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Canada proved it’s pretty much the coolest country ever when it didn’t even blink an eye as thousands of Americans randomly washed up on its shores. Other countries might turn away a crowd of drunk people with no passports or ID of any kind, but not Canada. Here we treat you for hypothermia, take care of you, then send you on a bus back to Michigan. That’s the Canadian spirit!

A group of Americans were participating in the Port Huron Float Down–an event where you float down the the St. Clair River between Michigan and Ontario–when strong winds blew them off course (and it’s pretty hard to have a course in the first place when your mode of transportation is a blow-up dinghy). They were blown all the way into Canadian waters and onto the shore in Sarnia, Ontario. Imagine the confusion when 1,500 drunk Americans turned up in Canada with no means of identification and showing signs of hypothermia. What a mess.

Rather than turn our southern neighbours away–some did turn around and try to swim back to Michigan–Canada stepped up and gave them a hand. Canadian authorities helped everyone onto shore, treated those with hypothermia (of course, it was one of the coldest days this month) and loaded everybody onto buses back to the States.


After a pretty hectic day, it looks like everybody got home safe and sound. The ‘floaters’ all seemed to be grateful to be treated so well and everyone saw the humour in the situation.


Thanks for the visit, Americans, come on over whenever. Just maybe bring your passports (and pants) next time.

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