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Old 04-24-2013, 09:34 PM   #29
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Bob,

Thanks for the info. There are a couple of free things you mentioned that we will check out next time we come up. Locals always know the best spots.

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Old 04-24-2013, 10:06 PM   #30
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Do remember NOT to bring back any produce to the US. I ended up eating a bunch of apples, oranges, etc. upon approaching the border. Now that I think of it, I'm not sure they checked! I'm so used to being checked upon entering California, it's a habit now whenever I cross any border. Ha, ha.
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Old 04-30-2013, 07:47 PM   #31
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A few years back, we camped our way around the Lakes from NY to Grand Marais, MN. Our last stop on the Canadian side was Kakabeka. If you have a few days, drive a little further into Ontario and visit Rainbow Falls Park, and stay in the smaller Rossport campground. We loved it there. Small, great views, rocky shore. Nice little town, too, and friendly folks. We enjoyed Thunder Bay and the falls at Kakabeka, but enjoyed camping at Rossport far more... Just our preference.
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:19 PM   #32
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Do remember NOT to bring back any produce to the US. I ended up eating a bunch of apples, oranges, etc. upon approaching the border. Now that I think of it, I'm not sure they checked! I'm so used to being checked upon entering California, it's a habit now whenever I cross any border. Ha, ha.
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That's funny! I remember doing that many times because the inspection station is in Truckee. But then you could go through town and get back on I80 just after the inspection station. Crossing into CA is almost like crossing into CA!

I remember seeing video of some roads in NY state that ran along the boarder, paralleling roads in Canada. Only thing between them was a shallow strip of dirt maybe a meter wide. I assume all of those type of places have fences now

Make sure your health and car insurance is up to date and covers you in Canada. Any "irregularities" in car or camper registration could cause problems at customs. I had the front lic plate stolen off my car while out of state. I reported it to the local sheriff but it got put on record as the car was stolen. That led to a couple uncomfortable stops, one in Tijuana, before CHP sorted it out.

I would suggest a quick look at local road laws. The green flashing light that some provinces use always confuses me. I don't know how familiar you are with driving across boarder (first timer?) but I refreshing one's memory never hurt.

I hope to make it up north in the next few years. Right now working and living in Florida would mean half of vacation is just driving there. Vancouver was pretty and I liked what little I saw of Montréal, though the drive east was beautiful.

Enjoy the great suggestions and tell us how it goes. The rest of us may follow your lead

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Old 04-30-2013, 08:42 PM   #33
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It isn't our first time over the border, but it is the first time crossing without someone much more familiar with the process. Last time we crossed was into bc and then took the ferry to victoria island.
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:50 PM   #34
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Thunder Bay runs two campgrounds.. Chippewa and Trowbridge Falls.. if you go to Trowbridge you can sit in the little cascades
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:37 PM   #35
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I assume you can make reservations on line?
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:41 AM   #36
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:59 AM   #37
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Cricket - you'll find crossing at Pigeon River should be without problem if you follow the suggestions outlined in this thread. We never had any problems there when we lived in Thunder Bay - mind you we're Canadians going home every time, and the biggest question is how much you spent in the US - that won't be a problem for you.

The suggestion for Trowbridge is a good one - it's right in Thunder Bay and you'll be close to see the sights. Just north on the Trans Canada from there is the Terry Fox lookout which was suggested in this thread. There's a full Ontario welcome centre there where you can tons of info for Tbay and area - there's also a welcome centre at Pigeon River right after you cross.

The suggestion for Rossport is also good, but don't know whether you want to venture that far - two hours past Tbay. I ran a B&B there for a summer, it's a gorgeous spot - and a lovely provincial campground right on Lake Superior just east of the town.

Hope you have a wonderful time on your trip to Northwestern Ontario.

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Old 05-02-2013, 09:33 AM   #38
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We went into Canada twice last year. The first time was when we were picking up the Scamp... we didn't even have MN plates on the beast, and the registration was to the old owner. No problems there. There was a bit of puzzlement at the big boxes of rocks. "We collect them." You could see the "Crazy American" look on their faces.

The second time was with proper plates and registration... again not a problem. This time, going into Canada, when asked "Reason for Visit' we replied "Rockhounding". Since this was on the way into Thunder Bay that got a "Hope you find some great amethyst!" and were waved on our way.

Coming back INTO the US was more of a hassle. Again, the buckets of rocks raised some eyebrows, but no big problems.

Oops... just pointed out to me that the following is WRONG. You do need a passport or an "Enhanced Travel Document".
The only REAL requirement is to have a passport. Not needed to go INTO Canada, but you need one to come home.
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If you're a rock hound, there are a couple of amethyst mines in the area that are worth a visit. If you check out the Terry Fox monument, you'll find quite an eyeful of amethyst.
Me? Rockhound? <grin> We make it up to Thunder Bay to collect amethyst around every other year. There's probably a couple of hundred pounds of landscape-quality amethyst scattered around the yard. My favourite (see, I'm bilingual!) mine is the "Blue Willow". We also scored big on the last trip with a new roadcut right across the trans-Canada from the KOA Thunder Bay campground. Neat crystals and some pretty good fluorescence on some of the pieces.
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On our last big trip across Canada, my wife insisted that I wasn't allowed to pick up any rocks until we were own our way back. I started by collecting some of the stuff out of my Dad's garden that we had picked up when I was 6 or 8 years old -- he was selling the house and couldn't take them with him.

That was on Vancouver Island. By the time we were back in Ottawa, we had over 200 lbs of rocks.
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The only REAL requirement is to have a passport. Not needed to go INTO Canada, but you need one to come home.

Word of caution on that point! Canada and U.S. border requirements may be different on paper, but, are in practice, the same.

Up until a few years ago Canadians and American's did not require a passport to cross over in either direction by land.

Technically, Canada Border Services does not require U.S. citizens to present a passport (you can use a birth certificate and photo ID) to enter Canada by land (you will need a Passport if traveling by air though) - but be WARNED you will face a great deal of questions and stand a very high chance of being turned away at the Canadian border if you dont have a Passport or equivalent travel document (Nexus, Fast or Enhanced Drivers licence - all the same stuff a Canadian can also use to get into the US by Land instead of a Passport) to get back into the U.S. We love our US visitors but you are restricted as to how long you can stay - so if they suspect you are planning on staying longer than allowed, which they will if you dont have any documents that will take you back into the US you will be turned away.
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We ordered passport cards which are good for land and sea entry only. Don't worry, we will only be there for a couple of days! My son is a rockhound....i didn't realize there were fields of them for the picking?!?
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