What to see and do in Point Roberts
Point Roberts, Washington is located 30 miles north of Bellingham, Washington and 22 miles south of Vancouver, B.C., immediately adjacent to the lower mainland community of Tsawwassen.
Point Roberts is unique because although it is part of the United States, it is separated from the US mainland by Canada and the waters of Boundary Bay and the Georgia Straight.
The community of approximately 1,300 residents swells to over 5,000 in the summer months, yet it is always peaceful and rural. There are virtually no street lights, one main commercial road, a few charming restaurants and some beautiful beaches and parks to enjoy.
Below is a list of the main attractions Point Roberts has to offer visitors - all of these sites are just a 10 minute drive from the cottage we have for rent:
We love Maple Beach! The tide goes out for over a mile and the beach is warm and sandy. It's great for swimming, usually quiet and has spectacular views of the North Shore Mountains to Mount Baker.
Maple Beach is located on the east side of Point Roberts at the end of Roosevelt Way, the old US/Canada border road. It is a public beach that faces Boundary Bay. The beach is just 8 blocks - about a 10 minute level walk - from the cottage.
Lighthouse Marine Park
Another public beach is located at the south tip of Point Roberts via Lighthouse Park at 811 Marine Drive. This 2,200 acre park is known for whale sighting at the Orca Center and offers a playground, picnic tables and a 5,200 square-foot boardwalk - all with fantastic ocean views.
To get here, take Tyee Drive to where it turns into Marine Drive and follow to the southwest corner.
Point Roberts Golf & Country Club
Point Roberts world class Golf Course was designed by Graham Cooke/Wayne Carleton and opened in 2001. Golf Digest ranked the Point Roberts Golf & Country Club the 8th Best New Course in the USA out of about 200 nominated courses. It is opened to all levels of golfers and has an abundance of wild life and ocean views.
Point Roberts Marina Resort
The Point Roberts Marina Resort feeds directly into the Straight of Georgia and is the closest mooring location to the Gulf Islands. This private marina is professionally engineered with an entrance dredged to 12'. It has modern concrete docks and berthing
for vessels up to 150'. The resort is security staffed and
offers gated access to parking, docks, restrooms, showers and laundry.
Lily Point is often referred to as the most scenic place in Point Roberts. The point has a sheer cliff (not visible in the picture here) that is quite striking to see. To get here, follow Tyee Drive to A.P.A. Road and continue to the end near a cemetery. Walk to the end of the street and look for the path down to the beach. Be careful - it is steep and there are no railings! This is a hike for those that are a little more daring and fit.
Brewster's Restaurant & Deli our favorite restaurant in Point Roberts is located in an older house near the center of town. The food is prepared by a fantastic chef and the restaurant offers a cozy ambience.
Address: 1379 Gulf Road
Wednesday through Saturday for lunch & dinner
Dockside Cafe & Pub at the Marina - great pub style food including hand-thrown pizza, seafood and steak is offered here in a casual atmosphere. The prices are very reasonable too. Live music is offered in the pub on Friday and Saturday nights. Call to confirm opening hours in advance
Address: 725 Simundson Drive
TJ's Sports Bar & Restaurant - we have yet to go here, but I hear this restaurant offers 'diner-style' food, like good ol' fashion bacon & eggs for brunch on Sunday. This is a casual place that offers gambling and drinks.
Address: 469 Tyee Drive
Open Thursday to Monday from 11am - 9pm; Bar open from 11am - 1am."Prime Rib" Friday Night - 5pm
Kiniski's Reef - this is an old landmark on the waterfront in Point Roberts. Many Canadians will recall going here to 'party' in the 1980s when drinking was not allowed in BC on Sundays. The reef is a bar like atmosphere with food and gambling.
Address: west side waterfront at the end of Gulf Road
Caffe Capanna- Inside what looks like it was once a small cottage, this quaint coffee shop and Internet cafe offers home baked goods, panini sandwiches, salads, fresh-squeezed juices, espressos, cappuchinos and specialty coffees. Includes an ocean view from the patio and part of the dining area. The restaurant has also started to serve dinner on select weekend evenings.
Address:1345 Gulf Road
Open daily from 7am - 5pm
South Beach House - offers fine waterfront dining with stunning views in the summer months (closes as of October each year, and re-opens in late Spring). Serving seafood, steak, pasta and the best cheesecake we've ever tasted.
Address: 725 South Beach Road
Open in summer months only
Eagle's Roost Restaurant at Point Roberts Golf & Country Club The restaurant serves burgers, sandwiches and appetizers, and has a buffet breakfast on the weekends.
Address: 1350 Lundrigan Blvd.
Open Monday - Friday from 11am - 4pm
Breakfast buffet Saturday and Sunday 8:30am
The International Market Place - this is the main shopping center in Point Roberts offering groceries, beer, wine and coolers, a deli with some very popular baked and fried chicken and a host of essentials for the traveller - from towels, to t-shirts, to video/DVD rentals, film developing, photocopying, faxing and postage stamps. The Banner Bank also has a branch in this store.
The International Market Place is located on the east side of Tyee Drive, about one mile south of the border crossing.
Address:480 Tyee Dr.
The Blue Heron Gallery - features work from local artists in Point Roberts
Address: 1360 Gulf Road
There is a lovely church with ocean views located at the south end of Point Roberts. The Trinity Communion Lutherin Church holds regular Sunday service and also offers wedding services.
Chamber of Commerce
The Point Roberts Chamber of Commerce website has a wealth of information on the community, including the Post Office, library and banking locations, as well as a list of member businesses and links to many local websites.
Point Roberts has a temperate climate and when it is raining in the rest of Whatcom County or Vancouver, it can often be sunny in Point Roberts.
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