Importing a Vehicle Into Canada
Moving your physical goods into Canada is a central part of every relocation. Getting your car over the border and duly registered can be a bit complicated depending on the age of your vehicle and other factors. The following links contain valuable information about what you need to know. If you have additional questions drop us a line or you can also ask your mover.
Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)
The following link provides important imformation about regulations for importing your vehicle into Canada:
Transport Canada has a number of regulations regarding the importation of personal motor vehicles into Canada, particularly vehicles that are less than 15 years in age. To be eligible for importation, they must comply with Canadian safety and emission standards.
Check whether your vehicle qualifies for importation under Transport Canada's Registrar of Imported Vehicle (RIV) Program
In addition to the proper certification from the Registrar of Imported Vehicles, you will also need to produce your title documents (ownership certificate), sales receipts, registration and proof of insurance documentation.
US Customs requires notification of all vehicles being permanently exported from the United States. Their regulations state that at land border points:
The required documentation must be submitted to US Customs at least 72 hours prior to export; and
The vehicle must be presented to US Customs at the time of export.
US Customs recommends that you contact the port of crossing directly to determine exact documentation requirements and hours of operation.
US Department of Homeland Security: Exporting a Motor Vehicle
When the snow begins to soften and the sun gets stronger, its "sugaring off" season in Montreal. Sugaring off is an annual activity that takes place every spring from approximately March to early May at the 200 or so "sugar shacks" that surround Montreal. The warmer weather causes the sap in sugar maples to start running. These trees are then tapped to allow the sap to drip into pails. The sap is then collected and boiled down to a thick, sweet syrup and voilà! You have maple syrup. According to industry groups, 77% of the world's maple syrup is produced right here in the province of Quebec and a big portion of that is actually consumed in the province as well. Going to a sugar shack, or "cabane à sucre", is a rite of passage that must not be missed as part of your introduction to life in Quebec. Every local school organizes a field trip and it is even part of the Quebec government's cultural integration program for new immigrants. There are different ways to enjoy this special treat. The easiest way is to visit one of the urban outdoor markets, such as Jean Talon or Atwater Market, where there will surely be a stand serving maple taffy on snow. Yum! For the real deal though, you can head out to one of the many sugar shacks outside the city. Your visit will include a traditional Quebecois meal of eggs, ham, bacon, split peas, crepes, as well as specialties like tourtiere (meat pie) and "oreille de crisse" (Don't ask! Just eat!). Folk music is also part of the entertainment sometimes. No matter the format, you can rest assured that everything will be served drowning in maple syrup. For more information about this quintessential Quebec experience visit www.cabaneasucre.org.
Today is the second day of spring. A wonderful time of year! Or is it? The first day of spring we were hit with a snow storm and today the temperature hovers around zero. Not exactly the spring weather Montrealers crave after a long, snowy winter. In reality though, spring time in Montreal is more of a psychological milestone than a physical one. Early spring is typically unpredictable and savvy Montrealers know better than to put away their winter coats and install their summer tires too soon. For newcomers this may be a bit of a shock and perhaps a bit disheartening but this in-between season that is more like a season all to itself, is actually quite wonderful. The days are longer, the sun is stronger. Grass begins to appear at the edges of frozen gardens. The birds return and well....you really can smell spring in the air. It is also high season for some awesome spring skiing. Many municipal hockey leagues are winding down and families prepare for summer soccer leagues and other favoured warm weather activities. So, in a way, this early spring season is actually fraught with pleasure... of anticipation (often the best kind). Gardeners start to gaze out the window to imagine the perfect placement of a new flowering shrub. Families finalize summer trips to the coasts of Maine and Cape Cod. Kids pull out cleats and swim suits, making sure all is ready for a season of great fun. So make the most of Mother Nature's tease into summer. Put on your rubber boots and go for a muddy walk on Mount Royal or head down to Saint Catherine Street to check out the spring fashions. The ultimate Montreal spring time experience though, is to enjoy the first balmy day (by that I mean above 15 degrees) by heading to a great cafe, sitting out on their sidewalk patio and watching the people go by. To me, this activity has always been one of the things that typifies living in Montreal: being social, fashionable, enjoying great cuisine and Mother Nature, in a way unique to our climate and culture. Welcome to Montreal.