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Old 06-07-2014, 09:32 AM   #1
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1st retirement road trip and crossing into Canada

we're taking our first RV trip since retiring, and will be travelling from MI to Quebec, and crossing at the Port Huron I94/I69 bridge border into Ontario. Anyone have any advice? We're traveling in class A with a dinghy vehicle.

We're also looking for advice on campgrounds in Montreal and Quebec. Locations that are nice, but as close to the downtown core of each city. Or any campgrounds that have any really cool things to do sort of along the route.

Thanks - Pat
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Be sure you have your Passport so you can come back home. Congrats on your retirement.
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Old 06-07-2014, 12:39 PM   #3
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If you don't already have passports, check your local post office (or the internet) for Passport Cards. These are only good for ground travel on the North American continent, but are about half the cost of a full passport.

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don't miss Gananoque and the 1000 islands of the St Lawrence seaway

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There is a very large and interesting Amish market in Waterloo / Kitchner.

The parliament building and the museum of Canadian Man in Ottawa is outstanding, too
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Don't bring any Guns, Alcohol or children that don't belong to you to Canada !
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Or first trip with the class a was to Canada as well. Only a minor problem at the border ~~ we scrapped the right corner on the barricade. A little embarrassing and only a minor scratch. They were nice about it. At first they said we were in our own to figure out how to fix the situation but in an instant there were several guards out there giving us directions.

Lesson learned: you are wide but a semi can make it, have a spotter watching that front corner and mirrors for you.
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Just a a quick aside make sure your insurance carrier covers your travel into Canada. Most all do but there are a few discount brokers that don't. Better to be safe.
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I'm sort of highjacking this thread but wondered about taking furkids into Canada. Do they need passports too? If not passports, do they need vaccine records or health records?
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Karen, use the "Search" function on this forum. lots of information about taking pets into Canada

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I'm sort of highjacking this thread but wondered about taking furkids into Canada. Do they need passports too? If not passports, do they need vaccine records or health records?
They need their rabies record but the last few times we have gone up, they never asked to see them.
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Thanks! I tend to forget about the Search but good to know we just need rabies vaccines.
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Pay close attention to your timing going through, or bet yet, detour around, the Toronto area.

The countryside around, and cottage country just north of, Toronto is beautiful. You would much prefer a few extra miles to being stuck in a 100 mile traffic jam.
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From experience:
Underpasses are in metric, figure out how tall you are in meters.
Watch for signs directing you to the appropriate lane (s) when entering the border crossings (remember you can't back up!)
Quebec City is great, stay in a Campground across the river and take the ferry to old town.
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Another insurance tip - if you're on Medicare, it doesn't cover anywhere outside the US.
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