1. eNewsletter Sign Up

Travelling to Canada

Discussion in 'Regional Forums' started by The Onion, Jun 4, 2003.

  1. The Onion

    The Onion Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2002
    Oddometer:
    780
    Location:
    wonderland
    I am planning a trip to Canada during the week of June 16th. Anything out of the ordinary that I am going to need to travel in the great white north for a couple of days? :huh I've got my birth certificate available. What about insurance cards? Border crossings? :ear
    #1
  2. dragoon

    dragoon I'm the REAL Dingo Joe

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2003
    Oddometer:
    23,361
    Location:
    Frazeysburg, OH
    I went to the BMWMOA National in Trenton, Ontario last year. The require that you have birth certificate or passport, Canada Card (yellow insurance card) ask your insurance carrier, they will know what you mean. The border patrol didn't ask for any of it but you should have it in case.
    #2
  3. The Onion

    The Onion Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2002
    Oddometer:
    780
    Location:
    wonderland
    Thanks dragoon. Helpful info indeed. :evil
    #3
  4. fish

    fish Banned

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2001
    Oddometer:
    47,727
    Location:
    Gold Country
    I'm pretty sure you want to leave radar detector, weapons, and ammo on the US side of the border.

    I like to use a surplus 50cal ammo box, and bury it in a secure area before hitting the border.
    #4
  5. The Onion

    The Onion Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2002
    Oddometer:
    780
    Location:
    wonderland
    Roger that.

    Just heading up to Banff for a couple of days. Shouldn't need my .50 cal. :2guns

    Errrr, will I need to do some monetary exchange in order to get food, gas, etc. :dunno
    #5
  6. BeeCeeGS

    BeeCeeGS WeaponOfMassDestruction

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2001
    Oddometer:
    2,009
    Location:
    Chilliwack, BC
    If you're going to Banff--radar detectors are OK in BC and Alberta (I think Saskatchewan and Manitoba too). Definitely a no-on in Ontario.

    While you're there, take a run up the Icefields Parkway.
    #6
  7. dragoon

    dragoon I'm the REAL Dingo Joe

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2003
    Oddometer:
    23,361
    Location:
    Frazeysburg, OH
    And of course Lake Louise, Lake Moraine(fewer tourists), I'm guessing you know where you're going.
    #7
  8. configurationspace

    configurationspace delooper

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2003
    Oddometer:
    12,005
    Location:
    Kanadia
    In most cases you'll need Canadian currency if you want to buy gas with cash. There may be a few places near the border that'll take US currency, but once you're as far north as Banff and Jasper, there's no place that'll take US currency (except the gas station at the corner of 93 and 11 but that's a "big" tourist gas-stop, I've never really understood why -- you tend to spot more americans there than anywhere else in the mountain parks). There's plenty of places to exchange currency in the Banff and Jasper townsites. I'm about to head out to Jasper and Banff (currently I'm in Edmonton) for a few days. I'll be on a black GS.

    Of course, your credit cards should work almost everywhere -- I just rode from New York to Edmonton (riding north of the great lakes) and there was only two gas stations along the way that couldn't take a credit card, one near Wawa Ontario and another near Edmonton, Alberta.
    #8
  9. KillerPriller

    KillerPriller Long timer

    Joined:
    May 30, 2003
    Oddometer:
    2,267
    Location:
    Paris, France via OC California
    Hey, just a side note. If you are going "on the cheep" and dont want to camp. I highly recomend the Youth Hostels up there (except for Jasper). Regardless of age, you can pick up a Youth Hostel card which entitles you to a place to stay for about $10 (this was back in 1997).

    Anyway, the hostle at Lake Louise is VERY nice. Its like a huge lodge with all the amenities.

    nk
    #9
  10. The Onion

    The Onion Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2002
    Oddometer:
    780
    Location:
    wonderland
    Anyone in Wash. State have a place for me to pitch my tent on June 16th? Staying over in Wa one night and heading out in the early AM.

    Or if you can recommend a good campground, I'm game for that too.

    I don't snore, but I'll prolly be shtinkin' by then. :rofl
    #10
  11. peskador

    peskador big idiot

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2003
    Oddometer:
    53
    Location:
    Corpus Christi, TX
    Can anyone clarify whether it's illegal to possess a radar detector or if only it's "use" is prohibited? Specifically in Ontario?
    #11
  12. Shazam*

    Shazam* Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2002
    Oddometer:
    774
    Location:
    Toronto, Canada
    Wasn't sure myself, but apparently not

    Or, more specifically here
    #12
  13. peskador

    peskador big idiot

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2003
    Oddometer:
    53
    Location:
    Corpus Christi, TX
    Thanks for your help:thumb

    Guess I need to find somewhere to stash my V-1 before crossing the border..... was hoping I could just pack it away and not use or worry about it while in Ontario..... but it's not worth risking confiscation.

    Thanks again for the links!
    #13