Point Roberts is an unincorporated community in the Northwest Cascades region of the state of Washington. This small rectangular-shaped U.S. enclave is just below the 49th parallel. It sits on the Tsawwassen Peninsula and shares an international border with Canada (on its northern side).
As a US enclave accessible only from Canada by land, Point Roberts is effectively a gated community guarded by the US Department of Homeland Security. Sometimes visitors to Canada making a day trip to Point Roberts, but lacking a multiple entry visa to Canada, get stuck in Point Roberts. US Law Enforcement has used the Point, perceived as almost part of Canada, to trap US fugitives hiding in Canada. Once lured onto US soil on a false pretense, the Feds swoop in on the hapless crook who now has nowhere to run except into the ocean or back to the border and into the arms of US Border Patrol.
If by land, Point Roberts is only accessible through the U.S. Border Station on Tyee Drive, which can be reached from 56th Street in (southern) Tsawwassen, Delta, British Columbia, Canada. For details, see Get in — By car section of the Northwest Cascades region article.
- 1 Point Roberts Airpark (FAA LID: 1RL), 622 Marine Dr, ☎+1 360 945-3139, fax: +1 360 945-3169. Small private local airport with 2,400ft of grass runway. San Juan Airlines has scheduled flights between Bellingham and Point Roberts on Tuesdays and Thursdays.