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Old 08-04-2016, 03:21 PM   #1
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crossing border near Vancouver BC

Is there a preferred route to crossing going South.



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Old 08-04-2016, 03:24 PM   #2
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Depends on where you're coming from and where you're going. On our frequent AK trips we usually cross at Sumas, WA and head up the Fraser River valley route. In March we had a long wait at that crossing, for the first time.

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I've crossed southbound at Sumas (in Motorhome) and Blaine, WA (in auto). I crossed Northbound (in our Motorhome) at Portal, ND. I've also crossed (in an auto) both ways at Niagara Falls and at the International Peace Gardens (Dunseith, ND). All, except Blaine, WA were uneventful (if you don't count the raw eggs that were confiscated at Portal). Blaine was just too busy! The time I queue was horrendous!

Going forward I plan on using any border crossing EXCEPT Blaine, WA. This, I think, is the same crossing that you refer to as Vancouver.
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Old 08-04-2016, 08:18 PM   #4
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Crossed NB at Sumas back in May. 8:00AM weekday = no line
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Based on the WSDOT sign boards posted on northbound I5, the Blaine, WA., crossing wait time is most always longer than the crossing at Sumas, WA. While that's northbound, I would have to make the assumption that it's pretty much the same southbound as well.
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Going West on the Trans Canada # 1, from Hope BC towards Vancouver , there is an overhead reader board before you reach the Sumas exit that gives the wait times , passed it on Tuesday at 3 PM and all crossings were listed as 5 mins. Unless you need to go into Vancouver , JMHO , Sumas would be my first choice. Fridays and weekends expect a long wait.
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Going south Sumas crossing is tight for big rigs. Alder grove croaking much better has dedicated lane for RV but is only open 8am-midnight. Pacific highway is tight for RV. Peace Arch (i5) is very good but can have delays
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The preferred border crossing into the US is the Aldergrove/Lynden crossing on Hwy-13 (264 st) due south on Aldergrove. This is the only border crossing in the Vancouver area that has a designated RV lane. The rightmost lane is marked for commercial trucks and RVs.

If you are coming from the east it is 27 mi from the Suma highway turnoff to Bellingham using the Sumas crossing and 32 mi going through the Aldergrove/Lynden crossing. If you are coming from the west, from the Port Mann Bridge to Bellingham, via Sumas, its 56 mi compared to 44 via the Aldergrove/Lynden crossing.

I live 28 blocks north of the Peace Arch and Pacific Crossings yet I go south through the Aldergrove/Lynden crossing.

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