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A Vista With Nothing to See — US–Canada Border

by Jonah Goodman

Many of the world’s borders are invisible, but the boundary between Canada and the US is actually marked by an absence. Officially title ‘the vista’, it is a barren strip of land 6 m (20 ft) wide, stretching through 2,171 km (1,349 mi) of forest. Although there’s nothing there to stop you from doing it, crossing the ‘slash’, as it’s informally known, is a serious offence.

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