Where and How to Cross

Where and How to Cross By Jacob Elsbree We can call the border porous all we want, but there are only six legal points of entry between the U.S. and Canada that lie in Clinton County. While we celebrate the relationship between the two lands in this issue of DoNorth, go forth, but don’t forget your documents. Border crossings along the Adirondack Coast: Churubusco, New York / Dorea, Québec NY State Route 189 / Route 209, Doea, Québec Mooers Forks, New York / Havelock, Québec 1295 Cannon Corners Road / 2 Route de Havelock Mooers, New York / Hemmingford, Québec…

Foreign Exchange

Foreign Exchange Packing Properly for Legal Passage By Tracey Fox Maple trees surround the winding and seemingly endless Adirondack Northway. Exit 43. The final stop. Here, Interstate 87 connects to Autoroute 15 and our Canadian neighbors. Whether cruising up for poutine or journeying down for a Michigan, traversing the border should top your to-do list. In 2018, more than 2 million people caught the travel bug and crossed at the Champlain-Rouses Point border. According to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics, about 263,000 people moving by bus and 1.8 million by car. If you’re traveling in a personal vehicle, the…

Gniess n’ Easy

Story and photo by Zachary Jackson Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain is a 2.3-mile trail that ascends over 1,200 vertical feet with a hike time of about 2.5 hours. The mountain is located in Keeseville, New York, roughly 30 minutes from Plattsburgh. Drive approximately 20 miles on Interstate 87 South, then take Exit 33 toward Willsboro/Essex-Ferry. Travel roughly 2.6 miles on Route 9 South, and the parking lot to the trailhead will be to your right. Primitive campsites for daytime use adjoin the parking lot. To the right of the trail head is a massive 1,000-foot wall of granite gneiss that is a…

“Boys’ Night, Plus Sierra!”

“Boys’ Night, Plus Sierra!” My Nine-Day Expedition to Self Discovery By Sierra McGivney   I awake in dim light wanting to quit. My head aches. I’m cold. The days loom ahead. Long Lake looms ahead too. It feels as if we aren’t even moving. And it’s only day two. In fall 2018, I started my immersion semester in Plattsburgh State’s Expeditionary Studies program, which teaches leadership in paddling, climbing and skiing. On October 27, I joined 11 other students on a nine-day canoe trip from Long Lake to Upper Saranac Lake. I was the only girl in a group with…

Camping on the Docks

Camping on the Docks By Jacob Elsbree   The Adirondack Coast is accessible by air, by land, and (kinda) by sea. Or atleast we can pretend it’s by sea. There’s plenty to do along the Richelieu River in Québec, but heading south, the river blows out into the huge expanse of Lake Champlain with an abundance of restaurants, pubs and excursions scattered along its coast. The prodigious body of water can be irresistible for those Canadians who prefer lake life to river relaxation. Some even end up camping on the water. Less than an hour from Montréal, but barely a…


By Nathanael LePage Hidden Treasure in a Frosty Chasm Ausable Chasm, the self-proclaimed “Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks,”offers a unique experience for visitors in the frozen winters of the Adirondack Coast. Though a popular summer destination since opening in 1870, frigid weather reveals something altogether different when the cascading waters of Rainbow Falls stop midstream, creating icy blue walls and 150-foot icicles. For nearly 140 years, the Chasm was open only from Memorial Day to October. That changed a decade ago, when General Manager Tim Bressett, who grew up in the area but had never explored the chasm in wintertime,…

Ice Cold Beats | Montreal’s Below Freezing Music Festival

Each winter, Igloofest gathers together thousands of electronic music fans to dance under the stars at Montreal’s Old Port. The concert features the mainstage, where the international EDM and techno DJs are performing, and a second stage highlighting local DJ’s from the Montreal area.

Living Wild | Preserving the Adirondacks One Step at a Time

The Adirondack Park is comprised of 6.1 million acres of rivers, lakes, mountains and a variety of wildlife and ecosystems. Covering one-fifth of New York state, the park is the largest publicly protected area in the contiguous United States, greater in size than Everglades, Glacier, Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Parks combined.

Cycling the Saranac

The sun sets. The lake’s reflection mirrors the sun’s orange, reddish-hues as the clouds gather. Isaac Hardy adjusts his helmet. His red-and-yellow checkered skinsuit stands out on this cloudy day. Gracefully, he mounts his bicycle and glides down the Saranac River bike trail.

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