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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
RE: Canadian Currency

It's smart to carry some funds from the country you are visiting - some (very few) small places may not use credit cards or debit cards at all - and I've always felt better about leaving a tip in cash rather than putting it on the card. American funds will usually be accepted at any business - but you can expect to pay a premium exchange rate. Get your Canadian funds at any bank or ATM - the bank will offer you the best rate. Jay
RangerJay 03/05/15 06:41pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Rabies vaccination document question?

I'm a little surprised your certificate doesn't already meet the requirements - that is whey they are issued in the first place - it is possible you simply have a vets vaccination record - not a certificate. You can probably call your vet and get a fresh certificate faxed to you before you go - we had a similar issue a couple of years ago and it took all of 20 minutes to get it resolved. If you are unable to do this then make sure you have whatever records you already possess and the name/address/phone number of your vet for reference in case there is a need to give the office a call. Having said all of this - in all our years of crossing both ways we have never been asked to produce a certificate - once we were asked "is your paperwork in order" and then waved on. Good luck, Jay
RangerJay 02/02/15 03:47pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Tourism Surcharge in Niagara Falls Canada

This is wider than a Hotel Tax - it is a Destination Marketing Fee that can be charged by the full range of tourism establishments in the city (not all businesses charge the fee). It is supposed to be a voluntary tax - there is not a requirement to pay - but it seems it is up to the consumer to be aware of the tax and to ask for it to not be included. Niagara Falls is a crazy busy place - often criticized for extensive tourism sprawl - it is probably the one tourism destination in all of Canada that should be rich enough to not require any extra tax. To add insult to injury - in Niagara Falls there is no tracking of the revenues collected - no one knows what happens after the funds are collected - no one knows how the funds are expended. Can't say I have ever heard of this kind of broad destination tax before - probably wouldn't mind paying it in more depressed tourism areas but here it feels sneaky and underhanded. Even one of the city councillors that opposes the tax says "it is just not right - people are being hoodwinked into paying something they don't have to pay." Jay
RangerJay 01/31/15 08:24am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Tourism Surcharge in Niagara Falls Canada

The latest information on this will be shown in a CBC Marketplace Documentary being aired tonight: http://www.cbc.ca/marketplace/episodes/2014-2015/money-tips-stash-your-cash (.... sorry - don't know how to do the "clicky" thingy .....) The key things here: - it should show up on your bills as an extra charge - you may not be told that it is a voluntary "tax" - you have the right to ask for it back Jay
RangerJay 01/30/15 11:20am RVing in Canada and Alaska
Tourism Surcharge in Niagara Falls Canada

Check this out: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/niagara-falls-tourist-fees-collected-with-little-oversight-1.1226724 .... then check your bills when purchasing goods or services in Niagara Falls, Canada - you have the right to ask for the charge to be removed. Jay
RangerJay 01/30/15 10:34am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: First trip--what would you do different?

The only thing I might have done differently was to spend more time - and it looks like you've already got that covered - we only had 2 months. Have a great trip. Jay
RangerJay 01/29/15 02:49pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Why I NEVER drink campground water

It's a smart to not drink from campground water systems - there is way too much opportunity to introduce bacteria into very small private water treatment systems. Jay
RangerJay 01/28/15 06:01am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: RV travel to Canada

Crossing should not be looked at as a hassle - these folks have a job to do - they aren't the ones that make the rules - the rules are there for a reason - they just enforce them. You can expect them to be interested in passports, residency, place of birth, alcohol volumes, tobacco volumes, perishable foods, pet vaccinations, firearms, where you are going and how long you will be in the country. You may also be asked about crossing with firewood and live bait (both a no-go). Presuming you have your stuff in order and are not trying to hide anything then most crossings will be uneventful - any "search" (last one years ago) we've gone through has been polite and mostly just a walk through - it's true that you may run into the occasional agent who seems a little overzealous - there is nothing you can do to prepare for that except bite your tongue and stay polite. Jay
RangerJay 01/20/15 07:19am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Cassiar Up and Down

Just a side thought on the rest of your Alaskan Trip Planning. Planning is great - but use it as a framework only - there is so much to see and do in BC, Yukon and Alaska that it is important to build in flexibility. In our own trip we found ourselves shifting our itinerary around quite a bit - spending a lot more time in the smaller places (Dawson City, Haines, Homer, Seward) and a lot less time in the cities (Fairbanks, Anchorage). Our itinerary didn't go out the window - but it sure got altered on a regular basis. Only other piece of advice - get away from the RV parks if you can and stick to public parks (National, State, Provincial, Territorial) - they might be a little shy on amenities but are pretty much all on stunning pieces of landscape - and they cost a fraction of what you will pay in an RV park. Enjoy your trip - I'm envious. Jay
RangerJay 01/18/15 06:55am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Cassiar Up and Down

Same as the rest - my vote is for using both highways - to miss either one is to miss a lot. Jay
RangerJay 01/16/15 10:54am RVing in Canada and Alaska
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