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


Blaine (aka "the Peace Arch City") was settled by Europeans in the mid-1800s and named after James G. Blaine, secretary of state and presidential candidate. It was incorporated as a city in 1890.

Blaine is a border town and the northern terminus of Interstate 5 which becomes BC-99 as one crosses into Canada. Blaine is also the most Northwest town in the Lower 48 States.

The Department of Homeland Security has two border inspection stations: Peace Arch Crossing to the west for passenger vehicles & the "Truck Crossing" to the east for both commercial entry and passenger vehicles. A great deal of Blaine's economy is based on legal trade across the Canadian border and Blaine also has a long history of smuggling.

Its population was estimated to be 5,400 in 2018.

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

Get inEdit

Map of Blaine

By carEdit

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 planeEdit

The nearest major commercial airport is Bellingham International Airport (BLI IATA). Vancouver International Airport (YVR IATA), while across the border in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Canada, offers a much wider range of destinations.

By busEdit

  • Whatcom Transportation Authority. There is a limited local service bus between Blaine and Bellingham (weekdays only) on Route 70X]. On Saturdays the only option is very limited service from Route 55, running between Blaine and the Cordata Station in northern Bellingham (if coming from downtown Bellingham, take Route 232 to Cordata and transfer to the 55).

Get aroundEdit


  • 1 Peace Arch State Park (Go north on 2nd Street until the loop at A Street.), +1 360 332-8221, . 8AM-dusk. A grand white arch in a grassy lawn marks the 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, but you must leave by the side you entered, or else formally pass through the border checkpoint. Free.    


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


  • 1 Duty Free Americas, 20 12th St (Exit 275 on SR 543), +1 360 332-5223. 24 hr. However, online orders only available for pickup 8AM-10PM.





Go nextEdit

Routes through Blaine
VancouverWhite Rock ← becomes    (Peace Arch Park) ←  N   S  FerndaleSeattle
VancouverWhite Rock ← Becomes    (Truck & bus crossing) ←  N   S  END  

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