We found this out the hard way. We found just one place to get gas in the Northwest Angle and it was at a premium. About $1 more per gallon.
Everyone in the car will need to show their passport and answer a bunch of interrogation questions. Where are you going? Why? How long will you be there? What's in your vehicle? Are you a criminal!??! (ok it's not that bad)
Woohoo! Highway speed limits are 100! Kilometers per hour that is, not miles, so get used to that inner dial on your speedometer you forgot was there.
And it was almost as if the summer bugs maintained a border too since the mosquitoes quickly disappeared and these enormous flies were circling our Jeep and making a mess of our windshield.
There are only a few that are close along the route to the Northwest Angle and there are currently 3 pretty quick finds in the town of Middlebro. 1) Middlebro Park 2) The Sandpit 3) Banana Madhouse
Any place you can stand and be in two countries at once is silly fun in my books and worth a quick stop. Another thing that is very interesting about this spot is that it gives you a good view of the 20ft groomed space between the two countries. This 20ft mowed section of land spans the entire 5,500 miles of border between Canada and the U.S. with very little exception. Here is a fun little video explanation of why and how this came to be.
Strangely simple task but I have to believe that if you don't make the call, someone will be after you :-P Jim's Corner is a small building with phones. All you have to do is pick up the phone and push the button of the country you are entering. US or Canada. A border agent will ask you a few questions, similar to when you crossed customs and they will send you on your way.
Geocachers: Jim's Outpost
Another quick photo op stop and, if it's open, maybe mail a friend or even yourself a postcard from this cute little post office. It is the most northerly in the contiguous U.S. and it's got to also be one of the smallest. The building is probably no more than 250 square feet.
Geocachers: Northwestern US Out POST Hint: avoid the wood ticks, no bushwhacking needed for this one. It's not on the sign, it's hanging in a tree right at the edge of the mowed grass. You're welcome :)
The one restaurant we could find in the Angle. It had great "up north" cabin decor and the food wasn't too bad either. Not foodie food but I'd classify it as really good bar food and drinks with a nice laid-back, no stress atmosphere.
Same as before, you'll need to stop and call Canada to let them know you will be driving through Manitoba to head back to Minnesota through Warroad.
U.S. Customs is essentially the same interrogation as Canadian Customs but at least for us it was all just a bit more intimidating. Lots of questions, lots of cameras and even a sniffing dog that will circle your vehicle. They saw me taking this picture and wanted to see it because they would have made me delete it if you could see any of the border patrolmen clearly.
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