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    Going to Canada questions

    I am planning on the Return to Trenton rally later this month.
    First time riding up there.
    I have passport, Canadian insurance card and up to date registration.
    Anything else I need or need to know?

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    A map would be helpful, maybe.
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    Avoid highway 401 through Toronto. Maybe come in from east across the St. Lawrence river and then follow 401 to Trenton.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WalterK75 View Post
    Avoid highway 401 through Toronto. Maybe come in from east across the St. Lawrence river and then follow 401 to Trenton.
    I will be coming from the east via NY state. I haven't planned the route to the border yet but it seems there aren't that many roads once in Canada.
    No jokes at the border station either.

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    Go into Canada thru one of up state NY entry points to avoid Toronto. If you use your CC there will be a bank small international fee on each transaction so best to carry Canadian money if you want to avoid fee.
    Money exchanges are usually around border entry's or any bank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jnrugg View Post
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    Anything else I need or need to know?
    That Poutine is not what Ted Nugent was singing about, that your pants will get very heavy with loonies and twonies, that booze will cost you a lot, that when some one says ehh, and you start singing BCDEFG...HIJ..... they might take offense, that 'pardon" is a much politer inquiry then "what".

    OK the only real advice is don't get in the line with the french speaking border guard (look for the blue sign), they seem to all have a chip on their shoulder and give you a hard time.
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    A good place to exchange US to Canadian is Tim Horton's, good coffee too. For larger amounts I usually use an ATM, from my own bank (Citi) for lowest fees.
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    If you have room and like a drink now and then, grab some duty free on the way up and carry it with you. Then do the same in the way back. Enjoy your trip.
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    You may find that the gasoline station pumps will not accept American credit cards. You will have to go inside to pay. I've seen notices on pumps about this.
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    Leave any radar detectors home, If they find it they confiscate it and there is a heavy fine as well.
    Even disconnected ones can be confiscated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WalterK75 View Post
    You may find that the gasoline station pumps will not accept American credit cards. You will have to go inside to pay. I've seen notices on pumps about this.
    If you use a fairly small local bank to do your banking, then you may have a problem using your debit card at the counter, pump or ATM. Some small banks are not part of the system that allows their cards to work in Canada. Two years ago I loaded our motorcycle travel account with all the money we thought we would need in Canada. Big surprise when it did not work. Had to run into Skagway to get access to our funds.

    And be very wary of using the cellular data on your phone. Cost me $200 for one day. Either turn it off and rely on WiFi (Tim Hortens) or arrange for an international plan with your carrier before you leave the USA.

    In over 20 border crossings in the past 15 months all agents have been polite, not one item has ever been checked and the only document ever looked at was our passports. No one ever inquired about insurance or registration. Long guns/shotguns are allowed. You'll pay a fee. Absolutely no handguns.
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    nor Pepper Spray, though you can carry approved Bear Spray.

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    Also any folding knife that can be opened with one hand. Switchblades are a no no!
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