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RE: Not a good thing, at all....

Canada's vaccination rate lags far behind the US. Canada has approximately 2% of their population fully vaccinated, while the US has over 20% fully vaccinated. The US is administering 4,000,000 doses a day, which is one for every 82 citizens while Canada is administering 270,000 doses a day, or one dose for every 139 residents. In Canada, the 7 day moving average of new cases has risen from 2850 March 1st to over 7800 as of April 9th. In the US, where restrictions have been loosened dramatically, the 7 day moving average of cases has actually fallen from March 1st's rate of 67,000 per day to the current 65,000 per day. Maybe the US isn't so bad after all. Canada doesn’t have vaccine manufactures, so we have to purchase ours from other countries from around the world. There has been disruption in the delivery of vaccine from around the world to Canada and the Provinces. Now if you want to talk about good Canadian Beer, we have plenty of that with enough on hand to ensure every beer drinker in Canada is fully equipped for camping getaways I rest my case. Soup.
SideHillSoup 04/09/21 02:00pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Waited on Canada long enough

I want to get back out there on the road again too. My wife and I have put off out trip to Tuktoyaktuk for the second time this summer. We had to cancel a 35 day cruise to the South Pacific last March, 7 days before the boat sailed, and we all know what happened on this cruise ships. We haven’t hugged our grandkids or our kids for over a year. We miss our Neighbours coming over to our yard for a beer and a fire. We miss our visits with my cousin and his wife who both got COVID which they got as emergency room nurses in Phoenix We miss a lot like everybody does. As for face masks: Where I worked, I had to wear a 1/2 face respiratory on my face, with safety and or reading safety glasses for 11 hrs of my 12 hr shift. The only time we could take them off was during our two 1/2 hr lunch breaks, or anytime we went into a clean air / cool down station to get a drink of water, cool down, check instruments etc. I worked there for 39 years, so theses medical surgical masks we are to wear are nothing. Wearing the masks are not only helping you, they are also helping the population at large. Let’s all stay safe and happy out there everyone
SideHillSoup 04/04/21 11:04am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Waited on Canada long enough

With Canada very slow on their vaccinations, the US may actually be the ones to keep the border closed.! Couple of reasons why Canada’s vaccine roll out is slow are: 1- we don’t make any COVID vaccine in Canada. 2- although Canada has a number of huge orders of vaccine from around the world it doesn’t mean we are getting it. Meaning the deliveries of the vaccine have in the past been delayed for one reason or another, so we wait. That’s not to say we aren’t getting vaccinated, because we are. At 63, l’m not scheduled in B.C. to “make” an appointment until the end of April beginning of May. The shot will come after the appointment is made when vaccine is available. Let’s all hope this gets behind us, so we can all hug our grandkids, family and friends again soon Stay safe everyone. Soup. You’re still quarantined yourself from even family? Really? Yes. We have a bubble with my elderly sister and my elderly mother inlaw. Those are the only people we are keeping close. We have three daughters within 20 miles of here and have only seen them in our driveway at birthdays and Christmas when they and our 7 Grand kids came by to sing to us. And those three daughters and their families came by at different times so they didn’t break their bubbles. Our area of BC has next to nothing ( numbers are picking up now with variants) for COVID cases for the last 2 months. However since the variants and number of cases are rising we are hunkering down for phase 3 ... or what ever they want to call it. Like I said at my age my wife and I are not scheduled to make an “appointment “ to get our shots until the end of April begining of May. So we are do everything we can do, to keep us, our loved ones and community safe until we all have the option to get our shots. And it’s called a bubble, not a “ quarantine” which means you lock yourself in a room and watch Netflix 24/7. We still go get grub once every 2 weeks, we go snowmobiling / ATVing/ camping, work in our garden and go for walks in the bush, we still do just about everything we used to do except travel outside our medical region and hug our family ( besides my wife) Stay safe Soup .
SideHillSoup 04/03/21 10:01pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Waited on Canada long enough

With Canada very slow on their vaccinations, the US may actually be the ones to keep the border closed.! Couple of reasons why Canada’s vaccine roll out is slow are: 1- we don’t make any COVID vaccine in Canada. 2- although Canada has a number of huge orders of vaccine from around the world it doesn’t mean we are getting it. Meaning the deliveries of the vaccine have in the past been delayed for one reason or another, so we wait. That’s not to say we aren’t getting vaccinated, because we are. At 63, l’m not scheduled in B.C. to “make” an appointment until the end of April beginning of May. The shot will come after the appointment is made when vaccine is available. Let’s all hope this gets behind us, so we can all hug our grandkids, family and friends again soon Stay safe everyone. Soup.
SideHillSoup 04/02/21 10:15am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper, Alberta

They were last summer, and most of them were packed like never before because people weren’t traveling and staying close to home.
SideHillSoup 03/26/21 07:12am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper, Alberta

All BC provincial parks are not excepting “reservation” for people from outside of BC until July 8th. If someone drives up from out of the province of BC with their RV and gets a “first come first serve” site and it is available, they can book that site. Parks Canada have no restrictions for reservations or FCFS sites, that I know of.” At this time” However. The boarder between the US and Canada is still closed to all non essential travel at this time. When the 49th opens to “travelers ” is anyone’s guess. My “guess” is late fall of 2021....maybe.... Soup.
SideHillSoup 03/25/21 07:50pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Evacuation Insurance

As the crow flies and “assuming” you cross into Canada at Sweet Grass MT ( Coutts Alberta) it’s 1500 miles, (x2 if you don’t use the Alaska ferry service, and we all know crows don’t fly in a straight line) to Beaver Creek Yukon where you enter into Alaska or Chicken Alaska. I quick google map search gives about a 1900 mile one way trip through Canada You should be inquiring about your insurance coverage for the Canadian leg of your trip. Soup.
SideHillSoup 03/19/21 10:42am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Evacuation Insurance

This is what I have. It works in all parts of the World that is not U.S. DEPARTMENT of STATE — BUREAU of CONSULAR AFFAIRS ... Travel Advisories restricted. All ambulance fees are paid-- ground and air 100% payment -- no co-pays Returns you home via Air Ambulance (private jet aircraft) and spouse Returns your vehicle home -- at no expense to you Check into it. LeRoy I love your rig ( grin) Soup
SideHillSoup 03/19/21 07:41am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Travelling from Nevada to Alaska in the Middle of Winter

....Crickets....
SideHillSoup 03/12/21 07:03pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Boarder Crossing

Interesting reading the borders are “closed” with so many Canadian snow birds here in central Fl. Well the land border is closed to all non essential travel into Canada, that’s regulated by the Canadian Gov’t. A Canadian Traveling into the USA at a land border is regulated by the USA Gov’t, not Canadian Gov’t. So the boarder being closed is only... “kinda” closed Soup.
SideHillSoup 03/04/21 05:30pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: RV Ferry cost to Vancouver Island?

If you have pets like we do the BC Ferries on the longer sailings, allow pet owners to go down to the vehicle deck “about” every three (3) hrs to check/ walk the dogs . The also insist you clean up the mess. There were a lot of people “ walking” and checking on there pets like we did. They announced over the PA when the vehicle deck was open for “ pet time” Soup
SideHillSoup 03/03/21 04:53am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: RV Ferry cost to Vancouver Island?

We have fifth wheel trailer. Total length 52 feet (if that’s relevant) What is the cost of the ferry crossing to the island. lots I am 56 feet long with two people in the cap it was aproximatly 740.00 return. you are 4 feet smaller so thay would be about 50.00 bucks cheeper. basicly it is 6.50 per foot plus the cost of the peole and fuel sirtax if they have one at the time. Steve Wow, yeah, I just randomly plugged in Gangcouver to the Island, forget which ports, 56' long, 2 passengers, random day and got $330 (cdn), 1 way! Yup, that’s cheap.. Plug in Haida Gwaii round trip.
SideHillSoup 03/02/21 06:20pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper, Alberta

If things are anywhere like they were last summer the mountains of Alberta and BC will be nuts with tourists. Book your sites / campgrounds ASAP. The regular campgrounds we use around here were full as soon as reservations opened and we didn’t get in to places that we have never had an issue with before. We were lucky in the fact that we do a lot of bush camping and even out there there were tons of people. One sick downside of all those people out in the bush was that a lot of them don’t give a “hoot” about the environment and left garbage and **** everywhere. We packed large amount of garbage out of the bush every time we went camping. There are lots of things to see and do in Alberta to many to list, best to contact the Alberta Tourism people, they have a lot of great info. Enjoy Soup.
SideHillSoup 03/02/21 01:53pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: RV Ferry cost to Vancouver Island?

Here is the link to BC Ferries. BC Ferries As stated by others it just isn’t length that costs, other factors dig into your wallet as well. Since your already near or close to Hwy 16 you might want to look at catching the Ferry from Prince Rupert down the west coast of BC to Port Hardy on the northern tip of Vancouver Island. You would want a day time sailing and book a cabin as well. The cost will not only hit your wallet, you might have to tap that Swiss Bank account that you’ve been hiding from the wife :B In 2018 we took sailings from Prince Rupert to Hadia Gwaii ( daytime sailing over/ night sailing back, with cabin for both sailings) In 2019 to took the ferry from Horeshoe Bay to Nanaimo, over to Vancouver Island and then Port Hardy to Bella Coola on the new ferry Sea Wolf, back to the mainland. The ferry from Port Hardy to Bella Coola was absolutely fabulous! We saw 7 different groups of whales and at one point the captain stopped the ferry so we could watch the whales feeding about 250 to 300 yards off to one side of the ferry. There were 9 whales in that group. We have done 3 different cruises to Alaska from Vancouver and we saw more whales before lunch on the ferry to Bella Coola than we did on all three Alaska Cruises put together. The Ferries are not cheap, but man does Canada ever have a beautiful west coast. We always make reservations even when we are just heading over to the Island from the Vancouver area. If you do decide to take the ferry from Princes Rupert south or Port Hardy north then you “will” require a reservation as those ferries have limited space for over height vehicles, plus they fill up fast in tourist season. As well being overnight and your length that will also be a big factor. Enjoy your trip what ever you decide. Soup. https://i.imgur.com/tGDUXPZl.jpg Loaded up for sailing to Haida Gwaii https://i.imgur.com/cWyqQpVl.jpg Large group of whales, this is the ones we stopped for. https://i.imgur.com/TGGQyMTl.jpg Port Hardy & The BC Ferry, Sea Wolf https://i.imgur.com/XvKZFHHl.jpg Top viewing deck heading to Bella Coola. https://i.imgur.com/l580bvDl.jpg Waiting at Port Hardy
SideHillSoup 03/01/21 08:49am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: RV Ferry cost to Vancouver Island?

You do not pay for an over height vehicle of any type. The reason they ask you if your over height is to ensure your on the correct deck, as well as they have room for you on the limited number of decks that allow over height vehicles. I’ve traveled up and down the west coast of BC on the BC Ferry Service in our truck no camper which are inches under 12 ft and I have never been charged for height. Length is why it’s “costs” you, hence if you have a bike rack on the front or back for your rig remove the bikes and the bike rack and store them inside your rig while traveling on the BC ferry system. IT Should be noted: ALL, inland ferries ( fresh water) of BC are free. Enjoy your trip. Soup.
SideHillSoup 02/28/21 06:51pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Travelling from Nevada to Alaska in the Middle of Winter

Hoping we get to see some great pictures! Drive safe. Soup.
SideHillSoup 02/19/21 12:25pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Travelling from Nevada to Alaska in the Middle of Winter

Good catch. Enjoy the rest of your trip. Soup.
SideHillSoup 02/15/21 09:05pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Travelling from Nevada to Alaska in the Middle of Winter

Should also mention, cell phone Battery life “historically” don’t last very long at all when in the cold. Before I bought my cannon I packed my cell phone in my shirt pocket while snowmobiling. Even thou it was under my heavy snowmobile jacket the few times it came out for pictures the battery would’ve close to dead in a few hours. Even if we leave it in the truck when we went ridding the battery would be dead at the end of our day. So, keep an eye on your cell phone battery life, and possibly Buy a small pocket camera. Have a safe trip and.....It’s COLD up here.... bring extra socks... ( grin) Soup
SideHillSoup 02/09/21 09:28am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Travelling from Nevada to Alaska in the Middle of Winter

Like Grit Dog mentioned, and I said many pages of posts ago. Make sure your co-pilot has the camera handy for the entire trip. Like I said, your going to see some pretty spectacular sites on your trip north. Myself, I hate the camera option on my cell phone as it doesn’t take “good enough” pictures for my liking. I have a number of cameras, but my “go to” camera is a small Canon PowerShot with 12 times Optical Zoom. Small fits in your pocket like a cell phone, I take it snowmobiling, ATVing, fishing in the bush.... etc...and takes much better pictures than a cell phone.... ( my opinion) Have fun on your trip. Soup.
SideHillSoup 02/08/21 04:48pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Travelling from Nevada to Alaska in the Middle of Winter

Like what Steve said, all our ( Canadian) Hwy diesel is ULSD and has been since about 2008, as directed by the Canadian Gov’t. Soup.
SideHillSoup 02/06/21 08:26am RVing in Canada and Alaska
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