While I deal with many people visiting Downeast for the very first time, I get a lot of inquiries about our location as a “Border Town”.

I receive several phone calls a year about “the house near the Canadian Border”, so I’ll sum up some information about our geography here.

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View from North Street, Calais to Milltown, New Brunswick

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Looking toward downtown Calais from Downtown St.Stephen

Calais alone has THREE border crossings, EVERY house is near the Canadian border.  You will also find crossings in Eastport seasonally by ferry, Lubec, Vanceboro and Forest City.  We share family, friends, public services, commerce and athletics.  Canada is a just a neighbor you have to go though a check point to visit.

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In addition to those infatuated by the proximity, are those who don’t understand the need to cross.  But here is why we cross:

Check out this brand new Civic Center!  http://garcelonciviccenter.ca/  Right now I just take my daughter for swimming and to watch our Junior Hockey League http://acesjrhockey.com/.  But as she get’s older, they offer hockey, fitness, skating lessons and many other activities.

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The aquarium http://www.huntsmanmarine.ca/

King’s Landing Historic Villiage http://kingslanding.nb.ca/en/

We also cross for shopping, bowling, eating, indoor playgrounds and events.

On the flip side, during the dismal US economy crash, Canadian shoppers kept our town steady with regular shoppers coming from as far as 4 hours away for gas, groceries and general goods.

What is not to love about living next door to an entirely different country…and getting the perks of both sides!?

Just remember to bring your passport when you visit!

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