A Short Stopover Town
Blaine is a classic example of a 'short stopover town', a place where travellers stop to fill up the gas tank on the family camp-trailer and buy any last-minute items like a can of Pringles ripple chips. Tourists rarely stay in Blaine for longer than 24 hours, unless they are detained at the immigration office at the border crossing. This is the same border crossing where an Algerian terrorist was caught trying to enter the United States after several years residing in British Columbia's provincial capital, Victoria. Back in the mid-1990s, my family used to take trips to the Blaine Pier in the late evenings. Why? Because my father is a hunter, a fisher, and after moving to Vancouver, he became an active crabber (ew, that sounds disgusting!). The only time I would ever get excited was when a gigantic starfish or slimey octopus got stuck in my father's crab trap. Want five major crabbing tips for the Blaine Pier? (1) Never go crabbing during the daytime. The catch is far better after 23:00hrs, when the tide is high. BTW, driving down a 500 meter long pier, with ocean water surrounding you in the darkness is terrifying! (2) Try to avoid crabbing in months ending with 'Y'. Don't ask. This is the rule, so don't go crabbing in January, February, May or July. The catch is worst during those months. (3) Don't use fish parts as your bait in your crab-traps. Crabs will flock to your crab-trap if you wire chicken necks and backs to the trap. (4) Do NOT take home female crabs. This is illegal, and if border security officers catch you with female crabs, your catch will be confiscated and you will have to pay a major penalty. (5) Do NOT try to sneak crabs with posterior shells which have a horizontal length shorter than 6 inches. Any crabs smaller than this minimum requirement are too young to take home.
Hope this has been helpful! Enjoy your crab legs for dinner!
Canada vs. The USA
When you step foot over the Canada-USA border into Blaine, you can actually feel a difference. You can see it too - all those scattered petrol stations and 24-hour snack shops, undeveloped streets and uncared-for greenspaces. Welcome to America. After filling your tank with cheap petrol, you have two choices: (1) return to Canada or (2) drive onwards to Seattle.
Don't Buy Canadian Money in the States!
US money is worth much more in Canada than Canadian money is worth in the US. Use a credit card for best results, otherwise Safeways or the Provincial liquor stores give the best rates. Rates should run near 50% more C $ for a US $.
Blaine, the boarder town of Canada and the U.S.
"It'sbeautiful to spend the 4th of July!!!"
Blaine is about 100 miles away from Seatle, Washington. It's the last town you pass heading to Vancouver, Canada. It's where the check point is if you enter Canada from the United States and the check point if you are going to the United States from Canada!
Blaine is a beautiful place, not to mention the closeness of it to the beach and the Canadian boarder. The strip of beach is where the Semiahmoo Resort is located.
Blaine also has a marina, a nice park, a camping site, a beach park, etc.
"The strip of land"
Every 4th of July for the past two consecutive years, we visit Blaine specifically the Semiahmoo Resort. One time I was heading back home from shopping in Vancouver, Canada, I decided to follow the directions going to Semiahmoo Resort. And, voila, I found this beautiful place where I can spend time with my family and children on 4th of July. Instead of driving to Seattle to watch the fireworks, we drive to Blaine!
There is a park close to the beach where we can walk around, bike or just stroll close to the beach watching the seagulls or the sea lions.
There are so many wild flowers all over the strip along the beach. There are also bunnies running wildly...This last 4th of July 2010, we saw two eagles perched close to the barge. Also, a sea lion just laying there with the seagulls!
"The wild flowers"
It's beautiful out here. There are so many wild flowers and wild life. We love watching the seagulls, the sea lions, the eagles...The bunnies are wild running around the fields of wild flowers!
Gateway to Canada
"Peace Arch Park -Begining of I-5"
Right at the Canadian/US border where I-5 starts it's long trek South, and British Colombia's highway 99 starts it's trip North to Vancouver, there is the Peace Arch Park. The center piece of this Washington State park and B.C. Provincial Park is the "Peace Arch:", a symbol of friendship of these two counties, "born of a common mother".
"Walking the Park"
Here is the British Columbia side.
"Monuments on the Border with Canada"
Here is one of the many monuments marking the border with Canada.
A fun activity is to take pictures of people 1/2 in US and 1/2 in Canada.
Also some Vets memmorials in park.