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Keep your eyes peeled … stay alert!

The border between Sutton Township and Vermont is easy to cross, but harder to monitor because of the distance between customs posts, their limited hours of operation and many unpatrolled roads that are ideal for smuggling. Most customs officers live in the area, too, and knowing the “smugglers” doesn’t make their jobs any easier.

A winter shot of the tiny Canada Customs post at Glen Sutton.

The Canada Customs post at Glen Sutton is located at the entrance to the International Bridge to East Richford. It’s only open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and isn’t heavily used.


More modern in design, the building housing Canada Customs at Abercorn is equally efficient serving travellers entering Canada or going to the U.S.

Open 24-hours-a-day, the Abercorn customs post is the largest of the three entry points along the Sutton-Vermont border.


The East Pinnacle border crossing before arriving in Richford is located in the middle of a field on a secondary road; in winter, as in this photo, it blends in even more with the landscape because of its white surface.

Due to low traffic, the East Pinnacle border crossing to Richford is only open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


A customs officer’s success is based on instinct and a keen sense of observation. Experienced officers develop a sixth sense that allows them to spot behaviours caused by a guilty conscience. Customs officers François Cusson and Wayne Kemp tell us about that.

Wayne Kemp and François Cusson tell us how customs officers can sniff out smugglers (captions available in both English and French).View the video with an English transcript.

Wayne Kemp tell us how some situations are downright crazy (captions available in both English and French). View the video with an English transcript.