Traveling through Canada!

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    Traveling through Canada!

    I did a search on this but didn't find anything. Sorry if I missed it.

    I may be traveling through Canada on my way to Alaska and am a little confused on exactly what the law is.

    I know that I can't carry period. But can I even transport my guns through Canada? Assuming that I seperate the weapon and the ammo and put each in a locked container... would that be ok?

    Any help would be appreciated. The last thing I want is to break the law in Canada and possibly go to jail.

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    Read the rules and proceed with caution

    Here is a link to the Canadian government website concerning firearm importation into Canada:
    Canadian firearm importation
    This is long and involved, and you should read it completely. Here is a copy of one of the more important paragraphs:

    Visitors to Canada

    If you are a visitor to Canada, as of January 1, 2001, you will have to declare your firearms in writing.

    Visitors may only import non-restricted firearms for legitimate purposes such as:

    * sporting or hunting use during hunting season;
    * use in competitions;
    * in-transit movement (i.e., moving in the most direct route possible from Point A to Point B) through Canada; or
    * personal protection against wildlife in remote areas of Canada, as long as the customs officer is satisfied that the circumstances warrant the firearm being imported.

    If you are importing restricted firearms you need an authorization to transport. You can get an application for an authorization to transport by calling the Canadian Firearms Centre at 1-800-731-4000.

    Visitors cannot, under any circumstances, import prohibited firearms.

    Visitors who plan to leave firearms in Canada will have to pay duties and taxes. If the firearm is sold or otherwise transferred to a Canadian resident, the parties must meet all the legal requirements associated with transferring firearms.

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    Well, you have to go through Canada if you're driving to Alaska. No other way.

    You cannot cross the border with a handgun, period. Certain long guns are prohibited, also.

    This site might be helpful: http://www.handgunlaw.us/

    I would check with U.S. Customs, also.

    Have a safe trip. If you are driving, the ALCAN Highway is a fantastic drive. Also, pick up a copy of the book, The Milepost. It's invaluable.

    Edited to read: After reading pogo2's link, it appears that not all handguns are prohibited in Canada. My mistake.
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    WOW I have never looked at it before but it is over 2300 miles from Seattle to Anchorage.
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    I just looked it up on Mapquest and it is 4424 miles from Austin to Anchorage, (round trip of 8848...Wow!). Continental ticket from Austin to Anchorage is $531 for a round trip and will get you there in less time. If you figure $3 per gallon of gas, plus frustration and the fact that you can still transport your firearms on a plane, then you might be better off to fly. That is unless you are planning on transporting a lot of stuff!

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    I would fly also, saves you the cash you are going to spend driving. Unless, you are fortunate and have the extra dough around. Good luck.
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    Its looks more scary than it is. We duck in Canada every year. I've never had a problem with our long guns. Shoot they've only looked at the guns once. The rest of the time it been fill out paperwork, pay fee, go on into the country. Piece of cake.

    Handguns, unfortunatly are a different story. No can do.
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    Thanks to everyone for the info. Pogo2, thanks for the link and the 800 #, that will help considerably.

    It looks like I'll have to ship the guns via a FFL. I'ts going to feel strange not to have a gun on my hip.

    Captain Crunch, I will be taking the ALCAN highway and I'm very excited about the trip. Thanks for the tip on the magazine, I'll get a copy before I go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Crunch View Post
    Well, you have to go through Canada if you're driving to Alaska. No other way.

    You cannot cross the border with a handgun, period. Certain long guns are prohibited, also.

    This site might be helpful: http://www.handgunlaw.us/

    I would check with U.S. Customs, also.

    Have a safe trip. If you are driving, the ALCAN Highway is a fantastic drive. Also, pick up a copy of the book, The Milepost. It's invaluable.

    Edited to read: After reading pogo2's link, it appears that not all handguns are prohibited in Canada. My mistake.
    That's why I fly to Alaska when I hunt or fish up there. I also have my dealer priority mail my handguns (one to hunt with and one to carry) to a dealer in Anchorage before I go. It's cheaper than Fed-Ex or UPS, and more secure than putting them in checked baggage. Considering I've got over $1800 in my hunting handgun (a Bowen Classic Arms .475 Linebaugh Redhawk).
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    I just returned from AK and drove through Canada up and Back. It seemed to me that trying to take a pistol through was out of the question. So, I sent the pistol to a sporting goods store in Ancourge, and carryed a shotgun across Canada. No problem at all. When I returned to the states I just sent the pistol to myself at home. It was waiting for me when I arrived. A word of advice, all you really need is the shotgun. A 44 mag is bottum line for big bear. 12 Ga shotgun with slugs is about right, for anything that is. I know you will have a great time up there. A trip you will never forget

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    I think you can take a pistol, but will have to check the regs, if the barrel is less that 4" or is .25, .32 calibre then forget it. If you can bring it, you will need the paperwork, a gun case and trigger lock.

    You will have to register to use this site, but it is a good bunch and you might be able to hook up with some gun nuts along your way.

    http://www.canadiangunnutz.com/

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    Sonic...

    good luck finding $3/gal gas in rural Canada! I lived in Alaska for 7 years...out in the Aleutian Islands! We drove the AlCan one summer in the mid 80's. Gas in upper Canada at that time was about 'One arm and one leg' per gallon.
    About the guns...don't take anything...they will take your guns, your car and your first born for starters...then it gets worse!

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    Well I was just up in Dawson and Whitehorse, gas was $1.39 a litre (4 litres to the US Gallon) Gas here has come down from $1.10 a litre to 99.8cents a litre. Also the US $ is around $1.05 Canadian right now so not much help there. A lot of businesses noted that very few US tourists came through this year.

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    Would only advise this...... having delt with the government of Quebec reguarding firearms.(I used to guide in Canada just accross the border from Maine) Obay their laws to the letter. The Canadian government will throw you in jail in a heartbeat and confiscate everything in your posession if you falter. -------

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    ... having delt with the government of Quebec reguarding firearms. Obay [sic] their laws to the letter.
    ... if only because it's not your country and you don't have any right to carry into that country. That ought to be enough.

    Definitely fly to AK. One-third the cost and standardized, well-understood protocol for transportation of firearms.
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