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Old 12-28-2007, 01:38 PM   #1
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We're looking forward to a trip to Alberta next summer and are wondering what the Canadian legal requirements are regarding our lil egg. We assume that we'll need our California registration and proof of insurance.

Anything else beyond that? Is there a minimum insurance liability amount? Anything else we need to be aware of??

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Old 12-28-2007, 05:27 PM   #2
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We're looking forward to a trip to Alberta next summer and are wondering what the Canadian legal requirements are regarding our lil egg. We assume that we'll need our California registration and proof of insurance.

Anything else beyond that? Is there a minimum insurance liability amount? Anything else we need to be aware of??

Vic and Kathy
I beleive your right---Insurance and Identification and your in Alberta. Enjoy our Province.
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Old 12-28-2007, 05:37 PM   #3
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Remember firearms are restricted in Canada. Be sure to have your proper ID, passport is propably the best, especially to get back into the USA. Hope you have a wonderful trip. I would recommend trying to visit the Banff area and if you do visit the Banff Springs Hotel.
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If you have a dog you'll need a rabies certificate.
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Old 12-29-2007, 12:05 AM   #5
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If you have a dog you'll need a rabies certificate.
We were in Canada last summer. All you need is a US Passport make sure you sign it, current insurance card for vehicle, and if you take the dog a rabbies certificate and health check up. So go and enjoy Canada.
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Old 12-29-2007, 05:19 AM   #6
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If you have had an OUI Conviction (Drunk Driving) in the USA, no matter how long ago, make sure you have proper papers from the state saying your no longer a threat to be on the road.
I had a conviction from 11 years ago and the Canadian Council said I could apply to them, for a price of $300, (2 years ago) for a form to fill out and then there was no guarantee they would let me in the country.
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Old 12-29-2007, 07:19 AM   #7
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Dumb question here:
Does one need proof of insurance only on the tow vehicle, or on the trailer as well. Do most insurance companies that insure autos offer insurance for trailers as well? I never even thought about this before when we had out sailboat we towed.

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Old 12-29-2007, 09:26 AM   #8
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I would have the same question as my motorists insurance company told me my trailer is automatically covered for liability only when i am towing it............ When i asked for complete coverage on the trailer i was quoted a very high price and said if the trailer got wrecked it would only cover my 94 casita for $2400....... I have liability only when towing on the trailer but no added paperwork for it.......... I also wonder if i could get into canada like that.
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Old 12-29-2007, 10:25 AM   #9
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http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/travel-vo...itors-eng.html

This is the official site for Canada Border Services: info for visitors travelling to Canada.
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Just a note here: The proof of insurance needed in Canada is not just that one has insurance, but that the insurance is VALID IN CANADA! One doesn't need this at the border, but will need it if stopped by law enforcement. I forget what the form is called, but contact your insurance company and they will likely email one.
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Old 12-30-2007, 08:16 AM   #11
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I have 1,000,000 liability insurance on the trailer. The cost is $27.00 thru my auto insurer. I figure that if the trailer takes off on its own, then it's covered.
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Just a note here: The proof of insurance needed in Canada is not just that one has insurance, [b]but that the insurance is VALID IN CANADA!
I wonder if this is similar to what is required in Mexico?
Most US policies are NOT valid in Mexico, and a separate Term policy is usually required for Americans driving there.
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Different ballgame in my experience. US insurance may be valid (mine is) in the border zone (as Mexican ins is valid, I believe, in the border zone on the US side, but once deep (about 15 miles I think) inside either country different rules apply. Need to have MX ins, need to get automobile tourist visa, need to provide credit card, need to exit country at same border station where entered, etc.

Canada, OTOH, is different (unless challenged at border, then must prove financial status), with no vehicle registration and 180 days stay without visa.

As stated above, Canadian immigration officials have access to US criminal data bases, and anything that would be considered a felony in Canada is a personal no-no. I know a couple who had to pay a $200CDN waiver because the husband had been arrested, but never charged, more than ten years prior...
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We picked up a proof of insurance card for Canada from our Farmers Insurance Agent, it was on a Motor Home. We also got one for the towed car. I do not remember what we did the first time in about 1986 when we did take a pick-up and a trailer. We did not have any additional insurance on the trailer at that time, just what went with the pick-up.
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