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.
Make sure when travelling into Canada you have proper identification for yourself, and any children travelling with you, to help confirm your legal right or authorization to enter into Canada. All international traveller’s identification must be acceptable as well as valid visas (if necessary) to ensure entry; a passport is recommended because it is the only reliable, universally-accepted travel/identification document for the purpose of international travel. To learn more about identification requirments and other important information about crossing the USA/Canada border check out the Canadian Border Services Agency website or the Canada Welcomes You website.