Salish Village


Native American Trust land benefits

  • streamlined and collaborative permit and development process
  • employment tax credit


  • market of 2.4 million people in lower British Columbia
  • 17 miles from Canadian border
  • approximately $70,000 median income
  • retail leakage: premium outlet mall (1 hour south of project site) has 80% Canadian sales

Whatcom County, bordering the Vancouver Metropolitan area, is a major gateway for Canadian shoppers visiting the United States.  Nearly 9.6 million personal vehicles crossed from British Columbia into Washington State in 2013. Three border crossings provide access to Salish Village: Blaine, Sumas and Lynden, WA.
Comparison of traffic volume at all US / Canadian Border crossings
USDOT Border Crossing: Entry Data

With the largest malls located south of Bellingham, many Canadians shop at the retail centers between Whatcom County and Seattle. Overall, 39% of purchases in the major retail destinations of Skagit and Snohomish Counties, including the Outlet Shoppes in Burlington, Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood and the popular Seattle Premium Outlets in Snohomish County were by Canadians. At the Seattle Premium Outlets, and upper-end outlet mall, 76% of the total sales revenue in 2013 was from Canada (of over $400 million in sales that year, $305m was from Canadians).

Market Research Overview
Study of Canadian Shopping Volume
Salish Village Commercial Development