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The City of Blaine is located 35 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia and 110 miles north of Seattle. The city is located between the beautiful Cascade Range and the Puget Sound. Blaine is known as the Peace Arch City for its the Peace Arch Monument that was constructed and dedicated here in 1921. The city is steeped in the rich history of a fishing and logging border town. With a current population of over 5,000, the City of Blaine is governed by a Council/City Manager form of government.
Our Vision Statement
The City of Blaine is an open and welcoming community located on beautiful Drayton Harbor and bordering British Columbia. This diverse, friendly community is both clean and safe for both older and younger citizens. It has an excellent educational system and the community is particularly proud of the new high school and its award winning vocational and technology program. Blaine has a growing economy with a vibrant downtown and a healthy business climate. The community is involved and approaches problem solving in a creative way. It embraces sustainability in all areas of community life as evidenced by the commitment to becoming a pedestrian friendly community and preserving its unique geographic location.
Blaine's motto is "Where America Begins." The community is also known as "The Gateway to the Pacific Northwest" and the "Peace Arch City." All these phrases are commentaries on Blaine's unique locale. It lies at the northernmost point of the north-south US Interstate 5 and next to Drayton Harbor and Boundary Bay. Blaine rests between the mountains east of Vancouver, the flatlands of Skagit County, the North Cascades (including Mount Baker), and the south end of Vancouver Island. The coastal climate of the area provides fairly milder weather from the rest of the Pacific Northwest.
With annual precipitation of about 1,000 millimeters (40 inches) and its milder location, Blaine enjoys more sunny days and a milder climate than neighboring communities. It is home to 2 main West Coast ports of entry between the United States and Canada.
Port of Entries
The Peace Arch Crossing serves as the primary passenger vehicle port of entry. The Pacific Border Crossing, approximately 1 mile to the east, serves as the primary point of entry for heavy truck traffic and thus is also known as the Truck Crossing.