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Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by 84k5, Feb 13, 2005.

  1. 84k5

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    So I'm thinking about going to Canada for part of summer. This is just sort of an idea right now...initially I was going to go to Colorado, but I'm considering this instead.

    I'm wondering what I need to get me and my truck across the border? I've heard a passport or birth certificate will work for me, but what about the truck? I'm guessing the age to rent a vehicle is the same up there as here (25)?

    As far as money...it obviously changes but can I expect to lose/gain much in the exchange? Where do you go to switch it anyway?

    Ideas/thoughts are welcome. Need to have some fun for my last summer off.;)
     
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    You will gain money when you convert to Canadian. When you go back you will "lose" because american money is worth more than canadian. You can go to most banks, or some type of money exchange place to get Canadian money. Where you headin'?
     
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    Getting your truck across the line is no problem. They will ask a bunch of questions about where you are headed and why, and ask what you might be carrying. I am not sure about carrying firearms if that is part of your plan. As Steve said, there are many places to exchange money, but you might want to check with your bank in the states first, as I noticed some places near the tourist areas took a piece of the pie when exchanging. You can use VISA/Mastercard just about everywhere (in fact we used a credit card nearly the whole week we were there, I don't think we ever had Canadian cash). With a credit card, you get the exchange rate at the time of purchase, BTW.

    My wife and I did a trip up to Alberta and BC last September, visiting Jasper, Lake Louise, Banff, and other areas near there and had a great time. We met up with CanmoreK5 (Paul) and his family. I would highly recommend going to that area, and I would like to visit more of BC.
     
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    Thinking BC/Alberta. Want to do some backpacking/climbing up there. Sounds like it would actually be a lot easier than I thought. It's a lot closer than I thought also. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.:grin:
     
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    yeah just bring proof of your place of birth. other than that your cool.

    might ask about fruits and veggys, ciggs and booze.

    guns MUST be declared at the crossings, if you are planing on hunting its just basics, trigger lock unloaded simple stuff..

    DO NOT BRING A HAND GUN, phorbiden weapon, might as well bring a sawed off only cops carry here that and criminals of course:p:

    the duty frre shop is a good place as any to change over your money to ours.
    be prepared for change here, you could esaly have 50 bucks in coin here with one and two doller coins
    (the one is a loonine and the two a twoonine,[ not official]

    dont tell them you know Rj that will bring out the rubber gloves, other than that bout it, remember you snow shoes and bring lots of dog buscits
     
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    No, DO tell them you know me. I saved Canada from beasties and renamed it Leafland as my prize. Oh wait, that's in the future..... or in my head.....
     
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    Passport is best, but birth certificate and DL should be fine still. They will ask you where you're going, how long you plan to be here etc etc. Best to have answers that are not vague in that regard...

    Then, give me a shout and we'll do some wheeling :D

    Rene
     
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    Well looks like I'm coming up to Canado too....
     
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    Make sure you don't forget that goddam horse drawing when you head out, eh? TallGirl is somewhat dismayed by your work ethic.......
     
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    If you're into rockclimbing, keep in mind that I can take a 20 minute walk from my doorstep to some pretty awesome climbs. Backpacking? Some of the best trails in the world are within an hours drive of my place.

    If you need more info feel free to PM me anytime, brother!!!
     
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    You guys have some really beautiful country up there. Looking at it though...there is just no way I can afford to go. It also turns out most of the peaks I wanted to climb are a little more involved than what I would want to attempt solo. Someday...
    [​IMG]
     
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    That just happens to be Mt. Assiniboine, also referred to as the Matterhorn of the Canadian Rockies. The trailhead is about 35 minutes from my place followed by a pretty hefty 16 mile walk over Wonder Pass. The lake in the foreground is Lake Magog.
     
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    Ass In Bone !!!!!!!!! Hahahahahha
     
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    BOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

    -30 points for finding humor where none exists.
     
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    DAMN IT!


    I really want to see that thing. Didn't know it was so close to you! **** it...I'm living off ramen for the next 4 monthes.:grin:
     
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    Yeah, it's hard not to take it for granted sometimes, though.....

    I just took a picture from my deck and 2 from the front porch to show you what I look at all day long. When Kim gets home from work I'll get her to upload them and I'll post them for you to see.
     
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    yikes. I never knew all this great stuff was so close. I want to start backpacking eventually, didn't realize it was so close I could do it.
    Is the assinibione close to your Canmore home, or your Wasa property?
    One day...one day...
    If only I was in shape:grin:

    One questions, how good of shape do you have to be in for backpacking?
     
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    Awesome man, you have no idea how much I envy you right now.

    Have a couple questions if ya don't mind.

    Looks like there are quite a few campgrounds around, do I need to make a reservation at these places or can I just show up?

    Same for backpacking around there...permit in advance or can I take care of itwhen I get up there?

    The parks service are permit nazis in CA is why I ask.

    Also...know where I could buy some topos of the area in advance?

    I am sooooooooooooo going.:grin:
     
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    Steve...my dad is 53 never exercises and he goes every year with me. He's slow, but no big deal. I have so much extra gear if I actually make it up there you are more than welcome to come along and try it out. Or anybody else for that matter.
     
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    [​IMG]

    Mt Slesse roughly 1.5 hour east of my place.

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    Mt Cheam, about the same distance from my place.

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    Mt Garabaldi...also fairly close.

    :D :D :D :D

    There is way more, but you get the idea.

    Rene
     

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