I was surprised when I first learned that many Canadians like to shop in the U.S. I always figured if 'we' had it then Canada had it for sale too at some store. I found out when we visited St. Stephen, N.B., while our cruise ship was in St. John. This was shortly after they tightened up the border crossing requirements and things suddenly were harder for people that had previously pretty much freely drove back and forth between Maine and Canada. Locals told us they often made trips to (I think) Bangor to load up on things. Everybody up there was a bit miffed by the new rules since they had friends on both sides of the river, families that had relatives on both sides, etc.