Differential tourism zones on the western Canada–US border

Alon Gelbman, Dallen Timothy

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This paper examines how a single international border can exact different policies, practices, spatial variations, and tourism spaces at various points along its length. Based on an examination of the westernmost portion of the Canada–US frontier, this constructivist study investigates how the juxtaposition of barriers, attractions, transit spaces, and tourism landscapes is created concurrently on a single stretch of an international boundary. Four coterminous ‘zones’ of tourism were identified, including an area of illegal activity, ports of entry or crossing points, the peace park, and the exclave zone. Theoretical and practical implications are drawn from this study for border managers, tourism planners, and border agencies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)682-704
Number of pages23
JournalCurrent Issues in Tourism
Issue number6
StatePublished - Apr 3 2019


  • attractions
  • barriers
  • borders
  • landscapes
  • mobilities
  • security
  • spatial differentiation
  • transit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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