The first bit of advice is to check Northbound Border Wait Times to see current waits at each crossing.Also tune your radio to AM730 to hear traffic updates.
The border crossing that is best for you depends on whether your priority is just to make the crossing as quickly as possible or if duty free shopping is also important.
The Peace Arch crossing is the main crossing and tends to be the busiest (it is in fact the third most active U.
S./Canada border crossing, averaging about 4,000 cars per day).
Not only is Peace Arch busy, it lacks duty free shopping (duty free shopping is available southbound only).
Top Tips for Driving over the Canada Border | Do U. Border crossing times are generally shorter heading north from Seattle to Vancouver, so the trip north often is shorter than the one from Vancouver to Seattle. There are four border crossing options when driving between Seattle, WA, to Vancouver, B. They are from west to east: Peace Arch; the Pacific Highway, or "Truck Crossing" as it's commonly known; Lynden/Aldergrove and Sumas/Abbotsford.
| Passport Equivalents Driving from Seattle to Vancouver takes three to three and a half hours under normal conditions in reasonable traffic and no excessive lineups at the border. Vernon (60 miles from Seattle) that will only take an extra half hour or so, but will reward you with stunning vistas of Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands. Chuckanut Drive is an old two lane highway that runs from Interstate 5 just north of Mt. The most direct route is on the I-5 North; however, consider expanding the drive to include some additional highlights along the way.The adjacent Pacific Highway (the Truck Crossing) is open to non-commercial traffic, is generally faster than Peace Arch and has duty free shopping. NEXUS lanes are available northbound and southbound.Two other border crossing options, slightly farther east are the Lynden/Aldergrove and Sumas/Abbotsford crossings. The Lynden/Aldergrove crossing is accessed to Canada by Guide Meridian coming from Lynden Washington (follow signs for Lynden). The Abbotsford/Sumas crossing enters Canada from Washington State by Easterbrook Road turning into Sumas Way and ending up in Abbotsford BC.When entering Canada you will end up on 264 Street, if you carry on 264th it will take you to Hwy 1, head west to Vancouver about 45 minutes to downtown. However, if you're traveling to the North Shore or to the east side of Vancouver, this crossing is worth considering. It is open 24 hours but is 43 mi or 72 km east of Vancouver, which adds on travel time, even if saving on border wait time.