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RE: Whales?

Ditto on the tours out of Seward through Kenai Fjords National Park. Jay
RangerJay 05/18/16 02:56pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Days with out electric hook up?

..... I will have a generator along so I would never be without power but peace and quiet is appreciated by everyone. If your generator is one of the quiet inverter type generators then you won't have any issues in public campgrounds around noise although many will have rules around "generator hours". The year of our Alaska Road Trip we used public campgrounds quite a bit - I don't recall problems anywhere - but we did use our little Yamaha 1000 more than I might have anticipated - pretty much anywhere we spent more than 1 night - we have just a single battery and that furnace blower a killer ..... Jay
RangerJay 04/04/16 07:25am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Reservations???????

Only made one reservation on our Alaska trip - that was in Denali and we made it just a few days in advance - never had any problems. Have a great trip. Jay
RangerJay 01/21/16 05:25am RVing in Canada and Alaska
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
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