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Posted: 08/14/20 11:46am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Last spring we were very concerned about being allowed to drive home from the lower 48 to our home in Alaska. Thankfully the Canadian BSO let us cross the border. We did not have an RV... just traveling in our truck. We drove straight through in 3 days... only stopping for fuel. It was not a fun trip.

Ay that time I never imagined I would be worried we might not be able to drive through Canada this fall to our winter 5th wheel home.

My understanding is the Canadian BSO makes the decision to allow entry on a case by case basis at the border. BEFORE we drive 400+ miles to get to the border we sure would like to know if we will be allowed entry to drive straight through to the lower 48.

We will be traveling in our truck again with no RV.

Please... if anyone has additional information regarding if snowbird travel from AK is allowed please share.

* This post was edited 08/14/20 02:02pm by sidney *

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You guys snowboard? I've wanted to try that.


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As Alaska is your declared home I would think your 5th wheel in the lower 48 is non essential travel. Just my opinion as I understand the current Canadian rules. I would suggest you call the Canadian border crossing you plan on using and ask the "officials". I would also get their name , badge # and the date / time of the conversation as a reference should they say "come on down".
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I agree with Flyboy - call and ask; but I'm under the impression that the Canadian Authorities will allow driving to (or from) AK as long as you make it a quick trip. No sightseeing/deviation of route - the fine is steep if you get caught not traveling the prescribed route.

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Lwiddis wrote:

You guys snowboard? I've wanted to try that.



What? How did you know we snowboard?

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Posted: 08/14/20 02:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Flyboy320 wrote:

As Alaska is your declared home I would think your 5th wheel in the lower 48 is non essential travel. Just my opinion as I understand the current Canadian rules. I would suggest you call the Canadian border crossing you plan on using and ask the "officials". I would also get their name , badge # and the date / time of the conversation as a reference should they say "come on down".
Safe travels.


Thanks for your reply.

I have searched and tried to find a phone number for the Canadian border crossing at Beaver Creek YT with no luck. I have a number for the Canadian Border Patrol agency but when I call them they tell me its up to the BSO at the crossing to decide. They won't give me a number to call the Beaver Creek crossing BSO directly.

If you can find the number to share it would be greatly appreciated. Its over 400 miles to the border from our home. I'd hate to make the drive and be told no... then have to drive another 400 miles back home.

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sidney wrote:

Lwiddis wrote:

You guys snowboard? I've wanted to try that.



What? How did you know we snowboard?


It’s in your post title

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PackerBacker wrote:

sidney wrote:

Lwiddis wrote:

You guys snowboard? I've wanted to try that.



What? How did you know we snowboard?


It’s in your post title


Is it? ??

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Posted: 08/14/20 03:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Here’s the title that is appearing on your post

> For Alaskans going S... is snowbirding essential travel?

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Posted: 08/14/20 03:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

PackerBacker wrote:

Here’s the title that is appearing on your post

> For Alaskans going S... is snowbirding essential travel?


Really?

I’m just funnin with ya... I edited it [emoticon]

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