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Old 01-07-2016, 09:50 PM   #11
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Oh, I should have added, the Newfoundlanders are the friendliest people on earth. We stopped in one town to get batteries for the camera. As I stepped out of the camper I heard a guy (opening his store for the day) sneeze and I said "Bless You". He stops getting the store open and comes over with his hand out saying "You're not from around here are you?". 45 minutes later he says he must be keeping us from something - his store is still not open, and he is keeping us from something! Seriously, they are extremely friendly people. It is almost impossible not to enjoy the island.

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Rob, I posted a couple of pics in our Gila Cliff Dwellings folder/gallery...We have lots more, but since you're going there anyway, we'll get to see yours!! can't wait to see them, good luck and safe travels!! One more thing!!! I wold go up east coast/Maine for lobster fest, then hit Acadia Natl. park before heading into Canada!!
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IIRC coming onto Nova Scotia on the TransCanada near Sydney one of the first restaurants you see is Lick a Chick. Honest.
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Curious how the border guards react to camping vans passing into Canada. It could be all day misery if they decided to search the thing. Any typical SMB campervan stuff that will get you into trouble? Not talking about the usual hooch and smokes stuff.

I was kicking around a tour idea for the summer.
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Curious how the border guards react to camping vans passing into Canada. It could be all day misery if they decided to search the thing. Any typical SMB campervan stuff that will get you into trouble? Not talking about the usual hooch and smokes stuff.

I was kicking around a tour idea for the summer.
I NEVER had issues going into Canada ("hmm, California? got any guns? how much wine? Me: no guns, um maybe a few bottles of wine. Them: OK, enjoy your trip.")

OTOH, coming back was often a hassle, even in pre-9/11 days. Once a US Customs dork, pondering my CA driver's license, asked me where I lived. "Oakland, California I reply." Him: "But it says you were born in Boston." Me (dumbfounded)"I moved." LONG pause. "Okay, you can go."

Another time I got searched because it was a pohdunk crossing and they seemed to have nothing better to do. About 30 minutes in the little room with the one-way glass. Only to get confronted by the Authoritays with a pill bottle: "Is this yours?" "Yes" "But it says 'Carol' on it.""That's who I live with." (make sure you don't use pill bottles that still have labels for your ibuprofen is the moral of that incident.

Another time I got searched cuz I was carrying chicken wire (we have to use it to encircle the vehicles at many backcountry trailheads or heilpads when in the backcountry climbing for a week or so).

I could go on. I'm an old white guy who doesn't even look like Walter White, so I can't even imagine what it must be like for others. But just smile and nod and answer in monosyllables and they eventually get bored and let you back in.
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We once got a two hour search when crossing onto Canada. They had just finished searching a travel trailer when we got selected. Sit in a little room and cool your heels.

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Curious how the border guards react to camping vans passing into Canada. It could be all day misery if they decided to search the thing. Any typical SMB campervan stuff that will get you into trouble? Not talking about the usual hooch and smokes stuff.

I was kicking around a tour idea for the summer.
Was in Alberta and BC in September. Had a great time. The only issues we had crossing either border was the wait. All they did was look in the van through the side and back doors.
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I've been across the border a few times but mostly on a motorcycle. Once they wanted to search my sissy bar bag. I told them the truth, that I have been exercising all week and it was mostly stinky wet clothing.

Suddenly I was exonerated.

And yes it was coming back into the USA.

If traveling west to east, don't forget to check and see if the bridge is up. Canada is currently split in two. The Nipigon is busted.

Ontario's Nipigon River bridge fails, severing Trans-Canada Highway - Thunder Bay - CBC News
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