DescriptionBlaine is a port of entry on Drayton Harbor just south of the British Columbia border. First settled in 1856, it enjoyed a fleeting boom during the Fraser River gold rush. After the Homestead Act began attracting farmers to the area, Blaine became a dairy supply center and fishing port.
Peace Arch Historical State and Provincial Park, on I-5 at the international border, commemorates more than 100 years of harmony between the United States and Canada. The inscriptions on the arch, erected in 1921, read “Children of a Common Mother” and “Brethren Dwelling Together in Unity;” phone (360) 332-8221.
Occupying a former 19th-century fishing fleet bunkhouse at 9261 Semiahmoo Pkwy., the Alaska Packers Association Cannery and Fishing Museum houses an exhibit describing the Alaska Packers Semiahmoo Cannery, which operated for more than a century before closing in 1985. The museum also features a scale model fish trap, a restored Bristol Bay fishing boat, and photos and paintings that document local history; phone (360) 371-3558. The museum is in Semiahmoo County Park, where the tidal flats offer beachcombing and bird-watching opportunities.
The 1946 passenger ferry MV Plover, which once carried cannery workers across Drayton Harbor between Blaine and Semiahmoo Spit, now transports tourists and residents along the same route. The 11-minute westbound trip from Blaine departs from the Visitor's Dock at Blaine Marina, across the street from Blaine Marine Park. Scenic sights include Semiahoo Bay, British Columbia's Coast Mountains, basking harbor seals, eagles and various shorebirds. The return trip takes 23 minutes.
The ferry operates Friday through Sunday (also July 4), Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. Departure times are on the hour from the Visitor's Dock and on the half-hour from the wharf at Semiahmoo Resort. The ride is free, but donations are accepted. For additional information phone the visitor information center.
Visitor InfoBlaine Visitor Information Center 728 Peace Portal Dr. BLAINE, WA 98230. Phone:(360)332-4544 or (800)624-3555