thanks everyone... To travel to the US:
now the wait for the landing letter... then 8 more weeks for the PR card...
can someone confirm we cannot go to the US by land travel without the PR card?
"If you are a permanent resident of Canada you may need to obtain a non-immigrant visa in order to enter the US. You must get a visa from the American authorities before you enter the US. You must also have a valid passport from your country of citizenship.
If you are a citizen of a country with a visa waiver agreement, you do not need a visa to enter the US. Visa Waiver Program participating countries: http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/without/without_1990.html#countries
."To travel back to Canada:
"You must satisfy the Canadian border services officer that you have valid permanent resident status. This applies to all family members who are permanent residents, including children.
According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), no matter how you travel back to Canada, you must satisfy the border services officer that you have valid permanent resident status. This applies to all family members who are permanent residents, including children.
According to CIC and Canada Border Services Agency, a valid PR card is the best proof of your status. You require a valid PR card or a valid Permanent Resident Travel Document (PRTD) to re-enter Canada by commercial carrier (train, plane, boat or bus). You will not be permitted to board a commercial carrier, if you cannot prove you can enter Canada.
If you are entering Canada in a private vehicle, such as your own car, and you do not present your card when you return to Canada, you may be asked to show one of the following documents:
a completed Confirmation of Permanent Residence form;
the original Record of Landing (if it is dated 1973 or later);
a passport stamped with the date you were granted permanent residence (if your Record of Landing is dated 1972 or earlier);
a certified true copy of a Record of Landing document issued by CIC National Headquarters; or
a letter issued by CIC National Headquarters attesting to your permanent resident status.
The border services officer may also need to confirm your permanent resident status by asking you questions and checking our information systems." (http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/faq/pr-card/index.asp
If you have applied for a new PR card, you can still travel with the old card as long as it is still valid. If your PR card expires while you are outside Canada, you need to apply for a permanent resident travel document from a Canadian visa office abroad."