Canada & The United States (Bizarre Borders Part 2)
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Canada & The United States (Bizarre Borders Part 2)

August 12, 2019

Canada and the United States share the longest,
straightest, possibly boringest border in the world. But, look closer, and there’s plenty
of bizarreness to be found. While these sister nations get along fairly
well, they both want to make it really clear whose side of the continent is whose. And
they’ve done this by carving a 20-foot wide space along the border. All five and a half
thousand miles of it. With the exception of the rare New England
town that predates national borders or the odd airport that needed extending, this space
is the no-touching-zone between the countries and they’re super serious about keeping it
clear. It matters not if the no-touching-zone runs through hundreds of miles of virtually
uninhabited Alaskan / Yukon wilderness. Those border trees, will not stand. Which might make you think this must be the
longest, straightest deforested place in the world, but it isn’t. Deforested: yes, but
straight? Not at all. Sure it looks straight and on a map, and the
treaties establishing the line *say* it’s straight… but in the real world the official
border is 900 lines that zig-zags from the horizontal by as much as several hundred feet. How did this happen? Well, imagine you’re
back in North America in the 1800s — The 49th parallel (one of those horizontal lines
you see on a globe) has just been set as the national boundary and it’s your job to make
it real. You’re handed a compass and a ball of string and told to carefully mark off the
next 2/3rds of a continent. Don’t mind that uncharted wilderness in the way: just keep
the line straight. Yeah. Good luck. With that. The men who surveyed the land did the best
they could and built over 900 monuments. They’re in about as straight as you could expect a
pre-GPS civilization to make, but it’s not the kind of spherical / planar intersection
that would bring a mathematician joy. Nonetheless these monuments define the border
and the no-touching-zone plays connect-the-dots with them. Oh, and while there are about 900 markers
along this section of the border, there are about 8,000 in total that define the shape
of the nations. Despite this massive project Canada and the
United States still have disputed territory. There is a series of islands in the Atlantic
that the United States claims are part of Maine and Canada claims are part of New Brunswick.
Canada, assuming the islands are hers built a lighthouse on one of them, and the United
States, assuming the islands are hers pretends the lighthouse doesn’t exist. It’s not a huge problem as the argument is
mostly over tourists who want to see puffins and fishermen who want to catch lobsters,
but let’s hope the disagreement gets resolved before someone finds oil under that lighthouse. Even the non-disputed territory has a few
notably weird spots: such as this tick of the border upward into Canada. Zoom in and
it gets stranger as the border isn’t over solid land but runs through a lake to cut
off a bit of Canada before diving back down to the US. This spot is home to about 100 Americans and
is a perfect example of how border irregularities are born: Back in 1783 when the victorious Americans
were negotiating with the British who controlled what would one day be Canada, they needed
a map, and this map was the best available at the time. While the East Coast looks pretty
good, the wester it goes the sparser it gets. Under negotiation was the edge of what would
one day be Minnesota and Manitoba. But unfortunately, that area was hidden underneath an inset on
the map, so the Americans and British were bordering blind. Seriously. They guessed that the border should start
from the northwestern part of this lake and go in a horizontal line until it crossed the
Mississippi… somewhere. But somewhere, turned out to be nowhere as
the mighty Mississippi stops short of that line, which left the border vague until 35
years later when a second round of negotiations established the aforementioned 49th parallel. But there was still a problem as the lake
mentioned earlier was both higher, and less circular than first though, putting its northwesterly
point here so the existing border had to jump up to meet it and then drop straight down
to the 49th, awkwardly cutting off a bit of Canada, before heading west across the remainder
of the continent. Turns out you just can’t draw a straight(-ish)
line for hundreds of miles without causing a few more problems. One of which was luckily spotted in advance:
Vancouver Island, which the 49th would have sliced through, but both sides agreed that
would be dumb so the border swoops around the island. However, next door to Vancouver Island is
Point Roberts which went unnoticed as so today the border blithey cuts across. It’s a nice
little town, home to over 1,000 Americans, but has only a primary school so its older
kids have to cross international borders four times a day to go to school in their own state. In a pleasing symetry, the East cost has the
exact opposite situation with a Canadian Island whose only land route is a bridge to the United
States. And these two aren’t the only places where
each country contains a bit of the other: there are several more, easily spotted in
sattelite photos by the no-touching zone. Regardless of if the land in question is just
an uninhabited strip, in the middle of a lake, in the middle of nowhere, the border between
these sister nations must remain clearly marked.


  • Reply Bilimin Sırları June 3, 2019 at 11:13 am

    1:23 why there is a creeper behind that two guy in the left?Did America used creepers to cut down trees?

  • Reply Luna 333 June 3, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    Just keep that Trumptard on the south side of the divide!!! We don't need that garbage here

  • Reply My Name Jeff June 4, 2019 at 3:20 am

    British Columbia’s capital city is on Vancouver island. It’s Victoria and it’s on the southern tip of the island.

  • Reply Leong Kum Fatt Playlists June 4, 2019 at 11:27 am

    Niagara Falls passed the border of USA and Canada

  • Reply Lu Cheng June 4, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    Why can they not split those two islands

  • Reply Sky 201 June 5, 2019 at 11:21 am

    the only thing floats out in my mind is a cowboy holding a gun towards the british looking gentleman and both of them argue like a madlad

  • Reply Sarah Sterly June 6, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    I live 45 minutes away from the 45th parallel

  • Reply i_think_its _stoopid June 7, 2019 at 4:07 am

    hetalia has entered the chat

  • Reply Terry Himes June 7, 2019 at 6:05 am

    why me

  • Reply Crispier Chicken June 8, 2019 at 3:01 am


  • Reply Steamy Productions June 9, 2019 at 10:58 am

    Me finding my way home is as straight as that line

  • Reply michael88h June 9, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    Then someone comes along and cuts the string all up lol

  • Reply Francis Ardi June 14, 2019 at 2:57 am

    As you know, the 49th parallel is the border between the United States and Canada west of Lake of the Woods in Minnesota. It is an imaginary line. Are there parts of North America where you would need a handheld GPS device to know whether you're in the U.S. or Canada?

  • Reply Eva Studios June 15, 2019 at 6:07 am

    I’m a canadian

  • Reply sahye June 17, 2019 at 2:15 am

    I wish u were my teacher

  • Reply light side review June 17, 2019 at 10:41 am

    Yeah let's hope that there's no oil on your Light House 2 minutes later nuke gets set off because of oil crisis

  • Reply KöfteMan June 17, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    What is the name of the map at 2:42 ?

  • Reply Michael R June 17, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    Build the wall!

  • Reply arkay238 June 18, 2019 at 4:39 am

    Lalalalala no lighthouse lalalalala

  • Reply Leaf Finite June 18, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    Do you hide a greyscaled creeper in every video, or..?

  • Reply Some Doofus June 18, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    Two countries sittin on a continent, sitting 20 feet apart cuz they're not gay.

  • Reply reaperexpress June 19, 2019 at 1:40 am

    Hey! That's Canadian KILOMETRES to you, not "kilometers". "Kilometers" are the American version of kilometres, though I'm not sure why the U.S. even bothers with their own name for a unit they refuse to adopt…

  • Reply Arstotzka June 19, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    Canada is a giant exclave

  • Reply Ethan Fenderson June 19, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    1:45 MAINE!!! My home state

  • Reply Ethan Fenderson June 19, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    Machias Seal Island is 11 Miles to Maine and 12 miles to Grand Manan Canada therefore it should be the USA cause it's a mile closer!

  • Reply dumdum June 19, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    "bUt CaNaDa dOeSn'T eXiSt!"

  • Reply jackis lol June 19, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    LOL imagine if there was oil

  • Reply Sverre Tømmerdal June 21, 2019 at 11:07 am


  • Reply Epoch Xenomania June 21, 2019 at 3:46 pm


    Reality isn't straight!


  • Reply Legendary ATown June 21, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    @2:15, Both US and Canada: OIL!!??!!??!!

  • Reply Yeet thefeet June 21, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    This is lone when you share you’re room with you’re younger or older sibling and they put a line of duct tape and claim the side with the bed in it

  • Reply Stacey Chiperzak June 22, 2019 at 4:05 am

    Google earth

  • Reply The last Pewdiepie supporter June 22, 2019 at 11:33 am

    America: Where is the lighthouse again? I can’t see it?
    oil has entered your island

    and that is the best I could do. Like if u like

  • Reply Anthony Kudela June 23, 2019 at 9:30 pm


  • Reply AMD phone June 23, 2019 at 10:16 pm


  • Reply KingSlayer June 24, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    "Let's hope this disagreement gets resolved before someone finds oil under that light house"

    LOL. Just imagine if that happened.

  • Reply HELLO MISTER G June 25, 2019 at 2:47 am

    3:23 lake looks like a samurai

  • Reply abver09 June 25, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    2:12 Did someone say… OIL?!??! – USA

  • Reply Animaln’t :D June 25, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    I’m canadian so I would just give everything to the U.S.A.

  • Reply Daniel Solache June 26, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    What country owns the no touching zone??????????

  • Reply Angel Flores June 26, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    2:27 US*

  • Reply FoxGamingOfficial June 27, 2019 at 2:22 am

    I live in Minnesota

  • Reply ADAMツ June 28, 2019 at 2:37 am

    odd1sout talked about u and plagarized the story of da american wall of smthin

  • Reply The Dynamic Doggo June 30, 2019 at 7:49 am

    I got an ad to “apply to immigrate to Canada” but just why?
    Edit: and the website was called “its Canada time” lol

  • Reply black tesseract July 4, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    And than there is Europe where you live in Luxemburg, work in Germany, went to school in Belgium, have a boyfriend in France and visit your parents every week in the Netherlands…

  • Reply Oliver Rumble July 5, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    Stupid question. But, could you just make a MAJOR detour and cross the "no touching zone" instead of the border without getting caught?

  • Reply Oslo Spotter July 6, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    1:52 like Pepe island

  • Reply N3sKey July 6, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    pictures taken seconds before disaster

  • Reply Max Jansen July 7, 2019 at 4:55 am

    Creeper at 1:24

  • Reply Matt Piercy July 7, 2019 at 6:09 am

    Just went to Point Roberts, WA. Its a cute little town! The local economy there is extremely dependant on Canadians going down to buy gas, groceries and lately, lots of shipping stores have popped up so Canadians like myself can have things shipped to an American address.

  • Reply Dave McDaverson July 8, 2019 at 2:00 am

    Good luck. With that. ???

  • Reply 終極神卡 July 11, 2019 at 4:01 am

    Oh Canada, our home and native land
    True patriot love, in all thy sons command

  • Reply Dennis July 11, 2019 at 9:16 am

    Why so stingy with every speck of land Canada? Its not like your using it for anything.

  • Reply cmonster6 July 11, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    The wester you go?

  • Reply Doc Brown July 14, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Noone tell trump, he'll wanna build a wall, you know how the moose are such a threat and over friendly Canadians might influence sarcastic Americans and they might do lunch in a town that crosses the border. Someone pass the Canadian bacon, oops trump put a tariff on it. Next he'll wanna limit polar bears from crossing the border north of the arctic circle, maybe he'd like to stand in the way of that bear, oops, there goes trump's head. The bear actually worked for the RCMP and didn't like trump's comments about them a couple yrs ago.

  • Reply Kyle Dert July 15, 2019 at 2:43 am

    Wow well done great video

  • Reply Sam Hadders July 15, 2019 at 12:09 pm


    You two kids play nice.
    We will !

  • Reply Mike Kane July 15, 2019 at 11:49 pm

    There was a lot of mixing in America between whites and Indians. Most of the "white" people are actually bi-racial….like Barack Obama. Canada has some of these mutt Indians too who claim to be white. You have to be pure European to be considered white. One drop of anything else makes you non-white. The mutt Indians are the right-wingers. They want more wars, genetically-modified foods, and evil corporations. The southern part of America is filled with these mutt Indians for example. They're as different from Europeans as possible. They think mass transit is stupid. They like it when cops shoot people unnecessarily. They believe whatever Fox News and Rush Limbaugh tell them. They also weigh about 150 lbs. more than the average European:)

  • Reply Commandbaker333 July 16, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    There's an island near Canada called Pee Pee Island

  • Reply noah July 16, 2019 at 11:23 pm

    Americans love Canada and their people. Basically the huge socialist 51st. Hahha

  • Reply QwerYT July 17, 2019 at 1:28 am

    I will cross that border

  • Reply Marina Kaneva July 18, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    1:23 why is there a creeper

  • Reply Joks iZantos July 18, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    I dont get how US decides where to build walls and not to

  • Reply CTEnergize SJL,KML July 20, 2019 at 1:04 am

    Canada:Ah, found some tiny peices of land and now ill build a lighthouse on it it claim these peices of land for New Brunswick
    United states:Oh some land, this will be mine and I will claim it for Maine
    Canada:US do you see a lighthouse on that land
    United states:Ummmm no I don't see anything
    Greenland and Mexico: Why am I even here??

  • Reply FearlessJbx Gaming July 20, 2019 at 3:35 am

    4:24 hi pet doggy

  • Reply NEM3SIS ! July 21, 2019 at 12:14 pm


    USA: No I'm not!

    This angered the UK, who punished him severely.

  • Reply DougtheDonkeyTV July 21, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    It reminds me of two siblings on vacation who have to sleep in the same hotel bed so they bunch up towels between them

  • Reply IfYouReadThisYouAre Retarded July 22, 2019 at 11:23 am

    how tf should anyone use the map file.. 5% of all laptop/desktop users use mac.. so HOW THE FUCK should we use it.

  • Reply forslin 26 July 22, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    1:23 i see the creeper

  • Reply 0XL July 22, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    This is borderline insane

  • Reply My Meat July 23, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    I literally realized that The U.S.A and Canada are the only countries in North America.

  • Reply Jolt: Endless Hero July 24, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    An uninhabited strip in the middle of a lake in the middle of *nowhere*

  • Reply Ryan Thomas July 25, 2019 at 9:30 am

    wow… I did not know my border was so interesting…

  • Reply Ryan Kisnics July 25, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    Canada Needs To Build a Wall Too Keep The UNITED SHITS Americans Out of CANADA

  • Reply John Rogers July 25, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    Canadians and United Statesians

  • Reply USA Country July 25, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    2:15 did u say OIL?!!! It’s MINE!!!!!!

  • Reply Antoinette Parry July 26, 2019 at 11:53 am

    Oh! I'm glad I live in Australia……???

  • Reply Yuval Dolev July 26, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    Ah, 2013. When the concept of America making sure a border between it and a neighbor will be uniform and noticeable was a place for an anecdote about Canada and not.. Well, I've made my point I think

  • Reply Carlos Silva July 28, 2019 at 1:28 am

    The most bizarre border in the world is the USA/Australia one ?

  • Reply Josephine Oaks-Courtney July 29, 2019 at 1:24 am

    Soo… could I just go build a slim house in the no touching zone?

  • Reply Noah July 31, 2019 at 2:14 am

    Can I climb that land stretch between America and Canada as my own country?

    Noahland sha'll presist!

  • Reply Ajw20! August 2, 2019 at 2:40 am

    0:26 I guess you could say it’s an… international airport! Eyyyyyy

  • Reply Josh Lobsenz August 2, 2019 at 3:37 am

    I've rewatched this video several times over several years, and I can't believe it took me this long to notice the creeper at 1:23

  • Reply CL tech August 2, 2019 at 9:01 am

    To open the file he provided, Use Google Earth Pro from Google Earth Website.

  • Reply Ethan Schoales August 3, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    You didn't address why the the border dips south at the Great Lakes

  • Reply Fred August 4, 2019 at 7:32 am

    Shows what can be achieved without war, just by negotiation in good faith and then living with all the inconvenient consequences That is what makes good neighbours good neighbors.

  • Reply GOD August 5, 2019 at 2:47 am

    that lil corner that america takes from canada
    Canada: HE'S TOUCHING ME!!
    america:am not touching you its my border side
    canada:DAD HE'S TOUCHING ME!

  • Reply TwentyNationProductions August 7, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    why so straight?

  • Reply Vaz123 August 7, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    Can you learn to always put conversions

  • Reply David Renton August 8, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    CGP Grey almost made this interesting.

  • Reply keely clevenger August 8, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    Yep point Robert's is rediculous. We have to either cross the border, take a boat or fly there and back.

  • Reply C Cannea August 9, 2019 at 8:20 am

    Nice vid

  • Reply Matt games August 9, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    1:23 theres a creper

  • Reply Montenegro Gaming August 9, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    1:22 creeper aw man

  • Reply J.C.S S. August 10, 2019 at 1:45 am

    There's a island by Maine and Canada that is owned by both country's Born on it and you will be able to live in both countrys

  • Reply Eric Rachinsky August 12, 2019 at 1:05 am

    A wall would be ridiculous

  • Reply Handpicked August 12, 2019 at 2:12 am

    creeper @ 1:23

  • Reply Baseball Tutorials August 12, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    2013: Nope
    2014: Nah
    2015: No not yet
    2016: Still No
    2017: Good luck with that
    2018: Nope, Never!
    2019: Let's put this in everyone's recommendations!

  • Reply David Freeman August 12, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    Sister nations… And showing a British flag… Seriously Canada-America boarder was far from the 'peace' we see today just merely 150 years ago, or even 100 years ago (when the US was still having plans of wars against the British Empire). Just a visit to Ontario and you'll find out how hostile the boarder was. The now touristic Niagara Falls region was once almost the North America's 'Maginot Line'. (I know it's overexaggerated, but just look at the names, FORT Erie, the Navy Island, etc. And also, why do you think Canada's capital is Ottawa, which is NOT along the Toronto-Montreal line?)

  • Reply Chris CR August 12, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    Wait a minute…

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