About Point Roberts
Point Roberts is a 1200 hectare off of the Pacific Northwest coast of the U.S. and which surrounds Greater Vancouver, Canada. If it weren't for an error in the 1846 Oregon Treaty, that divided the Pacific Northwest territory, Point Roberts would easily have been considered a part of the San Juan Islands. When Britain discovered the Treaty Parallel line mistake, they pleaded with their American counterparts to let them redraw the border lines or to make a land swap, but the Americans, said No!
Many residents and businesses of Point Roberts are located in mainland Washington, with a U.S. zip code of 98281, but, the town is only accessible by two border crossings through Canadian territory. The whole historic picture of Point Roberts, includes settlements by the Spanish, who first called this land “Zepeda Island.” It was later named Point Roberts, by Captain George Vancouver, who named it after his friend, Captain Henry Roberts. Aside from French British Columbia residents, additional settlers who gave Point Roberts its historical culture, included native Indians, the British, American gold rushers and settlers, Icelandic families and workers. Today, the current 2015 population demographics for Point Roberts is 1,320, with many Floridian retirees, 911 New York families, and Canadians.
Also called Point Bob or The Point, Point Roberts is located in Whatcom County, Washington, United States, which oversees the town in an interesting international bureaucracy. This beautiful, residential peninsula is not only considered an offshore exclave of the U.S., but Point Roberts, is also a suburb of Vancouver, reachable by crossing Boundary Bay, either by sea or air. Whatcom County's largest city is Bellingham, with a northern border that is shared with Vancouver and some of its suburbs. The smallest section of Whatcom County, houses Point Roberts, which is an extension of the Tsawwassen Peninsula along the famous 49th Parallel.
Border crossings, in and out of Point Roberts, are both a traffic inconvenience, but it is also an economic gain for the town. Border crossings are a boom for Point Roberts because both the United States and Canada visit this town for cheaper goods. Canadians travel to Point Roberts to buy cheaper gas or eat medium rare burgers, which are outlawed in dining areas of British Columbia. Americans travel to Point Roberts to fill their prescriptions or to shop because the dollar is of great value here and the Canadian dollar is weaker.
Living and working in Point Roberts, resembles that of a very secure, gated community. The neighborhoods that help to make up The Point, includes Bells Grove; Crystal Waters; Freeman Beach; Lily Point; Maple Beach; Waters Plat; Ocean View Estates; and Seabright Farm Cottages. As a quaint, quiet town, its small population of residents keep to themselves, sharing the town with nesting eagles, orca whales that commute every day and splashing a friendly hello, seabirds, wild rabbits, and the amazing eco system of the Lily Point Marine Reserve Park.
During the off-seasons of fall and winter, Point Roberts is a sleepy, lightly foliaged and sparsely populated area. But during the spring and summer seasons, the Point Roberts population explodes with Canadians opening up their boarded vacation homes, which are spread throughout the area. Point Robert's harbor brings many tourists and visitors, who enjoy boating and yachting. Looking out on the Pacific waters from Point Roberts, you can't help but to see the majestic mountain tops of Mt. Baker, just 140 miles away. Mt. Baker is a world famous Park that features many year round fun in hiking, skiing, and snowboarding adventures. Its glacier covered peaks and thick forestry canopy, spreads between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia.
Point Roberts is surrounded by the blue Pacific Ocean waters and thus offers many beaches and various activities, such as biking, hiking, horseback riding, golf, a large marina with plenty of slips, and much more. Of course, coming to Point Roberts by sea, you will be met by a U.S. Customs agent to clear your arrival. This unique resort town is only 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver and a ten minute ferry ride to Vancouver Island, where visitors and residents can go shopping and take part in many of the fun activities that take place year round.
Other Point Robert's point of interests, include the Lighthouse Park Beach, which gives outdoorsmen and photographers, a great view of the local ocean life, the area's topography, Point Robert's Fourth of July Celebrations and the August Arts and Musical Festivals. On the Northeastern part of Point Roberts, the Maple Beach area is a great swimming, hiking, and picnic spot. Monument Park is located in the Northwest section of Point Roberts. Monument Park is so-named because of the one and only, granite obelisk monument, that denotes the most western point in the northern Canadian/U.S. Border. The Park provides great hiking adventures up through its heavily forested slopes, or you can go down its steep slopes to the beach. In the winter time, skiing is a big adventure, that takes place, only 45 minutes away and Whistler skiing is almost two hours away.
Arriving in Point Roberts is relatively easy with passports, via the Vancouver International Airport or the Bellingham International Airport. Also, there is the small Point Roberts Air Park, which is a grass landing strip, that is 2,300 feet long, 150 feet wide, with no amenities like hangers, towers or a fuel stop. You can drive nearly 4 hours from Washington State via U.S.-2 W/U.S. Rte 2W and I-5N to reachPoint Roberts. For your comfortable visit to Point Roberts, you can make reservations at some very nice bed and breakfast lodges, cabins, apartments, condominiums, bungalows, or just pick out a spot and pitch a tent. For in town transportation, call the WTA Van Pool or the Point Roberts Cab Company.