Blaine is a beautiful little town, located by the border of British Columbia, Canada. The “Peace Arch City” has a population of about 5,300 people of various ethnicities, religions, backgrounds and cultures. This is a place you must see if you want to get an experience of a laid-back, ocean-front, small town. Make sure you visit Blaine and see for yourself why this town’s motto is, “Where America Begins”!
Blaine is known for bringing many Canadian border shoppers looking to find the nearest, cheapest, and most convenient way to order packages from Amazon. (Read more about them here).
I have lived in Blaine for over three years now after I married my wife in Blaine’s beautiful Peace Arch State Park in the summer of 2016. To my shame, I have only started discovering the beauty of this city in the year of 2019. Even though Blaine is small, you would be surprised how many great things there are to do, authentic places to eat, and kind people to meet.
Here is a list of some of the best things you can do in Blaine today.
1. Have a coffee at a very unique Starbucks
Getting a Starbucks in Blaine last year was a big deal for the city. This Starbucks is like no other you’ve seen before. The nautical-themed building welcomes ‘sailors’ with a warm atmosphere, lots of seating, both indoors and outdoors. Visitors beware that the lighthouse is not accessible to the general public.
Watch this incredible video of the Starbucks building during the dark, snowy season last year.
2. Take your kids to the skate park
Take your kids to this unique and fun park for a great skating experience. Conveniently placed behind the public library, this skate park offers a variety of ramps for kids and adults to enjoy.
3. Listen to live music at The Vault
Come listen to various local bands perform while sipping a glass of wine. The Vault has a large selection of wines to choose from. Live music every Saturday.
The Vault also offers event space for any occasions.
4. Stroll through the Peace Arch Sculpture Exhibit
You don’t have to be an art enthusiast to enjoy this one! The Peace Arch Park International Sculpture Exhibit offers a new set of sculptures every year. A selection of sculptures are installed to be viewed from May until October of every year. Beautiful sculptures made of all sorts of materials – wood, metal, stone and more!
5. Enjoy the beautiful garden while at Peace Arch
Tour the magnificent gardens of the 19-acre Peace Arch State Park. Come see landscapes upon landscapes of color and meaning.
6. Picnic at the Peace Arch State Park
Make sure to grab a picnic with you to enjoy after you’ve taken in the beauty of the gardens at Peace Arch State Park. This is the perfect park for a picnic. An ocean view, beautiful gardens, green grass, and picnic tables.
7. Take a photo by the Peace Arch Monument
Don’t forget to snap a photo of yourself by the Peace Arch monument while you’re there. With over 500,000 people visiting this historic place annually, you will probably see other people taking photos as well.
8. Find an old treasure at the Horseshoe Coins & Antiques
There’s no saying what gem you may find. Bill, the owner of Horseshoe Coins & Antiques, is a nice guy and who knows a lot about the city.
9. Play a game of disc golf at Lincoln Park
Grab a frisbee and come have a great game of disc golf at this well-maintained, woodland park. This park includes an 18-hole disk golf court and trails to walk through with forest trees making the game all the more exciting!
10. Get lunch at the Ocean Bay Chinese Restaurant
Walk through the doors of Ocean Bay Chinese Restaurant and you will find yourself in another world; welcome, you just walked into China. I have to admit, I did not expect such high quality Chinese food. This place is definitely underrated. The food is simply AMAZING.
11. Take a relaxing walk at Blaine Marine Park
What better way to take a walk than with the cool breeze touching your face, the salt air filling your nostrils, and a beautiful scenery all around you?
12. Feast on fish and chips at Alaska Wild Fish & Chip Co.
Alaska Wild Fish & Chip Co. is a food truck that offers some of the best fish and chips. Simple yet so delicious. The owners are a wonderful couple who work together to make your experience best. They are located off of Blaine Marine Park with picnic tables and a nice ocean view. Open June to September.
13. Take your little ones to Blaine Marine Park Playground
This has got to be one of the coolest playgrounds your kids will ever see. Their imagination will run wild as they voyage on this massive pirate ship!
14. Savor an affogato dessert at Rawganique
Enjoy the dessert with the tasty combination of ice cream, brownie, and espresso. After you’re done, be sure to explore Rawganique‘s unique products made of hemp and other natural materials.
15. Cool off with an ice cream at Edaleen’s Ice Cream
Everyone knows that Edaleen Dairy is the place to get the best ice cream in town. Please take caution: their serving sizes are insane!
Edaleen Dairy has six stores around the county that serves dairy products that come from their cows in Lynden.
16. Get Mexican at Paso Del Norte
Paso Del Norte offers great Mexican food and bar in a lively and casual space.
17. Eat and play billiard at the Peace Arch City Cafe
Peace Arch City Cafe is an American food cafe and bar with beautiful brick wall interior, bar, and billiard tables for you to enjoy a game at! Great food, great service, and lovely atmosphere. Good breakfast place to go to with the kids!
18. Grab a book or movie from the public library
Blaine’s Public Library is a great resource for locals and visitors. It has public computers, books, movies and even boardgames available for check out.
The Blaine Library is part of the Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) and is currently raising money for a new building.
19. Enjoy Blaine’s scenic views on a bike
Grab your bike and enjoy a ride around the beautiful seaside town of Blaine.
Use this handy White County Bike Map for your reference.
20. Have breakfast at the Railway Cafe
The Railway Café is a cute, little, retro, train-themed, cafe locally owned by a family in Blaine. They serve amazing fresh pastries baked fresh every morning.
21. Try an authentic burrito from Mexican Bordertown Grill
Once located in a food truck and now with their very own building, this family owned Mexican Grill offers great grab-and-go Mexican street food. The Mexican Bordertown Grill is a popular place in town for a quick lunch.
22. Enjoy oysters at the Drayton Harbor Oyster Company
If you love oysters, this is the place for you to be! Drayton Harbor Oyster Company serves freshly farmed oysters in a beautiful new location! Grilled, raw, and many more options. People in the county drive all the way up to Blaine just to try their oysters.
WhatcomTalk recently wrote an article about Drayton Harbor Oyster Company and their recent expansion. Read it here.
23. Grab pad thai at Chada Thai
Chada Thai is the Thai place for everyone! It’s got a beautiful ocean view and “on-point” pad thai.
24. Taste locally roasted coffee at the Barnyard Coffee Roasters
Barnyard Coffee Roasters is run by a local family that is passionate about quality coffee and their community. Located on a farm, they roast their coffee beans in their professional-grade roaster. They educate the public by inviting them to an open house for free tastings of various coffee beans. Be sure to stop by their location to pick yourself a freshly roasted bag of coffee beans.
25. Eat steak at Jack Niemann’s Black Forest Steakhouse
Jack Neimann’s Black Forest Steak House is located in the heart of the city and is the place for a great fine dining experience. Their many main courses include steak and lobster.
26. Find a second-hand outfit at the Wild Bird Treasure Nest
Wild Bird Treasure Nest is a cleanly consignment store full of wonderful items and clothing! Your money will go to a charity for veterans and the homeless in the Blaine community.
WhatcomTalk recently wrote an article about Wild Bird Treasure Nest and their charity. Read it here.
27. Check out the Blaine’s Saturday Farmers Market
The Blaine Farmers Market is filled with small local vendors selling art, crafts, homegoods, and plants on Saturday! A fun place to walk around and meet talented people from the community! Open every Saturday, from 9am-2pm in the summer.
28. Take the Historic Plover Ferry to Semiahmoo
Want to visit Semiahmoo Island but don’t want to drive 17 miles? No Problem! Hop onto the 17 passenger Historic Plover Ferry and it will take you across to Semiahmoo Resort. This boat was built in 1944 and owned by the city of Blaine.
29. Stay at the beautiful Semiahmoo Resort
The Semiahmoo Resort is located on of the Semiahmoo Spit with a beautiful landscape. Includes restaurants, a pool, golf course, tennis court and a range of other activities! Great as a romantic setting, a family vacation, or a no-reason getaway!
30. Take a stroll on the Semiahmoo Spit
Stroll along the beaches of the Semiahmoo Spit, with the amazing view of Drayton Harbor and Semiahmoo Bay on either sides. The spit runs approximately 1.25 miles and is home to Semiahmoo Park and wildlife of all types! Be sure to check out the seasonal cannery museum if you’re there when its open.
31. Have a bonfire at the Semiahmoo Park
Semiahmoo Park is a clean and a very well maintained park for all ages. It has a number of designated fire rings to enjoy some s’mores with your friends.
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Many changes are coming to Blaine.
If you ask any long time Blaine resident, they’ll tell you that the city hasn’t had much change in the last twenty years. I have spoke with a number of these locals who are amazed at the number of changes that have come to Blaine in just the last year.
We owe a big thank you to the hard working, business owners, developers, and city administrators who are committed to making Blaine a wonderful place to enjoy for locals and visitors.