Blaine Recreational Activities
Year-Round World Class Golfing – Blaine boasts the number one and number two rated golf courses in Washington state; Loomis Trail Golf Club and Semiahmoo Golf & Country Club. For more information visit www.semiahmoo.com
Peace Arch State Park – The Park straddles the U.S./Canada border, allowing visitors the experience of strolling to and fro between countries amid flower gardens, ponds and the International Sculpture Exhibit from May to September. For more information on this activity visit www.peacearchpark.org
Blaine Marine Park – provides a walking trail along Semiahmoo Bay overlooking White Rock, British Columbia. The park provides picnic shelters for family gatherings.
Blaine Community Parks – Blaine has 11 community parks for your enjoyment.
Blaine Public Pier – End of Marine Drive in Blaine Marine Park
Operated by the Port of Bellingham, the pier offers exceptional access to views of Semiahmoo Resort and Spit, Mt Baker, and local waterways. Short-term parking is available on the pier. Fishing, crabbing and bird watching are popular activities. Benches, tables and shelters offer places to sit and relax. Crabbing is seasonal and does require a crabbing license. You can purchase your fishing license at this Blaine location:
PACIFIC BUILDING CENTER
2677 BELL ROAD
BLAINE, WA 98230
Blaine Senior Center – 763 G Street, Blaine, WA
This facility houses the Senior Center and the Boys and Girls Club. Space is available for rent for meetings and events. Both the Senior Center and the Boys and Girls Clubs offer numerous activities and programs. Contact them directly for information. Boy & Girls Club – 360-332-3008 Senior Center – 360-332-8040
Bird Watching – Blaine and the Birch Bay area are a Important Birding Area (IBA) of Washington State, and is the Northern Anchor of the Great Washington State Birding Trail/Cascade Loop. The protected embankments of the area extending from Birch Bay on the south to Semiahmoo Bay on the north is an integral part of the premier loop of the Great Washington State Birding Trail. The number of birds and species that use these inland waters can be spectacular and even incomprehensible throughout the winter, peaking in the early spring, just before migration. For more information on the birds of Blaine, Birch Bay and Semiahmoo, click here. Be part of the 9th Annual Wings Over Water NW Birding Festival, March 19, 2010.
Biking Trails – Outdoor enthusiasts will never be at a loss for things to do in Blaine. Blaine is part of the Coast Millennium Trail (CMT) that consists of on-and-off street biking facilities extending northward from northwestern Skagit County, Washington, to White Rock, British Columbia, just north of the international boundary. For more information on CMT, click here.
Bike & Kayak Rentals – Bike and kayak around Blaine!
Paddle & Pedal Adventures – Behind Semiahmoo Resort, Blaine, WA (360) 224-0707 – Kayak, Mo-Ped and bicycle rentals.
Or bring your kayak and paddle along miles of pristine shorelines.
Hiking & Walking – Blaine has several parks for the outdoor adventurer. If you want you can take a “Walking Tour of Blaine’s Historic Homes”. This self-guided tour highlights Blaine’s early history in homes, buildings and churches. The booklet walks you through over 50 historic places that are circa 1856 to 1929.
Take a Fishing Charter – Fishing is great most of the year in the San Juan Islands. To get a salmon charter out of Blaine, contact:
Outer Island Expeditions – (360) 376-3711 – Fishing Charters from Semiahmoo Resort. WEBSITE
Riptide Fishing Charters – Blaine Marina, Blaine, WA (360) 815-6568 – Fishing charters out of Blaine Harbor. WEBSITE
Go Whale Watching
Outer Island Expeditions
(360) 376-3711 – Whale watching tours for the entire family. WEBSITE
Blaine Public Library – 610 3rd Street, Blaine, WA (360) 332-8146
Used book sale, Computer and WIFI access, DVD’s
Educational Programs (Contact library for schedule)
Ride the Historic Plover Ferry from Blaine Harbor to Semiahmoo Resort (Seasonal).
By Donation ~ Round Trip $5.00 Adults $1.00 Children.
More info at www.draytonharbormaritime.org
The Plover is the oldest foot passenger ferry in the State and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Throughout the summer, the Plover operates during on the following days: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 4th of July, weekday holidays, as well as for special charters.
The Ferry operates during the summer months, beginning on Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, including the 4th of July.
The vessel is Coast Guard rated to carry 17 passengers, but bicyclists, strollers, and even well-behaved dogs may also come aboard when there is room. The two-person crew provides interesting commentary on the Plover’s restoration and the many diverse sights along the short crossing. Sights which may include British Columbia’s Coast Mountains, basking seals, soaring eagles, stalking herons, and maybe even a shipwreck. The Plover also provides a pleasant shortcut for cyclists pedaling the coast. The Plover also makes a great water taxi from Blaine to a midday meal at the Semiahmoo resort.
Departs on the hour from the Blaine Visitor’s Dock, Gate II Blaine Harbor.
Departs on the half-hour from the Plover Dock at Semiahmoo Resort.
Friday & Saturday ~ Noon – 8:00pm. Last sailing westbound at 7:00pm. Last sailing eastbound at 7:30pm. Sunday ~ 10:00am – 6:00pm. Last sailing westbound at 5:00pm. Last sailing eastbound at 5:30pm.
Visit the Drayton Harbor Maritime Museum (seasonal) and learn about the world’s largest salmon cannery that was operated by the Alaska Packer’s Association for decades in Blaine.