Crossing the Canadian Border

30 08 2015
Gull Lake, SK City Campground

Gull Lake, SK City Campground

We’ve arrived in Canada! After leaving Malta, MT yesterday,  we continued north along Highway 191 to Morgan, MT.  Most of this highway is a rough gravel 2 lane road due to expansion work.  At the border, we’re greeted by a friendly border agent and asked for our passports.  A few brief questions, “where are you coming from?”, “where are you going to?”, “how long in Canada?”, “any liquor in the RV?”, “any firearms?” – etc. and we were on our way.  There was no inquiry of vehicle registration or insurance paperwork that we’d prepared for.  There is apparently no longer a concern for eggs or poultry products (although we had none) that might carry the avian influenza. And no mention of entering the RV.  A typical border crossing with professional and courteous agents.  “Welcome to Canada”

Warned of the bad condition of Canadan Highway 4 from both online resources and the border agent, we opt for a route over to Highway 37 which will take us directly into Gull Lake.  The short portion of highway 18 is in bad shape – truck bouncing and cupboard rearranging rough.  But once we turn north on Highway 37, the roadway is smooth and we make good time into Gull Lake.

This tiny, sleepy town is just south of the Trans-Canadian Highway. We’re parked at the city RV campground with 26 electric/water sites and 26 non-electric tent sites organized around a small loop  The RV sites are back-in sites in the center.  If the park was full, you’d be looking into the rear window of a camper behind.  But, we’re 2 of only 5 trailers plus a couple tent campers that will be spending the night.  Self service check-in requires $25/site.  For Canadian currency there’s an ATM at the Credit Union on Conrad Ave.  This fee provides water and 15/30 Amp electric as well as a clean shower house.  There’s no over-the-air TV available in Gull Lake, but the cellular coverage by TELUS is a full 4G signal.  With our new “10 Gigs 4 All” T-Mobile data plan, we tether our laptops to our phones for amazingly fast internet access.

We’ll join the Trans-Canadian Highway today and travel west toward Calgary and Banff.  Along the way we’ll stop at Kinbrook Island Provincial Park– more from there.

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31 08 2015
Judy

We are in East Glacier MT for two nights and rode bike to Waterton NP and back today. Beautiful but very windy and cool. Tomorrow will be mor pleasant as we travel ” Riding to the Sun” and work our way to the West Coast.

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