Just up the road from Lighthouse Park, Monument Park is home to border marker #1 on the US-Canada border. The small park overlooks the Strait of Georgia from its perch among the trees atop a small bluff. An easy walking trail follows the top of the vegetation-covered slope, then descends through a forest of giant old Douglas fir trees to a picturesque beach. There are no facilities and no day fee at Monument Park.
Monument Park is located at the Northwest corner of Point Roberts. The park is named after the granite obelisk, Border Marker Number One, that stands at the entrance to the park. This monument to the 49 parallel was fabricated in Scotland and New Westminster in 1861 and sits at the most western point in the northern Canadian - US border. The 8.23 acre park, with the north 60 feet of frontage on Marine Drive owned by the International Border Commission, is composed of the lawn around the obelisk, forested uplands and steep slopes to the beach.
In 2008 a hiking trail of 951 feet in length, with five switchbacks was built. It descends 135 feet to the beach, a seven per cent grade—just slightly steeper than some grades on our Interstate Highways. Trails in the past were passable only by the very adventurous hikers or four legged creatures.
On each of the six trail sections, leading past a switchback, there are magnificent views filtered by the stately trees that rise from the steep slopes. The Trail leads to a very private beach with a perfect south west exposure for afternoon swims and picnics. There are many nooks where the beach meets the slopes where total privacy is assured.
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