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Old 07-14-2010, 07:44 PM   #1
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Headed toward Michigan, The UP, and then on into Canada to make our way West. Have done much research on the net as to what is allowed. I know these things. Leave the gun at home. Can have 1.5 ltrs. of wine. Get rid of the pepper spray we keep by the door of the Casita, and a few other things. The thing I can't seem to find is information about food. What are we allowed to take across. Do I have to clean out my freezer of steak, chicken, chops, etc.? Does everything have to be in store packaging, or can I have a couple of steaks which were slced off a whole ribeye and packaged in ziploc bags? It seems fresh fruit and vegatables are no-no's also. Hopefully, you get the picture. Looking for any and all information you think would be applicable.
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Old 07-14-2010, 07:49 PM   #2
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Headed toward Michigan, The UP, and then on into Canada to make our way West. Have done much research on the net as to what is allowed. I know these things. Leave the gun at home. Can have 1.5 ltrs. of wine. Get rid of the pepper spray we keep by the door of the Casita, and a few other things. The thing I can't seem to find is information about food. What are we allowed to take across. Do I have to clean out my freezer of steak, chicken, chops, etc.? Does everything have to be in store packaging, or can I have a couple of steaks which were slced off a whole ribeye and packaged in ziploc bags? It seems fresh fruit and vegatables are no-no's also. Hopefully, you get the picture. Looking for any and all information you think would be applicable.
Wow, that's almost as bad as going to California!
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Old 07-14-2010, 08:05 PM   #3
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When I was frequently traveling up to the Maritimes to visit realatives, the rule of thumb was that you could bring what could be consumed in a reasonable length of time. That said, the folks from St, Stephen, NB use the Walmart in Calais, ME for grocery shopping all the time. I usually see as many NB cars as those from MAINE.
Some of our neighbors to the North will probably chime in if there are any specific restrictions.
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... That said, the folks from St, Stephen, NB use the Walmart in Calais, ME for grocery shopping all the time. I usually see as many NB cars as those from MAINE.
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I would guess that there are different rules for Canadians going through Canadian Customs than there are for Americans going through Canadian Customs.
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The rules for what you can bring into Canada while camping are here:
http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/new-neuf/adviso...-05-13-eng.html

Food is one of those items that changes daily, be prepared to have something on the list be confiscated.
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Headed toward Michigan, The UP, and then on into Canada to make our way West. Have done much research on the net as to what is allowed. I know these things. Leave the gun at home. Can have 1.5 ltrs. of wine. Get rid of the pepper spray we keep by the door of the Casita, and a few other things. The thing I can't seem to find is information about food. What are we allowed to take across. Do I have to clean out my freezer of steak, chicken, chops, etc.? Does everything have to be in store packaging, or can I have a couple of steaks which were slced off a whole ribeye and packaged in ziploc bags? It seems fresh fruit and vegatables are no-no's also. Hopefully, you get the picture. Looking for any and all information you think would be applicable.
Jerry/Wanda: I have attached a Canadian Customs web site. You can explore and locate information for your trip.

http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/new-neuf/adviso...-05-13-eng.html

I just returned from an 18 day visit to Eastern Canada. I toured the Gaspe Peninsula area. I entered Canada through the Detroit area and into Windsor. I re-entered the USA through Port Huron, Michigan. The Canadian Customs officers did not inquire as to what I was carrying in my RV. They only ask what my purpose was in entering Canada and how long I intended to stay. The US Customs officers were more inquisitive. They cautioned me not to enter the USA with either goat or lamb meats and any form of fruits/vegetables. They will confiscate the items. The US Customs checks the majority of RV's inside and will conduct a search of the refrigerator and storage areas. I observed them remove meats from an RV to my front at the Port Huron crossing. In regards to pets, the Canadian Customs never inquired about pets. We had two Siamese cats inside our tow vehicle. The US Customs will make inquiries into animals and you will need the appropriate vaccination papers, etc. You are fore warned by me NOT to challenge the customs officers or make any jokes, etc. They take their job VERY seriously and will search your entire vehicle and can make your contact a very unpleasant one. Good time not to joke with them. In regards to Canada, they have very expensive food, fuel prices. Their taxation is 16%. In June, I paid a high of $4.04 (USD) for a gallon of diesel. They sell by the litre. The camp grounds have three levels of "tourist seasons". Early, mid and high. Each level gets progressively expensive for the same camp grounds. They are currently in their mid level tourist season. The high tourist season and most expensive, starts in early September. In summary, I found Canada to be very expensive and was glad to depart into the USA. It is a beautiful country and people are very cordial. You will experience a major language barrier. BUT, generally someone can be located in a store, etc. to interpret. Roads are better than the USA. Montreal area interstate is under going major road construction and this will be an area to travel on weekends. The roads are all torn up and you will have to drive slow. You will experience the currency fluctuations. I experienced a few gas stations that attempted to convert my $50.00 USA currency to $45.00 Canadian. I got taken once and the second time I read the riot act to the clerk. Credit cards issued in the USA will incur a foreign transaction fee from your card company. BUT, I found that my two separate diesel fuel purchase via credit card, were billed with a foreign transaction fee and totalled LESS than my actual Canadian purchase. This results from the USA credit card company converting the Canadian charge to the existing currency in the USA. I could write a book about my trip. But, I am through, unless you post specific questions.
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Old 07-15-2010, 06:39 AM   #7
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Don't leave your coat at home! When we visited Toronto a few years ago (in June), I thought we'd freeze!

But then again, we think that anything below 70F is bitterly cold, (I guess we've lived in Florida too long).
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The rules for what you can bring into Canada while camping are here:
http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/new-neuf/adviso...-05-13-eng.html

Food is one of those items that changes daily, be prepared to have something on the list be confiscated.
Why does that not surprise me. Thanks for the link. I'll bookmark it.
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As long as the food does not fall under narcotic or alcohol you'll have no issues crossing at land border crossings. There are restrictions for PEI and NF to ensure nasty things don't get moved over to an island. As well, you may be restricted on any firewood due to pine bugs etc.
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I'm not sure about Mounties, but don't try to bring any doughnuts back across to the U.S.
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Hi: All... We are at war over apples and broccoli. At least that's what I heard. From the Canadian side we are feuding over lamb and goat with the U.S.
We had our trailer searched at Pt. Huron because of one orange and a bag of apples, all stickered produce of the U.S.A. I think the USFDA told the officer where to go and how to get there as he wasn't a happy copper!!!
After all that they left the fruit with us but they didn't make the bed again.
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They are concerned about raw potatoes, they are trying to prevent the spread of some nasty diseases. And honey.

As much as we want to make fun of this. Stop and think of some of the things that have to deal with due to carelessness. Zebra muscles in the great lakes. "Flying" Carp in the Mississipi. Who knows what is killing off all the bees needed to pollinate the crops.
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Old 07-20-2010, 11:56 AM   #13
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Make it easy on yourself, buy and consume everything you need on the side of the border you're on. We have at least one member on FiberglassRV that was stopped at the border, their trailer searched and held for hours over a couple of pieces of cooked sausage! They are now forever on the list to be searched every single time they cross the border, which is fairly regularly. It's just not worth it.
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When I was in the USA last winter, I took nothing food wise. I stopped at first wallmart and then got what we needed. One thing to be aware of is make sure your perscription drugs are in original containers and not your pill box.
When we left the USA after 3 months we dumped all fresh foods. EG Meat fruits etc. We just keeped coffee tea suger type of stuff.
We had no problems.


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