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  •  There remains an American enclave, pop. ~1400, (0+ / 0-)

    4.884 sq mi, Point Roberts, WA, on a British Columbian peninsula that can only be reached by sea, air, or over land by passing through Canada (Vancouver area) via two border crossings.

    A geopolitical oddity, Point Roberts is a part of the mainland United States but is not physically connected to it, making it a pene-exclave of the U.S. It is located on the southernmost tip of the Tsawwassen Peninsula, south of Delta, British Columbia, a suburb of Vancouver, and can be reached by land from the rest of the United States only by traveling through Canada. It can be reached directly from the rest of Washington and the U.S. by crossing Boundary Bay by sea or air.
    ...Because of having to go through the international border twice to get to the rest of the U.S.A., some have called it "the best gated community in the U.S." [9] Residents enjoy a low crime rate at the cost of a high local security presence[13] and other inconveniences. There is no hospital, doctor, dentist, pharmacist, or veterinarian, and because American health insurers will not pay for treatment given by Canadian providers, Point Roberts citizens usually seek emergency medical care in Bellingham, Washington, although Vancouver is closer.[9]

    We’re Ready, Wendy’s Ready! WTF Are We Waiting For? Bring ‘em on! The revolution has begun! Come and take it!

    by Bluefin on Sat Nov 23, 2013 at 06:55:24 PM PST

    •  Only one border crossing (1+ / 0-)
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      There were two at one time, but the border crossing at Bay View Drive was closed a long time ago. The customs house there was left standing for a while (I've got a picture of it buried away somewhere), but it's probably been replaced by condos now.

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