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Things to Do

Whether you are a spectator or a participant, Blaine has a variety of activities to do while visiting the area.

Blaine Recreational Activities

Blaine Recreational Activities

a_golf175Year-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
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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

Blaine Harbor Public Boat Launch – Blaine has a public boat launch for the recreational boaters. Click here for more information. For visiting boaters information, click here.

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.

a_bikers175Biking 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.

Blaine & Birch Bay Parks & Recreation
7511 Gemini Street
Horizon Park
Blaine, WA 98230
Ph: (360) 656-6416     Map Location     Web Site
Recreational activities and adult & youth educational classes.

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historic_tour_cover130Hiking & 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
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)

a_plover175Ride 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.com

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.

DEPARTING TIMES:
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.
SAILING TIMES:
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.

Downtown Blaine Shopping

Downtown Blaine Shopping

Blaine Auto Parts
365 D Street
(360) 332-7018
Blaine Bouquet Flowers & Gifts
625 Peace Portal Drive
(360) 332-6700
Blaine Liquor Outlet
225 G Street
(360) 332-9490
Blaine Marina Furniture/Appliances
Fisherman’s Wharf
(360) 332-8425
Blaine Marine Services
199 Marine Drive
(360) 332-3324
Hidden Treasurers Thrift Shop
8870 Blaine Road
(360) 588-2477
Horse Shoe Coins & Antiques
810 Peace Portal Drive
(360) 332-1870
My Song Curiosity Shop
4375 West Road
(360) 393-0081
Needful Things Consignment
684A Peace Portal
(360) 420-2020
Pacific Building Center &
Just Ask Equipment Rentals
2677 Bell Road
(360) 332-5335
West Marine Boating
439 Peace Portal Drive
(360) 332-1918

 

Blaine Center Mall

1733 H Street

Cost Cutter Market (360) 332-5909
Jewelry Source (360) 332-1383
Nikki’s Hair Salon (360) 332-4838
   

 

Other Locations in Blaine

Rite Aid Drugs
1195 Boblett Street
(360) 332-1616

Area Movie Theaters
Regal Cinemas Bellingham, WA

British Columbia Movie Theaters
Caprice White Rock, 2381 King George Hwy., White Rock
Rialto Twin, 1734-152nd St., White Rock

To see what is playing at these theaters, click here.

Area Casinos

Skagit Valley Casino Resort
5984 N. Darrk Lane
Bow, WA 98232

Silver Reef Casino
Haxton Way at Slater Road
Ferndale, WA
4 minutes west of I-5 Exit 260

Nooksack River Casino
5048 Mount Baker Highway
Deming, WA

Nooksack Northwood Casino
9750 Northwood Road
Lynden, WA

Area Shopping Centers

Birch Bay Square, I-5 Exit 270. Just south of Blaine, WA

Bellis Fair Mall, the regions largest mall in Bellingham, WA

Activities To Do In Nearby Birch Bay

Birch Bay Water Slides (Seasonal)a_bb_sandcastle175
Miniature World Family Fun Center
-Mini-Golf, Go-Carts, Train Rides
Kite Flying on the beach
Wind Surfing in the Bay
Wake-boarding
Building Sand Castles
Clamming & Crabbing
Bird Watching
Bike Riding along the Bay
Camping at Birch Bay State Park