Steven L. Smith, Bellingham, WA Home Inspector (King of the House)


Welcome to the United States: The View From Up North

I have lived on the Canadian border for my whole life. I take it for granted that everyone knows all about crossing the border at Canada and the Peace Arch, etc. Fact is, I even run into people from Seattle, or Bellingham for that matter, who have never, or rarely, travel north.

I do many home inspections in Point Roberts, a US enclave that requires going through Canada. When you come back into the US, Canada side, there is quite a cool wooden sign. I realized that probably most people have never seen it. I see it about every week.

Thanks for stopping by,

Steven L. Smith


Steven L. Smith

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Comment balloon 10 commentsSteven L. Smith • August 26 2010 11:37PM


Steven:  Thank you for sharing the photo of that sign.  I am Canadian living in the U.S. and have travelled the boarders for years but have not in the west.  That sign looks so nice and small town America in feel, it's great.  Cheers!

Posted by Richard Ruggaber, California Real Estate - (818) 422-5035 (Metro Life Homes) almost 8 years ago

Steven - That is one of the nicest "Welcome to America" signs I have seen at the border crossings I have used.

Posted by FN LN almost 8 years ago

Interesting. I have been into Canada several times but not in the northwest...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 8 years ago


Thanks for sharing this!

Posted by Michele Miller ~ REALTOR®, LMC, HSE, CHS, SRES, CMRS, 'Helping You Make the Best Move" (ERA Key Realty~Worcester County Realty Group) almost 8 years ago

I've not only never seen the sign, but until your posts about that city where you go into Canada to return to the US I would have not known that was necessary!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Nice looking sign. Do you need a passport to cross back and forth?

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Cool sign! I lived in Winnipeg all one summer (4 months)and I was so glad to get back across, I wanted to kiss the ground at the border crossing. I will never take it for granted that I live in an amazing country like no other.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes - (Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY) almost 8 years ago


Passport required both ways far as I know. Nutsy, Wheat and I all have them.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) almost 8 years ago


The Vancouver area is real nice. Not so hot on the prairies.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) almost 8 years ago

It is a really cool sign. The picture isn't one I've seen before despite numerous trips outside the US. 

Posted by Jack Gilleland (Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton) almost 8 years ago