We are planning to take Kahshahapiwi (aka Piwi) on her first trip to Quetico next week. Our entry point is Kahshahpiwi, of course! Can anyone confirm that the only document I need for bringing the dog across the border and into the park is her rabies vaccination certificate from the vet? Thanks!
I've crossed into Canada with my dog both by car and by canoe many times. Yes, all you need is the dogs rabies certificate for Canadian Customs. Don't know if it's a park regulation or not. Never been asked for it though.
Of course, I think I've forgotten the document on some Quetico Trips. The chances of A) getting checked by Canadian Customs and B) having them make an issue out of a rabies certificate on a canoe trip are remote. Not that I'm advising it.
My friend has brought one of his dogs up nearly every year and never had an issue except once. The Canadian customs agent at Lacroix gave him loads of grief for not having his rabies certification with him. She finally let us and the dog go through, but not without getting her pound of flesh (why she needed it I don't know, she had more than ample pounds of flesh to begin with)
I brought a health certificate and the letter indicating that her rabies was up to date. Crossing at Fort Frances into Canada, they asked if I had the paperwork but didn't look at it. The customs agent for the US (coming back into US) asked for both.
I haven't heard of a "health certificate." Since we are leaving tomorrow, I'm thinking I'll just take the rabies certificate. We'll be checking into US customs at Ely, where the vet is, so I guess in the worst case we could get any additional certificate then!
We just got back and verified several times before our trip and rabies is the only certificate you need to be able to prove. With that being said, customs has never checked or asked for them or even commented about our dogs for that matter.
Hope your dog has been trained for canoeing. We watched a small dog (14 inches or so) jump out the side and actually tip the canoe and load . Fortunately, it was at the end of Nina Moose Lake and they were in only a couple of feet of water. That could have been a lot worse than simple embarrassment.
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