The Thin Red Line
There are places in North America where you can stand in Canada and the US simultaneously. A massive, historic home straddles Stanstead, Quebec and Plain, Vermont, for example. You can enter the house from both countries.
St. Stephen, New Brunswick and Calais, Maine share three border crossings. The communities are similar sizes of about 4,500-5,000 residents each. They share resources and involve each other in planning decisions. St. Stephen has Burger King; Calais has McDonald’s. A big (for the area) civic centre was built in St. Stephen and is also used by Calais. Residents of St. Stephen literally go over the border for gas and milk. Sometimes they start their day with a quick trip across if McDonald’s or Dunkin’ Donuts coffee is what they enjoy. So why is there such a great chasm when it comes to products?
St, Stephen is called Canada’s Chocolate Town because it’s the home to Ganong Chocolate. If you live in Calais and get a craving for Ganong Chicken Bones, you need to cross a bridge to get some. Chicken Bones are little cinnamon sticks with chocolate in the middle and they’re addictive.
It makes sense to have to visit Ganong’s home in order to get their wares. But some of the other one-side-only items don’t make sense and we’ve always wondered why. How come the US gets a wider array of breakfast cereals? Who decided Canada can’t have Cinnamon Fire Jolly Ranchers? Must we forever make do with “assorted flavors”? Oh the humanity!
While strolling through a family-owned dollar store looking for a hairbrush, I happened upon this little machine for foot smoothing. At $10 I thought it was worth a try. Turns out, the Clio battery-operated foot thingy is the best foot-smoothing tool I’ve ever owned. My feet feel freshly pedicured. But is it available in Canada? Doesn’t look like it.
I’ll have to get my refills in the States. A quick search tells me there is a Dr. Scholl machine sold here, but I had never seen it and it’s more than twice the cost.
My feet are now happy and I’m on a sugar detox from all of the – shall we call it – chocolate and candy sampling. But it just seems silly that certain things are allowed in the US and not in Canada. Although, they can keep their gun laws, thank you. The only heat I want to pack is Cinnamon Fire candy.