Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Calgary Alberta Canada
SW VI in Canada for U.S. Visitors
Shark Week is approaching fast, the snow has melted up here and we will begin our secondary scouting rides in earnest in May.
Some things that you should do before leaving home for your trip.
1. Travel Medical Insurance. If you don't have some, get some. You will not be refused treatment in Canada but you will be billed for it if you don't have some type of insurance. Free health insurance in Canada is only for citizens and refugees declared as such by the Federal government (don't get me going here).
2. International Roaming for your cell phone. You may have U.S. wide service for phone and text but as soon as you cross the border you will be subject to International Roaming Charges. Check with your cell service provider and buy an International Roaming package from them that will cover your stay in Canada. Look at your own usage and base it upon that.
3. Music Services like Pandora and Spotify may not follow you across the border. We do have Spotify up here but rate packages are different than the U.S.
4. Make sure your vehicle insurance card is an "International" one. Ours up here always state that our vehicle insurance is "Applicable in Canada and the United States of America". You may have to call your insurance company to get the updated pink card. It should be free.
5. Foreign Exchange. YOu can change your money most easily at banks closer to the border such as in Great Falls, Montana, Whitefish, Kalispell or Columbia Falls, Montana. You can also spend your U.S. dollars up here. Most places in Canmore and Banff will display the exchange rate that they are paying that day.
Right now at this very minute today the exchange is $1.00 US = $1.2632 CDN.
6. Fuel, we have premium 91 Octane and in some Petro Canada Gas stations 94 octane. We also have ethanol blend in most of our fuels up here now as well. Stay away from Husky brand. Shell, Petro Canada, Esso are the three major suppliers. There are few more regional suppliers such as Centex (close to the host hotel). They get their fuels from the big three suppliers anyway.
7 Climate. Daytime highs can be 22-32C, lows can be 4-8C. I don't expect it to go below freezing at the resort or on any of the rides. Expect warm days in the valleys and cooler temperatures as we climb up into the mountains. In July/August we can have squalls of showers pass through the mountains. It can literally be raining with sunshine on you or even the odd snowflake at higher elevations. Pack to dress in layers. Bring a long sleeve shirt or two, a bunny hug sweater, good riding/walking/hiking boots, a toque (beanie), warm gloves. You can always shed a layer if you are too hot but you can't put on what you don't have. There will be enough folks with tourpaks that you can shed a layer if need be.
I think that about covers it for now.
If there are any further questions regarding any of the above, post them up here. I will attempt to add them to the original post and put the answers in there as well as quote the posters that ask the questions.
I am excited, nervous and terrified all at the same time.
"Is it time to leave yet"...Bleachey. No, not yet Bleachey, close but not yet. Good time to finish up any mods, start putting together a packing list of what you're gonna need and what you can live without. Take a good look at those tires and see if they will make the trip or need to be replaced before or during the trip.
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