Northwest Cascades : Blaine
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.
Blaine has a small airport for general aviation. The nearest major commercial airport is Bellingham International Airport (BLI). Vancouver International Airport (YVR), while across the border in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Canada, is sometimes convenient.
There are many biking & walking trails. Blaine is a major birdwatching area. There is a casino in Blaine, a library, and various small businesses.