Saturday, February 20, 2021

How has border closure impacted you?

Recently, we’ve talked a bit about the year without Canadians in the Adirondacks (and on the flip side, our inability to travel north across the border). Here’s an article that ran recently in the Explorer (and will appear in the March/April issue of the magazine).

Now I’d like to hear from you: How has the border closure impacted you?

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Melissa is a journalist with experience as a reporter and editor with the Burlington Free Press, Ithaca Journal and Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. She worked as a communications specialist for the Adirondack North Country Association and runs her own New York State Women owned Business-Enterprise Bootstrap Communications, which includes digital marketing, strategy and design. She enjoys hiking, camping and other outdoors activities, and spending time with her husband, their twin daughters, and rescue animals -- two dogs and a cat.




9 Responses

  1. Mac MacKenzie says:

    My son has some good friends in Canada and could not come across the border to support him when he lost his wife recently. They were very upset they could not be here for him.

  2. James Bullard says:

    We have family in Canada and have been unable to visit each other for a year now. Even exchanging gifts is a problem. It costs more to ship a small box than it would cost me to drive there myself. I understand the reason for closing the border (pandemic) but our now militarized border is a severe contrast to the days when I worked in Ogdensburg and a group of us would car pool to Prescott for a Chinese buffet lunch. I for one miss that (relatively) open border.

  3. gbear says:

    I just had to go to Florida.

  4. Wayne Miller says:

    While our region certainly has a varied, active, and distinguished cultural, we have always viewed our relative proximity to the world class institutions and events that abound across the border. We miss things like our favorite Lebanese restaurants, some free opera in the street, or just some wonderfully greasy frites with an all-dressed hot dog. Plus our annual membership to MMFA (Beaux Arts) and the announcements of things we’re missing generates a different kind of pang.

  5. Randy Fredlund says:

    Curling in Canada is very much missed. In the long running Ross Tarlton Bonspiel, where US teams vie for points against Canadian squads, friendships and camaraderie have been built up over the years. The cancellation of the tournament was much to the chagrin of all.

  6. Dean D Lefebvre says:

    I not unlike many other Adirondack/North country residents have family up in Canada and in particular Quebec and Eastern Ontario.

    Many relatives are very old now and the inability to visit them is very very bothersome sonce perhaps we may never get to see them again.

  7. David Rogers says:

    It was nice this last summer that the candaiens did not hog all the lake sites at the Ausable Point Campground. some spend the whole summer there with not moving once. How do they do it. We can’t figure it out. 8 weeks without moving? And I guess that the Resident Ranger does not care.

  8. William says:

    Traveling between Michigan and my place in Franklin county now takes 3 hours and 150 miles longer. With NY’s covid travel restrictions on citizens from states that do not border NY, (like that is making a difference) taking frequent long weekends to the north country is out of the question.

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