Crossing Provincial borders during lockdowns

Discussion in 'Canada' started by borderlinebob, May 24, 2020.

  1. shanekingsley

    shanekingsley Motoman

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    Thanks for this thread and all the helpful info so far.
    I'm hoping to ride solo from Ontario to BC to visit my sis, leaving mid-September for 4 weeks. Also want to check out Prince Rupert and do a ride over to Tofino and Port Hardy.
    I'd be mixing up the camping and motels.
    Waiting to see how things develop over the next 2 months!
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  2. cmattina

    cmattina Been here awhile

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    I am thinking of something similar. Of course i am from the part of Ontario that is almost Manitoba (about 50km from the border).

    Does anyone know of anyone who is doing cross country type trips right now? Is it socially acceptable? Is it legal?

    I was hoping to do Manitoba to BC and back in late August.
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  3. borderlinebob

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    I did a ride couple nights in MB couple weeks ago and no issues. They were at stage 2 reopening (as is AB & BC— maybe stage 3 now) so no difficulty.
    Just did quick Calgary and back car trip and no issues.
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  4. 2wheellifer

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    I just did a 5 day ride from Port Hardy to Creston and back through Victoria, about 2,700 kms. On the ride out an unusual small number of bikes. On the ride back to Port Hardy more bikes on the road. Still not as many as usual. I saw plates from Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta. On both ferry crossings no more than 6 bikes. Normal summer ferry crossings there would be more than a dozen.
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  5. Some_Dude

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    I’m about to traverse either the Trans-Canada or Yellowhead Trail from Edmonton to Thunder Bay with an overnight stop at a friend’s in Manitoba.

    Anything I need to worry about? Can I walk into most rest stops/gas stations/restaurants now? Any place have a mandatory mask policy?
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  6. MGV8

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    From the look of things and the busy highway, BCers and others are ignoring Covid entirely. Might be why we are having a spike. If it gets worst expect another shut down.
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  7. borderlinebob

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    Other than—- limited customers, possible mask needed, and keep your distance—-will be just as normal going in business's.



    May be the “new” normal going forward.
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  8. sturgeon

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    The question is, how do you get from somewhere in Ontario east of Terrace Bay, through MB to SK and beyond, without spending 14 days in MB self-isolating? Does Manitoba get all pissy at the border if you just want to bomb on through, stopping only for gas and bathroom breaks?
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  9. borderlinebob

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    It appears it’s an honour system.
    They are NOT checking as you enter and if you have a full tank can possibly drive thru without stopping. ( or maybe 1 stop only)
    Be discreet and no issue.
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  10. sturgeon

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    Thanks! Full tank in a car sure, not on any of my bikes :lol3
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  11. borderlinebob

    borderlinebob Been here awhile

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    Ya, it’s bout 5 hours so at least one stop for most bikes.

    I’ve been into MB twice within last month ( bike and SUV) and it’s wide open.
    And they’ve moved up a level since so probably more stuff open now.
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  12. sturgeon

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    Yeah, but you seem to be in the Fort, which is somehow sacred to MB :lol3
    I'm in the viral part of ON, apparently.
    All good info.
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  13. borderlinebob

    borderlinebob Been here awhile

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    Oh for sure we are from the privileged part of ON as far as the MB are concerned.
    But
    They don’t seem to care or check where you’re from.
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  14. xscoobysnack

    xscoobysnack Been here awhile

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    I'm planning on heading to Victoria from Calgary later this week. You'd think from the news that there are people with pitchforks waiting at the border for us. Am I likely to have an awkward situation with someone along the way?

    I was in Jasper not long ago and BC plates were everywhere. Didn't bother me any.
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  15. smoky

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    I just did a loop up to the Peace River country, and home thru Jasper and Lake Louise, no problems anywhere, nothing but friendly folks.
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  16. borscht zanetti

    borscht zanetti Pura Vida ! ... eh?

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    Rode Campbell River to Trail Saturday. Over 80 bikes on ferry out of Nanaimo and then nearly 2.5 hours to Hope in stop and go as an Exodus was leaving Vancouver. Horrible traffic.
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    Doubt it and if you do, ignore the idiot(s). I'm in the Shuswap and Calgarians outnumber us here. Turn out the light when you leave Calgary?
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  18. Some_Dude

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    Did this ride on the weekend. Despite it being a weekend in July, not a lot of holiday traffic, and most of what I did see appeared local.

    My biggest issue was waiting in line for the washrooms (most are now single occupancy).

    And, I’m told some of the small town gas stations between TB and Kenora are closing around 5:30 due to lack of traffic. I never ran into that problem, but I did have to loop back about 15km as the gas station I normally stop at on the outskirts of Kenora had their pumps closed for upgrading.
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  19. xscoobysnack

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    Back from my trip and no issues whatsoever. People were terrific everywhere we went and there were a lot of out of province plates around. I know better but probably should stop watching the news just before I leave for any destination.
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  20. Some_Dude

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    Did this ride again this past weekend and there was easily 4 to 5 times as much traffic as there was in Jul. Even less holiday traffic, but significantly more commercial traffic.