Driving from Seattle to Vancouver

Old May 13th, 2002, 06:32 AM
Brian in Atlanta
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Driving from Seattle to Vancouver

Thanks to those who answered my previous Vanouver questions.

We'll be driving from Seattle to Vancouver on a weekday leaving Seattle around 10 AM. I know it's about 140 miles, but how long should this take? What's the border crossing like? Any ideas for a quick, casual lunch on the way that's not fast food? Thanks in advance.
Old May 13th, 2002, 07:24 AM
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If you eliminate the border crossing time the drive is about 2 1/2 hours. The border crossing can take anywhere from 5 minutes to almost two hours. Right after Bellingham turn your radio to 1130AM which is a Vancouver all news station. Every ten minutes there is a traffic report and usually they mention the Border crossing times. There are three crossings which will take you into Vancouver and sometimes the difference between them is almost an hour.

Remember to take picture proof of citizenship and no firearms are allowed in Canada. Usually getting into Canada is easier than getting back into the states.

Someone else will have to advise you on the food thing.
Old May 13th, 2002, 10:23 AM
g Mitchell
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About 5 miles befor MtVernon on I-5 you will see a sign for Conway ( I think it is highway 534 ) turn left and it will take you in the back way to a little town called LaConnor. It is interesting and a good place to stop for lunch -- resturants, art galleries and antiques. You can get back to I-5 easily by going north out of LaConnor.

Try to hit VAncouver before 3PM. There is a 4 lane tunnel that you have to go through on hoghway 99 and in the morning rush it is 3 lanes coming in and in the afternoon, 3 going OUT. The one lane entering Vancouver often cause quite lengthy backups.
Old May 13th, 2002, 11:38 AM
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You might be a bit early for lunch but in Marysville just off I-5 is a large new-looking, log style restaurant. Sorry I don't know the name but you just turn right off the freeway, then turn right again I believe. Can't miss it. If you have pancakes you get your own little bottle of syrup.
Old May 13th, 2002, 11:43 AM
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Also, forgot to mention, we were through the crossing at Blaine in about 5 minutes, just before noon. Fill up there where gas is cheap-cheap if you can, before crossing into Canada.
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