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  • I'm not allowed to cross this road,

  • because this is the town of Stanstead, Canada.

  • On the other side of the street is Derby Line, USA

  • and the border between the two countries runs right down this:

  • Rue Canusa.

  • For local residents, that can be inconvenient.

  • I've lived here all my life, so 63 years.

  • Today you cannot cross over the line and visit your neighbours, like years ago.

  • If you want to cross, you have to report at customs.

  • You know I used to cross every day, but now

  • I probably cross once every... about once a week

  • because I come down to the post office over here.

  • To go through the border, basically, they ask you for your passport,

  • they go inside, I guess they look at whether you have a record or not.

  • They'll look at your registration of your car

  • and a couple of minutes and you've gone through.

  • I'm a dual citizen so I'm American and Canadian.

  • So it's easier.

  • This is a place where the idea of a border

  • as a solid, easy to understand line gets a little bit fuzzy.

  • The road doesn't run at exactly the same angle as the border, not precisely.

  • The official line is that this is Canada and that's the USA,

  • but both countries' maps show the road as being entirely in the US just here

  • and entirely in Canada, up there.

  • The houses are definitely in separate countries

  • but the road is not quite as clear.

  • And in practise, if I was driving I'd be okay. Even on that side of the road,

  • I am considered to be still in Canada,

  • as long as I don't stop and walk up to an American house.

  • It's fair to say that there's a little bit of leniency here,

  • if you're just nudging the border by a few centimetres.

  • Or if you're on that side, a couple of inches.

  • But while I was setting up my camera here, the police turned up, lights flashing,

  • to move along those bikers you saw earlier

  • who were admiring the view from the other side of the road.

  • It all seemed in good spirits, but they had crossed the border.

  • Well, the library is part on the Canadian side

  • and part on the American side.

  • But you stay on the Canadian side and you stay on the sidewalk,

  • and you go through the front door and it's permitted.

  • On Canusa Street, there's a sidewalk on the Canadian side,

  • so back years ago, it was tolerated that people on the American side

  • could cross over and walk on the sidewalk,

  • so, basically it's dangerous to walk on the side of the road

  • and now today, well, it's not tolerated no more.

  • I think the rule hasn't changed much, but they're more enforced.

  • When you cross, they ask you more questions than they used to, you know, years ago.

  • Before when you went through the border, you knew most of the customs officers

  • and they used to wave to you, y'know.

  • In 1783, this section of the Canada-US border was set

  • at the 45th parallel, a line of latitude.

  • Slightly inaccurate measurements were accepted by both countries, so it was locked in.

  • But as for this specific road?

  • There are local stories about drunk surveyors and pranks,

  • but no one really knows.

I'm not allowed to cross this road,

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