Road Trip warning: Canada Border and USA Lower 48 Staes
Greetings Road Trip Community:
This is a message of caution mainly geared for US Citizens planning on a road trip to Canada.
I am a single traveler from Los Angeles on a cross country road trip across North America. In addition, I am in the process of relocating from a College Internship at Walt Disney World back to Los Angeles therefore I am not presently working. Too keep costs down, I sleep in my mini van and use truck stops for their showers. I know there are other people like myself who are using natural breaks between jobs as an opportunity to enjoy extended roadtrips and I hope by sharing my experience that I can save you time or hassle.
As a single traveler from Los Angeles, I had trouble crossing the border to Canada to both in 2005 and on my current road trip. It is perfectly legal to bring your own vehicle into Canada; however, entrance is considered on a case by case basis and is purely arbitrary. If you are not from a US state that borders Canada, then you may have trouble or be denied entrance like myself. The reason I was denied entrance is that I could not prove to them that I had significant funds to support myself. I am traveling with two credit cards, a debit card, and minimal cash in USD. It didn't help that I am not actively employed while I travel across North America and the USA.
So, if you are in a similar situation of traveling between jobs and you whish to visit Canada then I recommend that you consider flying to Canada and renting a car rather than bringing your own car. It could save you some hassle. You may also be better off if you visit Canada only when you are actively employed. If you are between jobs then spend your hard earned cash in the USA or elsewhere instead.
Happy trails from,
Road Tripping for Life!