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Old 03-11-2013, 08:27 PM   #1
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Trip to Maine

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
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You'll need passports and patience. Crossing at Detroit, expect long lines. Crossing back into the states, don't pick Buffalo, They have REAL long waits in line. Here's a link that explains travel through Canada: Entering Canada - Travel.gc.ca

Plus, fuel is more expensive in Canada, fill up before crossing the border.
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In Maine we recommend "North Country Rivers." Use RV park and enjoy white water river rafting, moose safaris and ATV rides/tours and never move RV or toad. Great little bar and food served. Worth every penny. And bring your own ATV, canoe or kayak for additional fun. Only RV park we've seen with it's on runway for small planes! Tent camping, cabins and unlimited size RV pull-thrus with water, elec, cable, wifi and dump station. Of our thirty plus states visited so far - we think Maine best. Enjoy your trip.
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While in ME, I encourage you to see THE REAL MAINE.
This means yes do see Bar Harbor, Acadia NP and such, but the real Maine begins after Bar Harbor.
After BH, every road to the right leads to the shore or a cove. You will find villages with restaurants that have better and cheaper food than the tourist spots.
In mid August the wild blueberries are full, and 10 to 13 a quart in BH, but as little as $3 a quart in Whiting and other towns further along. And the lobster is much cheaper farther "Downeast" also.
And the farther you go, the more down-home it gets. Eastport is awesome.

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Thanks for all your input what should I look for along the way
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Some pics of The Real Maine

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You'll need passports and patience. Crossing at Detroit, expect long lines. Crossing back into the states, don't pick Buffalo, They have REAL long waits in line. Here's a link that explains travel through Canada: Entering Canada - Travel.gc.ca

Plus, fuel is more expensive in Canada, fill up before crossing the border.
Actually US citizens do not require a passport to visit Canada by land or by water. Other documentation can be used.

Crossing at Port Huron is much quicker than via Detroit. And I agree, Buffalo is another bad choice if one does not like delays. Queenston (405 to I 190) is usually much better than Buffalo. The Ivy Lee Bridge to I 81 can be backed up at times but normally it is OK if one avoids weekend traffic. Ogdensburg and Cornwall are seldom that busy. Going through Quebec and down 91 or 89 are also options.

Indeed fuel is much more expensive in Canada. Yes Canada, a major Oil producer and is the largest "off shore" oil supplier to the US, puts a heavy tax on domestic fuel.

Good luck on whatever way you travel and have a great trip. I have travelled the entire eastern seaboard from NS to Florida. Main has some very neat places.
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While in ME, I encourage you to see THE REAL MAINE.
This means yes do see Bar Harbor, Acadia NP and such, but the real Maine begins after Bar Harbor.
After BH, every road to the right leads to the shore or a cove. You will find villages with restaurants that have better and cheaper food than the tourist spots.
In mid August the wild blueberries are full, and 10 to 13 a quart in BH, but as little as $3 a quart in Whiting and other towns further along. And the lobster is much cheaper farther "Downeast" also.
And the farther you go, the more down-home it gets. Eastport is awesome.

Enjoy your trip!
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Actually US citizens do not require a passport to visit Canada by land or by water. Other documentation can be used.
Yes, a passport is not REQUIRED, however the other accepted documents take almost as much or more effort and time as the passport. For all you need a birth certificate, SS card, etc.

NEXUS Card. Gotten by interview and fingerprinting at a U.S. Customs and Porder Patrol office, costs $50. Mailed 7-10 days after approval.

U.S. Passport Card Applied for through U.S. State Dept. $55, but good only for land or sea travel to Mexico, Canada, parts of the Caribbean and Bermuda. Not good for flight.

Enhanced Driver's License, (EDL) Only available in some border states, Michigan's is $45. The card is only good for land or sea entry, it contains RDIF information for scanning.
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We spend most of our summer in Maine, we always stay at the Moorings Ocean Front campground in Belfast, nice beach, warm water, mussels picking, clam digging, and most important the best lobsters on the coast, see you there
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Enhanced Driver's License, (EDL) Only available in some border states, NY is $35. The card is only good for land or sea entry, it contains RDIF information for scanning.lots to see and do stay on Rt 1 or 1A
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BTW, the lobstah is sweetah furthah downeast because the watah is coldah.
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