On a beautiful, sunny Sunday afternoon, we grabbed our passports and took a drive out to the pebbly beach at the southwestern tip of the Lower Mainland. We wondered what kind of border crossing we would find...accessing an area of less than five square miles and with a population of about 1300. Surprisingly, the border crossing looked much like any others...with several lanes in each direction. There were no major line-ups and we were across the border and in the United States of America in no time!
Lighthouse Marine Park. Land's end. This is it! From here one can see Haro Strait, Georgia Strait and Juan de Fuca Strait.
Shipping lanes merge in the distance. B.C. Ferries pass by from the port of Tsawwassen.
Sailboats frolic...as do the birds!
And in the distance...Mt. Baker presides over the Sunday afternoon tableau.
Some came with cameras and lenses...
...and some brought their bikes.
Others brought their dog...and sent him into the water.
Some came with paddle boards and went in themselves. Even in April!
If anyone found themselves in need of temporary shelter...there were a few rustic abodes free for the taking.
I'm thinking this scene speaks to a healthy Dungeness crab population in this area!
As for the lighthouse...well, it was a bit of a disappointment. I was hoping for an old-fashioned, picturesque lighthouse (the kind we saw in Portland, Maine last summer.) Apparently modern lighthouses are more about function and less about beauty!
Sunsweep Sculpture...one of three such markers placed along the Canada-U.S. border in the 1980's as part of an international art project. The other two are at Roosevelt Campobello Park in New Brunsick and on American Point Island in Ontario's Lake of the Woods Park.
Another point of interest...the granite obelisk, Border Marker Number One. This monument to the 49 parallel was fabricated in Scotland sits at the most western point of the northern Canadian - US border.
We also discovered that Point Roberts is one of the best spots from which to view pods of Orca whales over the summer months. Three local pods frequently pass by this very spot. And that is a very good reason to make a return visit one day!
As we were leaving...others were coming. Point Roberts was the perfect destination on a sunny Sunday in April!