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Stuff I can't bring to Canada???


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I'm going camping in Canada and I need a refresher on what I can't bring across the border. I don't need info on booze or bait, just food products. I know that I can't bring spuds across. What else? What's the scoop with beef and venison?

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Scoot

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No fresh fruit or raw meat either.
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Chris

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Went up there over Memorial weekend and they asked if we had any fresh potatoes, vegetables, venison, beef or pork. I believe all of those are not allowed.

I also know that they won't allow dog food to cross the border because of the beef in it (in case you were bringing your dog).

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Call me lucky or whatever.........but I have NEVER been asked about food when crossing the border.............

Only firearms, alcohol, and tobacco. I cross the border on average 4 times a year, sometimes 6 or 7. I've crossed at Thunderbay (what is that called.........??? Pidegon river???) International Falls and Manitoba (up by Sprag).

Now, this year, I finally got off my butt to get one of those RABC permits. We had to enter @ Rainy River, accross from Baudette. We called ahead of time to Customs and established a "report" with them. We had the individual's first name that we had to talk to. So, we crossed the border into Rainy River. Told them what our intentions were (to apply for a RABC permit) and they told us where to park. 15 minutes later, we each spent $24 US money and we both (me and my buddy) had our permits to cross into Ontario at our free will, through remote areas (LOTW, Rainy River, Rainy Lake, Boundry Waters). It is good for 15 months!!!

But again, at the border, we have never been asked about food...........Odd??? Luck??? I don't know??? We've been bringing spuds, onions, veggies, venison burger, etc for years..............Guess it is all luck!!!!

Probably one day.........we'll get busted and dump a bunch of food in their dumpster.........but untill then, I ain't changing my ways........

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This may not apply to you, but as a public service announcement if you bring your pet across the border, remember to bring along its vaccination certificate(s). A few years ago a jack-a$$ border guard really gave me a bad time coming back into MN without my dog's papers. He said "I could make your life so miserable that you'd be calling your state representative...". I don't doubt we could have a whole topic on border crossing stories...

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Ya no fireworks. wink.gif lol We forgot they were under the seat one year from the 4th of July and got busted for them. O well, nothing bad happened thankfully.
And if you have any young children along make sure they have their birth cert with them just in case. When I was 8 we were going to cross the border at 7am in the morning and I didn't bring my birth cert along. (forgot all about that) We had to wait till 8:30 when the immigration office opened to get me passed through. That really was a time waster and sucked. But eventually we go threw! Thank God! grin.gif B/c that year we had some really really good fishing.

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no firewood with bark. last year we caught **** (from the national guard) for only having driver licenses coming back on the u.s. side. birth certificates or passports needed for sketchy types. wink.gif

[This message has been edited by bwtrout (edited 07-08-2004).]

[This message has been edited by bwtrout (edited 07-08-2004).]

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I had the same expirience a couple of years ago in Windsor, Ont. Canada let us in no problem, but with only our driver's licenses the US Customs guy proceded to chew on us for not having our birth certificate or passport. He acted like he wasn't going to let us in.

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I just got back from Canada on Thursday. While going in to Canada we were asked if we had any fruit or vegtables. We told them that we had a couple bananas. It was not a problem.

They asked us the typical stuff; did we have tobacco, alcohol, firearms or produce. It was actually easier going to Canada then comming back in to the US.

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Crawlers and worms in dirt are not allowed. They have to be washed and in placed in paper bedding for two weeks, then have the bedding changed before you can bring them across the border.

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I have never waited 2 weeks to bring my crawlers across. Simply get them in flats with non dirt bedding. That way I can get them fresh the day before I leave. Never had them even check them only ask if in dirt or not. Now when can we start bringing in leeches? grin.gif

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you can now bring in leeches? The guards at the US border gave us more sh** than Canada but the Canadian version or DNR are a bunch of *****S. I've been stopped in their roadside checks and seen their stunts first hand. Another buddy got stopped crossing Rainy Lk. by a boat and hellicopter patrol and was told at first contact that the flippin Queen now ownwd his boat. OK enough of this tangent, HTB

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Make sure you take your sunglasses off. My buddy got yelled at going in to Canada last year because he didn't hear her ask him to take them off. Something about hiding your eyes. This year we're all going to wear googaly eye glasses, probably end up in jail.
Good fishing everyone.

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I always dress nicely, have a fresh haircut, and make sure my vehicle is clean. The last few years I've gone through with a ton of gear for a couple weeks of hunting. They could have spent hours going through it. When I get to the window I speak politely, and give the official my passport, and all my documentation (PAL, Canadian gun registrations) and tell them exactly how long I plan to be in Canada and why.

I spend about 10 seconds at the window and am waved off to find a Tim Hortons.

Brad

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Amen Brad. People who act otherwise desire the extra time and inconvenience they get at the border. "Yes Sir, No Sir" is in order as well! Be polite and honest and it'll go fine.

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Scoot

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What ‘s Up at the Canadian Border for 2004 :

The following are simply a continuation of bans that were in place last year:

Worms: To prevent the spread of contaminated soils into Canada, guests must transport their worms in clean new containers filled with fresh artificial bedding. The worms should be kept in the commercial bedding for at least 7 days prior to crossing the border.

Firewood: There have been a number of problems over the years associated with insects and plant diseases found in firewood. Guests who bring firewood from home may accidentally spread those diseases that threaten Ontario's provincial parks and the health of our forests.

• Do not move firewood, especially firewood obtained from areas under quarantine such as Essex County and certain states in the U.S. • Buy firewood from the area they're visiting. • Ask their/your supplier where their wood comes from. • If you have questions, call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 or go to www.inspection.gc.ca

Potatoes: The potato ban is in place to protect Canada from the soil on the US potatoes. Guests to Canada can bring the potatoes across if they have a certificate from a US food inspector (cost to get one is approximately $20 US). The CFIA states that US potatoes that meet Canada’s Grade No. 1 can be brought into Canada without a certificate however we know that some border crossings (mostly in the Northwest are removing potatoes from everyone.

Our suggestion is to not to bring potatoes to Canada until the ban is lifted.

Leeches: The ban on the importation of leeches from the US to Canada continues this year. The ban has been put into place over concerns that the unrestricted importation of leeches poses a risk of introducing new species of leeches to the province, as well as additional animals and plants that can be carried in leech holding water.

NEW FOR 2004 SEASON!

Beef: Effective January 1, 2004, guests will be permitted to bring beef products into Canada from the US but there will be a restriction on the amount. US guests can bring less than 5kg (approx. 10 lbs) per person of meat products intened to be used for personal consumption across the border. For more information on any of the items listed above, please visit the CFIA website at CFIA-Importation Information or call them at 1-800-442-2342

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Make sure that everyone going has a drivers that has no DUI convictions over the last 5yrs. Then will turn the looad of you around back home.

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GRIZ

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