BC is in Step 3 of the Restart Plan, which means that travellers from across Canada are invited to visit BC, and as of August 9, 2021, the Canada-US border has reopened to fully vaccinated US travellers and is intended to reopen to fully vaccinated travellers from other international countries on September 7, 2021. We encourage all travellers to be fully informed of the pre-entry and on-arrival public health and testing requirements both federally and provincially. This includes the mandatory use of the ArriveCAN app. Travellers should plan for extra time in the lead-up, and upon the arrival of their trip. For the latest information on travel to Canada including the updated federal requirements and restrictions, please visit the Government of Canada’s website
Surrey is home to two borders that cross into the United States: the Peace Arch Border Crossing and the Pacific Highway Border Crossing. The Peace Arch Border Crossing is slightly more accessible, making it the more popular point of entry for international travellers. As the two borders are just under a mile apart, the Pacfic Highway Crossing is a great alternative for when the Peace Arch Crossing becomes overwhemingly backed up.
The Peace Arch Border Crossing connects the city of Surrey with the small town of Blaine, Washington. It is located along Highway 99 on the Canadian Side, and Interstate 5 on the American side. As the border is connected by major highways on both sides, it is the prefered point of entry to get to larger cities, such as Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia, since it provides the most direct routes. It is the third busiest border crossing between the two countries; at peak times, waits can be up to four hours long, with an average of 4,800 cars crossing through per day. Click here for live footage of the Peace Arch Border line-up going both North and South bound.
Like Peace Arch, the Pacific Highway Border Crossing also connects the city of Surrey with the small town of Blaine, Washington. It is located on the what was once know as the Pacific Highway which runs from Vancouver, British Columbia to San Diego, California. On the Canadian side, the highway is now signed as British Columbia Highway 15 and on the American side it now the Washington State Route 543. Since 1970, all commericial vehicles are required to use the Pacfic Highway Crossing if they are planning to cross the border between Surrey and Blaine. It is now one of the top five busiest commercial border crossings between Canada and the USA. Click here for live footage of the Pacific Highway Border line-up going both North and South bound.
Once you arrive in Canada you will be moments away from some of Greater Vancouver’s best restaurants, activities, events, and more! Surrey is a fantastic travel hub, minutes from downtown Vancouver and close to nature trails, amazing beaches, eclectic, local shops, global restaurants and one-of-a-kind heritage sites that will transport you back in time to the pioneer days.
Here are a few highlights and resources: