Plover ferry, APA museum open for season

Published on Wed, May 25, 2011 by Tara Nelson

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Blaine’s historic Plover ferry will start its season at noon on Friday, May 27.

Richard Sturgill, a founding member of Drayton Harbor Maritime (DHM), the non-profit group that maintains the ferry, said the Plover will begin operating at noon and will run until the end of the Labor Day weekend.

The Alaska Packers Association (APA) Museum at Semiahmoo Park will also open for the season starting Friday, May 27, and will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays  through Labor Day weekend.

The museum features a restored Bristol Bay sailboat and exhibits illustrating the local history of Blaine’s fish cannery days dating back to 1894. It is located at 9261 Semiahmoo Parkway.

Museum manager Sonny Brown said staff members have been busy reframing and enlarging photos and adding more artifacts donated by Rick Thompson from his father’s collection.

The walk from the Semiahmoo Plover dock at Semiahmoo to the museum is about 1.2 miles, Brown said.

“It’s a nice walk if someone wants to take the Plover and walk along the beach,” she said.

For more information about the Plover ferry or the APA museum, call 360/371-3558 or visit