When the United States and Canada decided on a border, marking the boundary along the 49th parallel line seemed like a great idea. It was – except for a few things. It divided Vancouver Island in half, which brought up the debate of whether or not it should just be left in two. They eventually decided to just give the whole island to Canada, and we were given the beautiful San Juan Islands.
But that wasn’t the only issue with this line. It also cut off a small end of the Tsawwassen Peninsula, leaving a small American town all by itself – which came to be known as Point Roberts, Washington. Because the town is surrounded by the ocean and Boundary Bay, the only way to get back to the mainland (other than boat) is by driving all the way up and around through Canada.