Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Bellis Fair Mall

On any given weekend, or weekday for that matter, I can find many of my fellow countrymen (and women) shopping in Bellingham, Washington. Bellingham is the closest major city south of the Canadian border on Interstate 5. That makes it a strong draw for shoppers, especially now that Canadian and US dollars are close to par (equal value).

Some of the prime shopping locations include Walmart, CostCo and Bellis Fair Mall. The mall is strategically located near the intersection of Bakerview Road and the Guide Meridian, both of which can be easily reached from I-5. For shoppers who want a more leisurely approach, The Guide has a border crossing at Lynden/Aldergrove. That is our crossing of choice.

Canadian shoppers are attracted by low prices, excellent value for their dollar and lower taxes. Even if they don't stay long enough for a personal exemption ($50 after 24 hours, $400 after 48 hours, and $750 after seven days), paying the required duty still makes purchases a bargain. Locals also enjoy the wide variety of department stores and specialty shops scattered throughout the indoor mall. Grab a bite at the food court, or take in a show at Regal Cinemas, Bellis Fair has something for everyone.

On the corner of the mall, but tucked away from the hustle and bustle, you'll find the Centre Pointe Condominiums. We chose it as the perfect location for Mom. It's close to the border for us to visit frequently, near excellent medical care including St. Joseph Hospital, and within walking distance of shopping and restaurants. And views of lofty, snow-capped Mt. Baker top it all off. -- Margy


  1. Yes, that is such a nice area and location for your Mom. And Bellingham is a great town - so much to see and do there.

  2. How lovely to see a bit of where you live. So different to our little village. It looks a great place for your mum. x

  3. I lived most of my life in White Rock, BC, right on the US border. I am probably the only person from White Rock under the age of 90, or even 80, who hasn't been to Bellis Fair Mall. My sister and my niece talk about it all the time. It is only apathy that keeps me from going there. I'm just not a shopper like they are.
    However, I think you certainly chose well when finding a place for your mother. The view of Mount Baker would be the attraction for me, however, not the mall.
    I love Bellingham, though. There are so many old and interesting houses. At least there used to be.
    -- K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  4. Your mother must be quite content in such a beautiful place and so close to everything.

  5. When we lived in North Vancouver way back when, we used to shop at Bellis Fair about twice a year. Lots of deals...

  6. I just read that the loony and dollar are officially equal-- for now, anyway. We sure have been seeing a lot of your countryfolk, and our local retailers say "thank you!"

  7. I really enjoyed this town,I housesit for some friends there every few years.The have the most coffee shos per person.Mt.Baker is a treat while also there.


We welcome your comments and questions. - Wayne and Margy