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TOLOVANA BUNNIES

SOUTH CANNON BEACH, OREGON

hile not as prevalent as they once were, off the third exit into Cannon Beach, travelers who visit Tolovana State Park or any of the surrounding restaurants and hotels may see an odd number of bunnies hopping around. The story of how these bunnies infiltrated the town is a little fuzzy, but at least the black-and-white ones can be traced back to the Swigart family, whose bunnies either escaped or were let go in the 1980s. An article from The Daily Astorian shows a bunny crossing in Tolovana dating back to 1969. What is known is that the rabbits did what rabbits do, and before long hundreds were hopping across Cannon Beach.

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One of the legendary Tolovana bunnies comes out of hiding for a brief moment.

HAYSTACK ROCK

CANNON BEACH, OREGON

Humans aren’t the only visitors to Haystack Rock during the summer season.

owering 235 feet, Haystack Rock is hard to miss. The sea stack is the most Instagrammed landmark in Oregon, and was formed underwater between 10 and 17 million years ago. Lava flow from a volcanic eruption in what is now Idaho seeped through the sediment and reerupted through the seafloor to create the rock. Now, the rock is home to the largest puffin colony in Oregon, a host of tide pools that contain sea creatures like sea stars and anemones, and a natural wonder to about 100,000 visitors from all over the world.

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Our Coast Magazine 2018  
Our Coast Magazine 2018