Friday, May 29, 2009

Cross border shopping: Vancouver, Bellingham , Seattle outlets; Bus service

As of June 1, 2009 Canadians will need a passport, nexus card or enhanced driver's licence plus birth certificate to cross the border into the U.S.

Vancouver area shoppers can save big on certain items by shopping at Bellis Fair in Bellingham or the Seattle Premium Outlets in Tulalip. Outlet stores in Tulalip (just north of Everett, WA) include Adidas, Aeropostale, Banana Republic, BCBG, Calvin Klein, Eddie Bauer, Fossil, GAP, Guess, Jockey, Lucky Brand, NIKE, PacSun, Ralph Lauren, Restoration Hardware and Tommy Hilfiger.

To book your stay online at the luxurious Tulalip Resort Casino Hotel, use the Expedia link on the right for the best rates.

You can minimize border waits by taking the Quick Shuttle Bus service for approx. $51 return from Vancouver, Richmond or Surrey. Save an extra 5% by booking online!

Quick Shuttle Bus info:
Daily scheduled service from downtown Vancouver, BC to Seattle Premium Outlets. Reservations required, at least 24 hours in advance.

Quick Shuttle is a Seattle, Vancouver Transportation Service. Quick Shuttle provides bus transportation from Seatac Airport, Downtown Seattle, Tulalip (Seattle Premium Outlets), Bellingham Airport to Vancouver Airport, Downtown Vancouver and Cruise Ship Terminals.

Canadian residents who have been out of Canada for 24-47 hours can claim $50 in purchases at Canada Customs without duty or taxes; more than 48 hours but less than 7 days, $400 ; and 7 days or more, $750 . If the value of the declaration exceeds the personal exemption, you must pay duty on the remaining value.

If you're looking for a hotel in the area, check out the deals in Everett, Lynnwood or Seattle or use to bid on a hotel room in the general area. You can also find some great hotel deals in the area using the now discounted Entertainment 2010 Vancouver or Seattle Coupon Book. Get more info at

If you prefer to avoid border lineups, online stores that ship to Canada include JC Penney, Lands End, Altrec and Bare Necessities. You can access their websites from here or here.


Anonymous said...

I use Priceline or Hotwire all the time to save at least 50% on hotel rooms. You can even book a room on the same day you want to check in!

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