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Old 08-14-2012, 11:40 AM
 
Location: E ND & NW MN
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I live 70 miles from the Manitoba border and about 150 miles from Winnipeg. Visits north of the border have decreased due to passport needed now and mostly due to higher costs up there versus in the states. Manitobans come down to Grand Forks to shop as our costs are quite a bit lower than in similar stores. So for us going north of the border would be a once every few years thing...namely to visit Winnipeg and take in the sites and the the french quarter there.
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Old 08-14-2012, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Glendale, CA
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Think of how many Canadians live within 2 hours of the US border, vs. how many Americans live within 2 hours of the Canadian border. That will probably provide the answer you are looking for....
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Old 08-14-2012, 12:01 PM
 
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Too much of a hassle due to the paranoid post-9/11 security state.
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Old 08-14-2012, 12:07 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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I've been to Canada 4 times. I've seen Niagara Falls, Toronto, Thousand Islands and Montreal. Would really like to visit Quebec City.
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Old 08-14-2012, 12:11 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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How come not that many Americans drive to Canada, especially those in northern states (10 hours or less drive to the border)? I can guarantee that 95%+ of Canadians living near the U.S. border in big cities, including small, have traveled/driven thru the U.S. for any reason.

Here in New York/New Jersey area, I see plenty of Canadian license plates (Mostly Quebec and Ontario).
Canada is a unique and beautiful place to visit... sad that not that many have been there despite being close to the country. Quebec being north of us is a taste of France!

I know many Americans who says that they never been outside the country.... well you have an easy option to travel north! It's affordable and easy. All you need is passport (Should be required but whatever).

Canada is a great country, slightly different from America, and is very diverse and has anything you want!
I have been to Canada and frankly, I was not impressed. To be honest there isn't anything there that you cannot get in America and you don't have to deal with snooty border agents, and the new Homeland Security BS.

The only thing that Canada has going for it is Tim Horton's and you can find them in Maine and New York, so why venture North?

20yrsinBranson
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Old 08-14-2012, 12:11 PM
 
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Look at the exchange rate, 15 years ago, Canada was a bargain. Now, not so much.
I love Canada and have traveled from Colorado to ski many times.
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Old 08-14-2012, 12:22 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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I have been to Canada and frankly, I was not impressed. To be honest there isn't anything there that you cannot get in America
You haven't been to the province of Quebec, have you?
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Old 08-14-2012, 12:26 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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You haven't been to the province of Quebec, have you?
Louisiana is as close as I have gotten. Granted, they don't have a walled city, but at least all the signs are in English (and the food is MUCH MUCH better).

20yrsinBranson
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Old 08-14-2012, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Louisiana is as close as I have gotten. Granted, they don't have a walled city, but at least all the signs are in English (and the food is MUCH MUCH better).

20yrsinBranson
Hmm... Quebec is in the other direction!

And New Orleans doesn't blow Quebec away food-wise by any stretch. Both places are pretty good actually.
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Old 08-14-2012, 02:18 PM
 
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Folks in Detroit used to cross over to Windsor all of the time. An attraction in Chatham, ON (Wheels Inn) was heavily dependent on tourist dollars from Detroit. Casino Windsor (also Caesars Windsor) used to receive a lot of dollars from Detroit until the 3 casinos were built.

Of course, the stricter border regulations put in place since 9/11 made crossing over the river that much harder, and a lot of people choose not to go through the trouble as a result.
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