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Blaine[1][2] is a city in the Northwest Cascades region of Washington (state). It is notable as the major land border crossing between this part of Washington and the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia, Canada. It straddles Interstate 5, and is on the coast of the Pacific Ocean.

Understand[edit]

Officially incorporated in 1890, Blaine (aka "The Peace Arch City") was first settled in the mid-1800s and named after James G. Blaine, secretary of state and presidential candidate.

Bordered by Canada on the North, it has a long history of smuggling, and a great deal of Blaine's economy is based on legal trade across the Canadian border.

The Department of Homeland Security has 2 border inspection stations, Peace Arch Crossing to the West & Truck Crossing to the East. The estimated population is under 5,000.

Blaine has 2 large marinas with hundreds of boats. Salmon, crab, and other seafood are widely available.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Blaine is the location of the two primary ports of entry between this part of Washington and the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia, Canada. See the Get in – By car section of the Northwest Cascades article for details.

By plane[edit]

The nearest major commercial airport is Bellingham International Airport (BLI), about 20 miles south on the I-5. Vancouver International Airport (YVR), while across the border in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Canada, is sometimes also convenient, especially if arriving from Canada or Europe. The next nearest commercial airport is 125mi/200km south at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). Note that a large percentage of flights arriving at Bellingham International Airport would have connected in Seattle anyways. Generally BLI receives direct flights only from further away sun destinations. If using Bellingham Airport it is recommended to use Alaska/Horizon airlines only. Other operators can be more convenient but they warn that in case of a delay or other problem there is nothing they can do to reschedule you, and since some of them have only one flight a day you could be stranded and miss onward connections in case of a rare problem somewhere.

By bus[edit]

  • Whatcom Transportation Authority, [3]. There is a limited local service bus between Blaine and Bellingham (weekdays only) on Route 70X [4]. On Saturdays the only option is very limited service from Route 55 [5], running between Blaine and the Cordata Station in northern Bellingham (if coming from downtown Bellingham, take Route 232 [6] to Cordata and transfer to the 55).
  • Quik Shuttle. Has limited service to/from Seattle Airport, picks up/drops off from/at Yorky's Gas Station, 1307 Boblett Street. Can walk to border or local shopping from location.

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

  • Peace Arch State Park, (Go north on 2nd Street until the loop at A Street.), +1 360 332-8221 (), [7]. A grand white arch in a grassy lawn marks the official US-Canada international border. On either side of the park are frequently lines of cars crawling slowly through the border checkpoint lines. You can enter the park from either the US or Canadian side, and walk all around it going into both countries unhindered, but you must leave by the side you entered, or else formally pass through the border checkpoint. Popular place for weddings in cases where not all the guests are allowed to cross the border one way or the other. Free. Small parking lots on each side. Assume you are under surveillance. Free.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

There are many biking & walking trails. Blaine is a major birdwatching area. There is a casino in Blaine, a library, and various small businesses.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Nature's Path cereals are manufactured in Blaine. Stop at the local grocery store for some. Factory does not receive casual visitors.

Totally Chocolate is manufactured in Blaine. Factory does not receive casual visitors but sometimes offers broken chocolate in their office.

Dakota Creek Winery offers wine tastings and sells a small selection of their own labels of Firehouse Red; and white wine.

Exit 270 off I-5, 6 miles south of Blaine, a factory outlet strip mall with a fair number of shops. Not all the spaces are occupied. Large grocery store also as well as restaurant and coffee shop.

International Marketplace, 1733 "H" street. Blaine's local mall with grocery shopping, assorted merchants and services, fuel, and food outlets.

If crossing the border northbound, there are 2 Duty Free shops at the Pacific Highway Crossing and 1 on 2nd street at D street in town.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Blackberry House Cafe, 321 H Street, +1 360 332-5212 (), [8]. Cafe with sandwiches and soups for lunch. Free wireless internet.  edit
  • Paso Del Norte, 700 block Peace Portal Drive. Large Mexican food menu in fun atmosphere. Licensed.  edit
  • Bob's Burgers and Brew, Exit 270 off I-5,in parking lot of outlet mall--6 miles south of Blaine. Burgers, salads, sandwiches and the like with large portions. Licensed.  edit
  • Pizza Factory, 700 block Peace Portal Drive.. Full selection of pizza, eat in or take out. Doubles as Visitor Information Center  edit
  • Black Forest Restaurant, Corner of G street and Peace Portal Drive across from Chevron Gas Station.. Steaks and similar food cooked to perfection with European flair and some German items, upscale menu with service to match. Licensed.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Smuggler's Inn Bed & Breakfast, 2480 Canada View Dr, +1 360 332-1749 (, fax: +1 360 332-1749), [9]. checkin: 3PM-9PM; checkout: 11:30AM. Eight guest rooms in a three-story Victorian house. $100-$350/night.  editWatching smugglers from your room window not impossible. Ask owner to tell the tales of how he got on the Tonite show and in a few dozen world newspapers.
  • Semiahmoo Resort. 9565 Semiahmoo Parkway. As luxurious as it gets in Blaine-- a full service resort with outstanding oceanfront scenery, impeccable restaurants and amenities including a magnificent 18 hole golf course with clubhouse. Excellent beach walking opportunities, view of Canada across the harbor. A little out of the way, but nothing better in the area. $150++.

Contact[edit]

Get out[edit]

Routes through Blaine
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