Enjoy a Walk
Semiahmoo Spit Loop
Home to Semiahmoo County Park, Semiahmoo Resort-Golf-Spa, Semiahmoo Marina and the beach at the M.V. Plover Dock
Walking the trail system on Semiahmoo Spit is a very popular regional activity, and city attraction. Some of the many highlights include; the trail’s easy access, a variety of birding and wildlife viewing, and highly regarded scenic vistas of the harbor and the Salish Sea. The entire length of the main trail that spans from Semiahmoo Parkway to the Resort is paved, and features a primitive trail through state parklands with an entrance located just past the narrowest part of the Spit. Semiahmoo Resort features public boardwalks that extend over the water, and there is an inviting gravel trail that connects to the Semiahmoo Marina. Walking the entire loop, following the path from Semiahmoo Resort to Semiahmoo County Park and back, is a little farther than 2½ miles, and farther still if you walk on the beach. The M.V. Plover Dock connects directly to the trail at the end of the Spit where passengers can board the Historic M.V. Plover Passenger Ferry for a special voyage to Blaine Harbor during the Spring and Summer seasons. You’ll find spectacular scenic vistas on all sides of the Semiahmoo Spit, and facilities available at Semiahmoo County Park and Semiahmoo Resort.
Drayton Cove trail begins at Semiahmoo County Park and travels southeast along the inside of Drayton Harbor. The trail, which used to be a part of Drayton Harbor Road, follows the eastern shoreline of the harbor through the forest. You’ll experience stunning views along the way and a covering of large trees to help keep you stay cool on warmer days. Here, you’ll decide to either walk back to Semiahmoo County Park along the shoreline, or head up the hill along a short dirt switchback trail beside a small babbling creek. Continue uphill, and the trail leads to a sidewalk where you’ll take a right onto Drayton Harbor Road and follow the 10-foot wide, paved path to Semiahmoo Parkway. Take another right and walk down the hill to Semiahmoo County Park, towards Semiahmoo Resort. The entire loop up the hill and back to Semiahmoo County Park is a distance just over 2 miles.
Semiahmoo Parkway Trail is a high standard, paved multimode trail that is well maintained by the City of Blaine, and follows Semiahmoo Parkway. Since parking is not permitted along the Parkway, the trail is best accessed by parking at the Semiahmoo County Park. The distance from the county park to the gate at the Horizon Neighborhood, near the edge of the city limits is just over 2¼ miles, or just under 5 miles round trip. This spacious trail is detached from the roadway as it traverses the Semiahmoo Uplands and surrounding residential neighborhoods. Please note, side roads along this trail lead to private, gated communities and no facilities are available.
Marine Park is a perfect destination for outdoor fun! Its stunning half-mile waterfront trail provides great views of the International Peace Arch and White Rock B.C. to the north, while its eastern half is dedicated to wildlife viewing with excellent habitat for overwintering water fowl. Guests can also enjoy pocket beaches, a large nautical themed playground, and public restrooms on the western side of the park. There are plenty of amenities such as picnic shelters, barbecue stands and benches along the entire waterfront trail. Additionally, there is a separate paved trail alongside Marine Drive that is great for strollers and cyclists. The ultimate experience awaits at the end of Marine Drive at Jorgensen Pier with more fun activities! What to find in Blaine Marine Park:
- The Whale Sculpture
- Marine Park Playground
- Phil Claymore Totem Pole
- Prominade & Boardwalk Overlooking Blaine Marina
- Commercial Working Piers
- Jorgensen Public Pier
- Blaine Harbor Public Boat Launch
- Blaine Maritime Memorial
- Blaine Boating Center
Peace Arch Park
Take a stroll through Peace Arch State Park for a delightful pairing of tall luscious trees, expansive lawns, a playground, interpretive wayside signage, and fascinating art sculptures during the year-round International Peace Arch Sculpture Exhibit. Follow the paved trail from the parking lot toward the towering International Peace Arch. Constructed in 1921, the Arch commemorates the 100th anniversary of the peace accords between the United States and Britain, ending the War of 1812. The 67-foot Peace Arch is on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors to the park will need a Discover Pass or pay $10 for day-use parking. The following are FREE park days for 2023:
• Thursday, March 9 – Billy Frank Junior’s Birthday
• Sunday, March 19 – State Parks’ 110th Birthday
• Saturday, April 22 – Earth Day
• Saturday, June 10 – National Get Outdoors Day
• Sunday, June 11 – Free Fishing Day
• Monday, June 19 – Juneteenth
• Saturday, September 23 – National Public Lands Day
• Tuesday, October 10 – World Mental Health Day
• Saturday, November 11 – Veterans Day
• Saturday, November 25 – Autumn Day
International Peace Arch Sculpture Exhibit
Peace Arch State Park’s picturesque landscape and magnificent gardens host the International Peace Arch Sculpture Exhibit every year.
Blaine’s popular Jorgensen Pier is accessible by a walkway located at the end of Marine Drive. Currently closed to vehicles, guests are welcome to visit the pier by walking one-block from the parking lot on Marine Drive to this prominent, overwater pier that sits on the mouth of Drayton Harbor. Jorgensen Pier has excellent views of our stunning waterfront and an array of maritime activity and is a popular crabbing and fishing spot for local families and visitors alike. Typically, you’ll find a cart at the end of Marine Drive to assist you with transporting your gear from the public parking area on the south side of Marine Drive in the Port of Bellingham’s parking lot.
The Wharf Loop Trail is an approximate 2-mile loop from the Blaine Welcome Center that connects Marine Park, Jorgensen Public Pier and the Blaine Marina trails. Blaine is still considered an active commercial fishing harbor. This loop is a great way to see Marine Park and the working commercial and recreational waterfront.
Peace Portal Community Trail
Peace Portal Community Trail is a paved separated multimodal trail that starts at the south end of downtown Blaine. From the Cherry Street Parklet on Peace Portal Drive south to Hughes Avenue, the 10-foot wide paved trail is approximately 1.1 miles with scenic vistas over Drayton Harbor. Roundtrip it’s 2.2 miles that take you past old Victorian homes and the Salishan Neighborhood. Future plans will extend the trail to the City limits near Dakota Creek, and then on to Birch Bay.
Lincoln Park is 27 acres of wandering trails through majestic old growth forest. Although most of the trails are constructed from compacted natural earth, you’ll also find a nice, wide paved trail on the north side of the park (both are accessible from D. or E. Streets). The perimeter loop around the park showcases a wide variety of old trees, and you’ll find the trails on the eastern loop to be more primitive with a more challenging terrain. The primary entrances to the park are on H. Street and D. Street, and both provide parking. Please note, there are no public restrooms available in the park. Lincoln Park is an off-leash dog park and home to an 18-hole championship caliber disk golf course.
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