Monday, March 25th, 2013
Start Your Adventure at Semiahmoo
Todd Elsworth

The Semiahmoo Spit is a great location to start your adventure- whether you are boating, fishing, walking, biking, inline skating or simply hanging out on the beach. From the marina looking east over Drayton Harbor, we were afforded spectacular views of Mount Baker and the Twin Sisters on the horizon. We were ready for a full day with the kids on bikes and at the beach.

Drayton Harbor

If you want to stay for more than a day, look no further than Semiahmoo Resort. “Located on the Semiahmoo Spit, the 212-room Semiahmoo Resort features a pool, full-service spa, fitness center, multiple and diverse restaurants and two challenging and highly acknowledged public golf courses (Semiahmoo Golf & Country Club and Loomis Golf Trail Club).”

You can catch The Coast Millennium Trail at Tongue Point Semiahmoo. Here are the distances from the Plover Ferry’s traditional landing. As the sign reads, “Now part of the Coast Millennium Trail Whatcom County’s contribution to the Pacific Coast Bike/Pedestrian Trail. When completed, this trail will stretch from Vancouver, BC to San Diego, CA.” We wanted to get a taste of the trail. Here’s a great road ride loop from Semiahmoo to Blaine and Birch Bay if you’re in the mood.

Coast Millennium

Our neighbors joined us for the day and we brought our bikes to do some exploring of the trail. Our kids are ages 4, 6 and 7, and we didn’t want to have them ride up the big hill at the south end of the Semiahmoo Spit, so we drove to the top of the hill and parked in the gravel pull out at the intersection of Semiahmoo Parkway, Semiahmoo Drive, and Drayton Harbor Road. From there we headed up the path that parallels Semiahmoo Parkway. Before we knew it we were to the top of the short hill near North Whatcom Fire Rescue and it leveled out. The windy path crosses a bridge and then starts the sloping descent.

Sunday Ride

We rode past the Semiahmoo Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course and cruised downhill until we reached the end of the path at Horizon at Semiahmoo. The views from the bluff are amazing and we looked south and could see Lummi Island, Mt. Erie, and Mt. Constitution rising from the sea in the distance. After a bit of a rest, we headed back up the gradual incline of the path. It was a gorgeous day out and we weren’t the only ones with the idea of getting OUT THERE for the day. The multi-use trail accommodates cyclists, walkers, dogs and inline skaters. We saw it all.

Multiuse Trail

We made our way back to our starting spot and then headed down to the spit for our first Spring Picnic on the beach. The sun was shining and the beach was full of activity. We laid on the warm sand and rocks watching the kids play as sailboats cruised by and birds circled overhead. There was a distant humming noise that sounded like an Alaskan size Mosquito. Then, from around the corner appeared a Parasail with an engine propelling a man through the air. It was quite a sight as we looked north across the water to White Rock, BC and the coast mountains in the background.

Flying High

After our picnic, we packed up and headed out to the end of the spit to see what treasures we’d find. As we made our way out to the marina, we passed a regular sight of the resident Bald Eagle who sat perched atop this snag enjoying his day in the sun and limelight.

Resident Eagle

We walked around the north end of the spit and enjoyed looking at¬†the dilapidated buildings that once were booming with the activity of the local fishing industry. This summer, we are going to return to ride Plover Ferry to Blaine to have another perspective on the spit and learn something along the way.¬† I’m anxious to learn more of the history of the area and get out on the water- I’ll let you know how that goes later this summer!


This tract of land has many stories to tell from the Semiahmoo People to first inhabited its shores to the visitors who now come for recreation. This was our story for the day, I hope that you create your own lasting memories when you go to visit.

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About the Author:

As the co-Executive Director of Recreation Northwest and the founder of the Bellingham Traverse, Todd promotes outdoor recreation and brings people together to enjoy, preserve and improve the places where we play. He enjoys biking, hiking, paddling, skiing and will try anything twice. Get connected at


  1. Oh This Looks Like and Exciting Ride !!!!
    I am keen to get out there and try it myself…
    Can I post a link to this ride on my Family Biking Blog at ????

    Comment by Colleen — April 2, 2013 @ 1:17 pm

  2. I enjoyed your story of your ride and picnic at Semiahmoo Spit! I just want to add the Plover Ferry runs on the weekends Fri. Sat. & Sun. starting Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend between Blaine Harbor and Semiahmoo Spit and you can also bring your bike aboard. Also in the summer the APA Cannery Museum is open at Semiahmoo Park at the top of the spit (about a mile from the Plover landing) where you can learn about the history of the area. For more information:

    I would also like to also mention that there are narrow sections of shoulder on Drayton Harbor Road of the bike route shown around Drayton Harbor to Blaine that may not be suitable for kids on bikes, best to take the Plover over and stay on the great trails on Semiahmoo Drive and the spit if you have young children in tow.


    Comment by Debbie Harger — April 26, 2013 @ 3:38 pm

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