Border buddies

Canada and the United States share the longest undefended* border in the world: 8,891 kilometres long (that’s 5,525 miles, for our American friends.) We’ve been good neighbours for what seems like forever, but we don’t always understand each other.

Prior to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, NBC made this video to shed some light on the bond between the two countries. (As newsman Tom Brokaw declares, “In the long history of sovereign neighbours, there never has been a relationship as close, productive and peaceful as the US and Canada’s.”)

Although the video was also designed to educate the American people about Canada — including our “distinct differences in culture” — it works both ways: I learned a thing or two about the US and Canada. Bonus: the photography is breathtaking.

Happy Turkey Day to my American friends and family, at home and abroad. I hope your Thanksgiving is full of love, joy, and pumpkin pie.

*Undefended by the military, that is. Anybody who’s crossed the border — especially since 9/11 — knows there’s plenty of law enforcement on hand.


About Maria

I'm a Canadian repatriate, former expat spouse, mother to two TCKs (and one yellow Lab), mentor to new immigrants, writer, reader, world traveller (grounded for now). I write about expat/repat issues and am still trying to figure out my place in the world.
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7 Responses to Border buddies

  1. Have you been to Disney World? The scenery looks like the ride Soarin’

  2. I loved this clip! Totally relevant to my current situation as well.

  3. Thanks for sharing that. I enjoyed it. It is a warm tribute to both of our countries.

  4. Naomi says:

    That is a wonderful video! Thanks for sharing that Maria. What a great thing for both of our countries!

  5. Sorry I’m coming to this a few days late, Maria, but I love it. Having grown up in upstate New York, seeing the Canadian flag flying next to Old Glory and hearing ‘Oh Canada…’ was – and remains – second nature. I know that many Canadians think Americans take them for granted, but I tend to think of it more as members of an extended family: an integral part of the genetic tree, we love ’em no matter what.

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