International Ski Fly Meet on the Ice of Lake Memphremagog

Past events and pictures

We have now had several annual Ski Fly Meets on the ice of  Lake Memphremagog  where American and Canadian planes flew onto the ice on our respective sides of the border and met, visited each other’s planes and had lunch together near the border line- all without requiring passports.  It is a unique opportunity in North America.

Attendee Pictures

The border cut line looking east

Looking east-border cut line straight ahead, US fishing shacks on right

Georges bluebird left and american plane right

My Canadian plane Bluebird on left, US plane on right of border cut line

Shaking hands across border obelisk

Attendees planes and some officials

Attendees, aeroplanes, and border officials

We had special permissions from the border authorities:

Good day Mr. Weller,

I am glad to learn that you are organizing another event.  I have consulted Fernando Beltran, Patrol Agent in Charge of Newport Station United States Border Patrol and Miguel Begin, area Ports Director for the Canada Border Services Agency.  Both are in agreement with your request and Mr. Beltran is comfortable with you having minor contact across the line.  There must be no exchange of goods and no crossing the line with intent to enter the country to stay without reporting.

I have requested Pierre Fortier from our Integrated Border Enforcement Team to be your contact and to take care of any further coordination that is needed.  Please feel free to contact Pierre at tel: 819-876-2372.

All the best for a successful event!

Greg Bishop, Sgt.
Eastern IBET/ ÉIPF de l’Est
Stanstead/ St.Georges

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