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We đŸ’— Canadians - and Miss You Anytime You're Not 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!

Then come on over, you can take back duty-free purchases on totals of:

  • $200 for trips over 24 hours
  • $800 for trips over 48 hours(!)

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



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!

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. Find out more here.

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. 

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.

Unwind & stay with us! Throughout Bellingham and Whatcom County, you’ll find a diverse selection of traditional and unique lodging choices that reflect your preferences in size, style, location and budget. Treat yourself to a waterfront resort, or stay right in a central downtown district. 

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.  

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

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