Ever since I can remember I've heard the comment that there is "no difference" between Canadians and Americans. I respectfully beg to differ as there is a difference on so many levels! We have unique Canadian culture consisting of Canadianisms, a Canadian perspective on world events, Canadian cuisine as well as products and foods only available in Canada. This blog is dedicated to celebrating all things Canadian from "my perspective" as a Canadian. Please enjoy your visit and be sure to visit often.

Garden Gnome
Americans should never underestimate the constant pressure on Canada which the mere presence of the United States has produced. We're different people from you and we're different people because of you. Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is effected by every twitch and grunt. It should not therefore be expected that this kind of nation, this Canada, should project itself as a mirror image of the United States.
- Pierre Trudeau

Sunday, July 11, 2010

North Channel of the St. Clair River

North Channel
The North Channel
July 10, 2010

The St. Clair River connects Lakes Huron and St. Clair with the mouth opening onto Lake St. Clair.  The North Channel branches off to the west of St.Clair River at Algonac, MI emptying into Anchor Bay.  Anchor Bay is a bay off of Lake St. Clair.  The channel and bay is not deep enough for lake freighters but the area is a very popular boating spot enjoyed by both Canadians and Americans.  Land on both sides of the North Channel and the North Channel itself it on the US side of the International border however Canadians boat in this area on a very regular basis.  Closer to shore it is quite common to see smaller Canadian fishing boats.  There are a few marinas on the North Channel for fuel and docking.  Two have restaurants with outdoor seating to enjoy watching the boats while eating.  Canadians must have an I-68 or Nexus card in order to land by boat and you must report to US customs prior to leaving your boat.  You cannot land by boat in the US using your passport!  Canadians can call 1-810-985-9541 (Port Huron, MI) or 1-313-393-3942 (Detroit, MI) ahead of arrival or when you arrive with their boat number, identification information and location. Upon returning to Canada you must be docked at an approved marina before calling 1-888-226-7277 to report your return entry into Canada.


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