Oroville/Osoyoos Border Crossing, Washington

Oroville is at the southern end of Osoyoos Lake, which spans the international boundary. The lake is in the Okanagan Valley, a valley that extends north into the Canadian Rockies, and is well known for its fruit production. The Okanagan Highway, the main highway through the Valley, crosses the International Boundary at the Oroville/Osoyoos border station. The new Port of Entry here is a long building, perpendicular to the boundary, on a road that otherwise runs diagonally through the town. The boundary goes through the middle of the structure, under a glass section of the roof, symbolizing the openness of the border. Though both nations operate their functions at the Port of Entry under one continuous roof structure, their functions and offices are divided by outdoor space.

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