, the weather is grand. Nuthin better than Downeast!
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Thanks for some really good information here. To some of you Mainers here, when is the best time to visit? (No kids)
Not a Mainer but live on the border and we spend all our camping time on the Coast, August and Septembre for us. But we always make a week trip mid October.
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I would add to watch for quick weather changes, we were not ready for 40 degree drops in an hour!
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We will be crossing into Maine sometime in beginning of October. First will be travelling across Canada, visiting the Maritimes and then the Eastern Seaboard. Any tips (RV Parks etc) you can provide us will be much appreciated. We are travelling with a 40 ft 5th wheel. Most of the time we need to be plugged in at nite, CPAP has to be running. Want to travel all the way to Florida then go to Arizona and back up home. Home being Vancouver Island. Thanks in advance.
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We will be crossing into Maine sometime in beginning of October. First will be travelling across Canada, visiting the Maritimes and then the Eastern Seaboard. Any tips (RV Parks etc) you can provide us will be much appreciated. We are travelling with a 40 ft 5th wheel. Most of the time we need to be plugged in at nite, CPAP has to be running. Want to travel all the way to Florida then go to Arizona and back up home. Home being Vancouver Island. Thanks in advance.
Make sure to stop at some Canadian Pharmacies on your trip across
Canada, I hear they have some great bargins.
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We will be crossing into Maine sometime in beginning of October. First will be travelling across Canada, visiting the Maritimes and then the Eastern Seaboard. Any tips (RV Parks etc) you can provide us will be much appreciated. We are travelling with a 40 ft 5th wheel. Most of the time we need to be plugged in at nite, CPAP has to be running. Want to travel all the way to Florida then go to Arizona and back up home. Home being Vancouver Island. Thanks in advance.
Expect to find over half of the RV parks closed after Labor Day week-end.
Did the trip with a run through the area 3 years ago . Gaspe 2nd week in Sept and things were shutting down , PEI 3rd week ditto. Halifax , Hopewell Rocks , Maine , in Bennington , Vermont , we were in the last 2 days that park was open, first week in Oct.
Passport America , was VERY useful membership paid for it's self in 3 stays and the directory was an absolute life saver. For RV parks along the east coast , the posted season May to Sept is not the high rate season , it is their open season . Not like the west coast and V.I. open all year , with off season rates. Travel Safe
Gaspe & Quebec , northern N.B. brush up on your French. No English on the road signs. Road from Rimouski to Gaspe is a SOB , was towing a rear kitchen 5er at the time, in 5 years of towing I'd never broken a thing till I got on that road.
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An example of what you'll see for road signs along the Gaspe.
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