Whatcom County is located between Seattle and Vancouver, BC, with access to eight million residents within a 90-mile radius. Bellingham, the largest and most populated city within the county, is located 60 miles from Vancouver, BC. Just a short-drive north and northeast of Bellingham is Blaine and Sumas, border cities to Surrey and Abbotsford.
Whatcom County residents have strong historic and cultural ties with friends in Lower Mainland, B.C. The U.S. border cities average 38,000 vehicles passing through daily, many driven by commuters who are stopping to shop or to tend to business.
Numerous Canadian businesses have chosen Whatcom County to expand operations into the much larger U.S. market, benefiting from the advantage of lower real estate costs in the states while maintaining proximity to Canadian headquarters. Canadian companies will find professional expertise in border brokerage, immigration law, accounting, banking and commercial realtors in Whatcom County, and the Port of Bellingham's Regional Economic Partnership team can help navigate these connections.