Today we were off to Canada, crossing the border at about 1:00 at the port of Sweet Grass. The border guard was not very friendly; he barked his questions. That's the first time we've experienced this kind. Maybe he was just having a bad day.
We hadn't been gone from there very long when Barb's truck engine developed problems. It seemed to be starved for fuel. We stopped in Milk River to try to find help. A truck owner, who was washing his truck across the street, came over and checked everything he could. He advised her to continue driving and to take it easy. Because this is a three-day civil holiday (called by different names in different provinces), Barb won't be able to do anything about it until Tuesday.
We arrived in Fort Macleod around 4:30. After we had gotten settled in our sites, we went for a little tour of the town. On the way out I stopped at the RV park office to exchange some U. S. money for Canadian dollars. The exchange rate today is $0.93 to $1.00. They did an even exchange.
We went to the A&W Root Beer store for a hamburger and root beer in a frozen mug. We had a coupon in our visitor guide for a free root beer. They accepted U. S. dollars, so I could have waited until Tuesday to go to a bank. I doubt that I will need to exchange very much money because most places accept credit cards. Also, the closer to the border, the more places accept U. S. currency.
The historic buildings in Fort Macleod were restored and preserved through an initiative funded by the provincial government in 1984. This section of town looks very nice. The fort was reconstructed in 1956-57 as The Fort - Museum of the North West Mounted Police. They seem to have accomplished a great deal for a small town. (www.fortmacleod.com)
Route: US 2 e to Shelby => I-15 N to Canadian border => Hwy 4 N to Lethbridge => Hwy 3 W to Fort Macleod
Total Miles Driven: 220
Weather Conditions: Warm and sunny.
Road Conditions: Good
Gasoline Price: $2.599 at Shelby, MT
RV Park: Daisy May Campground, Fort Macleod (www.daisymaycampground.com)
Park Conditions: Fair. Quite crowded. Level sites. Helpful staff.