0 Avenue

Coordinates: 49°00′08″N 122°29′33″W / 49.002312°N 122.492623°W / 49.002312; -122.492623

0 Avenue is a road in the Lower Mainland, British Columbia straddling the Canada–United States border, stretching from Surrey to Abbotsford.[1] The road runs parallel to the physical border between Canada and the United States.[2]

The road begins near the Peace Arch Border Crossing, and continues eastward for 28.9 kilometres (18.0 mi), with gaps around the Pacific Highway and Lynden–Aldergrove Border Crossings. Boundary Road on the US side runs for 1.5 miles along 0 Avenue and again one mile to the west, with many cameras watching the border, before the U.S. road ends at the Lynden–Aldergrove Border Crossing. 0 Avenue continues west along the northern border of Peace Arch Historical State Park to Peace Arch Crossing. Small pedestrian bridges cross a trench on the border. At the eastern end of 0 Avenue, the road turns north.[1]

The road is a haven for smugglers, even though the border controls have tightened up since the September 11 attacks.[3] The first known drug tunnel along the Canada–United States border was found east of the Lynden–Aldergrove crossing in 2005.[1] Some asylum seekers have also tried to move to Canada from the U.S. via 0 Avenue.[4]

References[]

  1. ^ a b c "Chapter 6: Washington State". United Divide: A Linear Portrait of the USA/Canada Border. The Center for Land Use Interpretation. Winter 2015.
  2. ^ Exploring the border at Blaine: U.S.-Canada crossing offers its own tourist experience Seattle Pi Retrieved 25 February 2009
  3. ^ MacDonald, Jake (2010). "Smuggling on the Canada-U.S. border". Canadian Geographic. The Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Archived from the original on 10 July 2010. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
  4. ^ Avenue 0: How U.S. asylum seekers are finding their way to British Columbia CBC News Retrieved 28 March 2017