Crossing international borders

Stella and Flore ditch the plane tickets and cross into Canada

Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series about Stella and Flore, two twenty-something sisters who embarked on an epic, van-powered journey from California to Canada. The parts tells the journey as Europeans crossing the US border into Canada. No plane tickets needed!

All photos: Flore Diamant

The prospect of driving from one country into a neighboring one can be a bit daunting, especially for those on their very first RV road trip. And that’s exactly the situation in which Stella and Flore found themselves. But, as they soon found out, it isn’t difficult at all — as long as you’re prepared ahead of time.

They first expected they would have to grab a couple plane tickets to get from the US to Canada. But was happy to learn there was no need for plane tickets and they could drive from the California coast and road-trip into Canada. It was just a matter of learning the details.

“We needed a letter from the owner, stating he was allowing us to go to Canada with his van,” Stella says. “Without it we would have been in trouble! But, as long as you have a valid visa (or passport) and an authorization from the owner it’s fine.” (For more information about crossing from the U.S. into Canada, check out this comprehensive list.)

Canada gave the sisters unforgettable camping experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.

But one of the best parts of the entire road trip, Stella says, started at the very beginning. “Just having a van and driving it around! It was fun to meet (Outdoorsy founders) Ryan and Jen on the first day when we rented the van, and then leave with a mix of fear and excitement!”

Read more about Stella and Flore’s adventure next week…