Canoe History Enthusiast
The Old Town Canoe Company's original factory on Middle Street in Old Town, Maine is about 155 miles or 250 kilometers from the Chestnut Canoe Company's factory on York Street in Fredericton, New Brunswick. That sort of close proximity would usually create a lot of competition for customers but not in this case. (There was a brief dispute over employees but that has already been well documented in Roger MacGregor's fine book "When the Chestnut was in Flower: Inside the Chestnut Canoe.") The international boundary which separates the two and related tariffs caused relatively few canoes to cross the border. The tariff rates fluctuated with the political changes but it appears that the prices of new canoes imported to Canada had a 25% duty in 1915 and 1922 while canoes imported to the U. S. A. had a 22.5% duty in 1916 and a 30% duty in 1922. We can only speculate about what the distribution of canoes might have been if international free trade agreements had been negotiated sooner between Canada and the U. S. A.