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Northern border crossings
« on: May 02, 2006, 05:39:08 AM »
Doug Jardine's advice in this message reminds me that we don't have a comprehensive list of border crossings in our forum library. Which crossings have you used? Please include location and directions and comment on the relative size of the crossing and whether it's a busy or quiet one.

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Re: Northern border crossings
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2006, 05:55:58 AM »
When crossing from New Brunswick into Maine we used the Woodstock Road crossing between Woodstock, NB and Houlton, ME. This is a small crossing and was very quiet when we crossed on July 2, a time when you'd expect lots of folks heading home for the July 4 celebration.

Coming into the U.S. take PH5 from Woodstock, NB to the border. Going into Canada, take I-95 east.
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Re: Northern border crossings
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2006, 06:54:36 AM »
At Niagara Falls is the Rainbow Bridge crossing. Although this crossing handles 20% of the non-commercial traffic crossing between the U.S. and Canada, it was quiet on the two occasions we crossed.
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Re: Northern border crossings
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2006, 07:43:45 AM »
When crossing from New Brunswick into Maine we used the Woodstock Road crossing between Woodstock, NB and Houlton, ME. This is a small crossing and was very quiet when we crossed on July 2, a time when you'd expect lots of folks heading home for the July 4 celebration.

Coming into the U.S. take PH5 from Woodstock, NB to the border. Going into Canada, take I-95 east.

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Jackman Maine going into Quebec is also very quiet.

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Re: Northern border crossings
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2006, 07:56:12 AM »
We've used the Peace Bridge Crossing (I-5 to Surrey, BC), which is a huge crossover and very busy all the time, and the  crossing between Cardston, AB  (Alberta Hwy 2) and Babb (Glacier Nat'l Park) on Hwy 89 in MT., which is a small one and and not at all busy in late September .
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Re: Northern border crossings
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2006, 07:56:43 AM »
Thanks Jeff.
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Re: Northern border crossings
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2006, 07:57:12 AM »
Thanks Gary.
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Re: Northern border crossings
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2006, 11:29:59 AM »
Canadian border crossings

BC/WA hywy 97 the Okanagon. small, quiet about 2003
AB/MT I-15 Sweetgrass large, fast 2002.05
NB/ME hywy 1 Calais small quiet about 2000
YK/AK Chicken very quiet 2002.06.01
YK/AK the alcan hywy homeward bound. quick and easy. 2002.08.01
YK/AK Haines Junction to Haines. quiet, easy 2002.08.03
YK/AK Skagway to Whitehorse, quick and easy...only place I got hassled for carrying 3 (one over limit) bottles of wine! 2002.08.10
BC/AK Hyder/Stewart no check going into Hyder, easy, quiet returning to BC 2002.08.
BC/WA the truck crossing a few milles east of the peace arch main crossing. on a Sat eve it was quick and easy 2002.08
BC/WA ferry from Port Angeles to Victoria. took a bit longer as they put me at the end of the line. No quibles about the 2 CASES of wine aboard!
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Re: Northern border crossings
« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2006, 04:09:17 PM »
Thanks Russ. Great list.
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Re: Northern border crossings
« Reply #9 on: May 15, 2006, 10:40:53 AM »
When crossing into Quebec and Ontario, the usual crossings on the major highways are generally very very busy.  One of the busiest is Champlain NY I-87 toward Montreal  on Rte 15 is extremely busy.

However there are smaller crossings east and west of Champlain that are usually worth the detour of about 10 miles and will have considerably less traffic.  My preference is the Lacolle, Quebec crossing about five miles east of the Champlain/Blackpool crossing

The crossing at the top of I-81 north of Syracuse NY across the Thousand Islands Bridge can be avoided by taking a detour to Ogdensburgh NY where the traffic is very light.   This detour would be OK if travelling East to Ottawa, Montreal etc.  but would not be worthwhile if travelling West on $)! to Toronto for example.

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Re: Northern border crossings
« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2006, 10:44:10 AM »
Thanks Steve. I'll get that info added to the file.
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Re: Northern border crossings
« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2006, 11:03:04 AM »
One cannot assume that crossing at a smaller border crossing where there is less traffic will ensure an easier passage.  These are often used for training because there is less traffic, so you may be subjected to greater scrutiny, possibly including a full search of your vehicle if they happen to be training a new Customs Officer.
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Re: Northern border crossings
« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2006, 11:07:46 AM »
Good point Steve. I hadn't considered that, although personally I'd take greater scrutiny over much longer lines.
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Re: Northern border crossings
« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2006, 11:20:43 AM »
The only time anyone has been in our RV was at Sumas, WA (a small crossing east of Blaine).

No line, pulled up to the US side and was immediately sent over to the parking area and subjected to 3 Food Gestapo (USDA) tromping through the m/h looking for illicit food products.

They didn't find any because it was the week we traded for the Tradewinds and used it to take friends up to see Vancouver BC for the weekend so the shelves were bare. ;D ;D

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Re: Northern border crossings
« Reply #14 on: June 03, 2006, 01:10:44 PM »
Anyone care to guess how many US/Canadian border crossings there are? ;D
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Re: Northern border crossings
« Reply #15 on: June 03, 2006, 01:38:09 PM »
James,

This page shows 22 crossings, but I don't know if it includes all of them.
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Re: Northern border crossings
« Reply #16 on: June 03, 2006, 01:47:53 PM »
James,

This page shows 22 crossings, but I don't know if it includes all of them.

There is at least four in Alaska that aren't listed at that site.
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Re: Northern border crossings
« Reply #17 on: June 03, 2006, 01:49:09 PM »
Thanks Don. Maybe we should let the Canadian government know they're missing some crossings.
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Re: Northern border crossings
« Reply #18 on: June 03, 2006, 02:05:20 PM »
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We're seeing our Government in action!!  Aren't you impressed ???
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Re: Northern border crossings
« Reply #19 on: June 03, 2006, 05:33:12 PM »
The page listing 22 crossings are just those that the Canadian Government publishes the wait times for.

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Re: Northern border crossings
« Reply #20 on: June 04, 2006, 01:09:30 PM »
Attached is an Excel file containing 107 northern border crossings. Ferry crossings are not included.
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Re: Northern border crossings
« Reply #21 on: June 06, 2006, 07:02:20 AM »
I am embarrassed. I am unable to download the Canadian Border Crossing file in the above post. I have deleted my original file.  :'( Would someone be kind enough to send me a copy of it.

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Re: Northern border crossings
« Reply #22 on: June 06, 2006, 11:42:50 AM »
Sent via email James.
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« Reply #23 on: June 06, 2006, 11:48:10 AM »
Thanks much, Tom. I don't know why I can't download from my post above. I get a PhotoParade Album screen.
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Re: Northern border crossings
« Reply #24 on: June 06, 2006, 12:50:33 PM »
I get a PhotoParade Album screen.

James,

You're the second person who has said that to me about different files in the last 24 hours. The other person was unable to download a Word file, although I had no problems with the download. After clicking on the link do you see the Windows dialog giving you the choice of opening the file with an application or downloading to disk?

Scratching my head ....
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Re: Northern border crossings
« Reply #25 on: June 06, 2006, 01:15:46 PM »
Worked fine for me Tom.

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Re: Northern border crossings
« Reply #26 on: June 06, 2006, 01:25:54 PM »
Not sure this is listed, but years ago when doing home design work, i went to Warroad, Mn and crossed at Longworth(?) on the way to Winnipeg doing an earthhome on Lake Winnipeg.  Don't know if that is still open or not.
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Re: Northern border crossings
« Reply #27 on: June 06, 2006, 01:31:59 PM »
Here is what I get when I try to download the file from my post above. It is a screen shot in MS Word.

I just tried to download the attached MS Word file and get the same screen. So it must be in my comuter settings. Any suggestions?
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Re: Northern border crossings
« Reply #28 on: June 06, 2006, 02:07:41 PM »
James,

When you click on any link here, the first thing that happens is that a file called index.php kicks in to tell the forum software which file or template to execute next, depending on which link you clicked. In the case of a download, after downloading the file association set in your browser should determine which application is opened on the PC.

For whatever reason, it appears that your PC and the other individual's appear to be trying to make an association with the the wrong file type.

My first reaction would be to suggest checking the file associations in your browser. However, the other individual's associations were set correctly.

The only other time I recall seeing this here was soon after we opened when yet another member had difficulty opening image files. He eventually tracked it down to a gmail cookie that was running interference with the download. I don't understand how that could be but, after deleting the cookie, the individual has been able to view images OK.
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Re: Northern border crossings
« Reply #29 on: June 07, 2006, 05:31:25 AM »
Tom, my OS is Windows XP Home.

I went: My Computer->Tools->Folder Options->File Types->Select PHP->Change to MS Excel->OK

The PHP files were set on PhotoParade Album before I changed it to MS Excel.

I can now download files, images, etc.

If you have Windows XP, would you mind going through the above procedure (without changing anything) and let me know what your PHP files are associated with.

Sorry about highjacking this thread.
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