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Old 08-29-2015, 04:15 PM   #1
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I'm about to embark upon a trip into Canada to attend an LTV (Leisure Travel) owners' rally in Winkler, Manitoba.

Would welcome any information, cautions, comments, suggestions and/or recommendations that might be relevant to such a cross-border adventure.

Such things as vehicle-inspections (equip and contents), documentation, credit-card acceptance, etc. Any concern about transporting alcoholic-beverage and/or prescribed medications. (No firearms in my case.)

Thanks in advance!
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Here is a link that will give you all the information you will need to cross the border. im sure the residents in Winkler will be more than happy to show you around and help you out with any issues you may have.
Enjoy Canada, we are a fairly peaceful bunch.

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Traveling to Canada

Make sure your insurance covers you while you're in Canada if you have Medicare Medicare will not cover you while touring Canada only wile traveling through Canada like to Alaska if you have a wreck and need medical care you're not covered by Medicare we learned the hard way my suggestion is to get Sky Med while you're on that trip

I'm about to embark upon a trip into Canada to attend an LTV (Leisure Travel) owners' rally in Winkler, Manitoba.

Would welcome any information, cautions, comments, suggestions and/or recommendations that might be relevant to such a cross-border adventure.

Such things as vehicle-inspections (equip and contents), documentation, credit-card acceptance, etc. Any concern about transporting alcoholic-beverage and/or prescribed medications. (No firearms in my case.)

Thanks in advance![/QUOTE]
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Yes your vehicles will be searched both going and coming, just expect it. NO fruits or vegetables, small amounts of alcohol are OK. NO FIREARMS unless you have the proper transport permits and then expect a long delay. Passports are mandatory both ways. US Credit cards will be honored in Canada, but expect a foreign transaction fee to be attached to every charge on your statement. Prescriptions in their LABELED CONTAINERS are no problem, out of the containers may cause a problem. Remember daytime running lights (headlights) are mandatory in CANADA, if your vehicle is not so equipped, just always drive with your headlights ON day or night.


You will find the Canadian Customs Officers much more polite and respectful than their American counterparts.
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Also, be sure to check on your cell phone coverage. Many companies will charge you a lot for out of network and out of country charges. Plan on not using your cell phone for data as you may be poor when you come home. Also remember they use metric measurements, so diesel is sold in liters. Maybe someone else can comment on the price comparison?

Canada is a wonderful country and a great place to visit! If you are driving from Oregon, either go across or come back through Canada and take a side trip up to Calgary and Jasper and Banff. Fantastic scenery and wildlife!
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Yes your vehicles will be searched both going and coming, just expect it. NO fruits or vegetables, small amounts of alcohol are OK. NO FIREARMS unless you have the proper transport permits and then expect a long delay. Passports are mandatory both ways. US Credit cards will be honored in Canada, but expect a foreign transaction fee to be attached to every charge on your statement. Prescriptions in their LABELED CONTAINERS are no problem, out of the containers may cause a problem. Remember daytime running lights (headlights) are mandatory in CANADA, if your vehicle is not so equipped, just always drive with your headlights ON day or night.


You will find the Canadian Customs Officers much more polite and respectful than their American counterparts.
Just as an addendum. Prescriptions must be in the name of person(s) going across the border. Don't bring Auntie Edith's pills if Auntie Edith isn't with you. That can be interpreted as drug smuggling.
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We have traveled in and out of Canada numerous times. Have never been inspected by Canadians, and have only had "walk thrus" by US Customs. The biggest issue is health insurance if you are on medicare. We have found that the best way to get money in Canada, at the lowest exchange rate, is to use bank ATMs. If you go to the counter you will pay more. We use the ATMs to avoid transaction fees on our credit cards. Have fun!
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You will find the Canadian Customs Officers much more polite and respectful than their American counterparts.
Most likely an indication of which direction illegal drugs flow....
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Also, be sure to check on your cell phone coverage. Many companies will charge you a lot for out of network and out of country charges. Plan on not using your cell phone for data as you may be poor when you come home. Also remember they use metric measurements, so diesel is sold in liters. Maybe someone else can comment on the price comparison?

Canada is a wonderful country and a great place to visit! If you are driving from Oregon, either go across or come back through Canada and take a side trip up to Calgary and Jasper and Banff. Fantastic scenery and wildlife!
Easiest way to calculate Liters to US gallons is to times the price of a liter by 4. Example $1. a liter would be approximately $4.00 US gal (this is not exact but close enough) Have fun in Canada! It's a good time to travel here as your US dollar is worth a lot more. It's like getting a 25 to 30 % discount.
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Easiest way to calculate Liters to US gallons is to times the price of a liter by 4. Example $1. a liter would be approximately $4.00 US gal (this is not exact but close enough) Have fun in Canada! It's a good time to travel here as your US dollar is worth a lot more. It's like getting a 25 to 30 % discount.
3.7 liters in a US gallon.
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We have crossed the border into Canada 8 times in the last 4 years. Getting into Canada is a pleasant experience. Returning to the USA, not so much. Invariably we are asked, going into Canada, about tobacco, alcohol, and firearms. We have up to rabies vaccination and health certificats for our pet but have never been asked for them even tho we have a pet on board sign in our windshield. If you have a DUI on your driving record you will not be allowed into Canada. For the alcohol we generally declare we have 4 partial bottles for private consumption and have never been challenged.

Coming back into the US we have been quized, boarded, had fruit confiscated, and searched at one time or another. Oh, and don't try to bring back any salmon if you don't have a fishing license or a sales reciept for the salmon.
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4.5 litres to a Canadian gal.
3.78 litres to an American gal

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I agree with this post. We were never searched by anyone boarding our motorhome. You MAY NOT bring a pet bird into Canada. We were only asked if we had fruits or vegetables or firearms but were not searched.
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Just Google "drug smuggling from Canada"

This excerpt was from the Washington Times:

"The National Drug Intelligence Center, in its 2009 report, estimates that Canada-based drug gangs were generating between $33 billion and $56 billion annually from overall drug sales in the United States, with much of the cash smuggled through the Mohawk territory"
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