We 💗 Canadians

Come on down! Your US vacation is literally right across the border, with wonderful shopping, food, and many outdoor and family adventures!

A whole world of exciting experiences is just a short hop across the border!

Crossing the US/Canadian Border is usually a smooth process. Seeking the latest border crossing requirements to travel north into Canada, or south into the United States? Information for Canadians and Americans both, here.   

It is a pleasure to host Canadian travelers, but that's not why it is called "Duty Free." What a deal! Canadian shoppers looking for cross-border savings can bring goods back from America, tax free. 

Come stay in Whatcom County for a few days and take advantage of the duty-free allowances. Conveniently located across the border, Whatcom County has a wide variety in shopping, dining, and lodging that is sure to please all bargain savvy Canadians.

Check here for all the details on duty-free shopping in the US!

Unwind & stay with us! Ranging from luxury hotels to rustic cabins, Whatcom County offers a variety of accommodations all with amazing views. 

Choose between city hotels, historic B&Bs, ocean side resorts or a beach side cabin. No matter where you stay in Whatcom County, fresh local food and fun activities are not far.  


Make it a Vacation

Whether you’re hunting for bargains or looking for handcrafted wares, boutiques, or outdoor gear, Bellingham and the greater Whatcom County region have many great places to shop. 

We have a huge selection of shopping in Whatcom County.  For those who get energized by current fashion trends, bargains, and large selections visit our regions’ malls and business districts. Duty free stores sell alcohol, tobacco, perfumes and gift items. 

Browse stunning boutiques in Bellingham's Fairhaven district, purchase amazing art, stock up on border-safe local food products . . . you'll be enchanted by the possibilities! Find out more here.

From award–winning restaurants to fresh budget-friendly food, Bellingham and Whatcom County is a foodie's paradise. Restaurants all over Whatcom County take pride in using locally sourced ingredients from nearby farms and local waters.

Food of all flavors and styles is plentiful here, from fine dining to a quick bite on the run. Start your day with a fresh bagel and locally roasted coffee, a European-style pastry or a hot breakfast burrito. Enjoy a relaxing lunch or dinner ranging from seafood to steak, or ethnic cuisine from Asian to Dutch and all points in between.

Get a taste of Rick Steves' seaside life adventures in Whatcom County before visiting bellingham.org/ricksteves to see the full episode.



'Figures & Forms' Invitational Art Exhibition
Friday, Feb 23, 2024
12 - 5 p.m.
Corner Live Music - Ethan J Perry
Friday, Feb 23, 2024
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        We acknowledge that Whatcom County is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. They cared for the lands that included what we’d call the Puget Sound region, Vancouver Island and British Columbia since time immemorial. This gives us the great obligation and opportunity to learn how to care for our surrounding areas and all the natural and human resources we require to live. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.
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