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Old 08-09-2021, 01:06 PM   #1
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The invasion of BC has begun

Dozens of US pleasure boats have already crossed the border this morning.
After all we've been told about no marine borders opening, this cannot be a coincidence.

You might as well all head up now.
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Old 08-09-2021, 01:43 PM   #2
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I am on my way.
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Old 08-09-2021, 02:22 PM   #3
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Are you being serious? Anyone have personal experience with BC crossings?
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Old 08-09-2021, 02:42 PM   #4
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Are you being serious?
All before noon...

Theory
Phoenix
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De Novo
Banchovy
Cest Le Bon
Malolo
Merganser
Green Time
Daylight Comet
Knot On Call
Grand Adventure
Bingo
Corps Of Discovery
Morning Star

That's only the ones displaying AIS.

More boats this morning that we saw in May, when the those AK bound came through.

Looks like at least a couple didn't know what they were doing, because they tried to clear at Bedwell Harbour, then Canoe Cove, before ending up at VanIsle.
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Old 08-09-2021, 03:11 PM   #5
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How do you clear? There are no instructions about how this works on the Ca website. The main problem would be the arrival Covid test.
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Old 08-09-2021, 03:22 PM   #6
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Old 08-09-2021, 03:26 PM   #7
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How do you clear? There are no instructions about how this works on the Ca website. The main problem would be the arrival Covid test.
Best you contact CBSA for details.
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Old 08-09-2021, 03:29 PM   #8
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Last I heard marine entry, even via cruise ship, was still closed. Did I miss something?
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Old 08-09-2021, 04:38 PM   #9
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One minor hiccup reported to me by one of the listed boats is that there is a new version of the accessCan app, released today, that must be used.

Also, vessels are required to phone 1800canpass prior to entry to verify that credentials were successfully uploaded uploaded.

I'm on marginal phone service and have not independently verified this info, but it comes from a high quality source.
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Old 08-09-2021, 04:42 PM   #10
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From the Govt of Canada website:

Fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents and French citizens and permanent residents of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon (SPM) are eligible to enter Canada by boat for discretionary purposes and can come on land, anchor, moor, or come alongside another vessel in Canada. However, they must:

1) be asymptomatic;
2) have a valid pre-arrival COVID-19 molecular test result taken in the U.S. for U.S. boaters, or in SPM for SPM boaters (antigen tests are not accepted)
3) submit their mandatory information via ArriveCAN, including proof of vaccination in English or French (both vaccination doses, if applicable), and a quarantine plan; and,
3) be admissible under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
Fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents must also:

reside in the U.S.
be travelling from the U.S.


Important: All boaters who land on Canadian soil, anchor, moor or come alongside another boat in Canadian waters must report to the CBSA and are subject to all of Canada’s entry requirements.
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Old 08-09-2021, 04:56 PM   #11
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Well, that in encouraging. I had resigned myself to not going to BC. I'll have to talk it over with my wife and see. I'd love to get up to Desolation this year. We are still two weeks out however.


I've also been trying to figure out the logistics of getting a COVID test 72 hours before entering CA. We have a slow boat so I might need to get one in Northern Puget Sound instead of at home.


If it looks like there will be too much of a US invasion of BC, I still might reluctantly hold off this year.
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Old 08-09-2021, 05:01 PM   #12
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They are into the second wave now and all I can say is, I hope there is room for everyone; 74 Canadian boats in Squirrel Cove last night, including TFer Phoenix Hunter. The Broughtons should be overrun by the weekend.

For those here now and those coming, Georgia Strait is jammed with hard to see humpback whales, more so than previous years.

I also hope the locals are respected, as many have been opposed to the border opening.
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ArriveCAN app......my mistake.

Your vessel can qualify as your quarantine plan, but you must provide an actual address, ie, marina.
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That's how Florida feels every winter
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Old 08-09-2021, 05:12 PM   #15
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I've not located a pcr provider in SJC nor Anacortes. There may be a Walgreens in Bellingham and a Rite aid in Mt Vernon that will test asymptomatic people and provide results in 24 hrs. I'd appreciate names of any other providers in the area who will administer pcrs for travel purposes.
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Just went through this. Check this site for a location: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/C...stingLocations

The results will get emailed to you in 24 to 48 hours.
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Thank you.
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You might want to see if an "ID Now" test will work for Canada as well. My understanding is that it is also a molecular test like a PCR test.
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Accepted tests:
https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/tr...ng-into-canada

Accepted vaccines:
https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/tr...ntering-canada
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You might want to see if an "ID Now" test will work for Canada as well. My understanding is that it is also a molecular test like a PCR test.
The ID NOW instrument is a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) which is listed by Canada as an accepted molecular test. The sample is obtained by nasal swabs which are then inserted into the machine located locally vs having to be sent off to a laboratory.
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