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Apply for a pardon, and if you get it, carry all the papers with you.

Should be easy to get after 33 years, if your records been clean since.
 

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Oh and let me know when and if you will be passing thru the southern interior of BC I have a place for you to spend the night, and can BBQ a mean steak to.
 

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No idea really, but you should call both Canada Border Services as well as your US Customs just make sure you have your ducks in a row. The Canada Border Services website says that they can refuse entry to convicted felons.
Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)

And I'll echo Marty's comments. I live on Hwy 97 in the South Okanagan, if you find yourself travelling this way let us know. We can offer a warm bed and a cold beer or few to the weary travellers.
 

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Yeah, it seems our Border Services people can be downright unfriendly when they feel the need. If a pardon is what you need to enter, get on it right away as it may take considerable time.

From the Border Information Services website:

"You can access BIS free of charge throughout Canada by calling 1-800-461-9999. If you are calling from outside Canada, you can access BIS by calling 204-983-3500 or 506-636-5064 (long-distance charges will apply). If you call during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. local time, Monday to Friday, except holidays), you can speak directly to an agent by pressing "0" at any time during the recording."

Cheers.
 

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I say you just pack heat and fly through the border as fast as possible! Ha ha!

Anyhow, if you're going up along the coast and decide to take I-5 in WA state to get in to BC, watch for the alternate entrance. It's about five miles away or something, but moves soooooooooooooo much quicker!
 

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I say you just pack heat and fly through the border as fast as possible! Ha ha!

Anyhow, if you're going up along the coast and decide to take I-5 in WA state to get in to BC, watch for the alternate entrance. It's about five miles away or something, but moves soooooooooooooo much quicker!
Their are a few crossings in the lower mainland, including the "truck crossing". Unless you specifically want or feel the need to see Vancouver, I'd suggest staying away from that area alltogether.

Look for the Sumas Border crossing, it will dump you into the Fraser Valley right onto Hwy #1 and from there you head to Hope then choose which route to head north or northeast into the interior of BC on.
Vancouver is a beautiful city, but the traffic is absolutely insane, and the Peace Arch border crossing can try the most patient of individuals.

Actually, I'd recommend heading up into the Pacific Northwest, then taking the North Cascades Highway east from the Burlington area over to the Okanagan and Hwy 97. From there you can head north into Canada along a very picturesque route and once in BC you can again decide which route to take north.
 

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Anyone going through BC should know that BC is ranked up there for
"supernatural" beauty, and Vancouver RANKED within the TOP 20
most beautiful cities in the World!

So why anyone would take the trouble to come this far, for scenery
to start with (!), and then avoid the city, doesn't make sense !!!

If you hit it during rush hour, like in most cities, that will slow 'ya down!
So, use the slower pace TO SOAK up the scenery....geesh!!!

And, if time allows, come up not the I-5 (frigging BO-ring!) but take
the ocean route along the Oregon coast: to die for and go to heaven!!!
Not to mention frigging twisty like hell for true plus trued bike Riding
this side of heaven!!!

Coffee should be black as hell, dark as night, and sweet as love !!!
In that order ..... lol! Have a great Valentine's Day, all!!!
 

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Anyone going through BC should know that BC is ranked up there for
"supernatural" beauty, and Vancouver RANKED within the TOP 20
most beautiful cities in the World!

So why anyone would take the trouble to come this far, for scenery
to start with (!), and then avoid the city, doesn't make sense !!!

If you hit it during rush hour, like in most cities, that will slow 'ya down!
So, use the slower pace TO SOAK up the scenery....geesh!!!

And, if time allows, come up not the I-5 (frigging BO-ring!) but take
the ocean route along the Oregon coast: to die for and go to heaven!!!
Not to mention frigging twisty like hell for true plus trued bike Riding
this side of heaven!!!
While in BC, hit up the restaurant they have in Stanley Park. I can't remember the name of it for the life of me but it's just as you're coming in from the opposite of the main bridge. Then again...I may not be making any sense...it was over a year ago we were there. I just remember it being in Stanley Park, kind of on it's own and pretty good!

Just wear a flannel shirt and wave at everybody. They'll figure your from here and they won't bother you. :biggrin:
lmao...Nice!
 

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Yeah, the restaurant name I think is "The Tea House" located on a
small strip of nature land literally facing West onto the Ocean view!
Food is great and it's a regular tourist stop towards the ONE-WAY ride
south within Stanley Park! Stanley Park is right in the middle of the city,
surrounded by the oceanic inlet water, with a one-way counterclockwise
ride for the scenic drive around about 30 acres of nature and city scenery!

However, Vancouver since the World discovered its incredible setting,
and beauty after the 1968 World Expo, has become internationalized
big time: heavy on diverse Ethnic restaurants along with a shifting
Demographic that will soon outnumber us Whites who started it
all here...lol! So there are numerous food joints that on their own
could take weeks just to read...lol! Today, about the best bet, is once
a person hits town, go to any of a number of free Tourist stops for
brochures to choose food venues from. Alternatively, you can't go wrong
as a "True Biker" and just simply stop wherever your heart desires
along any given riding route or destination because there are numerous
scenic settings to the city, not just one!, and accompanying restaurants,
u-name-it!

Suggestions for those having a day to spare since you're already here:
1- Go to WHISTLER Mountain Village: food everywhere! Bars! Scenery
better than the Swiss Alps! The Yuppie Land of the North! The ride
there will kill your senses: absolutely dream-city! Because it's along
what we Bikers label the "S2S" Highway, which is a one-of-its-kind
in the world: cut into the mountain side, facing the Ocean, almost like
an extension of the whole Oregon coast highway!!! (about 30 minutes
max. to do, going from Horseshoe Bay, to Squamish: stop for a break,
then 45 min. to Whistler!)

The local government just spent BILLIONS upgrading it for the Olympics
which will be dominantly held at the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains!

S2S means "Sea to Sky" highway!

2- Ride to the jewel town of Horseshoe Bay and sit at the water front,
at a couple of bars facing the water there, watching the ocean-sized
ferries coming and going! It's a short hop from the center of town,
say 10 minutes, to the bar wateringholes!!! (From there, it's just over
one hour to Whistler!)

3- Deep Cove is another tiny picturesque watering hole in North Vancouver
facing an inlet/fjord. Couple of restaurants/bars, etc. Scariest free bridge
is the suspension bridge within Lynn Valley Park: Don't be stupid and
pay $20 to walk on the sanitized version over the Tourist Trap at
Capilano Suspension Bridge!!!

4- Granville Island is in the very center of Vancouver but right on its
waterfront with nothing but Restaurants, stores, and art outlets:
it's dominantly a Tourist Zone, heavy on the trap!

And those are just for starters!

Lastly, as a fancier than a regular restaurant stop just BEFORE
Horseshoe Bay, is the now famous SALMON HOUSE which is cut into
the mountain side overlooking Vancouver's city center skyline and
Lions Gate Bridge: interior of restaurant has tiered seating to take in
this breathtaking view of the city and the ocean's inlet!!! (Lions Gate
Bridge is a baby version of the San Fransisco bridge!)

But, in all that, keep your eyes on the road: lol!
 

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Don't forget to stop at the Capilano Suspension bridge as well. It's not far from Stanley park or Horseshoe bay. I think it is on the way to both those locations.

And my sister lives in Whistler. She took me and my family for the big tour this past summer. The sea to sky highway was beautiful and the Peak to Peak gondola had me crapping my pants.
 

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Yeah, the restaurant name I think is "The Tea House" located on a
small strip of nature land literally facing West onto the Ocean view!
Food is great and it's a regular tourist stop towards the ONE-WAY ride
south within Stanley Park! Stanley Park is right in the middle of the city,
surrounded by the oceanic inlet water, with a one-way counterclockwise
ride for the scenic drive around about 30 acres of nature and city scenery!
That's the one (thank you Google Maps!)! The reviews online weren't the best, but we wanted to check it out. I don't know if we just hit a good day or what, but the service was excellent and the food was very good (if not mildly over priced if I recall right). But, sometimes you pay for the view and ambiance too. ha ha! Besides...Vancouver was a bit more spendy in general anyhow.

Don't forget to stop at the Capilano Suspension bridge as well. It's not far from Stanley park or Horseshoe bay. I think it is on the way to both those locations.

And my sister lives in Whistler. She took me and my family for the big tour this past summer. The sea to sky highway was beautiful and the Peak to Peak gondola had me crapping my pants.
There's another suspension bridge a bit further away worth checking out. It was free and most of the locals said it's as good. We didn't go to the Capilano ourselves, but really liked the other one.
 

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No idea really, but you should call both Canada Border Services as well as your US Customs just make sure you have your ducks in a row. The Canada Border Services website says that they can refuse entry to convicted felons.
Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)

And I'll echo Marty's comments. I live on Hwy 97 in the South Okanagan, if you find yourself travelling this way let us know. We can offer a warm bed and a cold beer or few to the weary travellers.
I'd definitely call and find out, but even then you can't take what you're told as gospel. You may be told one thing over the phone but if the agent you get that day doesn't think you should be allowed in then it doesn't matter what you were told. There doesn't seem to be any straight rules that are followed and more "guidelines" that are interpreted differently by different customs/border agents. Just speaking from years of experience crossing the border as a blended family with kids of a different last name than mine.

Also had a work colleague from LA turned away at the airport in Edmonton and sent home on the next plane because of a little "drug" thing on his record from over 20 years ago. He had totally forgot about it and was quite surprised when they escorted him onto the plane to go home.

Pardon is the way to go but can take months to get.
 

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Riders Anonymous Unite!

That's the one (thank you Google Maps!)! The reviews online weren't the best, but we wanted to check it out. I don't know if we just hit a good day or what, but the service was excellent and the food was very good (if not mildly over priced if I recall right). But, sometimes you pay for the view and ambiance too. ha ha! Besides...Vancouver was a bit more speedy in general anyhow.
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Good to hear, Adam! Yeah, I myself rarely have gone to the Tea House
because of price. However that is it's purpose: superior location for
tourists, so mission accomplished! Food wise to me having been there
is as good as anywhere! The **** reviewers in our times are nuts,
most of the time, and to keep their jobs, come up with the stupidest
comments, not just some times, but most of the time! I no longer look
at reviews but at my wallet and the appearance of any joint l like: lol!

If you ever get back this way, the "standby" that one can't lose going
to are either "Milestones" or the "Cactus Club." Excellent delicious
food, good menu, and great ambiance. They're spread around town!

And those into night life plus setting: Robson Street for about 4 blocks
east of Burrard is termed the "Rodeo Drive of the North!" Daytime
and night time shopping plus restaurants feeding frenzy by tourists
galore!

But, this **** city like Vegas, keeps rejuvenating itself every 10 years:
NOW the "new" (not improved, but just **** NEW!) locale for the
yuppies/working middle class/downtown office crowd at night, is
"Yaletown!" World class Blues bands populate the place now and
for example, will be "the" place to watch the Super Bowl at,
besides another tame haunt: the "Sharks Club" on Georgia St.

Maybe that's what we're becoming, another Mini-Vegas? (!):wink:
 

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Shoot, with my experiences of crossing the border, I had more trouble getting back into the US than going to CA - even with my US passport!! The crossing on WA hwy 31 @ Metaline Falls, WA has some good Canadian border guards, but the US folks can be a little...shall we say humorless.

Canada Hwy 3 is a great bike road!!

Have fun and good luck.
 

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When you go through the border a standard question will be about your record. Good idea to check ahead of time. If you don't, they will take a great deal of time to check everything out.

I rode through on a motorcycle last June on I-15 in Montana. It was not busy and I am a retired leo. It took me an hour to get through. Be very co-operative and do not complain. Smile. Say thank you. They were the most officious people that I have ever encountered.

Both directions in Alaska on the Alcan were quick and easy.

Coming back into the lower forty eight was about 15 minutes. Every motorcycle had to be checked by a dog before final clearance.
 

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Border Headaches

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When you go through the border a standard question will be about your record. Good idea to check ahead of time. If you don't, they will take a great deal of time to check everything out.

I rode through on a motorcycle last June on I-15 in Montana. It was not busy and I am a retired leo. It took me an hour to get through. Be very co-operative and do not complain. Smile. Say thank you. They were the most officious people that I have ever encountered.

Both directions in Alaska on the Alcan were quick and easy.

Coming back into the lower forty eight was about 15 minutes. Every motorcycle had to be checked by a dog before final clearance.
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Yeah, the ideal is to go through the busier crossings, like by cities
since they're more busy and more administrative in the processing.
However, the larger crossings are staffed by TWO types of gaurds:
either Immigration or Customs Agents. You can tell which you happen
to get from the questions asked, normally. As things keep changing
due to the needless Terrorism paranoia, you never know!

The smaller crossings have nothing else to do for entertainment so.... (!)
 
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