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Lynden WA, Boundary Ave. Eastbound - Canada is on the left

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Comments (10)

lloouuvin on September 16, 2007

try that on the US Mexico border

wbaron on May 28, 2009

You can just walk across. Driving across is more difficult because there is a ditch. It's part of the "world's longest undefended border", but the Border Patrol watches this section fairly closely.

wbaron on May 29, 2009

Fortunately, there aren't any soccer fields along this road, but there are many places along the border like this. I know of a couple golf courses where the white stakes are not only out of bounds, they are out of the country! There are other roads where the yellow line in the middle of the street is an international boundary, and some houses, stores, a pool hall and a library are divided by the border. I've heard a few stories of overzealous border patrol agents making a federal case out of visiting the next door neighbors, but for the most part, common sense prevails.

wbaron on May 30, 2009

Almost all of the border anomalies I mentioned were built during the 1920s and 1930s during Prohibition, when the US outlawed all alcohol. People built all kinds of things along the border to facilitate alcohol smuggling from Canada. Only the librery was built as a peaceful gesture.

Proof Sheet on June 10, 2009

The border between NY state and Quebec along the Indian reservation is very open. In that area you can walk/drive between the two countries w/o any need to go through customs. It doesn't look like there are any cameras at those locations as well.

wbaron on June 10, 2009

Yes, I think you are correct, but there is only a small section of Canada (part of the Reservation) that is accessible, so they consider it low risk. There is no way across the Salmon or St. Lawrence rivers. Angle Inlet, MN is a better example of this sort of anomaly.

Proof Sheet on June 18, 2009

You are correct that there is no way across those rivers in a commercial fashion, but boats are whizzing across (and snowmobiles in the winter) going from Ontario to the QC side and then by car into the US bringing people, cigarettes etc....If you look on google earth or live local you can see how open the border is through the many places the border vista is hard to see

amcan on August 14, 2009

I live in the mobile home park pictured in the map,on 0 Ave on the Canadian side. I have seen the Border Patrol vehicles parked watching us watching them, but usually there is no one visible,other than the occasional car on Boundry Road on the American side. It's too bad that neighbors living less than 100 feet apart can't go to each others house without going through customs both ways.

jannx on August 30, 2009

Any idea which side the telephone poles are on?

wbaron on August 31, 2009

I believe those are Canadian poles. I think they violated some rules by putting them there. My understanding is that nothing is to be erected within 15 feet of the boundary line without approval from the Intl. Boundary Commission

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