Frequently
Asked Questions

How do I get to Point Roberts?
What can I expect to see on the Tour?
What are the hours of the Tour?
What do I need?
What about children and animals?
What is at the Tea?
Where can we get a meal?
Toilet facilities?
What does a ticket cost?
Where can I get a ticket?
Is there any chance that I will not be able to get a ticket?
What are Tour proceeds used for?

How do I get to Point Roberts?

Point Roberts WA is a peninsula located due south of Tsawwassen BC. From Highway 99, heading south, turn west at exit 28 onto Highway 17A, then left onto 56th Street.

From Highway 99, heading north, take exit 26 and follow the signs to Tsawwassen, at the light at 56th Street, turn left.  Follow 56th Street to the border.

From the Island ferries, take Highway 17A, turn right onto 56th Street and continue to the border.

With advance planning, you may access Point Roberts via air or sea. Air taxi service to and from Bellingham is provided by Northwest Sky Ferry(www.nwskyferry.com, tel: 360 676 9999).  Boat docking facilities are available at the Point Roberts Marina (www.pointrobertsmarina.com, email: prmarina@pointrobertsmarina.com, tel: 360 945 2255).


What can I expect to see on the Tour?

The Tour is a self-guided tour of eight private gardens on the beautiful peninsula of Point Roberts, Washington. Five of these gardens are appearing on the Tour for the first time. You may see as many of the gardens as you wish, sauntering through just a few or taking in the full beauty of all of them.

From a beach side garden oasis to a hill-side marvel to a garden which offers a range of Chilean plants to a study in structure, color and contrast, the gardens reflect the devotion and unique vision of each owner. An award-winning jewelry designer has applied her talents in creating a series of “garden rooms” nestled in a forest setting. A quilter has used a quilter’s eye and a geometric approach to the plantings and paths. A 4.5-acre property uses over 100 camellias and rhododendrons and 150 year-old Japanese maples as separation from the barns and turnout areas for their Peruvian Paso horses.

You will find a greeter at each garden who will check your ticket and admit you to the garden. A garden owner, friend, or master gardener will be at each garden to answer any questions you might have.

Your ticket also admits you to the Tea, and includes a map of Point Roberts so that you can explore other areas of our community.

What are the hours of the Tour?

Gardens open at 10 am and close at 4 pm on Sunday, 15th July. Rain or shine.

What do I need?

First, you will need a passport, enhanced drivers license or valid trusted traveller documentation (e.g., NEXUS card) to cross the border into Point Roberts if you are coming from or through Canada.

Second, you will need a Garden Tour ticket. This ticket is your admission ticket to each garden and to the Tea.

Third, you will need some vehicle, since not all gardens are within easy walking distance of each other and the border crossing. Bicycling is a great way to get around Point Roberts. Street parking for both cars and bicycles is available near all gardens and the Tea. If you wish to rent a bicycle, then please contact Pedal Pushers Bike Rentals (www.pedalpushers.webs.com, email: pedalpushersbikes@yahoo.com, tel: 360 990 0193) to reserve a bike and to arrange a time and pickup spot.

What about children and animals?

Children under 12 years old are admitted free to gardens and the Tea without a ticket. Please make sure that your children do not pick or eat any plants, or trample any plantings. No animals allowed except for service animals.

What is at the Tea?

From 1 to 4 pm, volunteers serve light refreshments, i.e. tea and baked goods at the Point Roberts Community Center. A docent will be available to  provide interesting historical information. The Tea is included in the price of admission, so be sure to bring your Tour ticket with you.

Relax outside to the music of the Point Roberts Wind Ensemble, enhancing your Tour experience with classical music.

Raffle tickets will be available for those interested in winning a beautiful quilt created by Jane Donaldson, a talented Point Roberts quilter.

Where can we get a meal?

Breakwaters,  located at the marina,  serves a weekend brunch on Sunday from 11 am to 3:30 pm, and is also open for lunch and dinner.  The Reef Tavern, at the west end of Gulf Road,  is open from 11 am to 9 pm and offers simple plates to be enjoyed on their outdoor terrace.  The Saltwater Cafe, on Gulf Road at the corner of Marine Drive, opens at 8 am and serves breakfast and lunch.  The Eagles Roost Restaurant, located at the golf course, serves breakfast from 7 am to 11, lunch from 11 am to 3 pm, and snacks to 7 pm.

South Beach Restaurant, located at the corner of South Beach Road and Edwards Drive, will be open for dinner on Sunday starting at 5 pm.

The Shell station at 423 Tyee Drive has ice cream, coffee and prepared food to enjoy on their outdoor picnic tables or for takeout. The International Marketplace on Tyee Drive has a deli counter and inside seating.

You can bring your own packed lunch and avail yourself of the picnic facilities available at Lighthouse Park in the southwest corner of Point Roberts (on Marine Drive).

 

Toilet facilities?

Public toilets are available at the International Marketplace on Tyee Drive, the marina at 715 Simundson Drive, Lighthouse Park on Marine Drive, and Lily Point Marine Park at the east end of APA Road.

Toilets are available on site at the Tea, and at restaurants for people eating there.

When exiting Point Roberts, toilets are available inside the Boundary Bay port of entry (Canadian side).

What does a ticket cost?

The price of the tickets is $15US or $20Cdn.   Children under 12 are admitted free of charge

Where can I get a ticket?

Tickets go on sale on or about July 1  at Nielson’s Building Center at 391 Tyee Drive and at Auntie Pam’s on  Gulf Road in Point Roberts.  In Delta, tickets may be purchased at Harris Nursery on Ladner Trunk Road,  at Blue Door Interiors at 5094 48th Ave., Ladner, and at Flowers Beautiful  at #105 – 1315 56th Street (Tsawwassen Town Center Mall) in Tsawwassen.

Day of Tour sales will take place from 9.45 am until 2 pm at 1591 McKenzie in the parking lot of Point-to-Point Parcel Service.  McKenzie is the first road on the  right shortly after crossing the border into Point Roberts. Day of Tour tickets will also be on sale at Auntie Pam’s on Gulf Road and Nielson’s Building Center at 391 Tyee Drive during their opening hours.

Is there any chance that I will not be able to get a ticket?

We plan to accommodate everyone until 2 pm on the day of the Tour.  However, if you will be arriving in Point Roberts after Noon and are concerned about ticket availability, please contact us at
info@pointrobertsgardenclub.org, and we will arrange to set aside Will Call tickets at 79 Tyee Drive. Please provide your name and the number of tickets needed.

What are Tour proceeds used for?

Proceeds from ticket sales are used primarily for the enhancement and maintenance of roadside beautification on Tyee Drive.  Some proceeds are also set aside for advance planning for future Tours and for public programs sponsored by the Point Roberts Garden Club.

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