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A day at Point Roberts

Discussion in 'United States and Canada' started by Ashish Bhatia, Jan 7, 2017.

  1. Ashish Bhatia

    Ashish Bhatia Level 2 Member

    Point Roberts is a weird place. A 5 sq. miles (12 sq. km) U.S. exclave connected to British Columbia, Canada. As a part of the Treaty of Oregon, 1846, the territory jointly controlled by the British and the U.S. was handed over to the U.S. It later became the Washington state. The area should have been part of the British Columbia but the dividing line was chosen incorrectly due to a geographical mistake.

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    Point Roberts

    Now, coming back to the trip. I drove from mainland Washington to Point Roberts via Canada.

    The first thing I immediately noticed after crossing the immigration checkpoint is that the gas prices are listed in both USD and Canadian dollars.

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    Gas prices in US and CAD dollars

    I did a nice one-hour hike at Lily Point Marine Reserve. It had some nice scenic views. Nothing outstanding. But worth the time.

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    A nice hike at Lily Point Marine Reserve

    The visit to a grocery store was another fun. I wanted to buy some mangoes and raspberries to test how good is custom officer is at detecting which fruits are allowed to cross the border and which don’t but gave up on the plan fearing deportation back to Point Roberts.

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    Mangos can cross the border, Raspberries cannot

    And now the border. Behold, there is no wall, grass lands on the left are in the U.S. and apartments on the right are in Canada.

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    US – Canada border

    If you are heading to Vancouver or British Columbia, Point Roberts is a detour worth taking.Note: One definitely needs a multi-entry U.S. as well as multi-entry Canadian visa to enter, exit and re-enter Canada and the U.S.



    Note: One definitely needs a multi-entry U.S. as well as multi-entry Canadian visa to enter, exit, and re-enter Canada and the U.S.

    https://ashishb.net/all/a-day-at-point-roberts/
     
  2. heavenlyjane

    heavenlyjane Level 2 Member

    I've read rumor that Point Roberts is desired settlement locale for people enrolled in the US Marshals Service’s Witness Security Program (aka witness protection). A high proportion of the poulation is living under assumed identies and live in the security of a community with guards at every entry point. Gangsters beware.

    More here: www.citylab.com/design/2012/02/strange-existence-point-roberts-washington.
     
  3. ashishsg

    ashishsg a$]-[u

    Interesting place, thanks for the trip report!
     
  4. R.R.

    R.R. Level 2 Member

    As a Washington state resident, I enjoy the novelty of Point Roberts. I have a Canadian friend in Vancouver who occasionally visits Pt Roberts for fun too.
     
  5. James from BNA

    James from BNA VR Jacket Guy

    Never heard of this until now. Thanks for sharing.
     
  6. Ashish Bhatia

    Ashish Bhatia Level 2 Member

    @heavenlyjane I have heard about the witness protection program as well but I did not see any guards.
     
  7. heavenlyjane

    heavenlyjane Level 2 Member

    No border guards?
     
  8. Patrickthetiger

    Patrickthetiger Level 2 Member

    LOL... from the article...

    "To deploy a somewhat crude simile, Point Roberts is like the foreskin of America; cutting it off probably would have been more convenient, but keeping it has some benefits."
     
  9. heavenlyjane

    heavenlyjane Level 2 Member

    Not a pretty visual.
     
  10. Ashish Bhatia

    Ashish Bhatia Level 2 Member

    Sorry, I didn't mean no border guards. There are of course border guards but beyond that, I did not see any extra security guards inside Point Roberts.
     
  11. bluecat

    bluecat Level 2 Member

    "The area should have been part of the British Columbia but the dividing line was chosen incorrectly due to a geographical mistake."

    Where did you read that? AFAIK, the border is the 49th parallel, by design.
     

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