Hyder, Alaska: The American Town That's Secretly Canadian

Hyder, Alaska, population 87, is, practically speaking, cut off from the United States. The easiest way to get there is by road through the nearby Canadian town of Stewart. Daily life there is tied more to Canada than the United States:

As a result of its geographic isolation, Hyder functions as America’s only de facto outpost of Canada. All businesses (except the post office) price stuff in Canadian dollars, and take “Victoria Day” and “Boxing Day” off every year. Clocks are set to British Columbia time, the electricity comes from a B.C. utility, and the nearest police are Mounties. It’s the only place in Alaska not to use the state’s 907 area code—even Hyder’s phone numbers have joined in the open treason, and begin with a Canadian code, 250. Kids can be taught at home or bundled off to boarding school in Ketchikan, but many parents choose the dubious indoctrination of the Canadian public school system instead, especially up to the sixth grade. (Oops, sorry, Canada. “Grade 6.”)

Link -via Nag on the Lake

(Images: kcxd, Google)

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Love visiting Canada. Cuban cigars, over the counter aspirin and cough syrup with codeine, BC Bud at the cannabis cafe's, and the best "peeler bars" in the world: decent food, hard liquor and beautiful girls, 'nuff said. No wonder Canadians are so laid back, eh?.

Too bad the US dollar is so weak. I remember not too long ago when you got $1.46CDN for a greenback. Good times.
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