Bear spray from glacier to canada

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Bear spray from glacier to canada

Postby mbobbitt » Wed Jan 01, 2014 9:12 am

I have looked, and the answer is probably here somewhere, so forgive me for asking again if it is. We are pulling our camper across the country this summer and will be staying at the KOA in St. Mary July 20 to 27 and again on the way back home august 25 to September 2. In between we are driving into Canada to visit the National parks there. We will have bear spray. Is that something we can take across the border into and out of canada? I know we will have to leave our concealed weapons at home, but I can't seem to find an answer concerning the bear spray. Thanks!
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Re: Bear spray from glacier to canada

Postby Selkie » Wed Jan 01, 2014 10:13 am

I specifically asked on crossing into Canada, and the answer is yes, you can carry it into Canada (I forgot to ask on the way back, but I believe the answer is yes. Worst case, you have to dump it).

Pepper spray, intended for use on humans, may not be carried across the border.
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Re: Bear spray from glacier to canada

Postby wnysteve » Wed Jan 01, 2014 2:44 pm

On entering Canada, I was asked if I had bear spray. On answereing Yes, the offical asked if it was the "magnum" size (i.e., the size intended for bear repulse). "Yes", again, and this is the answer that will gain you entry. (The concealable sprays, considered as anti-personnel, are the types NOT permitted.)

On re-entering the U.S., I don't think the issue even came up. I was just asked how long I had been in Canada, and for what purpose.
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Re: Bear spray from glacier to canada

Postby il2gnp » Thu Jan 02, 2014 11:27 am

We were not asked about bear spray, either when we entered Canada last summer at a Saskatchewan crossing or when we returned to the US at the Waterton crossing. Did it help to be old? Driving a Flex? Whatever, they asked very few questions and we had no problems.
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Re: Bear spray from glacier to canada

Postby Talusman » Thu Jan 02, 2014 1:31 pm

You should know that at least some of the Canadian border guards consider bear spray "a weapon" that needs to be declared. I always keep mine at hand when crossing so that when the guard asks I can just hand it to him or her to check the brand. Yes, only certain approved brands are permitted.
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Re: Bear spray from glacier to canada

Postby mbobbitt » Thu Jan 02, 2014 7:09 pm

Thanks for all the information. Ours is UDAP. Is that an approved brand? We purchased it at Cabellas.
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Re: Bear spray from glacier to canada

Postby Talusman » Fri Jan 03, 2014 9:02 am

Just be sure the label indicates that it is for animals, not people.
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Re: Bear spray from glacier to canada

Postby trevbo » Fri Jan 03, 2014 10:55 pm

Check out http://counterassault.com/faq.htmscrolling down to #10. Can I take Counter Assault into Canada?
Hikers are allowed to enter Canada (and  re-enter the USA) with US EPA registered bear deterrents for their own use/protection against bear attacks. (The product must return to the US and cannot be sold or remain in Canada).

This is probably the same for your UDAP spray.
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Re: Bear spray from glacier to canada

Postby smahurin » Fri Jun 06, 2014 6:45 am

They always ask, and its not a problem.

"do you have mace?"
"we have bear spray"
"move along..."
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Re: Bear spray from glacier to canada

Postby daveparker » Mon Jun 09, 2014 5:33 pm

If you have a bear spray that has an EPA registration number on it, you won't have a problem, don't try to carry pepper spray into Canada, because you won't be allowed to enter the country, just make sure the bear spray you have has an EPA registration number and you are good to go.
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Re: Bear spray from glacier to canada

Postby scott-atl » Tue Jun 10, 2014 11:01 am

what's the latest on passport/id to go to waterton and back? I've got some friends going out w 4 kids.
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Re: Bear spray from glacier to canada

Postby mikie » Tue Jun 10, 2014 11:46 am

Need one of the 3 to get back into the United States:

1. Passport
2. Passport Card
3. Enhanced Drivers License (depending upon the state)
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Re: Bear spray from glacier to canada

Postby scott-atl » Wed Jun 11, 2014 7:56 am

thanks, even for kids under 14?
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Re: Bear spray from glacier to canada

Postby Jen » Wed Jun 11, 2014 8:31 am

scott-atl wrote:thanks, even for kids under 14?


Are the kids travelling with both parents? I seem to recall Tara saying something about needing additional identification or a letter if the kids were travelling with just one parent. (Sometimes I make this stuff up in my head though.)
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Re: Bear spray from glacier to canada

Postby Tara » Wed Jun 11, 2014 8:58 am

ALL kids need one of those documents to cross the border, even an infant. And yes, if traveling with a child that is not their own OR IF THE CHILD IS TRAVELING WITH ONLY ONE PARENT, they need to have a notarized letter from the child's patients (signed by BOTH parents) stating that it is ok for the child to travel with them. IF WITH ONLY ONE PARENT THEY NEED A NOTARIZED LETTER FROM THE OTHER PARENT REGARDLESS OF IF THE PARENTS ARE MARRIED OR DIVORCED. Include as much information as possible...the parents signing the letter should state the full names of the people the child is traveling with, the dates or approx. dates and even the locations if possible...also vehicle info. of the travel vehicle. The more info. the better.

Also be prepared that at the border crossing, esp. coming back into the US, they may ask the kids a lot of questions and not allow you to speak. I wasn't prepared for that :shock:
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