For no particular reason on April 8, 2017 I drove from Airdrie, Alberta to Milk River Alberta and killed off driving a few roads that I wanted to mark off my list. Milk River east to cross over the border crossing at Aden, Alberta / Whitlash, Montana heading south and then west crossing back into Canada at Sweetgrass, Montana / Coutts, Alberta. I am able to confirm there is a lot of nothing in this part of Alberta and Montana.
The Aden crossing is in the middle of nowhere. I was the only car travelling for mile that I could see. The Canadian side is a trailer, on the American side there is a modern building with a garage and traffic signals. You drive into the garage when the light is green and they close the doors on you. I was politely questioned by two guys. Whoever works here must be bored out of their mind. I did not see another vehicle on the road until I got to the Oilmont Highway. There is nothing in Oilmont either.
There is not much in Whitlash, Alberta which is five miles south of the border. There is a building with a sign on the front that says cold pop and ice. I thought it was a small store. I walked in. Sure enough, there was a small room with a concrete floor that housed a pop machine and an ice machine with some post boxes on the wall. That was it. I had to laugh as I found the situation funny.
On the plus side I stopped at a store in Sunburst, Montana and bought some IBC Root Beer (which you cannot get in Canada) for my nephew. He is a fan of root beer. Anytime you can find root beer on a trip it is a success on some level. My nephew loved the Root Beer.