Historic Plover ferry
The Historic Plover ferry plies the waters between the Blaine harbor marina and Semiahmoo Spit, including the waters of Semiahmoo Bay and Drayton Harbor. Built in 1944 to carry cannery workers back and forth across the channel between Blaine and the former APA salmon cannery on Semiahmoo Spit. The ferry was restored by volunteers from the Whatcom Maritime Historical Society, The Friends of the Plover, (now known as Drayton Harbor Maritime) and The Plover Beach Gang. Like the bird it’s named after, the Plover is small and seldom far from shore. Crafted of fir and cedar, it measures 32 feet long and less than 10 ft wide, yet weighs over 11 tons. The Plover is the oldest foot passenger ferry in the State and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Historic Plover ferry is certified by US Coast Guard to carry 20 passengers, but bicyclists, strollers and even well behaved dogs may also come aboard when there is room. The two-person crew provides interesting commentary on the Plover’s restoration and the many diverse sights along the short crossing. Sights which may include British Columbia's Coast Mountains, basking seals, soaring eagles, stalking herons, and maybe even a shipwreck. The Plover also provides a pleasant shortcut for cyclists pedaling the coast. The Plover also makes a great water taxi from Blaine to a midday meal at the Semiahmoo resort.
Throughout the summer, the Plover operates during on the following days: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 4th of July, weekday holidays, as well as for special charters. Departure times are on the hour from Blaine Visitor’s Dock Gate ll below the Harbor Masters Office and on the half-hour from the wharf at the Inn at Semiahmoo. The Plover boasts the shortest ferry route in the State with crossing times of 25 minutes from Blaine Marina to Semiahmoo, and 25 minutes on the return. Passengers and cycles are boarded free as space allows, but donations make the ferry possible. So whether you want a closer look at the resident eagles, a shortcut around Drayton Harbor, or a trip into history, take a ride on the Historic Plover.
Departs on the hour from the Blaine Visitor's Dock, Gate II Blaine Harbor. Departs on the half-hour from the Plover Dock at Resort Semiahmoo. The Ferry operates during the summer months, beginning on Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, including the 4th of July.
Friday & Saturday ~ Noon - 8:00pm. Last sailing westbound at 7:00pm. Last sailing eastbound at 7:30pm.
Sunday ~ 10:00am - 6:00pm Last sailing westbound at 5:00pm Last sailing eastbound at 5:30pm
Fares: By Donation ~ Round Trip $5.00 Adults $1.00 Children
Click here for a printable brochure for the Historic Plover
The Plover is available for private charters. Rates are $350 for the first hour, $100 each additional hour. Call 360-332-5742 to make a reservation.