Tales From the Borderlands


Down East






A collection of short articles relating to the U.S.-Canada border dividing Maine from New Brunswick and Quebec, introduced by a brief history of the border disputes that were finally settled into the current disposition. Common themes are the shared culture between communities on either side of the border and how the constant traffic between these areas was hampered by the coronavirus pandemic. Individual articles are as follows: "Neither Here nor There," on the residents of Campobello Island, Canadians who must cross into Maine for supplies; "Decamp to Campobello," snippets describing attractions and activities on the island; "Love Knows No Bounds," on a Nova Scotian couple who were married on the border so relatives from both sides could attend despite pandemic-related travel restrictions; "Two-Nation Vacation," snippets describing attractions on either side of the St. Croix River, including St. Andrews and Calais; "Pledge of Allegiance," describing the continuity of community between Edmunston, N.B. and Madawaska, Maine; "Flicks à la Frontière," about two documentaries on the Maine/Canada border; and "Walking the Line," about hiking the border, particularly Boundary Peak.

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