There are some car rental companies that will not permit their cars out of the state or out of the country, or charge a premium if they do. Most of the larger rental companies will allow cross border travel.
Ensure that the car rental company notes on the rental agreement that they authorize you to take the car into Canada. You may be asked by Customs when entering Canada, or when re-entering the US, for this documentation.
Some companies offer unlimited mileage, but only within the US. The rental company will use the onboard GPS to track your usage. The extra per mile charges can add up quickly, so be sure to ask in advance.
Just a reminder…citizens of the United States now require one of the following to cross the border by land.
• U.S. Passport
• U.S. Passport Card
• Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL)
• Trusted Traveler Program Card
Kids 15 and under just need their birth certificates.
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Dear Destination Expert,
Thanks for the time. We might bother you a lot for next few months.
This is the beginning. We will cover that points with rental car companies. Thanks for the help.
We are surfing all info. We do not have limitation to return. We still have not booked air-tickets.
We would also be driving/ VIA Rail to Whistler, etc..
Trip is 100 % must due to business obligations.
I'd suggest you look into taking Amtrak from Seattle to Vancouver and back. You really don't require a car in Vancouver and Amtrak hopefully will still have two trains a day. The weather that time of year will be cold, dark ( very short daylight hours) and rainy with an emphasis on rainy. Very little chance of snow but not impossible.
While amtrak takes a bit longer than driving it will save you the headache/expense of car rental.
AS for what to see/do..would help if you could note some of your interests. Look at the top right column on the Vancouver page for lots of info to get you started on our must sees.
How much time is business going to take? will you have any free block of time? If you have 3 days clear then visiting Vancouver Island would be a good option..you could also look at a day trip or overnight up to Whistler to get a taste of Coast mountains.
I agree with taking Amtrak Cascades between Vancouver and Seattle.
You could rent a car in Vancouver for a day, or overnight, in Whistler. There is no VIA rail, or any rail to Whistler, but there is Pacific Coach and Greyhound. www.pacificcoach.com or www.greyhound.ca
November 11th is Remembrance Day here, stores will very likely be on holiday hours and banks/schools/government offices will be closed for the day.
I would suggest you look to the left of this post and check out "Things to Do." You might consider making a Plan A (outdoors) and a Plan B (indoors) because the average temperature here for the middle of November is about 6°C (43°F). Sunset will be about 4:30 pm.
Since most people have been writing back about transportation, here is some info about what to do while you're here.
Try staying at Robson Suites as they have REALLY great priced weekly rentals. Great area too so you will be walking distance to it all and if you do have a car, parking is free!
of course the usual items like Granville Island, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Stanley Park, the Aquarium, Chinatown, Gastown, Grouse Mountain are all things that are must dos for Vancouver. There are a lot of other things to do too, depending on your specific interests. Do you know what you are looking to get out of your trip? There are also some amazing restaurant recomendations to offer based on what you will be looking for!
Give some more information so that we can give some really spot on recommendations for you!
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