Metaline Falls-Nelway Border Crossing

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Metaline Falls-Nelway Crossing
Nelway border station.jpg
US Border Inspection Station at Boundary, Washington
Country United States; Canada

US Port: State Route 31, Metaline Falls, WA 99153

Canadian Port: 9999 Highway 6, Salmo BC V0G 1Z0
Coordinates 49°00′00″N 117°17′59″W / 48.999979°N 117.299706°W / 48.999979; -117.299706
Opened 1921
US Phone (509) 446-4421
Canadian Phone (250) 357-9940
Hours 8:00AM - Midnight
U.S. Border Station
NRHP reference # 96001634
Added to NRHP January 31, 1997

The Metaline Falls-Nelway Border Crossing connects the town of Metaline Falls, Washington with Nelson, British Columbia on the Canada–US border. It can be reached by Washington State Route 31 on the American side and British Columbia Highway 6 on the Canadian side. Canada has had a customs office in the Nelson area since 1900, but this particular crossing did not exist until the Pend Oreille Highway was completed in 1921. The US is still using its first permanent border station at this crossing, built in the mid-1930s; it was registered on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1997. Canada replaced its depression-era border station in 1951, then replaced it again in 2000. Today the crossing is often used by tourists exploring the International Selkirk Loop.[1]

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  1. ^ "The International Selkirk Loop". Retrieved 18 January 2015.