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Old 06-04-2015, 02:00 PM   #51
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So, basically, what I'm gathering here is that one should not bring fresh foods across the border. That you need to stop at a grocery store after crossing over and do your food shopping then. It seems that boxed or canned goods should be fine if they're not opened.

Dang! I never had to worry about stuff like that when I drove across in just my car. More to be aware of when you're in a trailer.
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Old 06-04-2015, 02:12 PM   #52
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Was the OP traveling with a US Passport card or an actual Passport.
I used my passport card. I got it specifically so I could travel to/from Canada without bringing along (and possibly losing) my passport. Shouldn't make a difference which one I use imho.

The man at the booth was a bit cranky and asked why I had a trailer, or something like that. I said he must have seen several already on that day; he replied he had just arrived for his shift. The guy inside was much friendlier, was aware of the Escape Rally, and wished me well.
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Old 06-04-2015, 03:22 PM   #53
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Great forum topic! I am crossing into Canada for the first time on the 16th. I confess I'm a bit nervous with all the comments. I think I have everything in order, just don't want to make a mistake.
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We've made four crossings recently and have had a great experience each time. Just make sure to have your paperwork ready and organized. The last time we came back in to the US after we picked up our trailer we forgot the registration for the car but had the rest of our paperwork in order so they let us in without a hassle. Not sure if it's because we had a toddler and they didn't want to give us a hard time or not. Either way, it has been relatively easy each time.
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We take the Victoria Clipper to Victoria every few years. You always get asked what you're bringing back and how long you were there. We'd go up for 3 days and 2 nights, which meant I could bring back more than if you're there for a day. So, I'd stock up on my Roger's dark chocolate Victoria Creams. When I'd tell the customs person about getting the chocolates, they'd always smile.

I'd also bring back a few books from Canadian authors that I can't find their books down here. Never had a problem with either the books or chocolates.

Just declare everything you have with you. If you purchase anything you're bringing back with you, keep the receipts, just in case. Be sure your passport isn't going to expire within a few months of crossing. Don't have a DUI on your record as that can keep you out of Canada. Don't take a gun across the border (I don't own guns, but I'm pretty sure you can't take them in, even if you have permits here in the States). Don't have any firecrackers/fireworks on board.

If you're taking a pet with you, make sure you have up-to-date shots and have the appropriate papers stating so with you.

Take your sunglasses off when you cross so they can see your face more clearly. If you have tinted windows, be prepared to roll them down so they can check inside. Or open the doors. I've had to do that before.

Be nice and polite to 'em. You probably won't have any problems, so don't lose too much sleep over it.
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Old 06-04-2015, 04:35 PM   #56
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The man at the booth was a bit cranky and asked why I had a trailer, or something like that. I said he must have seen several already on that day; he replied he had just arrived for his shift. .
Sorry but going to suggest that was your first mistake and may have been why you found yourself going inside. I have found its always best to keep your answer simple and straight and NEVER try and joke with the agent or say anything that makes them think your making fun of their question or authority - even if unintentional. Have been a passenger in car more than once when the driver has mistakenly done that and its never gone well! sure fire way to start the ball rolling down hill fast as the agent decides to show just how unfunny the power he has can be.
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Yes sir, no sir seems to work wonders.

Little harder to figure out when to use "miss/m'am".
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Sorry but going to suggest that was your first mistake and may have been why you found yourself going inside. I have found its always best to keep your answer simple and straight and NEVER try and joke with the agent or say anything that makes them think your making fun of their question or authority - even if unintentional. Have been a passenger in car more than once when the driver has mistakenly done that and its never gone well! sure fire way to start the ball rolling down hill fast as the agent decides to show just how unfunny the power he has can be.
I agree with this almost 100% - with one tiny little caveat. If I'm traveling to another country, I have no right to question that country's rules, regulations or procedures. The cost of my being granted permission to enter is to follow their rules.

BUT, when an officer or agency in my OWN country oversteps their authority, violates my civil rights or asks me to do something they have no business asking, you can bet your bottom dollar I do question it. I know the topic is crossing into Canada specifically, but I guess I'm just trying to say that I sometimes DO question authority, in the right context. It also depends (at least for me) on whether or not I'm traveling alone. I am pretty compliant when my noncompliance could mean inconveniencing those I am traveling with.

Part of the reason I'm not in law enforcement anymore is that I routinely observed officers violating the rights of the citizens they swore to serve and protect. Was it the norm? No. Was it happening all to regularly? Yes.

I've only ever been treated with courtesy, professionalism and respect by the Canadian authorities. Only wish I could say the same about the US side.
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I agree with this almost 100% - with one tiny little caveat. If I'm traveling to another country, I have no right to question that country's rules, regulations or procedures. The cost of my being granted permission to enter is to follow their rules.
This is a great attitude to have, and shows lots of respect. I wish everyone coming to Canada had the same attitude.
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