The weekend before Memorial Day (in the U.S) was Victoria Day, here in Canada. We decided to cross the border for a simple day trip without the hassle of a 10+ hour drive to one of the big U.S city.
The closest U.S border is at Prescott, Ontario, a mere 45 minutes drive from Ottawa. Armed with cold drinks and cookies (Tim Hortons, obviously), we hit the road. Crossing the border is still a cool experience for me, the French girl, and I admit I get a kick out of using my Canadian passport. This is only the second time I go to the U.S as a Canadian citizen – the first time was last winter, in Niagara Falls. The process is so much more straightforward compared to crossing with a French passport! Even as a Canadian permanent resident, I used to have to pay and have my picture and fingerprints taken. These days, all I have to do is wave my navy blue passport and say “I’m Canadian, eh”. Love it.
We first stopped in Ogdensburg, along the St Lawrence Seaway. The town is pretty sleepy but it was relaxing. A bunch of kids were fishing with their parents along the river and for a second, I wondered if the “ADD children who watch too much T.V and are obsessed with violent videogames” was just a myth. Sure, the nearby busy hot dog cart was busy but kids were also getting plenty of outdoor activity in the skate park.
Alexandria Bay, an hour drive from Ogdensburg, hadn’t changed much, even though it seemed more sedate than usual. Recession and bad economy, maybe? Nonetheless, it’s still pretty and we had a great seafood meal for $20.00 — can’t beat that.
You can see the full set of the pictures taken in the U.S.A here.