0 Avenue

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Coordinates: 49°00′08″N 122°29′33″W / 49.002312°N 122.492623°W / 49.002312; -122.492623

0 Avenue is a road in British Columbia straddling the Canada–United States border, stretching from Surrey to Abbotsford.[1] The road runs parallel for many miles and is very close to the physical border between Canada and the United States.[2]

The road begins four miles west of the Sumas-Abbotsford Border Crossing, and almost reaches the Pacific Ocean 18 miles away. Boundary Road on the US side runs for 1.5 miles along 0 Avenue and again one mile to the west, with many cameras watching the border, before the US road ends at the Lynden-Aldergrove Border Crossing. 0 Avenue continues west along the northern border of Peace Arch Historical State Park to Peace Arch Crossing. Small pedestrian bridges cross a trench on the border. At the end of 0 Avenue, the road turns north.[1]

The road is a haven for smugglers, even though the border controls have tightened up since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.[3] The first known drug tunnel along the US-Canada border was found east of the Lynden-Aldergrove crossing in 2005.[1] Some asylum seekers also tried to move to Canada from the US via the 0 Avenue. [4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Chapter 6: Washington State". United Divide: A Linear Portrait of the USA/Canada Border. The Center for Land Use Interpretation. Winter 2015.
  2. ^ Exploring the border at Blaine: U.S.-Canada crossing offers its own tourist experience Seattle Pi Retrieved 25 February 2009
  3. ^ MacDonald, Jake (2010). "Smuggling on the Canada-U.S. border". Canadian Geographic. The Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Archived from the original on 10 July 2010. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
  4. ^ Avenue 0: How U.S. asylum seekers are finding their way to British Columbia CBC News Retrieved 28 March 2017