Living on the border

Living on the border comes with its pros and its cons but personally I don’t think I’d want to change it. For example there’s the part of always having to explain how Quebec is only 10 minutes from where I live, L’Anse au Clair, Labrador. This can get a little annoying, I must admit. It seems like new people can never understand or even believe that there are kids in my province that go to school in a different province. But I mean come on, isn’t that cool, that every morning I get to cross the border to go to school. Plus, I’m an English teen from an English family, going to a French school. If you think about it, it’s pretty amazing. Most of my friends are from Long Point so in my case, I spend most of my time there.

Welcome to Labrador sign between L’Anse au Clair and Blanc-Sablon. Credit:

One interesting thing about where I live is the time difference; how L’Anse au Clair’s time is ahead by an hour and a half, when the time changes, and Long Point’s time stays the same. I find the time thing tough to keep up with because I’m always ahead of everyone else, but after all these years I’ve gotten used to it and well I guess it’s just normal to me by now.

L’anse au Clair is a small town with around 130 people, there’s around 30 students but most of them go to an English school in L’anse au Loup, which is about 20 minutes from my home town and is also in Labrador. There’s around 10 of us who take the bus for school in Long Point who are all different ages. There are 4 that are in my age range and the rest are younger. I have to say that I’m happy every morning to take the bus to Mgr. Scheffer School; it’s an experience I’ll never forget.

Allie Dumaresque, Secondary 2 English Class, École Mgr Scheffer

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