Blaine was settled in 1856 when the U.S. Boundary Survey Commission surveyed the 49th parallel and in 1858 w
hen the cry of gold echoed along the Fraser River, B.C. Two towns both sharing the name Semiahmoo (Central Blaine and Semiahmoo spit) prospered by the commissions activities and from outfitting the miners going north.
Blaine is home to the two main West Coast ports of entry between the United States and Canada. The Peace Arch Crossing, which is the northern terminus of I-5 and southern terminus of B.C. provincial Highway 99, serves as the primary passenger vehicle port of entry. The Pacific Border Crossing, approximately one mile east, serves as the primary point of entry for heavy truck traffic, and thus is also known as the Truck Crossing. The latter is reached via Washington State Route 543 which departs I-5 on the south side of Blaine and connects at the border to B.C.'s Highway 15 (Surrey's 176th Street) and then to the Trans-Canada Highway.
Peace Arch State Park is located in Blaine at the US Canadian border, and has a sister park on the Canadian side, Peace Arch Provincial Park, the location of which is Douglas, the Canadian port-of-entry and which is part of the Canadian city of Surrey, British Columbia.The Interstate 5 freeway extends from the U.S. ï¿½ Mexico border at San Diego, northward to Canada, and terminates in Blaine at the city's northern border. Its only pedestrian crosswalk exists in Peace Arch State Park. The two parks, known collectively as Peace Arch Park, straddle the U.S.ï¿½Canada border, allowing visitors the experience of strolling to and from between countries amid flowers, ponds, and various works of art. The Peace Arch monument, located in the Park, symbolizes lasting peace and amity between the U.S. and Canada.
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