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Point Roberts

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Point Roberts [1] is an unincorporated community in the Northwest Cascades region of the state of Washington. This small rectangular-shaped U.S. exclave is just below the 49th parallel. It sits on the Tsawwassen Peninsula and shares an international border with Canada (on its northern side).

Get in

By car

If by land, Point Roberts is only accessible through the U.S. Border Station on Tyee Drive, which can be reached from 56th Street in (southern) Tsawwassen, Delta, British Columbia, Canada. For details, see Get in — By car section of the Northwest Cascades region article.

By plane

  • Point Roberts Airpark (1RL), 622 Marine Drive, Point Roberts, Phone: +1 360-945-3139, Fax: +1 360-945-3169, email: robinlamb@PRAirpark.com, [3]. Small private local airport with 2,400ft of grass runway.

By water

Get around

Public transit

  • Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) Vanpool, Phone: +1 360-945-2844. Convenient and relatively inexpensive local van service.

Taxi service

  • Point Roberts Cab Company, 1800 Benson Road, Point Roberts, Phone: +1 360-945-2757. The only local taxi service in Point Roberts.

See

The western most point separating Point Roberts from Canada is the last mainland point on the longest undefended border in the world. The spot is marked by a large monument honoring several UK soldiers from the 1800's. The monument is in a small park with a bench looking out over the Georgia Straight, the Gulf Islands, and Vancouver Island.

  • Roosevelt Drive, (North on Marine Drive until a 'T' intersection with Roosevelt Dr.). Always open. Along this unassuming lane, the "undefended international border" is concretely visible. A narrow trench and periodic metre-high obelisks mark the boundary. To the north, back yards and wood fences of suburban Tsawwassen homes crowd in. To the south, groves of trees reveal the pastoral spirit of Point Roberts. No forbidding wall or cleared no-man's-land mars the scene. Free.

Do

The championshihp sized Point Roberts Golf & Country Club [4] attracts golfers from around North America. Due to slightly dryer and sunnier conditions compared to the Fraser Valley, the weather in Point Roberts is ideal for golfing. Canadian money is accepted as a means of payment. One green fee is approximately $60 .

There are many mountain bike trails that run through Point Roberts to the South East corner of the peninsula. Ramps and jumps are set up for beginner to intermediate level mountain bike riders.

Lighthouse Park, located at the Southwest corner of the Peninsula, is a popular weekend and evening gettaway for Canadians living in the Lower Mainland. Campsites, beach access, public parking and public restrooms are all easily accessible. Lighthouse Park looks out over the Georgia straight with unobstructed views of the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island.

Buy

  • Maple Tree Gallery, 1365 Gulf Road (Next to Brewster's), +1 (360) 945-1266, [5]. Friday, Saturday, Sunday 11am-5pm. This charming shop showcases the artwork of the owners, and local artists they selected. The friendly proprietors, Rose Momsen and George Wright, are happy to tell you about their textiles and carved-wood pieces (respectively) .


Eat

  • Brewster's, 1379 Gulf Road, +1 (360) 945-4545, [6]. Tu-Th 10am-7pm, Fr-Sa 10am-8pm, Su 10am-6pm. Housed in a converted heritage house, Brewster's is a grocery and wine store featuring organic and local products. It has sandwiches, pastries, and deli foods to take away. It also offers full-service lunches from 11am-3pm, and Eggs Benedict on Sunday mornings. Sit inside, or the leafy back deck and front deck are pleasant on fine days. Entrees $10-15.


Drink

Sleep

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