Blaine is a small city located in Whatcom County, very close to the Canadian border. Blaine is best known for being the shared home of the Peace Arch International Monument. The town was first settled in the middle of the 19th century. Back in its originating days, Blaine was used as a seaport for the west coast logging and fishing industries. The town was named after Secretary of State James G. Blaine and was officially incorporated in 1890.
At one point, the world’s largest salmon cannery operated out of Blaine. Blaine was also home to several saw mills where lumber was transported to help rebuild San Francisco after a large fire in 1906. Though the lumber industry is not as thriving today, the fishing industry in Blaine has always been strong. Even today, the two marinas in Blaine are home to sailboats, yachts, and local fishing boats.
Residents of Blaine and the surrounding area appreciate the great nature opportunities in town. The coastal location paired with great biking and walking trails, mountain views, and gorgeous water surrounding the region makes Blaine a nature lover’s dream. Blaine is a great community for birdwatching because of the high number of migratory birds and waterfowl in the area. The Audubon Society has listed Drayton Harbor, Semiahmoo Spit, and Boundary Bay among the most important birdwatching areas.
Blaine’s population is about 4,684 residents split into 1,994 households and 1,291 families. The town’s motto is “Where America Begins.”
The Peace Arch
The Peace Arch was built in 1921 to commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Ghent in the year 1814. The Peace Arch has each country’s flag and two inscriptions on each side. The United States side reads, “Children of a common mother,” and the Canadian side reads, “Brethren dwelling together in unity.” Within the arch, the inscription reads, “May these gates never be closed.”
The Peace Arch Park consists of the Peace Arch Provincial Park in Canada and the Peace Arch State Park in the United States. The famous border crossing, which has never closed, is located within the park. The Peace Arch Park has been home to many international events and famous protests.
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