Lighthouse Park

From the northern-most site on the Cascadia Marine Trail you can look south to Canada’s Cabbage, Tumbo, and Saturna Islands across the Strait of Georgia. Point Roberts is the tip of a peninsula and cut off from the continental United States, requiring four border crossings if you were to visit by land.

Approach: Large cobble rocks

Location: South-western tip of the Point Roberts peninsula separating Boundary Bay from the Strait of Georgia. 2 miles south of the US/Canadian border. 4 miles south of the Tsawwassen Ferry. Look for the tower with navigational signs and beacon.

Hazards: Riptide tends to form off of point (directly west of the site). Strong winds and currents create hazardous conditions. At low tide, much of Boundary Bay is a tidal flat. Popular boat launch on western side of park.

Sites: 4

Water: Within a couple hundred feet of site

Sanitation: Sani-can next to site. Showers and flush toilets across the street in the main campground

Overflow: Check with the friendly park rangers for other sites or in campground across the street.

Fires: Fire rings available

Extras: Tables may or may not be available. Interpretive center on Orca whales

Fees: $3.00 per tent

Special Considerations: Approaching through U.S. waters requires a long, open crossing through busy shipping channels. Check with Canadian Border Services Agency for current procedure to continue your journey into B.C. waters.

Natural History: During summer months, Orcas and other whales may swim by. This is a good spot for birding. Point Roberts became American when the Oregon Treaty of 1846 created a boundary “westward along the said forty-ninth parallel of north latitude to the middle of the channel which separates the continent from Vancouver Island.” No lighthouse remains here now, but plans are afoot to build one worthy of the park’s name.

Reservations: No

Latitude: 48.97166
Longitude: -123.0809

Additional Resources: Google Maps Page, Guide Book PDF, Site History