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  1. We crossed into Canada Sunday at Port Huron with the Volvo and fiver. The border agent pulled us into an area and told us to back up to a building with a loading dock. We were detained 4-1/2 hours while they searched everything - including the porta-potty in the Volvo and the sewer hose in the fiver. Slides were pulled out. Every bag and box was opened. A dog was brought in to sniff around. They were looking for a gun which I did not have. They found nothing that was prohibited. The border agent made some very nasty remarks about Americans. We were not allowed to have our cell phones while waiting. When we finally got to our campsite 75 miles from the border I discovered the wiring for the driver side faring lights was jerked out and broken - all they needed to do was pull a plug in the wiring on the Volvo but they did not know or ask. Several wires behind the TV were pulled out and the external hard drive for the Dish receiver was pulled off its secure mounting allowing it to fall to the floor in transit. The DW had a Mickey Mouse statue she values broken. After the search they left most of our stuff scattered across the parking lot and just walked off. What I don't get is that they did not open the hood and look in the engine compartment. IMHO that would have been a prime location to hide something, like inside the air filter canister or behind a headlight opening. It really ruined our visit to Canada. I am filing a formal complaint for both our treatment and the damage to our vehicle and possessions though I doubt it will do any good. The crossing back into the USA when we entered Maine today was a piece of cake. A couple of questions, a look at our passports and then "Welcome back to the USA".
  2. We will be traveling with our dog from Montana up to Red Deer, Alberta, Canada to see family. Any one have any suggestions, pointers, things to know, about? Your expereinces etc when crossing into and out of Canada.
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