Moving to BC with a car
June 28, 2012 10:52 AM Subscribe
My wife and I are moving to British Columbia on temporary work permits, from the US, and we'll be bringing in a car. However, we want to drive up through Alberta (Burgess Shale tourism!) on our way to Vancouver, and I'm concerned that this may cause major headaches with regard to insurance, registration, licenses, etc. Please help us avoid border crossing nightmares!
posted by inkfish to travel & transportation around British Columbia (6 answers total)
I understand that as BC residents we'll need coverage through ICBC, but I'm not sure how to find out what will happen to us at the Alberta border -- will we get some kind of temporary insurance voucher that will cover us for all of Canada, or just until we reach the BC border? Will they turn us around and tell us to enter directly into BC?
We will also be entering BC to move into our apartment without the car (but with armfuls of pets), about a month prior to this. Presumably at that time we will officially enter on our temporary work permits -- will this affect our ability to bring the car in via Alberta? Any snags about licensing or registration that we need to be aware of? Will they charge us an import duty, and is that federally mandated, or does it vary by province?