A well-known sight in Lynden is a 72-foot high windmill featuring moving blades. / Credit: Jim Poth
The city of Lynden is Whatcom County’s second largest city, established on the site of the Nooksack Indian village Squahalish and approximately 5 miles south of the U.S. – Canadian border. The city lies in a broad valley along the winding path of the Nooksack River, which empties into Bellingham Bay. Lynden is known for its Dutch architecture and abundance of churches. In August, the Northwest Washington Fair lures over 200,000 people to the area and allows Whatcom County residents to display their agricultural products, art, crafts and wares. The surrounding area is filled with dairy, raspberry, strawberry and blueberry farms. With the top employers of the city being the Lynden School District and the Christian Health Care Center.
Point Roberts WA | Pop. 1,314
Point Roberts is a geopolitical oddity; it is 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, B.C., a suburb of Vancouver. Due to Canada’s heavily taxed dairy products, gas, and liquor; the Point Roberts economy turns on gas, beer, milk, and cheese. Of the more than 2,000 homes on the peninsula, roughly, 1,300 are seasonal homes for vacationing Canadians. At the point Roberts marina, one of the community’s largest employers, 95% of the vessels are registered to British Columbians. Overall, most of the businesses in the community rely on the Canadian market to keep their businesses going.
Sudden Valley WA | Pop. 6,441