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Vancouver border crossing options to the US

May 20, 2019, 10:38 p.m.
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headed to Moab next friday and will hit the mainland at Tswassenneeeneneneneneeennn .   i know that peace arch is due south but i'm concerned about traffic.  finding it challenging to determine which is the next closest crossing and if it's worth skipping peace arch and just head straight there.  is it far away and worth the detour?  i imagine some of you have experience with this. thanks.

May 21, 2019, 12:49 a.m.
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176th Street aka the truck crossing.

Typically the wait times are shorter, but if it’s less than a 10 minutes difference then just stick with Peace Arch


 Last edited by: syncro on May 21, 2019, 12:50 a.m., edited 1 time in total.
May 21, 2019, 7:29 a.m.
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i gather one can look at their gadget en route and get this info?  how far from PA is the truck crossing?

May 21, 2019, 7:52 a.m.
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Aldergrove is usually the shortest line ups. Depends what time of day you hit the border...unfortunately Friday is the worst day to cross.

Enjoy Moab. Make sure you load up with beer in Idaho.

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 Last edited by: Brocklanders on May 21, 2019, 7:56 a.m., edited 2 times in total.
May 21, 2019, 3:33 p.m.
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Posted by: JBV

i gather one can look at their gadget en route and get this info?  how far from PA is the truck crossing?

Peace Arch is 10 minutes or less from the truck crossing (Hwy 15).   The Aldergrove crossing doesnt open until 8 a.m.  

https://www.drivebc.ca/mobile/pub/webcams/BorderCams.html

May 21, 2019, 9:20 p.m.
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looking at the google maps, i'm amazed to see 0 Avenue, is a street that runs right along the border if my eyes are not deceiving me. 

the whole border thing boggles my mind and i'm totally ignorant. so is there a big fence there? are there houses on either side of the street, in each country?  can anyone just walk back and forth at any time?

May 21, 2019, 9:38 p.m.
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Posted by: JBV

looking at the google maps, i'm amazed to see 0 Avenue, is a street that runs right along the border if my eyes are not deceiving me. 

the whole border thing boggles my mind and i'm totally ignorant. so is there a big fence there? are there houses on either side of the street, in each country?  can anyone just walk back and forth at any time?

there's no fence but it's monitored for illegal crossings and separated from the US by a ditch along most (all?) of it's length so you can just drive through. it's possible to just walk across but not at all advised to do so. it's mostly farmland or woodland but in some spots there are houses, but it's not like a residential street or anything.

May 21, 2019, 9:52 p.m.
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ps unless the wait at PA is over an hour there is no point at all in driving out to aldergrove.

May 22, 2019, 5:51 a.m.
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Pro tip: Victoria to Port Angeles ferry.

May 22, 2019, 7:35 a.m.
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googled 0 ave, and there's a wiki page and some images and videos.  it's fascinating.  i guess if you do walk across, which you could almost anywhere, police will show up as it's all on camera. how every square foot of the border is monitored is beyond my understanding. it's not public knowledge and there won't be a docu on the details unfortunately.

May 22, 2019, 8:20 a.m.
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Posted by: heckler

Pro tip: Victoria to Port Angeles ferry.

^^This. Going through the Lower Mainland from Victoria, you are going a fair bit north, to then have to make it up going south again. Also anything you can do to avoid the traffic gong show around Seattle. Its a 20 hour trip so plan on spending overnight somewhere unless you have a few drivers. We ended up in Twin Falls, ID for our stop.


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May 22, 2019, 4:23 p.m.
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we're headed to Leavenworth the first night and will get off the 5 around Everett at the latest, onto the 9 then 2.

May 22, 2019, 8:16 p.m.
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After the Cascades the drive sucks pretty bad until you get south of SLC.

Travel tip road tripping in the USA. Every town has a Mexican Restaurant which is usually an adequate meal, no matter how crap the town.

May 23, 2019, 9:29 a.m.
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indeed, Mexican in the US is the bomb and it's everywhere. i look forward to eating more than my fair share of it. except in Leavenworth. pork hocks n sauerkraut ...

coming from Comox so Duke point ferry to Sawassennnenen then south. would like to drive this zero avenue business. i imagine there are snipers on the US side. i'm thinking of waving a rag on a hockey stick in the air over the line and see what happens.

May 23, 2019, 12:05 p.m.
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Last time to Moab we stayed the night in Glenn's Ferry. There is a state campsite there, food in town was fine.

The Gilberto's Burrito place across the road from Moab Cyclery is killer, 5 out of 5 sombreros , just no beer for sale :(

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