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Old 02-06-2019, 02:47 PM   #51
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Saw your note. Am planning to visit Chilliwack soon. I live in Sacramento, Cali so will be flying in to Seattle and driving to Chilliwack. I'm not familiar with the area so am wondering if the drive from Seattle to Chilliwack is doable during the winter months with a sedan rental. Are there mountain passes or roads between the two that close due to snow, etc?

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We did it in November: rain every day both ways. We used I-5 to Bellingham, then WA-539 and WA-9 to Sumas. You are near sea level along and near Puget Sound, except for passing between Mt. Chickanut and Lookout Mt., at less than 1000 ft.
WA-539/WA-9 are through farm land, then after passing into Canada at Sumas, you go east on Canada-1 through more farmland, to Chilliwack, which is on the edge of the Fraser River.
It was even a fun adventure in the rain.
The only problem is heavy, heavy traffic within 30 miles of Seattle.
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Old 02-06-2019, 03:12 PM   #52
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Old 02-06-2019, 03:36 PM   #53
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Hi,
Saw your note. Am planning to visit Chilliwack soon. I live in Sacramento, Cali so will be flying in to Seattle and driving to Chilliwack. I'm not familiar with the area so am wondering if the drive from Seattle to Chilliwack is doable during the winter months with a sedan rental. Are there mountain passes or roads between the two that close due to snow, etc?

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Unless you want to do any sightseeing in Seattle, I would suggest flying into Bellingham. We do four, five flights per year into Bellingham from Alaska. The car rental in Seattle is off airport and requires a shuttle ride, and the traffic on I5 sometimes can be stop and go. It’s a 40 minute flight from Seattle to Bellingham which has a nice, mellow airport with the car rentals on site. The only downside are the rentals are a little more expensive than Seattle. We started avoiding the Seattle to Bellingham drive three years ago. For us, it makes for a much more enjoyable trip. Scott

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Old 02-06-2019, 04:28 PM   #54
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Saw your note. Am planning to visit Chilliwack soon. I live in Sacramento, Cali so will be flying in to Seattle and driving to Chilliwack. I'm not familiar with the area so am wondering if the drive from Seattle to Chilliwack is doable during the winter months with a sedan rental. Are there mountain passes or roads between the two that close due to snow, etc?

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We drove from Bellevue to ETI during Thanksgiving week and it's just a typical winter raining day..
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Thanks AK snowbiker and caddoster!
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Saw your note. Am planning to visit Chilliwack soon. I live in Sacramento, Cali so will be flying in to Seattle and driving to Chilliwack. I'm not familiar with the area so am wondering if the drive from Seattle to Chilliwack is doable during the winter months with a sedan rental. Are there mountain passes or roads between the two that close due to snow, etc?

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You may want to check weather reports. We are expecting a rare snow this coming weekend in the Salish Sea area. (Puget Sound, Strait of Juan de Fuca, Strait of Georgia, collectively = The Salish Sea)
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