Cape Breton Island, at the eastern end of Nova Scotia, has a population of 130,000. Its summers attract tourists and its winters are bitter, its eastern edge bare to the winds of the Atlantic Ocean.

Washington Post reporter Chico Harlan recently wrote about a website callout to Americans looking to escape the presidency of Donald Trump. Move to Cape Breton, it said. That hasn’t happened, and with strict immigration laws in Canada, it’s not likely to happen any time soon.

Still, Washington Post staff photographer Sarah Voisin took the opportunity to show what life is like there, the ups, downs and icy in-betweens.

“I was just hoping to tell the story of the place,” Voisin said. “I was hoping to tell as many stories as I could.”

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