Good morning from the Lake Francis
Campground here in Valier, Montana. Today we’re making our push into Canada…. The
original plan was to stay here like two nights to just kind of rest but…. By the
time we stayed two nights, we were just getting caught up on all our work. And we
didn’t have any time to relax! So we ended up staying 4! And ahh….Valier has been a nice little town! You know, we’ve been able to scoot around on the ATV and….
There’s like a ATVs everywhere! So this is like side-by-side country. You know they
have two little restaurants which cook quality food! We were very, very impressed with the fresh and local ingredients! And ahhh… There’s a meat market in town, a little
grocery store and the AT&T Internet is BLAZING hot here!! The Verizon is fairly
good…. But right now we just dumped over there and I see on that building there’s
a sign that says WiFi hotspot!…. So for 20 bucks tonight… You get 30 amp electricity, dump station, water fill up and a WIFI hotspot over at the toilets! Not bad at
all. So if you’re like making that push to Canada…. And you’re going to be like crossing the Sweet Grass or something… I would strongly recommend staying here!
This place is great! Alright guys! We just completed a
personal watercraft inspection and… We have never encountered those before. And I’m kind of wondering if it’s because we’re here in the summer months. And
normally we come down like you know the fall and maybe the traditional
watercraft season is over! But we’ve encountered three just in this stretch
between Wyoming and Montana! Okay… So there’s a change in plans. We
thought we were going to be crossing up by Sweet Grass… But when we typed it into our navigation systems, it says it’s quicker to cross up here at Car Way. But
it said it was 25 minutes shorter drive… And it was also a new route to us. But I
guess taking the 15 up towards Sweet Grass would have been a new route. But this
one’s a little closer to the mountain. So we’ll take it!
Today’s video…. We’re going to discuss things you need to prepare for when
crossing into Canada from the United States…. And first off… Let’s talk about:
Guns We carry guns with us!
Canada…. They don’t like all guns! They will allow you to transport certain guns
through their country ahhh… Generally speaking…. Like automatic rifles and pistols are
not allowed or sawed-off shotguns. But hunting rifles and regular shotguns and
22 long-rifles…. Those are totally okay! All you need to
do is go onto Google, type in: Canadian Firearms Declaration. It will be the
first thing that pops up! You fill out the form and have that ready. So when
you get to the border, all you have to do is say:”I have to declare firearms.” You
go in and you pay $25 and you’re done! Pretty darn easy, truthfully!…. The next
thing I’m going to talk about is; Gasoline…. Historically, gas has always
been more expensive in Canada! I’m not sure the whole reasons why but it is!..Ahhh… I
also know that right now Canada is on like a seven-year
historical low gas prices. So that is awesome news! And I also think the
exchange rate between the Canadian dollar the US dollar is still very
favourable. So those are all things working in our favour now and for anybody else traveling roughly around July 2017! So you also need to be carrying your
passport when you cross into Canada. If you don’t have one, they’re very easy to
get and a good thing to have!….Now Canada also has some rules and regulations in regards to tobacco and alcohol! I can’t remember
them off the top of my head… But you don’t want to come up with box loads of
alcohol or tobacco. You know, if you have a bottle of wine or two in the RV or you
know…. Maybe a carton of cigarettes, I’m pretty sure you’re going to be totally
fine on those! So the next thing is something we had already lined up… But
you need to call your credit card company and you’re bank! Let them know
you’re going to be traveling into Canada. They’re going to ask for a rough time
frame. And here’s a little tip that we have picked up and I don’t know why it
took them so long for them to do this. Because…. This is our second massive road trip around the country. We went into New Mexico, which was one of the states that
we didn’t think we’re going to be visiting… And my car got deactivated and I talked
to somebody with a brain! And they said: “You know what, you do a lot of traveling.
We’re just going to set your card up on trucker status.”…. So if you guys do a lot
of traveling or are full timers, you know… Inquire to see if your bank or credit
card company has this thing called: “Trucker status.” Because truckers..Heck! They never know where they’re going or when they’re going to be there. And that’s
kind of like us! And you also need to call your cell phone companies and
double-check your plans… For example, I have the AT&T phone in our house… Not for long! We’re probably just gonna be killing it because we’re not happy with them! But I call the AT&T today…. So the other
phone in our household is Rebecca’s and it is a Verizon phone. And that one we
know for a fact is already set up for Mexico and Canada. Because we have
business partners that we talk to in Canada all the time on that line!
So I just remembered one more thing… If you’re traveling with your four-legged
friends..Ahh you know, they always say you have to have like a health certificate.
But I’ll be damned… We and none of our friends that have
done the trip repeatedly have ever been asked for a health certificate. So…. Do
what you may! But we did it the first time.. And said “Screw it!” The rest of the time! But make sure you do have your dog’s rabies certificate. That’s the main one right there!
So we just made it to the Canadian border and took a little bit to figure
out which building to go to. But we’re coming up to the Canadian’s border station and… We’ll be checking in with them!… Good morning! How’re you today?….Good… I’m gonna get my sunglasses off I know that’s always one of the things….. I have some firearms to declare…. Yes!….How long will you be there?.. Give or take seven days…Roughly! Yeah. Heading home!…Could she come closer?…..Oh honey, come closer…. No…. What else do you have except the firearms and weapons?…22 long rifle and a 12-gauge pump… Can we party the dogs over
there and then head in and do the rifle thing?….Sure, thanks!
I have to say…..I REALLY love our Canadian neighbors! It’s always a pleasurable
experience! Now we just need to pull over and…. Go do the paperwork for the guns.
Which is like nothing to stress about. And then there’s another watercraft
inspection… But this one was unusual! They actually want us to… Both come in
for the guns….. Welcome to Canada! And you know what?
Canadians had Canada day a couple of days ago and celebrated a hundred and
fifty years! So happy birthday Canada! We’re really excited to be here and
spend a few days with you guys!… So we just got through customs ahhh… Border
crossing. And you might wonder what takes the longest when you go through Canadian customs…. Well, normally for us…It’s that we have
firearms to declare. And so you have to go inside and do the paperwork and they do
a background check. And ahh….But this time in addition to that and apparently
this is very new…. We also had to have an invasive species inspection of our
watercraft! You guys know that we carry the two kayaks. Now we have had watercraft inspections. This was the fifth inspections since we left Kansas. And apparently this is
all new because…. One of the lakes in Montana tested positive this year. And
prior to that, this area had always been low risk! But since that has happened,
they now all of the surrounding states are doing watercraft inspections as well
as Montana! And actually I guess they closed the lake in Montana down to
watercraft until they can get the situation under control!
You may already know this but the species that they are looking for that
have invaded the area… There’s three things; The first one: I think most people
know about is the zebra mussels and then there’s also the guanco mussels and
there’s also a Eurasian plant… I don’t even know how to describe it!..Uhhmm but
he showed us actual specimens of these molluscs. And they’re incy wincy tiny!..You’d think they’re big but they’re not there are little tiny, tiny things. And you can
kind of understand then… Why they’re so particular about doing these inspections.
Because they’re, they could be so easily transported! He said, that you have to use
boiling hot water to clean them off… If you do happen to get them, that they can
live up to 30 days on your boat. And that’s if it’s completely dry. If your boat is
still wet, then that can last even longer! Do you really want to drain your boat
out, dry it out, clean it off?… He also said that it wasn’t just the lakes that they
were concerned about but the ahh…There’s alot of irrigation for farming in this
part of the world! And if they get into the irrigation system, then you’re
talking like massive problems! Millions of dollars of expense I’m sure! So that’s
why they’re being so particular. And he said all of this started in 2017 because
of the positive tests in Montana…Uhhmm… The reason that came up is we mentioned
that we thought maybe it was because we’ve come down in the fall and gone home
early in the spring historically but… We’ve not had all of these water
inspection experiences… And he said: “No!” That actually this all just started this
year!…. So there’s your education for the day! Alright guys! Well I am thoroughly
exhausted. We’ve put on 450 miles today… And since we’re in Canada, I don’t know
what that converts to in the metric system without getting my phone out!
And ahh… We just pulled up to our friend’s house… And it looks like they have 46
feet of parking space for us in their driveway. So that’s awesome!Ahhh… We’re just gonna sign off for the day… Thanks for watching! Make sure you hit that SUBSCRIBE button…..
And we’ll see you later!