Approximately two hours from the Greater Vancouver area, Skagit Valley is part of a larger protected area complex that includes the US North Cascades National Park and the Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas. This large tract of territory contains the Ross Lake Reservoir, an important source of hydro electricity for Seattle City Light. The Skagit Valley was carved by retreating glaciers and is characterized by excellent outdoor recreation opportunities in a natural, wilderness-like setting. Visitors can enjoy hiking along 50 km of trails, river fishing, camping, and picnicking. The Ross Lake Campground is unique because it crosses the United States and is fully staffed with American Park Rangers. The only way to access this American Park by vehical is through the Skagit Valley in Hope, B.C. and does not require any border crossings  so you can visit United States for the weekend without a passport.