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 which terminates in Blaine, 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.

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 2 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.

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

By car

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

Blaine has a small airport for general aviation. After years of debate about whether to keep the airport or use the land for other development, it looks like Blaine has finally decided to shut it down. As of July 2008, it is still open.

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, offers a much wider range of destinations.

By bus



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.



Go next

Routes through Blaine

Vancouver White Rock ← Becomes (Peace Arch Park)  N  S  Ferndale Seattle
Vancouver Surrey ← Becomes (Truck & bus crossing)  N  S  END

Canada's West Coast gem Vancouver or head south to Seattle for a great time on the Sound

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