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Old 01-11-2016, 10:12 PM   #11
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I've got a couple cans of 'bear spray' ( one expired ). Got them at Vancouver outdoor stores. No more difficult than buying pesticides.
If labelled 'mace' they would be illegal.
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Old 01-11-2016, 10:47 PM   #12
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They allow bear spray into Canada and ours from Canada is a great big canister but they do not allow the little self-defense sprays that are usually sold.

The food they did not want was citrus coming into the U.S.
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Old 01-12-2016, 01:53 AM   #13
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The food they did not want was citrus coming into the U.S.
Wish it was that simple, we've been busted for green onions going South and bringing potatoes in a bin, out of their original bag, back into Canada, Idaho potatoes that were bought in Canada. Just gotta check the websites both ways to reduce the risk of bringing a little unpleasantness to the crossing.

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Wish it was that simple, we've been busted for green onions going South and bringing potatoes in a bin, out of their original bag, back into Canada, Idaho potatoes that were bought in Canada. Just gotta check the websites both ways to reduce the risk of bringing a little unpleasantness to the crossing.

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Sorry, I did not mean to give the impression that I was at all covering the food they do not want but just mentioning one thing that they would not allow. Yes, I was going to say again anything with dirt on it --- such as potatoes and green onions --- but I do not know if they have a whole list of such items. I know that they have not allowed citrus for many years at border crossings in different regions so I expect that that has not changed.

We basically had no fresh food going into Canada to avoid the problem, and then coming back into the U.S., they had no interest in our flax seeds or bananas or a few other foods but they did get into the trailer and look in the refrigerator!
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On the late news tonight, it's apparently illegal to import a lottery ticket into the U.S.
So Canadians crossing the border to buy PowerBall tickets can take that ticket home and they can win, but if they try to cross the border to collect the winnings, the ticket may be seized as contraband.
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Old 01-12-2016, 03:37 AM   #16
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What do they do if you go to cross one way or the other and you have something sinister on board like turnips? You pull up to the booth, they ask, you say "yes I have 2 turnips", then what? As opposed to not having them and answering "no, I have no turnips, I threw them out at Mickey D's". Is it an automatic trip to the inspection lane?
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We have had lots of "no" answers and no problem. Some of them ask three questions and wave you through and some ask a dozen for a few minutes. They did seem to know about Escapes for those trips.

Guess the lottery situation is that it can be worth cash the same as a cashier's check?
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Old 01-12-2016, 04:39 AM   #18
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On a mid Dec. 2015 crossing into Washington State at the Peace Arch border crossing at Blaine we were asked by the US customs agent if we knew of or had recently met any know terrorists. That one was easy to answer.

Another question was about prescription drugs. Apparently you can bring all or most prescription drugs as long as they are in a container with a pharmacy label with your name on it.
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The Summer before last we went from Kootenay to Glacier NP on the U.S. Side and I didn't want to bring any veggies across and I wasn't sure about meat products. Then there was no grocery store between the border crossing and the park and we were pretty low on supplies and the park store was pathetic in St. Mary's. Fortunately our son came from Helena and brought food.

I tend to think it depends on who is doing the inspecting. So what I'm getting is that packaged meat (except maybe pork) and most fish is probably okay. But vegetables are a different story. I did check the websites but honestly I found them confusing and conflicting.

I don't think anyone has mentioned beer and wine and cigars?
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I don't think anyone has mentioned beer and wine and cigars?
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