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Old April 8th, 2007, 01:08   #106
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I've been going to great white north since the late 70s without issue .

Make sure you have at least one good credit card ( visa , mastercard , discover will work in some places but not all have a backup ) .

A good atm card with a few hundred in the bank is also a good idea so you can get some wallet cash Canadian $100 or $200 .

I don't know what the rules are for an atm/cash card are when used as a credit card . Be safe have a good vise or mastercard . Find out what the exchange charge on your cards ( atms included ) before you use them out of the US . Some are better than others , I speak from experience on this one .

Save all your receipts for proof of time in Canada if you plan on buying at the duty free on your way out . If memory serves you must be in Canada for at least 3 days to qualify for duty free now .

Make sure you have any/all prescriptions in current labeled bottles with at least a months supply . Declare any prescription drugs you have in your possession & be ready show them if asked .

Remember in Canada health care is government payed so if you have to go to the doctor or hospital Americans health insurance is not good in most cases so have to pay cash ( credit card will do at some ) for services rendered .

US auto insurance should good , but local rules & laws apply in a crash . Just as it is from state to state in the US . Have proof of coverage handy , I don't know if our policy # printed our registration will work up there .

Turning lane signals are more to international rules . Not so many turning arrows ( 10 years ago ) many of the flashing greens for left turning lanes .


And NC has some rules of the road that are not so common in other states & other countries so do a little research .

Carry a camera , a throw away with flash is good . So if you have a crash take pictures of the cars before they are moved , I speak from experience on this one also .

A French phrase book if you don't know the language might also be a good idea . Over they years I've run into people all over Canada in my travels that don't speak so much English . Canada is a bilingual country , like I hope the US is someday . In the western US many places require a little Spanish to get along today .

Moneys tight currently so I dought that I can make to the great white north this years , but have fun all .
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Old April 16th, 2007, 08:06   #107
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I found this today ; Is this the rule all over Canada ???


"Double speeding jeopardy


The Edmonton Journal

Published: Thursday, April 12, 2007
Did you know that passing a police car stopped at the side of the highway with its lights flashing can earn you a major fine, even if you're simply going the posted speed limit?

The RCMP say they want Albertans to obey the 18-month-old law, known as Bill 39, but insist they are not using it to set up special speed traps aimed at giving out big tickets to drivers who fail to slow down while passing an emergency vehicle.

In recent weeks, the police force in charge of traffic enforcement on the QE2 highway has been seen setting speed traps using two cars. The first catches a regular speeder, while the other can nab a driver who fails to change lanes or to slow down to the required 60 km/


Bill 39, which went into effect in late 2005 in the wake of the tragic death of RCMP Const. Jose Agostinho, requires cars passing any emergency vehicles with lights flashing -- police car, ambulance, fire truck and tow trucks among them -- to slow to 60 km/h if they are in the lane immediately adjacent to the shoulder where the emergency vehicle is located.

While the police insist there is no special effort underway to enforce Bill 39, they also insist it would be within their rights to do so for two reasons: it's the law and it's designed to protect police and other emergency workers.

But it's a bit like catching fish in a barrel -- very lucrative fish.
The fines are astounding, exceeding $500 for a car that was simply travelling the posted speed limit.

The math is simple. A car traveling the posted speed limit of 110 km/h is flagged for going 50 km/h over the speed limit. That fine is then doubled because of the emergency provisions contained in Bill 39.

In effect, just for going the speed limit, one can receive a fine that is tantamount to having gone 100 km/h over the limit.
Conceptually, the law is a good one. But it does raise a number of safety and public policy concerns: Does requiring cars in one lane of the highway to slow dramatically increase the risks of accident?

Does the enforcement of Bill 39 take away resources from the more vital task of catching even worse speeders, those lead-footed drivers who fly along in the passing lane at speeds exceeding 150 km/h.

The way the law is written, these people would never be subject to the double fines because they are in the outer lanes. Yet it is these people who pose the greatest risk to the safety and well-being of all motorists.
The RCMP say all they are doing is enforcing "common sense."

The Alberta Motor Association agrees, saying it welcomes any and all initiatives to curb speeding, including Bill 39.

That's fair enough.

But fairer still would be to remain focused on catching the folks who scoff at speed limits.

And, motorists, do emergency workers a favour and use common sense, so the RCMP won't feel they have to enforce it."
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Old April 16th, 2007, 17:01   #108
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BTW, when traveling through PA they passed a law that if an emergency vehicle is on the side you must move to the left lane if possible.
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Old May 6th, 2007, 07:28   #109
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The Move Over Law has been passed in several states.
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Old July 1st, 2007, 18:31   #110
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For you folks sweating this and that about crossing into Canada -- Don't.

I live on the border and it's really not bad at all. Radman was right when he said that airport security is much more invasive than driving into Canada.

Also, don't get caught up in "this port of entry is easier than that one," as it entirely depends on the individual doing the inspection. One tip--when you are lined up, look for the lane that has cars going through rapidly. That indicates the border guard who doesn't ask a lot of questions. If you see a car sitting for more than a minute at the border crossing, then get into another lane if you can do so without looking suspicious. When you talk to the border guard, speak clearly and in full sentences so they can easily tell that you don't have a foreign accent.

As for passports and what not, I have never been asked for more than my driver's license.

If you have speeding tickets or whatever--don't worry. Misdemeanor convictions or worse--I don't know.

And while technically you are supposed to be in the country a set number of days before cashing in on the duty free--if you buy, say, 2 bottles of booze, it's not worth their time to make you fill out the forms and pay the taxes on it.

Here is a webpage showing wait times at the borders. If you have an Internet-capable PDA, you can use it to avoid delays:

http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/general/times/menu-e.html

My personal "border crossing checklist:"

1. Put radar detector in the house.
2. Use windex to clean off the suction cup marks from the radar detector
3. Leave pepper spray, knives, etc. in the house
4. That's it. Relax and enjoy.

Finally, if you have never been to a Canadian strip club, and that is your sort of thing, then GO! They will blow your mind.

I am still on the fence but may wind up going to this year's TDIFEST.
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Old July 2nd, 2007, 06:17   #111
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Finally, if you have never been to a Canadian strip club, and that is your sort of thing, then GO! They will blow your mind.
If you find the right strip club, and for the right price, that's not all that they'll blow...
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Old July 3rd, 2007, 10:52   #112
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Correct LOL
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Old August 10th, 2007, 15:32   #113
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Alright, since you mentioned it. Which strip clubs would be worth visiting?
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Old August 12th, 2007, 17:10   #114
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Umm, I wouldn't know

Radman might have more info on the local wildlife though...I live considerably out of town...
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Old August 15th, 2007, 06:03   #115
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Here is my border crossing experience last weekend when I was visiting relatives. I was driving and traveling with my parents and sister.

We crossed into Canada at the Derby Line, VT / Stanstead, QC crossing on I-91 / Autoroute 55.

The wait was approximately 45 minutes, and when we did finally pull up to the Canadian border agent we were asked for our passports. (I know you don't need a passport, but it is much less hassle for the border agent)

The agent asked us a few questions, and when he asked us where we were going, I mentioned the very small town where my grandmother lives. He then asked "What's going on there?", I replied "To visit my grandmother". My mom yells from the back seat "Nothing!". The border agent smiled. He also asked us what we all did for a living, and specifically asked the women in the car if they have any mace or pepper spray. We were on our way within a few minutes.


On the way back we crossed at the same crossing on I-91 / Autoroute 55. The wait was approximately an hour.

When we finally get to the US border agent who is standing outside the booth putting on rubber gloves, he asks me to open the trunk and asks for my keys. I guess as a security measure they were making everyone turn off their cars and hand over their keys. He then asked for all of our passports and hands them over to a separate agent in the booth.

The border agent looks in the trunk for about 5 seconds and then closes it. He asks what we were doing in Canada, how long we were there, and how we know each other.

He hands me my keys and our passports and we were on our way in a few minutes.
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Old August 28th, 2007, 09:03   #116
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Which crossing is better I81 or I87? Garmin has calculated a route, crossing on I81. But I was thinking of going up I87. Is one crossing better than the other? Thanks
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Old August 28th, 2007, 14:32   #117
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So what can one expect to happen at the boarder crossing in and out of canada? I have never done this before and was just wondering.
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Old August 29th, 2007, 08:14   #118
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Which crossing is better I81 or I87? Garmin has calculated a route, crossing on I81. But I was thinking of going up I87. Is one crossing better than the other? Thanks
If you take I-87, the Adirondack region is very attractive... (but South of Albany there are tolls to be paid...)
If you take I-81, the Thousand Islands region is gorgeous... (Tolls on the bridge...)

Take one coming up and the other when returning...

If you're thinking about catching the I-87 somewhere around New York City, then keep in mind that when driving South you get to pay a toll to cross the Hudson - so stay on the New Jersey side... (Driving North/West there are no tolls...)

As far as what happens at the border... strictly formalities, but they must be performed for the protection of everyone involved... There's no way to predict whether the border guards are going to have a "thorough inspection" day due to some possible threat or whether you're going to have a "Have a Nice Day" type experience... I've seen the two in operation simultaneously at adjacent lanes... no real rhyme or reason that could be gleaned... It does help to have a recent passport, but it's still not mandatory...

Of course, this being a holiday weekend, traffic will probably be heavy in both directions...

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I plan on hitting the border sometime after 7pm I think tomorrow. Do you think it should be bad then, and what is the avg. wait time to get through?
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Old August 29th, 2007, 08:30   #120
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"Average" time is impossible to predict... it can take 5 minutes and can take 2 hours...

As far as the U.S. folks are concerned, I believe that the greatest "concern" for the border agents is the possibility that you're coming here to "work" or "sell" something*... If you're just coming to see some friends you've met over the internet, that's fine by them...

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* Many, many years ago, a friend was coming up to study music (violin) at McGill University... Since his violin was worth (back then) well over $100,000, they wanted him to post a $40,000 bond to assure that he wouldn't be selling the instrument in Canada... took a few days to clear up that little bit of bureaucratic stupidity...
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