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Trip to Alaska but I would like to avoid Canada
« on: May 27, 2012, 05:07:22 pm »
I am planning a trip to Alaska (hopefully with my dad) for when I get out of the army.  My plan is to not have much of a plan that way I can kind of lose a little of the rigidity that the military has beat into me over the last 12 years.  There will be only a couple things that I will try to do.  One is to make the trip as inexpensive as possible, not the cheapest but I will be watching the bottom line.  The other is the fact that I will probably be taking a ferry from Washington (possibly Bellingham) to either Haines or Seward. The ferry websites that I have checked so far leave a lot to be desired in the area of ease of use.  I would like to avoid Canada due to the fact that I will be carrying a weapon and want to avoid the problems associated with taking a weapon into our northern neighbor's land.  I will try to camp as much as possible but if the weather is bad enough I wouldn't turn down a hotel with a warm bed.  Anyone made this trip before and have any advice or can't miss spots for me? 
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Re: Trip to Alaska but I would like to avoid Canada
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2012, 05:09:54 pm »
Yeah I would look to avoid Canada too, and I feel the same as you. ;)
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Re: Trip to Alaska but I would like to avoid Canada
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2012, 05:38:37 pm »
British Columbia and Yukon Territory are breathtakingly beautiful, but if taking a gun is that important the ferry might be an alternative, although I don't know their rules about firearms.  But you aren't going to save any money by taking the ferry, taking a vehicle on a ferry is more expensive than riding through Canada. 

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Re: Trip to Alaska but I would like to avoid Canada
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2012, 05:47:48 pm »
It would be a shame to bypass the rockies and Banff national park !!
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Re: Trip to Alaska but I would like to avoid Canada
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2012, 06:04:41 pm »
Well, ya got a room when ya get here, pops as well.  Make sure you have a good camera and lots of SD cards and lose your time piece.

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Re: Trip to Alaska but I would like to avoid Canada
« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2012, 08:35:14 pm »
It would be a shame to bypass the rockies and Banff national park !!


And there's more, much much more. For example, the Yellowhead Highway between Prince George & Kitwanga, then onto the Cassiar Highway to Watson Lake, Yukon Territory with a side trip to be Hyderized.  I love that country.  I've done that route 3 times, it will never get old.

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Re: Trip to Alaska but I would like to avoid Canada
« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2012, 11:02:23 pm »
I'd call the border about the piece and see what they say. I used to know some long distance truckers that had guns, especially when heading for the notorious big cities.
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Firearms
You must declare all weapons and firearms at the CBSA port of entry when you enter Canada. If not, you could face prosecution and the goods may be seized. You need documents to prove that you are entitled to possess a firearm in Canada, and you must transport it safely.


Canada Firearms Centre
Canada Firearms Centre
Ottawa ON K1A 1M6

Telephone: 1-800-731-4000 (within Canada and the United States)
506-624-5380 (outside Canada and the United States)

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Canadian law states that you have to transport all firearms unloaded. If you are transporting them in a vehicle, they must be kept out of sight in a part of a vehicle that is kept locked (the trunk, if there is one), unless the vehicle is supervised by an adult. You have to transport restricted and prohibited firearms in a locked case and equip them with locked safety devices to prevent firing. Antique handguns do not require a secure locking device, although all other transportation provisions apply.

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Re: Trip to Alaska but I would like to avoid Canada
« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2012, 06:11:22 am »
Thanks for the info.  After seeing that it would cost $1470+ to take the ferry from Bellingham to Whittier I might try to find another alternative. 
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Re: Trip to Alaska but I would like to avoid Canada
« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2012, 07:30:41 am »
You can bring a 'long gun' into Canada, if properly stored.  Unless they've changed their law handguns are simply not allowed, and if they catch you with one after you've claimed you don't have one, they'll not only confiscate it, they'll prosecute you.

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Re: Trip to Alaska but I would like to avoid Canada
« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2012, 07:55:31 am »
You can bring a 'long gun' into Canada, if properly stored.  Unless they've changed their law handguns are simply not allowed, and if they catch you with one after you've claimed you don't have one, they'll not only confiscate it, they'll prosecute you.

I won't be trying to sneak any weapons through.  But I might ship my pistol to myself in Alaska and just ride through Canada feeling a little naked. 
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Re: Trip to Alaska but I would like to avoid Canada
« Reply #10 on: May 29, 2012, 08:11:26 am »
I won't be trying to sneak any weapons through.  But I might ship my pistol to myself in Alaska and just ride through Canada feeling a little naked.


That's a good plan for the pistol, I think quite a number of people do that.


The routes to Alaska through Canada are wonderful, I've done them 3 times round-trip. Be sure to visit Dawson City in the Yukon, and maybe a side trip to Skagway south from Whitehorse, you'll gain an appreciation for just how tough those Yukon gold miners were. 




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Re: Trip to Alaska but I would like to avoid Canada
« Reply #11 on: May 29, 2012, 08:18:53 am »
I just checked and according to the operator that I spoke with, I will need to apply for a non-resident firearms permit through the BC CFO (Chief firearms officer) to get permission to carry along my designated route.  One caveat that was mentioned was that the barrel length needs to be longer than 4 1/8 inches otherwise it is considered a prohibited firearm.  Lots of red tape but it looks to be possible.  I just need to wait until the BC CFO office is open to clarify about carrying between BC and the Yukon to get into Alaska.
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Re: Trip to Alaska but I would like to avoid Canada
« Reply #12 on: May 29, 2012, 09:39:54 am »
I just checked and according to the operator that I spoke with, I will need to apply for a non-resident firearms permit through the BC CFO (Chief firearms officer) to get permission to carry along my designated route.  One caveat that was mentioned was that the barrel length needs to be longer than 4 1/8 inches otherwise it is considered a prohibited firearm.  Lots of red tape but it looks to be possible.  I just need to wait until the BC CFO office is open to clarify about carrying between BC and the Yukon to get into Alaska.


Enjoy your trip regardless.  Where would you be entering Canada?

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Re: Trip to Alaska but I would like to avoid Canada
« Reply #13 on: May 29, 2012, 10:12:50 am »

Enjoy your trip regardless.  Where would you be entering Canada?

I would like to ride through the Rockies in Alberta so I was thinking about entering around Glacier National Park southwest of Calgary.
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Re: Trip to Alaska but I would like to avoid Canada
« Reply #14 on: May 29, 2012, 03:25:35 pm »
That is so cool !!!! Someday i hope i can do that as well !!!
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