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