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Old 06-16-2014, 04:34 PM   #1
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North of the Border advice?

We are soon to be heading toward Kokanee Chalets RV Park and Campground, Crawford Bay, BC, to rendezvous with some long-time friends from Idaho for a few days. Neither we nor our friends have been to Crawford Bay before. Our friends will be staying in a cabin with their grandchildren, while we relax in SittEscape.

We have not traveled to BC since bringing home our Escape in 2011. Any advice you BCers can give us?

We know enough not to bring any weapons, despicable criminal records, or bad karma. Are there other things we should avoid? The Canada Border Services Agency webpage seems pretty clear on what to bring and what to avoid. Nevertheless, it always seems like we do something dumb like bringing that extra bottle of wine. That's probably because there's so much room in the Escape.

Is it worth loading our refrigerator with food? Or will our grapes bring us wrath at the border?

And, while we're in the Crawford Bay, are there places you recommend to see? Or things to do? Other than hanging out by the water, of course.

Thanks in advance.

Klaus & Karen
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Old 06-16-2014, 04:42 PM   #2
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We are soon to be heading toward Kokanee Chalets RV Park and Campground, Crawford Bay, BC, to rendezvous with some long-time friends from Idaho for a few days. Neither we nor our friends have been to Crawford Bay before. Our friends will be staying in a cabin with their grandchildren, while we relax in SittEscape.

We have not traveled to BC since bringing home our Escape in 2011. Any advice you BCers can give us?

We know enough not to bring any weapons, despicable criminal records, or bad karma. Are there other things we should avoid? The Canada Border Services Agency webpage seems pretty clear on what to bring and what to avoid. Nevertheless, it always seems like we do something dumb like bringing that extra bottle of wine. That's probably because there's so much room in the Escape.

Is it worth loading our refrigerator with food? Or will our grapes bring us wrath at the border?

And, while we're in the Crawford Bay, are there places you recommend to see? Or things to do? Other than hanging out by the water, of course.

Thanks in advance.

Klaus & Karen
Assuming you are going to return to the US I would also be reading up on your US Customs Service requirements page.. they can also be very picky with goods regardless of where you say they originated.
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Old 06-16-2014, 05:22 PM   #3
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When we returned to the US from Osoyoos, the US border folks seemed very concerned about fruit and vegetables.
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Old 06-16-2014, 06:01 PM   #4
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We buy our fruits and veggies when we get to BC to avoid hassles. We make sure to eat them all before crossing back to Washington
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Old 06-16-2014, 06:20 PM   #5
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We always do our best to comply with the law but still have had a couple of incidents:

One, we had some potatoes Dump them we were told. But there're Idaho potatoes my wife protested. "They're not in their original bag" so they got dumped by one fuming wife

This Spring, heading South with the new trailer we go the full agriculture inspection at the border. Yea Nexus card They went trough the trailer and truck canopy and truck cab. After 45 minutes he walked in with the evidence. Two green onions who knew?

I think our new policy is no produce of any kind, wait till we've crossed the border and hit the first grocery store we see.

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Old 06-16-2014, 06:26 PM   #6
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My friend had a plant (flower plant) in the back of her 6 horse trailer she forgot it was in the back now she is on a list and gets searched everytime.
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Old 06-16-2014, 07:20 PM   #7
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Yes you gotta watch what you try to take into the US. We ensure we have no fruit, vegs, etc. even if they came from the US. Last crossing with our trailer he wanted to have a look inside, only spent about two minutes in the trailer and we realized we had a lily plant given to us for our 40th anniversary and he either didn't see it or just let it go - knowing we'd be crossing back into Canada within a couple of hours.

I noticed a couple of months ago when I was in the Pembina ND customs office they had photocopies of the allowable foods into the US from their website sitting on the counter. Guess they catch a lot of people inadvertently bringing in food. Returning to Canada we often have groceries and just tell them we have some groceries and there's never a problem.

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Old 06-16-2014, 09:39 PM   #8
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I just crossed several times at Sumas, Abbotsford and Port Angeles. We made sure we did not have fruits, vegetables or meat going into Canada, we purchased once in BC. The Canadian officials at our crossings never asked nor searched. I think Canadian beef is the best, a great excuse to plan our menu.

Coming back to the US we were searched when we answered wrong to their preliminary questions. Yes, we had meat, a pound of hamburger for tonight's supper. That tripped the trigger but they never took the meat, instead we lost a lemon and a package of snow peapods. The watermelon was not taken because he stated the only place they grow at this time of year is California.

It seems citrus will always result in a search.
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Old 06-16-2014, 10:55 PM   #9
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Funny this thread surfaced again. We disconnected our trailer in Grand Portage, MN and drove up to Thunder Bay for the day on 6/8. We were singled out for a complete vehicle search by Canadian border guards. My wife and her purse were also searched during the process. Had we had the trailer in tow we might have been there for hours. We have never crossed with anything illegal that would have put us on a list. The experience was unpleasant and a real turnoff to ever returning to visit Canada.
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Sad to hear about your experience. I wondered today how your MN trip was going, thought maybe the mosquitos and black flies got you! Unfortunately customs choose one vehicle in every I don't know how many to pull over and do a complete search. You just did not luck out as you were that one. You were not on any list. I hope that the experience does not turn you off from visiting our country another time.

How did you like Thunder Bay? What did you see?

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