Point Roberts Emergency Ferry

The Port is offering short-term, emergency transportation service from Point Roberts to Bellingham to help Whatcom County residents who have been unable to access critical goods and services due to the closure of the Canadian border to non-essential travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reservations

Ferry reservations are available by clicking on the following link.  Our reservation system requires passengers to make separate reservations for each segment of their proposed trip.  For example, passengers wanting to travel round trip from Point Roberts to Bellingham will need to make one reservation on the Point Roberts to Bellingham ferry, and a separate reservation for the return trip from Bellingham to Point Roberts.  

Space is limited so advance reservations are required and will be granted on a first come, first served basis.  If reservations are full, people are welcome to show up and attempt to ride 'stand-by' in the event there are no-show passengers.  

Weather

Please allow for flexible plans based on weather. Safety is our number one concern. If the forecasted winds are above the threshold for the day of sailing we will cancel the following days sailing by 4:00 pm.  If the weather is worse than forecasted on the day of sailing, we will make every attempt to contact passengers based on the contact information provided at the time of registration (phone and email). If weather turns mid-day, ferry staff will work to reschedule when weather conditions are favorable for travel.  Each passenger is responsible for arrangements in the event weather does not immediately allow a return trip.

Transit Connections

The ferry will arrive at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal located at 355 Harris Avenue. Transit connections are available nearby the Bellingham Cruise Terminal at Fairhaven Station.  WTA Route 1 services Fairhaven Station (Fairhaven Transportation Center) at :21 and :51 past each hour.  For transit schedules and route information, please visit http://www.ridewta.com/

Schedule

Ferry service is being offered twice-per-week on Tuesdays and Fridays beginning on September 8th.  Departure and arrival times as well as the sailing frequency may change based on passenger input and demand, so please check this website for the latest schedule information.

Tuesday / Friday

6:30 AM Depart Bellingham Cruise Terminal
8:30 AM Arrive Point Roberts Marina

9:00 AM    Depart Point Roberts Marina
11:00 AM  Arrive Bellingham Cruise Terminal 

4:00 PM    Depart Bellingham Cruise Terminal
6:00 PM    Arrive Point Roberts Marina 

6:30 PM    Depart Point Roberts Marina
8:30 PM    Arrive Bellingham Cruise Terminal

Cost

Ferry service is being provided by the Port free-of-charge due to the emergency nature of the situation. 

Passenger Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to view answers to Frequently Asked Questions such as can I bring a dog or can I bring a bike?  .

COVID-19 Precautions
Face masks are required on both the passenger ferry and WTA connections, and the number of passengers is being limited.

Ferry Information

Ferry service will be provided on San Juan Cruises’ 100-foot vessel Salish Express.  The ferry ride lasts about 2 hours between Point Roberts and Bellingham.. 

Why is Temporary, Emergency Transportation Service being Provided?

Point Roberts is not physically connected to the continental United States but it is part of Whatcom County. Point Roberts can only be accessed by crossing a vehicle through Canada, flying in on a small plane or by private boat. The US/Canada border has been closed to non-essential travel since March and border restrictions have been extended through at least September 21. US residents entering Canada without COVID-19 symptoms are currently required to quarantine for 14 days. Due to its unique location, Washington residents living in Point Roberts have been disproportionately impacted by US/Canada border restrictions.

The Port has been working with Whatcom County’s Federal Delegation and a US/Canada cross-border task force on a border exemption which would address the unique challenges of US residents living in Point Roberts. Ferry service from Point Roberts to Bellingham is being offered by the Port as a temporary, emergency solution.

For Additional Information

Please contact us at ptrferry@portofbellingham.com or call the Port's Community Outreach Department at 360.676.2500