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3/12/21 @ 9:05 AM
Darin - Lake-Link
Darin - Lake-Link

Keep this on topic! 


8/4/22 @ 6:49 PM
Mike C 2018
USER SINCE 8/31/18


The whole testing system up there seems pretty screwed up.  You're right, they just need to go ahead and fully open the border.  This thing is going to be with us for years and we just need to all learn to live with.  Stop with the masks, lockdowns and the rest.

I'm going up in Sept. and talked with my camp owners last week and they said the same about their bookings this year which surprised me,  I thought everyone would be chomping at the bit like I am to get up there.

Did anyone in your group do the whole ArriveCAN thing through their computer rather than a smart phone?  Any issues using a computer vs. a smart phone?  2 of us in my group are not very proficient with a smart phone.  I have one but I'll be damned if I can figure out half of it.  Hell, I still remember the novelty of a push button phone vs rotary dial back in the day.  Thanks     

8/4/22 @ 6:17 PM
USER SINCE 6/20/13

Mike C,

I am not sure if when the Border Officer scans the passport that it flags and randomly picks an individual and locks in his name as having given him the test envelope? I can’t believe they don’t keep track of who they gave it to. I wonder what Percentage are completed or that they have problems with. What if the parcel service loses your envelope? The burden  on you to prove otherwise? The lodge we stayed at just posted this week that American bookings are down 40%. They need to open the border!

8/4/22 @ 5:32 PM
Mike C 2018
USER SINCE 8/31/18

Deerlake1, The guy that got the test pack, did they take down his info?  If not, then there is no way for them to follow up and check if he actually took the test. 

8/4/22 @ 5:14 PM
USER SINCE 6/20/13


We all did the ArriveCan. We were in separate trucks. Eights guys two trucks and one guy got the random test envelop. I looked at the directions briefly and thought they were very poorly done. Pictures and very little info, nothing about 24 hours to complete that I saw. I might have missed it as I looked at it briefly. Canada ditched the previous company that was handling the process and gave it to the new one when we crossed. If you don’t have a fancy phone I don’t know how they expect you to do it. I have an old fashioned flip phone that doesn’t even get service across the border. If you cross the border at 3am and they don’t start doing the tests till 7am and you jump on a plane to a fly in lake at 6am how do you complete the test? Canadian report out yesterday that the No travel they had in Canada was put together by politicians and never scientists. Clueless in Canada. Just like down here.

8/4/22 @ 9:17 AM
USER SINCE 3/24/13

If u scroll back a page or 2 I posted my experience with the random test,, (pia)  but I did talk to 2 different guys that also got pulled for random, and both of them tossed them away. No trouble returning here to the USA of course,  but I never heard if they returned to Canada this yr and had any trouble because of it.. be interesting to hear , maybe be some repercussions.  Not sure

8/3/22 @ 9:28 PM

Deerlake 1, no questions on him not using arrive can. or did he use one of yours ?

8/3/22 @ 8:05 PM
USER SINCE 6/20/13

One of our group got an envelope test kit. 

#1  Couldn’t do a test as he doesn’t have a smart phone. #2 They don’t start till 7am and we were through before 7 am. #3 Took it to the lodge and internet was out for 5 days because of past storms. #4 On the 5th day returned to the states and never turned it in.

8/3/22 @ 5:57 PM
Mike C 2018
USER SINCE 8/31/18

While fishing may be good in parts of the US, it can't even come close to the fishing in Canada.

8/3/22 @ 1:21 PM

A really good reason to explore fishing in the Dakotas, Fort Peck Res in Montana, northern Wisconsin and Minnesota etc etc.   I am done with Canada.

8/3/22 @ 1:16 PM

Farcast, I have crossed 3 times since last August next week will be my 4th.  I have not personally been handed a test kit, but I have known guys outside my group that have received it.

You are not asked to take a random test at the border.  They either hand you the test kit with instructions or they don't.  If you receive the test kit you are on your own to take that within the next 24hrs by logging on and creating an account with SwitchHealth then getting into the queue to administer the test to your self while on a video call.

So you don't take it at the border, and all the customs agent will tell you if you ask a question about it is to read the instructions.

You will need a good signal or Wifi to complete the video call, then you will need access to a Purolator courier drop box to drop the sample off at.

Those that have received it I have not heard one person say it was not a pita.

With the low possibility of getting a random test still have a plan where you will get signal, and where the nearby drop boxes are on your route up so you at least have a plan should you draw a short straw.  I have heard guys in the queue for 30 mins some in the queue for hours.

good luck  

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