The St. Clair River marks the end of southwestern Ontario, and the beginning of Michigan. As a child, we would drive down to Point Edward, Ontario, in the summer to watch boats—small and large—enter the channel from Lake Huron, my favorite of the Great Lakes. Now, as a Canadian living in the United States, the river and the Bluewater Bridge have taken on new meanings.

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THE GREAT AMERICAN BOARDWALK

 

On the East Coast, summertime means saltwater taffy, carnival games, and hot sand. Teenagers gossip and flirt along the weathered planks. Families munch on malt vinegar-smothered fries. In the distance, seagulls dive into the Atlantic surf in search of small fish. Ocean City, Maryland, in many ways, feels like a vestige of the past, when boardwalk culture reigned over air conditioning and iPads, and the day's end meant watching the sun disappear below the horizon, a scoop of Dumser's soft-serve in hand.