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Old 04-29-2014, 06:43 PM   #1
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When we get to Chilliwack we're going to need to go shopping. Am I correct that most people go to Bellingham or are there good places to shop in Chilliwack?
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What sort of shopping? Local products that strike me would be fruits and vegetables and local BC wines. A friend is having me pick up mucho bottles of Fat Tug beer from Vancouver Island. I have already checked out the wine selection at the liquor store connected to the Best Western Motel, I think it will be a sampling of at least three bottles the first night.

Groceries are still unsettled for me. Since the trailer pick up will be back in the US I considered the Safeway store in Lynden, however we are heading back into BC after delivery and there are restrictions on meats and vegetables going into Canada. I think we will grocery shop in BC.

To make the original question more specific, any suggestions for grocery in Chilliwack, Abbotsford or environs?
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Old 04-29-2014, 07:52 PM   #3
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There are restrictions on food going both ways across the border so be careful what you buy if crossing the border.
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Old 04-29-2014, 08:40 PM   #4
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To make the original question more specific, any suggestions for grocery in Chilliwack, Abbotsford or environs?
Initially I was going to try to be funny and talk about seal and whale blubber since this is Canada! But it seems you already know quite a bit about BC / Canada. I have to recommend that u shop at Save-On-Foods. It's a big BC owned grocery store chain up here in BC / Alberta that my wife just retired from. So if u shop there it will help to keep her pension secure.

However depending on when u come up if u are in Chilliwack u need to get Chiiliwack corn. Sold from road side stands.

Also in Sardis there is a Dutch run place called Hofstede's Country Barn . Hofstede's Country Barn, Chilliwack. Liz and I have eaten at their deli many times when we summered at Cultus Lake and shopped there for fresh products. It's a few minutes drive from the Escape factory and u could get fresh fruit / veggies and other grocery items to augment all your other groceries.

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Old 04-29-2014, 08:55 PM   #5
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The food store suggestions are helpful -- i'd forgotten about not bringing food into Canada -- Does this mean when we leave Kootenay National Park and drive down to Glacier in the U.S. that we'll have to dump any fresh food?
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What sort of shopping? I have already checked out the wine selection at the liquor store connected to the Best Western Motel, I think it will be a sampling of at least three bottles the first night.
Hi there, If I was looking for a decent selection of BC wines I'd just go to a government liquor store in Chilliwack and look for the BC wine section and pick Wines with a VQA designation. I'd stay away from the liquor store attached to the Best Western. The BC Gov liquor store staff will be happy to steer u to as many bottles of good BC wine as u like. Home | BC Liquor Stores. The good folk at the Escape Factory will be able to direct u to the nearest gov liquor store.

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The food store suggestions are helpful -- i'd forgotten about not bringing food into Canada -- Does this mean when we leave Kootenay National Park and drive down to Glacier in the U.S. that we'll have to dump any fresh food?
I think so. It seems to work going both ways thru the border. When Liz and I come back to Canada from the States, we have been known to gobble up all the random bananas, etc we have in the car as we wait in the line of vehicles going thru canadian customs.
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The food store suggestions are helpful -- i'd forgotten about not bringing food into Canada -- Does this mean when we leave Kootenay National Park and drive down to Glacier in the U.S. that we'll have to dump any fresh food?
Best to Google "what food can I bring into Canada" and "what food can I bring into the U.S. "
That way you will find yourself at an official government site and get your information from the source.
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Ruthe,
Sorry for hijacking your thread. I have read the rules for cross border crossing of food but I am not familiar with them. I will let someone local respond.

Larry,
I never thought of seal blubber until you mentioned it, I had Dungeness Crab on the radar. Can I pass on the blubber? I had scoped out the grocery stores in the area but it is so hard to get a feel for the store by looking at sales flyers and store photos. I had seen Hofstede's but gave them another look after your comments. Unfortunately or fortunately they are closed on Sunday's.

Real Canadian Superstore showed up, is this a warehouse operation? The sales flyers looked lean on fresh items, not sure that is representative. I see Save on Foods is a big chain, they are No. 42 of all grocers in US and Canada. The fact they have a pension says a lot. If your wife is fully vested in the pension, great? If not I will be sure to stop.
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Every time we go camping, I have to explain to my wife that there are grocery stores all over BC and it isn't necessary to load up the trailer and drag everything up the road.
Every time we load up anyway, and we still end up shopping for groceries.
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