Vermont’s border with Canada spans 117 miles of varied terrain, consisting of dense forests, steep mountains, swampy wetlands, and three bodies of water: Lake Champlain, Lake Memphremagog, and Wallace Pond. Vermont’s northern border is within a 60-minute drive of the Montreal metropolitan area, home to a population of over 4 million people. Movement from this city to the most populous areas on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States – including Boston and New York City - is facilitated by two major interstate highways, 89 and 91, that serve as direct routes between Montreal and these other cities, ensuring Vermont’s border with Canada and all of Vermont can interact with people from all over the world.
Close coordination amongst state, county, local law enforcement agencies, and the Border Patrol through Operation Stonegarden, allows assets to be deployed and utilized, greatly limiting the amount of illegal activity occurring in the border area. For more information on the Border Security program, please contact Jessica Stolz (Jessica.Stolz@vermont.gov) or Lt. Walter Smith (Walter.Smith@vermont.gov).