10 percent more Canadians crossing into Whatcom County

10 percent more Canadians crossing into Whatcom County
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer inspects vehicles at the Blaine border crossing.
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) - The number of Canadians crossing into the United States through Whatcom County increased 10 percent in the first three months of this year, compared to the same period a year ago.

The Bellingham Herald reports more than 3.6 million people traveled south through five border crossings in the county.

Western Washington University's Center for Economic and Business Research says large Whatcom County retailers are doing a better job of catering to the Canadian market.

The Bellingham International Airport also appeared to be a popular option with Canadian vacationers. The airport set a record with 61,402 people flying out in March, topping the previous record of 55,407 set in July of 2012.