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St-Armand is a country town in southern Quebec, Canada that borders the state of Vermont, in the United States. It is just along the Route 133 in Canada (which is I-89 in the US). Aside from being the border town, it is very small and hardly of note, with a "Souvenir Rock Shop" and one or two Dépanneurs, which can usually provide hitchhikers (or drivers) with a free small map of the highways in the area and local attractions. If you're trying to get to Montreal from here, the map won't be of much use.
The scenery, however, is beautiful farmland, and the Quebecois locals are very friendly! Speaking French will get you a long way here, but speaking in English is not too bad, either, since there is usually someone nearby who can translate, because of the proximity to the US border.
Border Crossing (Vermont)
* To Quebec If you are hitchhiking from the US to Canada the Canadian customs generally won't frown upon you not having a ride out from the border, as long as once you cross, you walk a bit away from the Customs building and don't hold up traffic too much. There is a little U-turn curve after the trucker custom crossing access that connects the "to" and "from" sides of the highway, on the Canadian side, which is a good spot to try and pick up a ride at. Heading North from this point, on Route 133, your main destination is St-Jean sur Richelieu and further to the A-10 that goes East-West between Sherbrooke and Montreal.
* To Vermont If you are crossing the border into the US, with a US passport, the Customs officials also generally don't seem to mind that you are hitchhiking. They did not tell amylin that hitchhiking was illegal, and they barely even checked her passport, before waving the car she was in along, wishing a "good time in Vermont", although she made it all the way to New York, via Boston, that same day.
If you can only hitch a ride to the border, and not across it, getting a ride at the border is a little tricky. The border agents say that hitchhiking is illegal, but it's not their job to enforce that law. Thus, they just don't want to be able to see you. This means walking along the highway and hoping to get a ride that way. Luckily, Vermont is one of the best states for hitchhiking. Another possibility might be to just hang out in the parking lot, directly asking people for rides in such a way that the border agents can't see you.
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