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Traveling thru Canada to Alaska and back


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For those that have made this trip answer this please. Can you carry packaged meat bought and wrapped from the grocery store? We have been told different answers. Some say no meat products at all, and others say no hunted meat.

Other than fire arms is there any other restrictions we need to know about?

Thanks,

Cary

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Al Florida's last link is the one about food.

 

Keep in mind though that regulations change constantly so best to look at an update to the site before taking off. Also, there are plenty of grocery stores in Canada, the Yukon and Alaska. We brought a lot of staples, dry goods but kept replenishing the freezer as we went along. Most often they'll just ask you questions about the food. Answer as truthfully as you can. They are not going to enter every RV to check.

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Last year the only thing that got taken from our caravan of 23 rigs was chicken cooked or packaged including eggs and fresh fruits and vegetables, canned or frozen were okay. Some of our units put their eggs in the freezer. We made a total of 6 crossings.

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I'd be inclined to call Canadian Customs at the crossing you plan to use. Previous poster(s) are correct, things change. There were no problems bringing frozen precooked meals with meat to the US from Canada but not sure about returning. I may call CC myself for clarification or eat the meals before returning late April.

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Go to Al's link above.

 

At the border have all your paperwork ready. I printed off the list of prohibited items and check off each as not having each. I had a dog and a shotgun in 99 before they charged to bring a gun through to Alaska. I handed the border guard my driver license, military retiree ID, my dog's certificate of vaccination and health letter from our Vet, the filled out paperwork for the over under shotgun, and my prohibited items checklist. When I told him we had to give away some booze he said that they rarely will ever confiscate personal quantities, but that is a call.

 

My point? Have all your paperwork ready and hand it to him. I had to go inside to sign the parts of the gun paperwork the border folks completed. I asked if he would like to see it and check the rig and he said no go ahead.

 

The folks behind me gave the same guy a hard time and had to pull over for a search. We both had the dreaded by rumor Texas plates. But when the guy asked to be sure he told him off for not believing him the first time.

 

My point? You'll be treated as you present yourself and whether you know what you're doing. It is their country, be a gracious visitor and you'll find the Canadians and their authorities really warm and helpful folks and a lot of fun. Coming back I told the guy at the Canada side that we had proscribed amount of alcohol and cigarettes. (I've quit since, but the Canadian smokes were terrible and expensive) because we bought them cheaper at the Commissary at Eilson AFB in Fairbanks and again at Elmendorf, now joint base Elmendorf/Richardson commissary. We were waved through and got a comedian at the American point of entry at Sums but no problems. That was before 9/11.

 

Canada is great. WE entered at Roosville after staying at Glacier N.P. waiting for the North to thaw a bit in April. Then did Banff, the Jasper Ice fields and Lake Louise on the way. We entered here: http://www.ezbordercrossing.com/list-of-border-crossings/montana/roosville/#.VvBuHmz2YuU

Look up the border crossing you are planning to use for tips about it too.

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We've done Alaska twice and never had a problem at a border crossing. I just answer all questions either yes or no. I don't elaborate. I keep it short and sweet, and then we're on our way. We crossed at Sweetgrass/Couts in Montana which each time wasn't busy at all.

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When we entered Canada back in 2010 we had 2 shotguns with us that I had all the paperwork for and a small amount of liquor and some California purchased veggies. They took the veggies. Other than that we were good. Friends we were traveling with had lots of fruits and veggies confiscated and I believe their dog food also. On the return trip coming back in from Alaska to Canada the customs agent didn't ask for or look at anything. I told her the permit I had for the guns would expire before I got out of Canada and she just re-stamped it and that was it. Our friends who had all their fruits and veggies taken upon entering Canada threw out probably $500 worth of food prior to leaving Alaska thinking they would get checked again, but they just got waved through. They were not happy!

 

Now the US Customs agents entering in Alaska and again in the lower 48 were kind of butt heads.

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As far as calling ahead to the crossing of your choice, beware, things change in a heartbeat. Our Canadian friends here in Yuma sometimes call the port of entry a few days before getting there and usually find things have changed. In May of 2014 when we crossed at Couts/Sweetgrass on I-15 the only thing they asked about were GUNS. The guard even said "between you having Texas plates and the passport showing place of birth in Pennsylvania made him ask. It was really a piece of cake. Going from the Yukon back into the US between Whitehorse, YK. and Skagway AK. the agent was rather abrasive. Of course most of the folks that work in Skagway during the tourist season do grocery runs to Whitehorse.

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one of the issues with food is that if you are like us, you actually cross back and forth between the two countries several times along the way, so it isn't practical to not carry ANY of the potential problem foods.

Also there aren't grocery stores on every corner so we tried to keep the fridge full.

We did have one tomato taken. The guy felt bad, and that crossing was the onky one that even Asked about tomatoes.

 

Sue

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