Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Do You Know What The Border Agent Said?

She said, "Welcome to Canada".   Well, it wasn't quite that easy.  The crossing was easy, about 10 minutes taking the bridge from Blaine, Wa.   Then we had to wait in the office to be questioned.   After that, it was another hour before they did the rv inspection.  

There was another unexpected delay.  While we were waiting in the office 12 agents dropped what they were doing, drew their weapons and went running outside.  They had found someone hidden in a van along with two other people.  There was a scuffle, lots of screaming and thrashing before the woman was handcuffed and taken into an interrogation room.  

One of the final questions was "How much money can you access from your accounts for this trip?   We're loaded but we didn't let on (just kidding).   We told her and she said she would call us back again.  And she did.  She asked for the keys to the rv to do the inspection and verify our declaration.  They left the trailer a mess, kind of hocked my off.  

We are now at the Capilano River Rv Park for the night and then dropping the trailer in their storage area until our return on Sunday.  We made arrangements to pay today so we can leave early in the morning.  We want to take the 8:30 a.m.   If we miss it, the next one isn't until 10:40 a.m.

All in all it was a good day.  Good thing I had the opportunity to practice my Canadian with all of you who were in Mexico.  Everyone seems to understand me and I can understand them pretty well too :)

BTW, we missed the TC-1 and took the 99 North driving right through downtown Vancouver.  Wouldn't have missed for the world.   It was a relaxing and beautiful drive.   What a great welcome we have had.


  1. Wow, excitement! That does not happen often. Well, your entry was easy. Welcome to Canada! We are all ready for you.

  2. Happy to hear that your entry was relatively easy. Canada is happy to have you both here.

  3. Now you have to learn to say "pretty good tacos EH". Cheers and welcome les

  4. Glad you made it least it wasn't boring.

    Too bad they messed up your stuff. Not sure why they're allowed to do that.

  5. Welcome to Canada...enjoy BC...some of the most beautiful land on the planet in that province.

  6. Well, it can certainly go either way. We've never had our stuff "messed up", but then I'm sure we've just been lucky. I'm still not overly keen on border guards, no matter whom they (supposedly) work for.