North Cascade Park

North Cascades National Park

One of America’s most beautiful and diverse national parks is just a 2 ½ hour drive from Point Roberts – the perfect distance for a day trip or a weekend getaway. The North Cascades National Park is home to numerous lakes, rivers, creeks, mountains and beautiful hiking paths, making it popular for hiking and mountaineering. It offers a mix of easy, moderate and difficult trails and hikes, so it’s perfect for both the casual explorer and experienced hiker alike. Continue reading

Forest Fire Prevention Tips

Although he’s got an updated look, everyone still recognizes Smokey the Bear, the mascot of forest fire prevention for over 70 years. He may be old, but wildfires are  becoming a growing concern, especially here in the Pacific Northwest and interior BC. We are blessed with an abundance of forests and long, hot, dry summers; so we should all learn what we can about how to avoid contributing to the risks of a forest fire. Continue reading

Point Roberts Historical Society

As we’ve written about before, Point Roberts is chock full of history. From its discovery by Spanish explorers in the 18th century, to the first Icelandic settlers and the heyday of the fishing and canning industry, all the way up to present day, the Point is full of stories. But without a dedicated museum, Point Roberts’ residents took it upon themselves to preserve this history by forming the Point Roberts Historical Society. Continue reading

Point Roberts Golf Course

New Ownership at the Point Roberts Golf Course

Point Roberts’ local golf club is now under new ownership, and they are planning a major investment to improve the greens and facilities. Earlier plans to revitalize the course didn’t get going, but this sale to Bald Eagle Valley Resort Holdings Inc. will get the renovations and revitalizations going, an exciting prospect for local golfers. Continue reading

Point Roberts Real-estate

The New Point Roberts Library

The Friends of the Point Roberts Library have spent nearly five years raising funds to establish a new library for our community. After many fundraisers and generous donations, the project is close to being fully funded and ready to begin the renovation of the Julius Fire Hall, its future home. In this digital and online era it might seem strange to need more space for books, but a library is so much more in small towns like Point Roberts. Judy Ross eloquently explains the motivation behind this community initiative. Continue reading

A Guide to Crossing the Border

The Peace Arch, located at the border between Surrey, BC and Blaine, WA
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Living in Point Roberts means scenic ocean views, peaceful Pacific Northwest lifestyles … and lots of border crossings. While Canada and the United States have a strong relationship and crossing the border is usually a simple process, there are some rules and regulations that you should keep in mind if you want a smooth transit. Continue reading

The Pig War

The Pig War of 1859

The three possible borders, with the American offer & current border (Haro Strait) in blue, the British offer (Rosario Strait) in red, and the proposed compromise in green.

The Canadian-American border is essentially a straight line from Minnesota all the way to us here in Point Roberts. Once it hits the water it runs through the Haro Strait, west of San Juan Island, and south around Vancouver Island into the ocean. This divides the Strait of Georgia into two distinct island groups – the American San Juan Islands, and the Canadian Gulf Islands (the Seabright Farm Cottages house models are named after islands in both groups!). And much like Point Roberts, this seemingly innocuous border has a very interesting history. Continue reading