As soon as you cross the Peach Arch border crossing, you arrive in Blaine, WA.
(Peach Arch in the distance)
There is not really much here except for a tavern or two and a place to fuel up
(The main street: Blaine, WA)
Many years ago this small border town was bustling with BC residents, that was back in the day when WA state had a lower age of consent and liquor establishments in British Columbia were closed on Sundays. Of course, Expo 1986 changed all of this when we welcomed the world and took a more civilized approach to liquor consumption.
After you cross the border you will find a causeway that takes you out to the Harbor where there is a pier at the end
(You can see Canada in the background, just left of the Peach Arch Crossing)
This is a working harbor, mostly fishing vessels and fish processing plants administered by the Port of Bellingham
Forget what the sign indicates. Bellingham is another 20 miles South, we are in Blaine, Wa so I suspect that this is Blaine Harbor. At least this is my story and I'm sticking to it.
Here we find ourselves at 7:30am on a Saturday morning the day after Easter Friday. Not a soul in sight, except for Mr Seagull admiring the view. I think he is looking for coconuts and thinks that this metal lamp standard resembles a Palm tree, wishing he was in a warm place somewhere south of Miami at the end of the Great Ocean Highway.
Ah ha, another sign which confirms that we are actually in Blaine, and not Bellingham as we were previously led to believe
If somehow you managed to bypass this sign . . .
(Land's End, Blaine Public Pier, end of causeway)
. . . you would very shortly come to the end of the pier and encouter a great body of water with nowhere else to go and you would come to the same conclusion.
You will find a lot of buildings weathered by ocean winds and rain. A photographers paradise
There are not many pleasure craft for this is a working harbor filled with commercial fishing vessels, at rest possibly because there are no more fish in the ocean to harvest
It was a chilly day in spite of the fact that the sun was trying to peek out of the clouds
Those buildings in the background and the water tower belong to the Semiahmoo (Luxury) Resort & golf course. While it looks close enough to touch, you have to take a meandering route and circle around Birch Bay to get there. It is a place for the upper crust of society, not for us mere mortals.
Canada is just a stone's throw away
(Peach Arch, Blaine, WA)