Friendly and unpretentious, Blaine is located on the Canadian border and is virtually surrounded by water. Just 35 miles from Vancouver, this casual community packs a lot of attractions and activities for just 5,000 residents.

Beautifully framed by Mt. Baker to the east and Semiahmoo Bay and Georgia Strait to the west, the U.S.–Canadian border crossing at Blaine is home to Peace Arch State Park. The 72-foot Peace Arch symbolizes nearly two centuries of peace between the two countries. This lovely landscaped park has thousands of flowers and shrubs plus seasonal displays of sculptures and art.

Falltime at Peace Arch State Park

Semiahmoo Resort is a world-class resort featuring a marina, pool, spa, fitness center, restaurants and championship golf courses. Semiahmoo Spit is also home to Semiahmoo Park, which features more than 300 acres of tideland and approximately 1.5 miles of level pathways ideal for such outdoor adventures as walking, biking, rollerblading, kayaking, clamming, sand sculpting, kite flying and picnicking. A historic seasonal ferry called the Plover shuttles passengers between Semiahmoo and the downtown area of Blaine.

Blaine and nearby Birch Bay are gaining an international reputation as a birding haven. The tide pools, estuaries and waterways attract thousands of geese, ducks, gulls, loons and shorebirds each year and recently made the Audubon Society’s list as one of the state’s top birding destinations. Popular Drayton Harbor attracts a high population of loons as well as endangered species such as the bald eagle, peregrine falcon and marbled murrelet.

Oktoberfest Celebration Oct. 8 – 10, 2016

Celebrate Fall at Blaine’s inaugural Oktoberfest with free pub crawl limo/ambulance rides, Art-Oberfest, the Gardeners Market, scarecrow displays, kids activities, and German beer.


Art-Oberfest is a two-day celebration of 23 artists presented by the Blaine Harbor Art Gallery at the Community Pavilion at H and 8th Streets. Meet the artists, learn about their inspirations and purchase unique paintings, jewelry, garden décor, wood sculptures, and hand crafted soaps. Live polka music and refreshments will set the tone. Prizes will be awarded in a community-wide coloring contest.


After meandering through aisles of beautiful works of art, head to the Blaine Gardner’s Market on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for more local vendors and fun kids activities.


Enjoy refreshing brews at Blaine’s taphouses and hop in a restored ambulance/limo for the short ride to the next one all afternoon. Or take a horse-drawn wagon ride between activities on H Street.

On Sunday, climb aboard the Historic Plover foot ferry for the short ride to Semiahmoo. Snag a spot on the back of the boat and get panoramic views of Drayton Harbor, Semiahmoo and Mount Baker. The Plover makes trips across the harbor every half hour on Oct. 9 from 1 to 5 p.m.



Jump off the Plover on the Semiahmoo Spit, continue your October festivities with Semiahmoo Resort’s Oktoberfest from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 9. Grab a liter of delicious German brew and pair it with German brats, pretzels and even pickled herring.  The hotel’s outdoor tent will give you a true Oktoberfest experience, but with a gorgeous view of the Peace Arch, White Rock and the beautiful Drayton Harbor. Tickets are $25.


To the south, art and beer are plentiful throughout the Bellingham region. The Whatcom Artist Studio Tour also takes place Oct. 8 to 9, with artists opening their home studios to the public for free visits.

For more ideas see our beer page and our year-round calendar of events.

More Information about Blaine

Blaine Visitor Center

728 Peace Portal Drive, Blaine, WA

1-800-624-3555, or 360-332-4544

City of Blaine
435 Martin Street, Blaine

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