Seabright Community News & Updates

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

Seabright Spotlight – The Mayne Cottage

Like many of our new cottage plans at Seabright Farm, the Mayne cottage shares its name with a nearby island in the Strait of Georgia (the others are named for islands in San Juans!). And like Mayne Island, this cottage is charming and cozy and perfect for those who value simplicity and comfort. Even though it’s designed to be an ideal vacation house, the Mayne promises to feel like “home”. Continue reading

Point Roberts Fiber Fest

This past weekend, our local community centre hosted the annual Point Roberts Fiber Fest. Local artists had the chance to show off their hand-crafted works, hold demonstrations and sell their own material to aspiring fiber artists. This year’s Fiber Fest also featured a number of local groups in addition to the local fiber artists. The Circle of Care group raffled off their sunflower quilt and sold food, the Friends of Point Roberts Library held a book sale and the Point Roberts Garden Club hosted a seed exchange. Continue reading

Seabright Spotlight – The Gabriola Cottage

“Gabriola” is a Spanish word used to describe a stately home, such as a manor or mansion. It’s also one of the lovelier Canadian Gulf Islands in the Strait of Georgia. Our Gabriola cottage, a 3 bedroom, 2 ½ bathroom masterpiece, lives up to this lofty title with its luxurious master suite, covered outdoor deck and spacious living area. One of our larger cottages by square footage, the Gabriola is built to impress. Continue reading

Hockey Day in Point Roberts

Image credit: Sportsnet

This past Saturday, February 18th was an important day for our neighbors to the north: Hockey Day in Canada! At this annual celebration of Canada’s national winter sport, all seven Canadian NHL teams play nationally-televised games throughout the day (six of the teams play each other, and the seventh plays an American team.) Continue reading

Fire District 5 – Our Local Fire Fighters

Photo source: Whatcom County Fire District 5

Point Roberts is considered an unincorporated community, meaning we aren’t governed by our own local municipal government. Because we don’t have our own local government, most government services are handled by Whatcom County, including our emergency services. Fire District 5 is our local firefighting force, but they do a lot more than that. Continue reading