I posed this question to an upstate NY friend who does a lot of cross border business and he was hesitant to give it a green light. His consern was the possibilty that either country's border agents (but especially the Canadians) might be suspicious of a car coming into the country over concern that it might be under transport to be sold in there - versus passing through enroute to or from Maine. Like most here, my LSR isn't licensed or insured and while I have a title and reciept for the current state taxes paid, I'm not anxious to get hassled by an overly ambitious border agent. I'd save 90 minutes traveling via Canada, but I worry that (perhaps at best) that time savings would be eaten up by having to undergo a rectal trailer inspection - and at worst, refused entry to the country.
My bike is registered and insured but I too am scared about any of my time savings being eaten up hassles at the border or worst not being allowed into the country. I'm thinking on the way there I'll just stick to the US and on the way back I might try going through Canada depending how I feel. I'll have to post up my experiences if I do try going through Canada.
Dont take any pets either. I tried going in thru Detroit back in 1972, was told I didnt have the right papers for the dog and had a gun. I told the guy I would just stay in the US & was told to go over the bridge and turn around. When I did I was asked why I was bringing a dog & gun out of Canada. I tried to explain without any luck and spent the next 8 hours watching Canadian customs take my truck and camper apart and I mean all the way apart. In short I will never set foot on that place as long as I live. Your results may vary
haha thats a horrible story and sounds like a comic bit in a movie. Good info to know! I'd love to take my golden retriever as he loves truck rides and sticking his head out the window but he's just going to be left at home with his mom lol.
...and don't have any ammunition, either.
Regards, Neil Tucson, AZ
Good to know!
Here's something that may or may not be an issue. If you have a drunk driving infraction in your driving history - you probably WILL NOT be allowed entry. I believe the rules have tightened - it used to be if the ticket was more than 10 years ago and you're clean since, okay -- but I heard recently of someone that tried, having a 13++ year old ticket, and was denied entry.
Don't drink and drive and then go to Canada.
I didn't know about the drunk driving but that is good to know too. I haven't had any driving infractions than a few speeding tickets and other dumb things but nothing like drunk driving.
Thanks for all the tips so far guys! At this point I'm thinking I'll just stick to the US and pay my tiny bit of gas taxes on the way there and depending on how things go maybe try heading home through Canada or just stick to the US.