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RE: Sault Ste Marie area campgrounds

Generally the shoreline of Lake Superior is a lot cooler than locations further away from the lake - and on the days that it isn't a dip in it's cold waters instantly deals with any feelings you might have of being too warm ..... Jay
RangerJay 11/19/15 07:06am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Out of Country Travel Insurance - Travel to US

Your broker is probably a good source - but also check any insurance company where you might qualify for group coverage - i.e. past employment (you or your wife), credit cards, travel organizations (i.e. Snowbirds, CAA, Good Sam), retirement organizations (i.e. CARP) - and also ask those folks who regularly travel south for the winter - there must be lots of others who have faced this same issue. Jay
RangerJay 11/08/15 04:46pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: going to Alaska with doggie

I think the only actual requirement at the border is a rabies certificate - but ask your vet - they will know. If you plan on kenneling your dog while out for longer day trips then you should also think about the vaccination against kennel cough (forget the name of it) - many kennels will ask to see your pups vaccination records and if that particular vaccination is not included then they will not board it. Jay
RangerJay 10/20/15 02:30pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Advice for Lake Superior and Lake Huron area Ontario

I did the trip in June from Thunder bay to Pembroke, Ontario via Hwy 17. The road around Superior is excellent for driving but worthless for sightseeing. The new road is a couple miles away from the Lake and out of sight for most of the trip. It is 2 lanes with very narrow shoulders and a cable fence for most of the distance. Pulling to the side for a picture is almost impossible as the semis are whizzing past at 120+kph. I did have a black bear run across the road in front of me and almost got rear ended by a semi when I slowed to avoid it. Later I saw 2 moose feeding at the roadside and knew it was time to stop for the night. To see anything you have to get off of 17 and go to the small towns. Many of those roads are not in good shape leaving the highway, and many of the towns have suffered by the highway being moved away from them. Sault Ste. Marie has a lot. The Agawa Canyon train is great, Soo Locks boat tour. all the other things on both sides of the border. Antlers restaurant on the Mich side is an experience. Sudbury has a lot to see and do also. Wow - I guess each to their own - can't say I recognize much of this route in the above description ..... Google "Hwy 17 Lake Superior Views" - then toggle on "images" - you'll get an idea of what you will see. In the view of most folks Hwy 17 from Thunder Bay to Sault Ste. Marie is one of the more scenic drives you will find anywhere. It is an amazing chunk of Canada's Canadian Shield that was made famous by The Group of Seven painters in the early part of the last century. And trucks? - most will be taking Hwy 11 - the more northerly and flatter route - for those you do encounter there are passing lanes on most (not all) grades. SSM and Sudbury as tourism destinations? - well - maybe - each do have their own solid attractions - good add-on's to be sure - but IMHO not significant enough to be the main destinations on this route. I suppose the difference in opinions may be that some most enjoy places where other's aren't - and some most enjoy places where others are ..... Jay
RangerJay 08/25/15 10:16am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Some Businesses on Facebook rant

I gave in and signed onto Facebook a little while ago - then spent some time turning off everything that could possibly be turned off - seems to be working OK - in fact I'm liking it - don't get anything I don't want to get and in regular touch with everything I want to be in touch with ..... so far so good - hope it stays that way .... Jay
RangerJay 08/23/15 01:49pm Around the Campfire
RV Fire inside Tunnel

I always thought this was only a remote possibility - easier to wind the lottery - but I guess it can and obviously has happened: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/northbound-lafontaine-tunnel-won-t-fully-reopen-until-friday-morning-minister-says-1.3197555 Jay
RangerJay 08/20/15 03:46pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Advice for Lake Superior and Lake Huron area Ontario

You don't leave yourself a lot of time to see a really scenic chunk of Ontario - on the other hand you are going through at a great time of year but check the Ontario Parks website for operating dates. The route you are taking is one that we take pretty much every year from Thunder Bay area to visit family in the Niagara area. I've listed our favourite parks. I'd also ditto the suggestion to take the ferry from Manitoulin to Tobermory - it is a bit pricey - but if this is your one and only trip to Ontario then you are choosing between a straight-forward non-eventful drive from Sault Ste. Marie to Niagara via Sudbury against the opportunity to enjoy Lake Huron up close and personal and spend time viewing the incredible human and natural history of the Bruce Peninsula - no comparison in my view. The one significant exception to going around Lake Huron via Sudbury is Killarney Provincial Park. It is a stunningly beautiful park that is well worth a visit if you do go via Sudbury - but - having said that - my caution for you has to do with the size of your rig in your avatar - Killarney is not big rig friendly - check and reserve ahead of time to make sure you can get a campsite that will accommodate you. Favourite Parks: North Shore of Lake Superior: check www.ontarioparks.com for more information and operating dates for all Provincial Parks - Terry Fox Memorial and Lookout (just outside of Thunder Bay on Hwy 17) - a must see. - Neys Provincial Park - Pukaskwa National Park: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/on/pukaskwa/index.aspx - Lake Superior Provincial Park Lake Huron: - Chicheemaun Ferry: http://www.ontarioferries.com/ontarioferries/english/index.asp - Fathom Five National Marine Park: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/amnc-nmca/on/fathomfive/index.aspx - Tobermory: http://tobermory.com/ - Bruce Peninsula National Park http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/on/bruce/index.aspx Enjoy your trip. Jay
RangerJay 08/19/15 03:11pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: No need to go to Alaska....sit back...grab a beer....

Thanks Gary - that is great - gonna follow your advice exactly - this afternoon at happy hour - likely to replace the beer with a Martini ..... Jay
RangerJay 08/02/15 07:15am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Suggested border crossing?

One of the secrets to avoiding waits at busy crossings is to time when you plan on coming across - even the small crossings can get crazy busy. In our area we have three small crossings - the wait can be nothing, can be minutes, or can be hours - entirely dependent upon what day and time you cross. This website might help you out: http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/bwt-taf/menu-eng.html Jay
RangerJay 07/26/15 07:18am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Newfoundland and labador

There is an exceptionally long running thread on this topic over at AirForums - it covers not only the planning but also serves as the original authors trip diary - and it's still running. You'll do well to spend the time to go through it: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/trip-planning-to-newfoundland-nova-scotia-nb-127682.html Jay
RangerJay 07/23/15 09:46am RVing in Canada and Alaska
Failing to Declare a Firearm at Canadian Border Crossings

This is taken from today's Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal. Border officials deal with rash of guns at Port of Entry Saturday, July 4, 2015 Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal A Missouri man has a court date in Fort Frances later this month to deal with charges following yet another seizure of a handgun at the town’s border crossing by Canadian inspectors. It’s the eighth time a gun has been seized at the Fort Frances border so far this year, compared to three seizures for all of 2014. Border investigators said they found a loaded .22 calibre revolver in the glove compartment of the man’s truck during a search on June 24 during an attempt to enter Ontario. He was later charged under the federal Customs Act with non-report of goods, wilful evasion, possession of illegally imported goods and smuggling, a Canada Border Services Agency said in a news release on Friday. CBSA spokesman Chris Kealey said the number of handgun seizures at the Fort Frances border varies from year to year. “Keeping firearms out of our community is our highest priority, so it’s something we’re focused on all the time,” Kealey said. The accused was released on a US$300 recognizance. He is to appear in court on July 27. The lesson here is that failing to declare a firearm at a Canadian Border Crossing is a big deal. Jay
RangerJay 07/04/15 07:52am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Planning Canada RV trip 2016

You're gonna have to tighten your question up ...... a lot ..... Canada is a really big place - lots of country, lots of scenery, two official languages, multiple cultures, lots of dialects, lots of activities, lots of regional diversity - and did I mention Canada is a really, really big place? If you want to spend all your time in Ontario there is enough to keep you busy for the summer, if you want to spend time in every region of Canada - well - road trips have been a part of our married life for over 40 years - and we're still a heck of a long way from seeing it all ..... Following Dick_B's advise is best - Google each Province and Territory - get the best rated attractions, sights, activities and start figuring from there - you're gonna need way more than one year ...... Jay
RangerJay 06/29/15 02:04pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Medical claim Denied

I'd agree that it does seem like there is more to the story than we know from what is posted here - but I'd also say a couple of other things: - what a doctor says and what the patient hears can be two different things - "pre-existing condition" has differing definitions - insurance companies look for ways to not have to pay insurance Jay
RangerJay 06/29/15 08:22am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Medical claim Denied

Friends of ours have had their medical claim denied. Lots of money after a medical emergency in Texas. They have exhausted the appeal process with the insurance company. They are determined to fight this to the bitter end. They did not knowingly leave Ontario with a pre-existing condition. They did not think to ask to see what doctors were writing in the medical reports and consequently notes were made that were untrue. Any personal experiences that might be helpful? Any people fighting the same battle? We often hear scary stories and then we never hear the resolution. There seems to be a growing number of this type of story in the news - CBC's "Go Public" has carried several of them and the circumstances you describe may be the kind of case they would be interested in: http://www.cbc.ca/news/gopublic Jay
RangerJay 06/29/15 06:04am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Detroit to Niagara Falls via Canada, what to expect?

It is pretty much a straight run - but try to avoid Hamilton and QEW to Niagara during the rush hours.
RangerJay 06/08/15 03:36pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Thunder Bay to Winnipeg

Taking the Highway 11 route you will enjoy a night or two in Quetico Provincial Park at Dawson Trail Campground - this is the only car campground in the Park. If you are paddlers then an extended canoe trip in the park is pretty much a natural choice for some solitude, adventure and fishing. There are several other Provincial Parks on the way to Kenora - Caliper and Sioux Narrows Parks are both operated by the town of Sioux Narrows. Closer to Kenora is Rushing River Provincial Park - it's very popular during the summer months so reservations are a good idea. The Ontario Parks website will give you more detail on each Provincial Park and give you access to reservations: www.ontarioparks.ca You don't say how you are going to make a loop back. One suggestion you might want to think about is to go a little farther than Winnipeg before heading south back into the U.S. and take in International Peace Garden: www.internationalpeacegarden.com Peace Garden is located directly on the International Boundary between the U.S. and Canada Border Crossings - managed by both the Province of Manitoba and the State of North Dakota. There is a campground on site. You can easily spend a full day there. If you haven't been there before it is a place you will not regret visiting. Enjoy your trip. Jay
RangerJay 05/30/15 09:06am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: LEAST amount of questions at crossing?

The biggest laugh we have had was crossing from the Yukon into Alaska on the Top of the World highway - the U.S. Border Guard came up to the window and said: "You folks lost?". Loved it. Jay
RangerJay 05/10/15 06:47pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Oregon is on the Bucket List

Thanks again for the great responses - I showed the feedback to my wife this morning - kind of a mistake - she really likes what you folks have had to say - starting to look like "we" will be changing our travel plans for 2015 (all the planning has been done to visit the Gaspe) ..... it's exactly a 180 degree change in direction to go to Oregon ..... Thanks, Jay
RangerJay 03/15/15 08:23am Roads and Routes
RE: Oregon is on the Bucket List

Thanks for the quick responses and the encouragement - our interests are pretty much shoreline camping, national/state parks, scenic routes/vistas, history, local culture (dinner theatre, festivals), wildlife. Thanks, Jay
RangerJay 03/14/15 05:40pm Roads and Routes
Oregon is on the Bucket List

Oregon has been on our Bucket List for more than a little while - we've been a bit hesitant to tick it off simply because of its fame - we have always worked really hard to be where other's aren't - and Oregon seems one heck of a popular place .... if you saw our "Vacation Map" you'd very quickly see that we've left the busy places of the continent till last ..... maybe not a smart thing but that is what it is .... .... so ..... .... is a fall trip a doable way of avoiding the crowds? and the traffic? Our typical fall trip has us leaving home in late August/early September and getting back home somewhere mid-October - this puts us in Oregon for up to a 3 week period beginning mid September. Advice is really welcome. Thanks, Jay
RangerJay 03/14/15 04:23pm Roads and Routes
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