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More Canadians paid a visit to Whatcom County in August

A car drives on 0 Avenue in Canada, behind an obelisk in the ditch that marks the U.S.-Canada border north of Lynden.
A car drives on 0 Avenue in Canada, behind an obelisk in the ditch that marks the U.S.-Canada border north of Lynden. pdwyer@bhamherald.com

With a stronger Canadian dollar, more Canadians made the trip down to Whatcom County in August.

More than 1.42 million people crossed the five southbound border crossing into Whatcom County in August, according to data gathered by the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University. That’s the highest monthly total since July 2015, when the Canadian dollar was around 85 cents compared to the U.S. dollar.

August is typically one of the busier months when it comes to cross-border traffic, but it may have received a boost as the loonie strengthened to around 80 cents in late July, the first time that’s happened since 2015.

Despite the August increase, border traffic for 2017 is down slightly compared to the first eight months of 2016.

Dave Gallagher: 360-715-2269, @BhamHeraldBiz

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