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02-17-2003, 05:16 PM
OK, barring any strong objections from the majority, here's what we've decided on thus far. I've embellished a few of the details as I've come up with a couple interesting ideas. Well, at least I think they're interesting http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

June 14-15, 2003
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

June 14, Morning: meet at an agreeable location in West Vancouver at, say 9am (perhaps earlier). Drive to Squamish and assuming North Coast XC is starting the day Squamish, pick him up along the way up to Whistler. Lunch in Whistler around 11 or 12 where we meet with cbob, that is assuming he's meeting us en route and not starting in Vancouver.

June 14, Afternoon:After lunch we drive to Pemberton, then along the Hurley Pass Road around to Lillooet.

I have no idea what time we'll get into Lillooet, but here we give an option. For those who can only stay with us the day, they can return to Vancouver via the Duffey Lake Road, and I assume be back into the city at a reasonable hour.

The rest of us will spend the night in Lillooet (or maybe further along the road). We'll plan this ahead and make the appropriate reservations.

June 14, Evening
This will be pre-researched but find a location to dine/gather for the evening.

June 15, Morning: do the breakfast thing wherever we end up, and drive down the #1 through Hope and back into the Lower Mainland.

June 15, Afternoon: Not sure what time we'll arrive back in the valley, but we'll probably have time to either have lunch or dinner at Domaine de Chaberton, a great winery located in Langley.

June 15, Evening: Since this day's afternoon is uncertain, I'm not sure what will happen here, though I'm sure we'll find something http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Sorry for all the unknowns at this point but I really want these decisions to be made as a group and not force feed ya http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

For those travelling from out of town, we could also extend the gathering to a dinner in Vancouver on the Friday evening, or Sunday upon our return. Also, think about convoying from your local regions. http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Please give me your thoughts on what's been presented thus far, and I'll start forming a complete itinerary for the gathering.

Also, sounds like a few of us have been up the Hurley before. I haven't been before but will scout it out one weekend well in advance of the final date just to make sure there are no surprises, and to get a better idea on the time frame. http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

02-17-2003, 05:49 PM
Sounds like a fun time. http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/hehe.gif

I'm going to be travelling a whole bunch around that time, but I'm certainly going to pencil this one into my calendar right now, and try to work around it. http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/cool.gif

The folks with the OSD vehicles on order are going to have to do some fast "break in" milage to prep for this. Gee, what a chore! http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

02-17-2003, 07:22 PM
Count me in -- it all sound jolly good fun to me.

As I'm but a few hours south of West Vancouver we can fit in with probably any plan you come up with for the Fri PM and weekend activities.

As we will be in our new car break-in period I can always trail in the rear so long as I know where y'all are heading  http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif  Actually, now I come to think of it I'll probably be putting some 1000 to 1500 miles on the car touring about Sweden/Norway w/son so maybe the car will not need too much TLC. http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

02-17-2003, 07:34 PM
Sounds like a great plan Taylor! Couldn't imagine a better place to hold the meet! http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

We'll probably make the drive out a day or two earlier. Count on us if you need any help. http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

02-17-2003, 10:11 PM
This sounds like a lot of fun, count us in.

North Coast XC
02-18-2003, 02:38 PM
We're in!  http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif

Thanks to Coastal for getting my log-in up and running again.

02-18-2003, 02:49 PM

BTW -- will it be mandatory to have the "volvoXC.com" sticker attached to car to be able to join in with the festivities? http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/hehe.gif

02-19-2003, 04:48 PM
Great to hear guys!

Barry, Art mentioned that he'll be bringing some decals along for the ride out from Alberta so we can affix one to the new ride then if you like. http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif Or even better, order one from him now and bring it along for placement in Sweden http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Art, I'll let you know if there's anything needed leading up, thanks for the offer!

Lookin forward to it!


02-19-2003, 05:38 PM
sounds fun, I will pencil it into our calendar and try and work around that date too.

Stu in Oregon
02-20-2003, 08:20 PM
The timing is seemingly good for us. We frequent B.C. (Sooke on Vancouver Island mostly) and do enjoy spending time every now and then in Vancouver. If you can firm-up the proposed dates soon then we can probably build a trip around it. http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/thumbs-up.gif

02-20-2003, 08:43 PM
Sounds like there's no objections to the proposed dates, so it's settled, June 14-15, 2003 it is!


I'll start firming up some of the details over the weekend and plan on doing a dry run of the trip sometime in the Spring.


02-22-2003, 01:09 AM
If Mk1 XC's are allowed... I'll be there!  Let me know.  I will put aside those dates in my calendar.  Hope to see you all there!

02-22-2003, 10:40 AM
Hi Logan... MK1's are most definitely allowed, already have one other, maybe 2, showing for the event http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

02-22-2003, 11:07 AM
I've started getting ready already. http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif
There seemed to be some mysterious threading going on awhile back that had to do with a number of XCers blasting Queen music while driving, so I went out and got the 3 disk set : Best of Queen Vol I, Best of Queen Vol II, and of course Best of Queen Vol III. http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/hehe.gif
I'm not sure what the effect on my driving is going to be, but I've already had to blast by to the right of a slowpoke fellow XCer who decided he was going quickly enough to hog one of the rare passing lanes on our busy See our Sky highway. http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/devil.gif

I should explain to those ex-colonials who drive on the "British"
side of the road, that I'm notoriously intolerant of folks who drive that way here in CanuckLand. http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

02-25-2003, 07:16 PM
</span><table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"><tr><td>Quote </td></tr><tr><td id="QUOTE">BTW -- will it be mandatory to have the &quot;volvoXC.com&quot; sticker attached to car to be able to join in with the festivities?[/QUOTE]<span id='postcolor'>

Not a requirement Barry, but hopefully it&#39;ll get everyone in the festive mood. http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Just in case, as Taylor mentioned, I&#39;ll have some on hand for those interested in joining the club. http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif

Sounds like we&#39;re in store for a good turnout. Should be a great time&#33;&#33; http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

02-26-2003, 10:19 AM
Bring lots of stickers. If we see any XCs on the trip, we can all drive up and surround the vehicle, and intimidate the driver (in the nicest way) into buying stickers. http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/hehe.gif

Sorta like a Hells Angels convention... only with VOLVOS&#33;

nyahahahahahaha. http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/devil.gif

http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

02-26-2003, 03:42 PM
No problem cbob&#33; Should have plenty to go around&#33; http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/thumbs-up.gif

03-05-2003, 04:34 PM
Anyone have experience with driving the Hurley?

I&#39;ve seen photos of the road and it looks fine, but do you think we&#39;ll have any problems as a group? Concerns I have are communications (cel phones work? Need to bring a CB?), cars kicking up gravel to those behind, etc...

Plus the distance is, from what I can tell, quite substantial at 150mi (is this correct?)... could get boring after a while for some. How long does the drive take?

I&#39;m always up for adventure, but want to make sure everyone&#39;s comfortable with it.

The alternative would instead be to do the Duffey direct from Pemberton to Lillooet.

Here&#39;s the map again for reference: http://www.chilcotinholidays.com/images/mapcopy.jpg

03-05-2003, 04:56 PM
Is it 150 miles of gravel/dirt road and would it be very bumpy. If this were so it could be a rough ride for passengers and may induce some form of sea sickness&#33; If it&#39;s just a few miles (how many? maybe about 20-30 mile) of gravel/dirt then I&#39;d say OK.

The route looks pretty interesting to me. I went out the other day to get a BC map and the portion of the route that&#39;s &quot;Unimproved Road&quot; is the section from Lillooet-&gt;Gold Bridge-&gt;Pemberton section. This measures about 160Km or some 100 miles -- if I&#39;m reading the map scale correctly.

I also note that there&#39;s a shorter off-road section Lillooet-&gt;Shalalth-&gt;D&#39;Arcy-&gt;Birken-&gt;Mount Currie that about 120Km or 75 miles. This section is described as &quot;Summer Only for 4x4 vehicles&quot;&#33; Does this section make any sense?

Which way would you plan on taking out of Vancouver (clockwise/anti-clockwise) ?

Maybe we all meet at Hope or Lytton and drive around (anti-clockwise) to Vancouver -- or have you planned an overnight stay enroute somewhere?

Thanks for doing all this trip planning stuff.

03-06-2003, 10:45 PM
Hmmm....I&#39;m also up for a bit of offroad pursuit but 150 miles of it would make for a very long and dusty day. http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sleeping.gif

Here are some approximate driving times according to the Chilcotin Holidays website:

Pemberton to Chilcotin Turnoff - 1.5 hrs
Chilcotin to Lillooet - 1.75 hrs
Total 3 hrs

I&#39;ll also bring along a couple of FRS radios to help out with communications. http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

03-12-2003, 11:14 AM
I will have my FRS as well. &nbsp;We use them alot in California. And practically everyone I run around with has one. &nbsp;If you do not yet have one, be sure to get one with subcodes. &nbsp;It helps on cutting down the traffic.

As for the planned itinerary it sounds good to me. &nbsp;We ran 180 miles last year in Death Valley in 1 day. &nbsp;Sunrise to way past sunset. And then did another 150+ the next day. &nbsp;All of the roads were graded gravel except 1 trail up the side of a mountain (Lippencott Road) and the trail through Titus Canyon.

Is anyone coming up from California, Oregon or Washington? &nbsp;Maybe we could carvan across the border and freak out the Border Patrol with all of our XC&#39;s in mass exodus&#33; http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

03-12-2003, 11:57 AM
Logan, http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Glad to hear your able to make the drive up&#33; Anyone care to add themselves to the growing list?

Here&#39;s the unofficial total so far:

Coastal - Vancouver
XC Logan - CA
Barrysharp - WA
Cbob - Whistler, B.C.
NorthcoastXC - Squamish, B.C.
Tlcxc - North Van
Stu in Oregon - OR
Combustion - Vancouver
KazDog - Vancouver
Lowtide - CA
Kersti - CA
Rkestner - New Mexico
Me - Alberta

Have I missed anyone? Looks like we&#39;ll have to start naming this the &#39;CanAm&#39; meet&#33; http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif

03-12-2003, 01:01 PM

If you can create a meeting poster I could, if you advise, place this in my dealership in a noticeable location http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif &nbsp;Just let me know. My daughter is a graphic artist and could put something together if you want to go that direction.

Do you consider this a limited meet or open ended in terms of number of people and/or XC70s?

The meet is certainly taking shape and we look forward to seeing everybody and their cars http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

03-12-2003, 01:38 PM
I&#39;m actually in the process of writing a summary of the plans, and designing a mini-site to promote. I&#39;ll design a poster as well, printable in PDF. http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif

In my research I found the following links outlining distances, and pretty much the identical route we&#39;re planning, assuming we&#39;re not going to do the Hurley. First day would have us up to position #3 on the second map. Total distance looks to be around 370 KM for the two days.. not too shabby at all. http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Link #2: http://www.miatadrives.com/miatatrips/bc1.html

Link #1: http://www.miatadrives.com/miatatrips/bc2.html

I don&#39;t have Microsoft Streets 2002 (and 98 which I have doesn&#39;t include Canada) but I&#39;ll buy it at my next chance then post the exact map listings.

03-12-2003, 02:37 PM

What&#39;s at &quot;603 Gilford St, Vancouver&quot; ? Can&#39;t tell from the map but assume there&#39;s a parking lot at this spot.

03-12-2003, 02:50 PM
I&#39;m not sure what&#39;s there.

I should have been a bit clearer.. the linked maps show the route we&#39;re taking, not necessarily the same start and finish points.

I&#39;ll be updating with more exact details once I have MS Streets 2003. We&#39;ll probably be starting in West Vancouver at Park Royal, North end of the Lions&#39; Gate Bridge, and the end location is open at this time, but somewhere in Vancouver would be expected.

03-12-2003, 06:16 PM
Sorry I&#39;m a bit late on developments. Been in Frozen Philly (no XCs spotted), and warm, sunny LA (no XCs spotted).
Wondering what I&#39;m doing back here on the soggy Wet Coast.

The Hurley is nigh-on impassable in winter. I tried to get over it when stranded by an avalanch one autumn, and was turned back by the highways dept., even though I was driving one of those great go-anywhere Toyota pickups (the solid axel kind).
In summer it&#39;s dusty and rocky. It has been &quot;improved&quot; in the last couple of years, but I&#39;m not keen to take my paintjob over the route. Last time I drove it in the summer, I left the truck in 4WD the whole way, simply because it was easier to keep the vehicle on line. It&#39;s a superb drive for scenery, if you are not in the middle of a cloud of dust.

I drive the Duffy Lake Road regularly. It&#39;s 1 hour from Whistler to Duffy Lake, and another hour to Lillooet. The Hurley route will be at least double that time, especially if we are going slow to avoid throwing too mutch gravel at the folks behind.

Since the least interesting portion of the &quot;Duffy Lake Loop&quot; would likely be the route up the freeway and over to Lillooet, I&#39;d lobby for doing that portion first, doing lunch somewhere about the 1/2 way point, then cruising home through the great scenery from Hat Creek, through Duffy Lake, Joffre Lakes, and Mt. Curry to Whistler, where we can stop for &quot;refreshments&quot;. If we have made a few stops along the way, this might turn out to be a dinner stop, or maybe we will want to do a meal in Horseshoe Bay, after a scenic evening drive along Howe Sound.
Another consideration for the &quot;anti-clockwise&quot; loop would be to avoid the 11% uphill grade to Joffre Lakes. It&#39;s much easier on the vehicle (and can be *more fun*) using those great 4 wheel disk brakes to come down the steep switchbacks.
I&#39;ve had the pleasure. http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/hehe.gif

I think this kind of tour, while not as ambitious or &quot;off road&quot;, might be a more do-able day trip for the average XCer.
If we want to make a full weekend of it, there are various locations, even camping facilities along the loop.

03-12-2003, 11:38 PM
</span><table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"><tr><td>Quote (barrysharp @ Mar. 12 2003,13:01)</td></tr><tr><td id="QUOTE">Art:

If you can create a meeting poster I could, if you advise, place this in my dealership in a noticeable location http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif Just let me know. My daughter is a graphic artist and could put something together if you want to go that direction.

Do you consider this a limited meet or open ended in terms of number of people and/or XC70s?

The meet is certainly taking shape and we look forward to seeing everybody and their cars http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/QUOTE]<span id='postcolor'>

Great idea about the poster, however, I&#39;ll probably leave this in Taylor&#39;s capable hands. Sounds like he&#39;s got a pretty good grasp of things at the moment. The mini site that he&#39;s creating should prove to be very beneficial.

I&#39;ve also contacted my own dealership and they&#39;ve come on board to donate merchandise/draw prizes for the event.

The list that I posted earlier, was drafted from all those who expressed an interest in attending. I really can&#39;t say whether or not all of these members will actually be able to schedule time off for this event. Since the meet is still 4 months away, I&#39;m certainly hopeful we can get a better idea of just how many are willing to commit. Since this is only our second official meet, the thought of a convoy of 20 + XC&#39;s really never occurred to me. Nonetheless, the more the merrier has been my motto all along. http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

03-13-2003, 07:43 PM
News updates, when they happen... here on VolvoXC.com.

I&#39;m just finishing off the prelimiary itinerary for the event but not quite ready to make public as I want to work on a few more details.

Picked up Microsoft Streets 2003 today (excellent program BTW&#33http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif and have generated the following map.

Total drive distance for the weekend is a reasonable 595km (~370mi), which could leave us enough time to maybe take a back and forth detour off road if we&#39;re up to it, like Birkenhead or Anderson Lake.


03-13-2003, 08:22 PM
I use Streets and Trips too (2002 version). &nbsp;Great looking trip plan&#33;

I will create one in my Streets and Trips and save it, please let me know if you update or change the routings&#33;

03-14-2003, 10:51 PM
Why is Squeamish called 1581 Hwy 99?
And Whistler is Nortlands Blvd?
Interesting map key&#33;&#33; &nbsp; &nbsp; http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/hehe.gif

03-15-2003, 12:56 AM
The Squamish should be Starbucks, and the Whistler one Marketplace. Just used those in order to be more specific.. for instance had I just entered the term Squamish it would have directed us to downtown Squamish. Minor differences I know http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

have yet to decide on a terminus, so the directions are to &quot;Vancouver&quot;... probably right in the center of the city.

03-21-2003, 12:22 PM
OK.. have the promo page created..


Comments appreciated http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

03-21-2003, 01:19 PM
The promo page looks great Taylor&#33;&#33; Need we say more? http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Just give the word and I&#39;ll fire a copy off to the dealership. The proposed route seems fine to me.

Can&#39;t wait to hit the road&#33; Whoohoo&#33; http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/thumbs-up.gif

03-21-2003, 01:51 PM
A suggestion&#33;

Back in my rallye days we always made a small metal plaque (1&quot;x2&quot; thereabouts) that had a design of the Rallye Masters choosing and the Meet date. I collected these over the years.

On one rallye someone took a pic of my wife and me hammering/skidding/flying around a bend on a dirt road. I had the pic enlarged to a fair size and have stuck all the little metal plaques around the edge as a reminder of all the fun we had on t5hese meets.

Maybe the volvoXC.com Meet plaques could be used in a similar manner http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

I&#39;d be more than happy to chip a few &#036;s to help out with this.

Just a thought now... http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/thumbs-up.gif

03-21-2003, 09:05 PM
Great promo page.
Great plan.
And oooooo those are some fine looking vehicles. &nbsp; http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/cool.gif

Thanks for all the work Taylor&#33;

North Coast XC
03-25-2003, 09:27 AM
Great promo page&#33; &nbsp; http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif &nbsp;

Look forward to the meet.

(Can I convince the rally to meet at a &quot;local&quot; coffeeshop other than Starbucks? &nbsp;I realize Starbucks is easy to find - but there is a nice cafe further &quot;downtown&quot; called Pause Cafe. &nbsp;Gadzooks, been in Squamish a few months and am singing it&#39;s praises &nbsp;http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/blush.gif &nbsp;Don&#39;t get &nbsp;me wrong, my morning coffee is from Starbucks.)

pico de luuks
03-28-2003, 09:32 AM
Beam me up Scotty&#33; http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/alien.gif

Wish I could join you there. Looks like a great event&#33;&#33;&#33;
Nice promo page&#33;


Hmmmm... a 5 day &quot;cross country&quot; drive from VA to BC?
(just checked: 3100 miles one-way)

Tempting if I had enough vacation http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif

03-30-2003, 10:17 PM
Oh, I&#39;m so-o-o-o jealous&#33; This looks like such a great event and I can&#39;t make it even though I&#39;ll be in British Columbia by chance at that time (minus &quot;my Precious&quot; - my XC70 that is - which will be safely ensconced in the garage in Toronto). Our plans are to be in transit between the Queen Charlotte Islands and Pacific Rim National Park about then. It would have been neat to at least go to the starting point to meet some of you face-to-face and to see such a gathering of XC70&#39;s&#33; Maybe next year....

Beautifully designed promo page Taylor&#33;

03-31-2003, 05:34 PM
For some of us who are already traveling hundreds of miles to get to Vancouver. Can we meet the gang at the start/end of the planned route to join the fun? &nbsp;Would love to meet all the fellow XC70ers whose advice and support on this website has been invaluable&#33;

03-31-2003, 08:42 PM

I think I speak for all in saying that your presence would definitely be felt regardless of your timing....and that goes for anyone else. http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Like you, I&#39;m also anxious in meeting up with many of the behind-the-scene personalities that make this site so great&#33; http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Let us know how your schedule looks like closer to the date of the GTG. http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

04-01-2003, 12:31 AM
Sounds good to me Steve. http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/cool.gif

And for those unfamiliar with Vancouver, feel free to contact me if you&#39;d like assistance/opinions on accommodations etc.

And Toots&#33;, you just might get a GTA Gathering this Summer. I&#39;ve been in contact with one member from Toronto who&#39;s expressed interest, and my wife and I are planning a road trip to TO for late June, early July. Perhaps we field a thread to guage additional interest for an Ontario based meet during the Summer as well? &nbsp;http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

04-02-2003, 09:01 AM
who are people bringing as copilots,

i&#39;m considering my 13 year old...figured it might make a good weekend trip, ok(noggin) -&gt; van friday, drive to lytton, back to ok sunday..

if i show


04-02-2003, 09:03 AM
and would anybody be interested in shirts...

i know somebody that works in a tshirt place..

04-02-2003, 06:33 PM
Re: A possible central Canada gathering - if the date works out we&#39;ll be there&#33; http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/thumbs-up.gif

North Coast XC
04-09-2003, 07:05 PM
[/QUOTE]who are people bringing as copilots?

My wife &nbsp;http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/thumbs-up.gif

04-13-2003, 09:30 AM

Some questions.

1) Dog accommodation
At the mid point (ie Sat night) are there any Hotels/B&amp;B/Motels etc available that you can recommend that will accommodate pets-dogs http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif ? I have two Fox Terriers who love a weekend jaunt such as this. I&#39;m happy to travel a few extra miles from the mid point you&#39;ve planned to get to a place that will house the dogs overnight. Mind you, I&#39;d rather stay where everyone else will be. Send me private Email if you wish. I will also start reseaching for places myself but any advice would be appreciated. If the dogs pose a problem wrt overnight accommodations I will simply beg one of my daughters to mind our house over the weekend. The other daughter may very well want to come to Canada with us as she will always take any opportunity to visit Vancouver (she&#39;s shoe mad).

BTW I&#39;m assuming Canada requires dogs to have had Rabies shots and proof of this via a tag etc. Is this correct?

2) Canadian GST Refunds
Having just returned from Sweden/Norway and being rewarded with a fat VAT refund on some purchases, I&#39;m wondering if the same can be done when returning from Canada wrt the Canadian GST paid on purchases. I&#39;ve bought books over the Internet from Candian publishers and they have always removed the GST for me. Do you have any personal info on what docs need to be obtained at time of purchase and is there a GST Refund office at the Canada/US border where one submits the GST refund claims.

Are there things that aren&#39;t that obvious to most people that shouldn&#39;t be brought into Canada ? I know fruits etc aren&#39;t allowed.

With today&#39;s heightened border security is a US driver&#39;s license sufficient to enter/exit Canada ? Should one carry a US Passport as well? What about US Resident Aliens with Green cards?

Is there a good web site that address some of the above ?

Thanks and we are looking forward to the June 14/15 weekend. All I can say is that the boat (Jinsei Maru) bringing my XC70 home to us from Goteborg better make port Hueneme on time as promised on the Auto Shipment Order.

Have just realised our XC70 ships out from Goteborg TODAY as a &quot;Used dirty travel stained&quot; vehicle as stated on the shipping order http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

04-13-2003, 09:57 AM

Here is the link (http://www.ccra-adrc.gc.ca/customs/individuals/visitors-e.html) to the Canada Customs Visitor&#39;s site where you should find all of the information required to answer your questions.

Good Luck&#33; http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

04-13-2003, 10:41 AM

THANKS for that very useful link -- and I&#39;m sure others will find it helpful as well.

04-14-2003, 11:59 PM

Here is a listing of accommodations that the group may wish to consider for the overnight stay in Lillooet.

Lillooet Accommodations (http://www.lillooeticefest.ca/accommodations.htm)

I know for certain that the Mile-0-Motel and The Retasket Springs Resort will accept pets. I&#39;ll report back over the next few days regarding group rates, amenities, etc.. http://xc70.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif