Point Roberts Lighthouse Marine Park

Come to this unique part of the WA coastline and visit the Orca Center on the boardwalk which has interpretive exhibits.  The 21 acre park has come to be known as one of the best places to view orcas from land in the area, especially in the summer months when 3 local pods pass by often.


Where the Whales Are

In the summer months, members of 3 local pods pass by often.

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  1. Theresa Kingman : 29 March 2013 1:49PM

    I live in Bellingham and have a friend visiting from California next week.
    Are there any orcha pods viewable from Lighthouse Park now?

    • donna : 30 March 2013 1:20AM

      Hi Theresa,
      It is a little early for the southern resident orcas to be in the area, and they are sporadically seen this time of year. A few weeks ago J pod was near Campbell River, B.C., while K and L pods were observed on the outer coast. I’d recommend checking Orca Network’s facebook page for recent sightings – (be sure to read the posts by other people on their timeline). Maybe you and your friend will time it right! Good luck – let us know if you see anything!

  2. carolyn bentley : 25 January 2013 9:19AM

    I live in Vancouver and have a love of nature and especially orcas! I’m looking for ways to get involved with the orca community and am so happy to have found you site! I’m always interested in volunteering.
    Thanks, Carolyn

    • donna : 30 January 2013 12:13AM

      Hi Carol – Very glad you found us! And sorry it took awhile to reply. Will follow up via email about volunteer opportunities, thanks so much for getting in touch! Donna (donna@thewhaletrail.org)

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The Whale Trail

Address / Contact

811 Marine Drive

Point Roberts, WA 98281

(360) 945-4911


Sunrise to Sunset

Park Information


  • camping
  • restrooms
  • trails
  • picnic-area

Travel Tips

From Bellingham:
Take I-5 north through the border at Peace Arch State Park in Blaine. Drive about 18 miles north on Highway 99 in B.C. Take Highway 17 west to 56th Street. Turn left on 56th Street and follow it to the Point Roberts border crossing.

Once you enter Point Roberts it is only 2.5 miles from the border to the park. Go straight on Tyee Drive, and follow it past the marina. Keep following the same road along the water until you reach Lighthouse Marine Park on your left-hand side.

The Whale Trail is a nonprofit organization in partnership with
Partners NOAA Seattle Aquarium People for Puget Sound Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife The Whale Museum National Marine Sanctuaries