Anothe canadian border question

Discussion in 'Americas' started by s.ga.rider, Jun 24, 2016.

  1. s.ga.rider

    s.ga.rider Been here awhile

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    Ive never been to canada but have always wanted to check out Banff. Im going to be in glacier in august and banff is 4 hours away(according to google). My problem is im carrying a small pistol and I know thats a no no. Is it safe to pack it in the bike. Maybe in camping gear or somewhere else on the fjr or do I need to figure something else out?
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  2. slobinski

    slobinski easily amused

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    Figure out a way to leave your handgun at home!
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  3. s.ga.rider

    s.ga.rider Been here awhile

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    3 weeks of camping. It wont be staying home. I do have a permit but I know it wont help with the border.
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    If they find it I don't think you'll get it back even after you get outa prison.
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    damurph Cold Adventurer

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    Stay home. That is your only handgun option.
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    s.ga.rider Been here awhile

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    Hmm. Didnt know they would take you to prison. I may need to find somewhere to leave it or skip canada then.
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    damurph Cold Adventurer

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    Smuggling firearms across international borders is serious stuff. Prison is where you end up.
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    s.ga.rider Been here awhile

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    That was a good bit of information to learn. I dont think my job would look to highly upon that. lol
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  9. damurph

    damurph Cold Adventurer

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    Don't figure they will hold your job for you for 2-10 years but I don't know you employer.
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  10. Hill Climber

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    I don't think you'd go to prison, but, hand guns are not allowed into Canada, without proper documentation. Documentation that you were attending a shooting competition.
    Lots of Americans try to bring them across, undeclared... border officials not only confiscate the weapon, they call the RCMP to charge you with a Criminal Offense.. translation: Serious.
    Leave it along with any ammunition, clips, holster etc. with someone on the US side. Rent a locker somewhere, just don't bring it across. Maybe an inmate near the border can hold it for you.

    Glacier National Park is fantastic, and Banff is also a fabulous place to visit. August will be busy though... thousands of tourists and really high prices for everything.

    The US dollar is at a premium right now.... One dollar US equals approx $1.30 Canadian. Fantastic value
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  11. Strong Bad

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    You do realize that whatever handgun you have ain't going to help you with Grizzly bears, right? It's the great white north, not Georgia, the Canooks ain't that scary, and neither are the people in Montana. Leave the gun at home and try to relax. On the other hand, those tour buses in Banff....wow! The Japanese and Australian tourists are THE worst, get those bastards near a Tee Shirt shop you better be ready to clear leather!

    I am absolutely flabbergasted at the number of people here that feel that a hand gun is absolutely necessary at all times and not being able to carry one is a game changer. Out of all the Adventure riders on this forum, and with large number of gun carriers in this crowd, does anyone have a link to a ride report where a gun was a life saver, that is, it was needed? I'll include potential targets like brown and black bears, wild boar, mountain lions, wolf, coyotes, and yes even people. Because I can't seem to remember a single case. Seriously, you people need to relax and learn to leave your fears at home.
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  12. Vegas_vtx

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    It's been a few years since I have been to Canada when I drove truck.
    At the border they will ask how much money you have, how much you have in the bank (as I recall you need a little bit to leave the country), your passport (of course), how long you will be in country, if you have alcohol, cigarettes, porn, weapons, where you are going, ... that's all I can think of, but there should be a online check list of questions or things you will need.

    GL.
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  13. mshell

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    Last Summer when I crossed at Waterton, I believe the Mountie asked if I had a weapon.

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  14. shovelstrokeed

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    Leave your gun and any ammo/accouterment on the US side. Find a gun shop that will store it for you for a small fee. The Canadian authorities take a very dim view. As in serious jail time type of dim view for smuggling a hand gun into Canada. You will be charged and convicted and wind up in prison. Don't be stupid, leave the gun in the US.
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    Find a gun shop in the US side near where you plan to cross and see if they'll store it. Most shops will do this for a small fee. I think Sweetgrass, MT is where I crossed back over when coming back from Banff.
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    I live in N. Idaho. I you are rolling through the Coeur d'alene area you can always drop it at my place. My advice would also be to leave it at home though. I've lived up here and in Montana most my life and can tell you that it's not necessary for camping protection. If you are worried about bears you'd be better off with an airhorn, bear spray or a fifth of liquor if your concerned. Airhorns and bearspray should work but if you give the liquor to your buddy you'll be able to out run him in the middle of the night (cuz that's when the heffalumps and woozles show up).
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    I also want to know why anyone feels it's necessary or even preferred to carry a firearm? We Americans are always fearful to the point we can't relax.
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    Sjoerd Bakker Long timer

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    Amazing ,,,that you find this is new info and that this same question still gets asked here repeatedly.Research on ADV ?
    NO GUNS across the border • Simple•
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  19. zeddy

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    Plan on Entering Canada at the Lynden/Aldergrove crossing. Lyden is about 5 miles from the border. Call Daves Sports in Lynden and see if you can leave your pistol there. Pick it up on your way back.

    http://www.davessports.com/
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  20. statsman

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    The reason why you can't bring a handgun into Canada is simple.
    Canada is safe, you don't need a gun. Very few Canadians have hand guns, legal or otherwise.
    To be certain there are some gang bangers and other criminals that have guns in the big cities.
    None of them hang out at campgrounds because there's no money there.
    If you feel you can't possibly travel without packing heat, Canada is not a destination you should consider.
    Plenty of mountains and other scenery in the US you can enjoy.
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