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where unlucky souls were shanghaied. Inquire about tours at the museum. After passing by restaurants serving local seafood, stroll to the east end of Water Street to the public pedestrian pier at the end of town. Here, you’ll find pockets of natural beach and the Northwest Maritime Center, a hub for marine craftspeople. Here and at the surrounding businesses, you can see kayaks being built, wooden boats under repair, and sailmakers plying their trade. Don’t miss a short trail along the beach, which starts at the end of Hudson Street and has views toward Mt. Baker and the Cascades. Venture north from Water Street a few blocks to the top of the hill and you’ll find “Uptown,” another lively but small retail district with a bakery, pub and a few restaurants, as well as the Port Townsend Saturday Market, which runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays from April to mid-December. Late 1800s Victorian houses dot the hill between uptown and downtown. To find these restored gems, which include some three-story showpieces complete with balconies, bay windows, turrets and ornate trim, just walk uphill from Water Street. For more information, visit enjoypt.com.


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off with a parade, complete with music, candy and performers and ends with a bang with the night’s fireworks show. Rides, fair food and vendors make it fun for the whole family. From museums to historic landmarks from World War I and II, history buffs will delight in all the Coupeville town and surroundings have to offer. Visitors can go back in time at the Fort Casey Historical State Park, a 998-acre marine camping park along 10,810 feet

of shoreline. Fort Casey, built in the 1800s, was used as a training facility until the mid-1940s. Park visitors can explore the original catacomb-like bunkers, an interpretative center and gift shop and gaze at the 1903 brick-red and white Spanish-style Admiralty Lighthouse. Visitors will marvel at the sight of the Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens, a 1960s woodland filled with 53 acres of gardens. For $5 admission, and free admission for 16 and younger, visitors can roam the

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to fame, with galleries, studios and art walks filling the city. An art walk is held every first Saturday of the month, often offering complimentary wine, hors d’oeuvres and live music. Summer galleries will focus on local landscapes, glass art, jewelry and table-top sculpture. Langley will be bustling during the Whidbey Island Fair, July 19-22. Fair visitors will experience farm exhibits, animals, live entertainment, a wine garden and eye-popping art on historic farm ground. Keep exploring the parks or set your eyes on waterside fun; there is something for everyone on Whidbey Island. For more information, visit whidbeycamanoisland.com.

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just blocks from downtown. Anacortes Community Forest Lands comprises 2,800 acres of woods, wetlands, lakes and meadows within city limits. Mt. Erie and Heart Lake are particular gems in the forest. Mt. Erie’s summit offers a spectacular view of the San Juan islands, and you can drive to the top if you are not up to hiking one of the trails to the 1,273-foot peak. If you do decide to hike, picking up a map is a must, as trails tend to intertwine. Maps are available at nearby businesses such as the bike shop. Afterwards, head into downtown Anacortes and walk down Commercial Street to explore its red brick buildings, antique shops, restaurants, marine hardware stores and book sellers. If looking to eat, there are numerous delis, pizzerias, and upscale seafood restaurants to pick from. Anacortes also has a surprising nightlife and local music scene that pumps energy into Commercial Street in the evening hours. Life-sized murals of interesting characters from Anacortes’ past add splashes of color to the city center. You can stroll past paintings of turn-of-the-century luminaries such as Anne and Tommy Thompson, founders of the Anacortes Railway. Anacortes hosts more than its fair share of festivals. The Spring Wine Festival in April, Waterfront Festival in early June and Oyster Run motorcycle rally in September are a few examples. The Anacortes Arts Festival, held in downtown Anacortes on August 3-5 this year, has celebrated art in Anacortes since 1962. The festival features an organized run, nearly non-stop music performances, and artists and craftspeople displaying sculptures, textile art, jewelry, photography, paintings and more. Watching the sun melt into the horizon at Washington Park or Causland Memorial Park is a favorite way to cap a day on Fidalgo Island. If you hear the deep horn of a ferry in the distance, departing for distant islands, you can relax knowing you’re already on island time. For more information, visit anacortes.org.


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WHIDBEY ISLAND Half Link Bicycle Shop

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Skagit Cycle Center Hybrid bike rentals 1620 Commercial Avenue 360/588-8776 skagitcyclecenter.com

SAN JUAN ISLAND Discovery Adventure Tours Bike rentals 260 Spring Street, Friday Harbor 360/378-2559 discoveryadventuretours.com

Island Bicycles Mountain, hybrid and road bike rentals 380 Argyle Avenue, Friday Harbor 360/378-4941 islandbicycles.com

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San Juan Outfitters Bike rentals and kayaking and whale watching tours 248 Reuben Memorial Drive, Friday Harbor 360/378-1962 sanjuanislandoutfitters.com

Sea Quest Kayak Expeditions Kayak rentals and tours 2 Front Street, Friday Harbor 360/378-5767 sea-quest-kayak.com

LOPEZ ISLAND Lopez Bicycle Works Mountain, road, comfort and hybrid bike rentals 2847 Fisherman Bay Road 360/468-2847 lopezbicycleworks.com

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Susie’s Mopeds & Car Rentals 125 Nichols, Friday Harbor 360/378-5244 susiesmopeds.com

Orcas Outdoors Kayak rentals 8300 Orcas Road, Eastsound 360/376-4611 orcasoutdoors.com

Outer Island Expeditions Kayak and canoe rentals 54 Hunt Road, Eastsound 360/376-3711 outerislandx.com

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FAIRHAVEN Community Boating Center Rent kayaks, paddle boards, rowboats and sailboats 555 Harris Avenue 360/714-8891 boatingcenter.org

Fairhaven Bike Mountain and road bike rentals 1108 11th Street 360/733-4433 fairhavenbike.com

BELLINGHAM Jack’s Bicycle Center Mountain and comfort bike rentals 1907 Iowa Street 360/733-1955 jacksbicyclecenter.net

KitePaddleSurf Paddle board and kiteboarding rentals and lessons 2620 N. Harbor Loop Drive #18 360/775-2741 kitepaddlesurf.com

LFS Marine Outdoor Sit-on and sit-in kayaks for rent 851 Coho Way 800/426-8860 lfsmarineoutdoor.com

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Tulip Country Bike Tours Bike rentals and tours 13391 Avon Allen Road 360/424-7461 countrycycling.com

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Semiahmoo Resort Beach Activities Center Bikes, kayaks paddleboards 9565 Semiahmoo Parkway 855/917-3767 Semiahmoo.com

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STEVESTON Village Bikes Renting mountain bikes, comfort, hybrid and cruiser bikes 3891 Moncton Street 604/274-3865 village-bikes.ca

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Just outside of central Bellingham, this 4.8-mile roundtrip trail at Lake Whatcom Park is new this year and offers great views along the way on a beautifully maintained path. Elevation is steady and makes for a hike that won’t leave you spent for the rest of the day. Walking under forest canopy, you’ll be well-shaded and guided through signs along the way. Still, the hike will give you a bit of a workout, as you climb 1,000 feet to the top, reaching stunning, expansive views of Lake Whatcom, Bellingham Bay and the Salish Sea. The gravel trail is perfect for biking, too. Pack a lunch and eat on the benches while enjoying the view. Worked up a sweat? Make your way down and jump in Lake Whatcom when you’re done.

If you are looking for the trail less traveled, head to the Baker Preserve on Lummi Island. Just like the island, the hike will likely be a quiet one. Once off the ferry, head south onto Nugent Road and follow it onto Seacrest Drive until you see a trailhead on your right. Sign in at the beginning of the trailhead and get ready for a bit of a steep climb. The steepness settles down and transforms into a comfortable walking path reaching a 1,060-foot elevation gain. The 3.3-mile round trip hike features exceptional wetlands, farmland and shoreline. At the top, find glorious views of Rosario Strait and the San Juan islands. Take a rest – there’s space to bask in the sun. Note: dogs aren’t allowed on the trail.

With great work comes great reward. Whether biker or hiker, this Orcas Island hike is a must. Located at Moran State Park, Mt. Constitution is the highest point in the San Juan islands and a must-see attraction for anyone visiting the island. The hike is challenging, but very doable, with a 1,500 elevation gain. Take your dog, your bike or a backpack and begin at the trailhead near the picnic shelter at Mountain Lake. You will reach a fork where you can head to either Little Summit or the final summit. The top bears a real treat as a stone tower replica of Russian watchtowers from the 12th century shares space with a lookout. The views are sensational, giving grand panoramas of the islands, Mt. Baker and Rosario Strait.

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GOOSE ROCK – OAK HARBOR, WHIDBEY ISLAND 4.3 miles, roundtrip

Reach the highest point on Whidbey Island by hiking Goose Rock at Deception Pass State Park. The 4.3 miles there-and-back will guide you through beach and forests and even under the historic bridge to reach the top. Begin the hike at the far west end of Cranberry Lake, taking the North Beach trail. When the main path forks, keep following the Perimeter Trail. You’ll find yourself on a grassy, flower-clustered hillside peering over the water. Finally, take the Summit Trail to make the final trek to the top which offers magnificent views of the Olympics, San Juans and Cranberry Lake. Discover pass is required.

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A Discover Pass is required to park at most state parks and wildlife areas in Washington state. The annual pass costs $30 and a day pass costs $10, available for purchase online at store. discoverpass.wa.gov. Passes should be displayed on vehicles in official trailhead parking locations. To learn more, visit discoverpass.wa.gov. DISCOVER PASS FREE DAYS June 2 – National Trails Day June 9 – National Get Outdoors Day June 10 – Fishing Day Aug 25 – National Park Service 102nd Birthday Sep 22 – National Public Lands Day

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pler options throughout downtown. Those looking for wine, beer and spirit discoveries will find themselves in luck: this island has it all. Try out San Juan Island Brewing, San Juan Island Distillery/Westcott Bay Cider and San Juan Winery; they all have awards to their name. Restaurants aside, Friday Harbor has everything you’d expect in a seaside town: cozy bookstores, galleries, cafes, ice cream and chocolate shops. It also has a lot you might not expect,

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including a jerky store, a cheese shop and a century old movie theater. Finding stuff to do in Friday Harbor is easy even if you’re not a shopper. Rental boats, bikes and mopeds are all available while several whale-watching guides operate out of the harbor. The Whale Museum on First Street is an ode to the island’s central location to the endangered population of orcas and is the first museum in the country devoted to the mammal. Outside town you’ll find farms, for-

ests, pastures and parks. Country roads weave past little lakes and through valleys, passing fields of organic vegetables, lavender and even an alpaca farm. In late June, visitors can tour historic wooden vessels, sail, go on treasure hunts and more at the Pirate & Wooden Ships Festival. The festival offers live music, food and games for the whole family. At Roche Harbor, visit the historic Hotel de Haro, the state’s oldest continually operating hotel. A yellow brick road made with brick from the island’s original lime kilns runs out front. While you’re here, check out the 19-acre San Juan Islands Museum of Art and Sculpture Park at Westcott Bay Reserve, home to more than 100 sculptures. You’re never far from a beautiful park as you drive around the island. English Camp and American Camp, both part of San Juan Island National Historical Park, have natural beauty – South Beach at American Camp is the longest stretch of beach on the island – and also something for history buffs. Soldiers were stationed at the camps in 1859 in an international confrontation after the “Pig War” broke out. A trespassing pig was the only casualty. Take a trip to Lime Kiln Point State Park to see orcas from resident pods breaching and playing. This 36-acre park is not only one of the better places in the world to see whales from land, it’s also an ideal spot to catch a sunrise or sunset and photograph the Lime Kiln Lighthouse in golden brilliance. For more information, visit sanjuanisland.org


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more secluded destinations, whether it’s to connect with the sea and sleep under the stars or to indulge in a bedand-breakfast. From the village, scenic roads lead to wineries, farms, galleries, dramatic vistas and parks. Eight county parks and one state park ring the island. Odlin County Park is an ideal spot to comb the beach or hike through seaside forests. The park also offers picnicking and camping, though you’ll want to reserve a campsite far in advance. Don’t miss Spencer Spit State Park, a popular 138-acre spot for crabbing, clamming and beachcombing. If you’re finished checking out Lopez’s beaches, don’t miss Shark Reef Sanctuary, a rocky headland facing a tide-churned channel and Cattle Point Lighthouse on San Juan Island. Many choose to explore the island by bike as Lopez has the gentlest terrain for cycling and plenty of scenic stops along the way. Didn’t bring a bike? Check out Lopez Bicycle Works, the oldest bike shop in the San Juan islands. They offer quality rentals as well as repair services. Several outfitters also rent kayaks by the day or hour, and can deliver to the ferry terminal. Reservations are recommended

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owering over the San Juan archipelago, Orcas Island contains the highest peaks of the underwater mountain chain underpinning the San Juan islands. Orcas has two mountainous lobes that wrap around East Sound, creating 125 miles of convoluted coastline. Ashore, hidden valleys and sparkling lakes cry out for exploration. Orcas Island’s topography and ample public lands make it a prime destination for those looking for some of the best hiking, mountain biking and paddling the region has to offer. Moran State Park should be your first stop. Pass the park’s welcome arch on winding Olga Road and dive into the park’s 5,252-acres, home to five lakes, 38 hiking trails, and 151 camping sites. Mt. Constitution, rising 2,409 feet straight out of the Salish Sea, is accessible by road or by a 6.7-mile loop trail that also crosses Mountain Lake. At the top, a swirl of green islands dot the sea on all sides and snowy peaks perch on the horizon. Mountain Lake and Cascade Lake are the biggest bodies of water in the park and can keep visitors busy exploring by boat or by trail. Vendors offer boat rentals at both lakes. Take a walk around either lake and you’re bound to stumble on a secluded swimming hole. Other outdoor recre-

ation options on the island include fishing, golfing, whale watching, and skateboarding. Bicycle and boat rentals are available at several locations. Starting in May, farmers gather from the island’s fertile valleys for the weekly farmers market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday in Eastsound. The market runs through the first weekend in October and features locally grown produce as well as arts and crafts. Eastsound is the cultural center at the midpoint of Orcas’s two lobes. Although small, the village is bursting with life. A grocery store stocked with most of what you may have forgotten anchors downtown, and bookstores, cafes, restaurants, art galleries and shops of all kinds surround it. Craft beer lovers should head out of town less than a mile to sample the island’s own microbrews at Island Hoppin’ Brewery. A few farther-flung restaurants and inns at Olga, Deer Harbor and Doe Bay are well worth the picturesque drive. For offbeat island entertainment, check out The Exchange, a combination of recycling center and thrift store, where one can comb through treasures, trinkets and castoff valuables. If food and farming interests you, take a tour of Bullock’s Permaculture Homestead, a “food forest” of edible gardens, trees, wetlands and hillside plantings. For more information, visit orcasislandchamber.com.

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La Conner is a quiet, waterside community and an enclave of culture, art and setting sail. The town has long been a haven for fishermen, farmers, artists and carpenters. In the 1940s and ‘50s, artists took the town as their own, squatting in abandoned fishing shacks on the banks of the Skagit River, and calling their home ‘Fishtown.’ Its quiet waters and fertile land became a destination for those who wanted to live simply. The spirit of La Conner’s past has been kept alive. Art lovers and artists alike will be delighted with the attractions of La Conner. Whether admiring the history-rich architecture, Mt. Baker embellished skyline or one of the town’s museums, visitors will find themselves taken by the

magic of it all. Head to the Pacific Northwest Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum to see luxurious textile work by local and international artists and then head over to the Skagit County Historical Museum, for revolving and permanent exhibits on the town’s origin and Native American Culture. Looking for even more? The Museum of Northwest Art tells stories through exhibitions dedicated to local contemporary, modern and abstract art. To get the full La Conner experience, make sure to step off land and experience a local kayak tour. Afterwards, enjoy the fresh seafood offered at the restaurants perched above the slough. Pair your oysters, clams or salmon with romantic views of the sunset on the channel and local wine selections. The town is ideal for walking, sightseeing and browsing local shops. La Conner offers boutiques, art galleries, artist co-ops and charming inns to enjoy during your stay. In spring, La Conner enters full bloom, with its daffodil fields luring visitors from far and wide. During the season, bicycle riders don their best clothing – think tweedy, English country style. The Tweed Ride celebrates the arrival of spring. In August, La Conner shows off the best on land and water at the Classic Boat & Car Show. Art gallery tours are held throughout the summer. And in the off-chance you find yourself looking for something more to do, La Conner has compiled a list of 101 ideas. For more information, visit lovelaconner.com


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Skagit Valley is also home to many award-winning wineries; discover the best of Washingtons wine in surrounding tasting rooms, vineyards and restaurants. The Tulip Winery offers flower-side sipping on the weekends while Bertelson Winery is open Wednesday through Sunday for local wine tasting. Historic downtown Mount Vernon offers some of the best antique shopping in the region. Grab a bite, enjoy the waterside views and head to the Red Door Antique Mall, offering a collection of one-of-a-kind boutiques that highlight the town’s agricultural history. Mount Vernon’s central district is ideal for taking a stroll, perusing art galleries and absorbing the town’s atmosphere. Mount Vernon is full of cultural events in the summer. Don’t miss the lively Skagit County Highland Games in July, which will bring bagpiping competitions, bands, fiddling and other traditional Scottish pursuits to the town. In August, the Skagit County Fair brings live music, carnival rides, farm animals and eating contests for a four-day event. Keep enjoying the sunshine at Edgewater Park. The park fills 54-acres along the Skagit River and offers a playground, boat launch, large stage and four softball fields. Don’t forget to keep looking up while you’re there – Mount Vernon is a bird town that experiences an annual influx of swans, snow geese and most notably – bald eagles. For more adventure, veer just south of the city to Little Mountain Park, with 11 miles of family-friendly trails spanning 500 acres and a lookout that will give you jaw-dropping views of the Skagit Valley from nearly 1,000 feet. Make sure to bring your bicycle for some quality rides on the various trails for any ability level. For bicycle tour maps, visit visitskagitvalley.com/biking. WHOLESALE For more information, head to visitmountvernon.com.

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icknamed “Hub City,” Burlington is located on the Skagit River at the junction of I-5 and Highway 20 and is the perfect place to stop, shop and explore. Burlington offers a variety of shopping venues, lakes full of fish, challenging golf courses, museums and eateries. Surrounded by rivers and lakes offering public access, fishing is a top attraction locally. Stretching approximately 150 miles long, the Skagit River is one of the longest on the West Coast. Throw in a hook and see what you catch; the Skagit is home to cutthroat trout, sturgeon, and pink and Chinook salmon. The river is also the perfect place to kayak or float on a hot day. Golfers can spend a day at Avalon Golf Links, a course boasting 27 championship holes,


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full-service pro shop, beverage cart and restaurant. If shopping is more your style, you’re in the right place. Burlington has over 250 retail stores right off the exit, including designer clothing outlets, Cascade Mall and warehouse stores at the Burlington Crossings. If you get hungry, pick from a wide selection of restaurants in the area, including the popular Train Wreck Bar & Grill which combines a comfy tavern feel with locally-sourced cuisine. Burlington offers entertainment options for the whole family. Head down to the Children’s Museum of Skagit County, located in the Cascade Mall, to explore interactive exhibits. Keep the fun rolling at Skagit Skate, a roller blading rink. Head on over to the Cascade Trail, a flat path that follows an abandoned railroad line and can lead to prime picnic locations and great views of the North Cascades. Visit the Heritage Flight Museum at the Skagit Regional Airport to learn more about military aircraft and see real artifacts from the World War II and Vietnam-era. Founded by Apollo 8 astronaut Major General William Anders, the admission-free museum offers flying displays of museum and visiting aircraft on the second Saturday of the month from April to S The Valley’s Best Seafood! ’ T I July and the third Saturday from August to September. G WN O In June, come celebrate the annual Berry Dairy Days, which showcases the town’s agricultural history with local ingredients like homemade strawberry shortcake a grand fireworks display, salmon barbeque, festive parade Daily Lunch Specials and more. Visitors arriving later in the season will enjoy with Local Seafood! Delicious freshly-prepared! Burlington Summer Nights, an eight-week concert series SHOP HERE FOR LOCAL GIFT ITEMS held each Friday in July and August. The free outdoor Jams • Jellies • Salsas • Honey • Sauces • Dungeness Crab event features live music, food vendors and family fun at Fresh Fish • Clams • Mussels • Oysters for every taste! Shrimp • Scallops • Smoked Fish the Burlington Visitor Center Amphitheater. 360.707.2722 • 18042 Hwy 20, Burlington • www.SkagitFish.com For more information, visit Burlington-chamber.com.

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Located along Chuckanut Drive, the Chuckanut Bay Gallery features delicate etched glass, glazed pottery and other handcrafted artwork. In Edison, the Smith & Vallee Gallery showcases work on a rotating basis inside a turn-of-the-century schoolhouse. This summer, the gallery will feature artists Patty Haller, Brian O’Neill and Marceil DeLacy. Coming from the north, make certain to take the Chuckanut Drive scenic byway. This curvy 21-mile road hugging the cliffs overlooking Bellingham Bay and the San Juan islands is a favorite of motorcyclists, bicyclists and top-down sports cars on sunny days. Pull over at one of the overlooks for a breathtaking view. There are a number of popular trailheads along the Chuckanut Drive, including Oyster Dome, which is a popular hiking trail that climbs more than 2,000 feet to a magnificent vista. Several other hiking trails begin at Larrabee State Park, a bit closer to Fairhaven. Hikers who have worked up a mighty appetite or drivers who are looking to dine with waterfront views can eat at The Oyster Bar, which serves fresh oysters or Taylor Shellfish Farms, which sells fresh oysters, clams, geoduck, mussels and crab from the source – both are located on the drive.

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here are a variety of ways to get around while traveling coastal Washington and British Columbia. Here are a few to get you going!

PLANES Bellingham International Airport (BLI) Full-service, commercial airport with international flights. I-5, Exit 258 in Bellingham. portofbellingham.com/airport

Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

Planes, trains, buses & ferries

Full-service commercial airport with international flights. Hwy 99, Exit 39 in Richmond, B.C.

San Juan Airlines Daily scheduled flights from Anacortes, Bellingham and Seattle to the San Juan Islands, Point Roberts and B.C. 4167 Mitchell Way, Bellingham International Airport sanjuanairlines.com

Bellingham Cruise Terminal and Fairhaven Transportation Station offer

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Anacortes Ferry Terminal

Alaska Marine Highway

Amtrak is a great way to get where you need to go and still enjoy the scenery along the way. Catch the train in Vancouver, Bellingham, Mount Vernon, Stanwood, Everett or Seattle. amtrak.com

Multiple sailings to the San Juan Islands and Victoria, B.C. 2100 Ferry Terminal Road, Anacortes 800/843-3779 wsdot.gov

Ferries to Alaska Bellingham Cruise Terminal, Harris Avenue. 800/642-0066 ferryalaska.com/bell

Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal

Port Townsend Ferry Terminal

Multiple sailings to the Gulf Islands, Victoria and Nanaimo. West end of Hwy 17 Tsawwassen 888/223-3779 bcferries.com

Ferries to Coupeville 1301 Water Street 206/464-6400 wsdot.wa.gov

Lummi Ferry Terminal

Ferries to Clinton 614 Front Street 206/464-6400 wsdot.wa.gov

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Airporter Shuttle This shuttle takes passengers from up the I-5 corridor to and from Sea-Tac Airport and downtown Seattle. The shuttle is also great for intercity travel and transfers to the San Juan Islands ferry in Anacortes. airporter.com

Greyhound Greyhound is the largest provider of intercity bus transportation with a modern, environmentally friendly fleet. Greyhound is great for making connections to cities not served by train. greyhound.com

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Choose from a selection of small bistros, Mexican restaurants and cafes for a bite after perusing through Fairhaven’s boutiques, a garden shop, sculpture shop and more. If you find yourself there at happy hour, make sure to stop by some of the jazzy cocktail bars scattered through the area, too. In addition to shopping and dining, Fairhaven offers an ample amount of outdoor activities, including a 5.9-mile Interurban Trail, which can be traversed by foot or by bike. The trail connects Fairhaven to a number of parks including Fairhaven Park, Larrabee State Park, Boulevard Park and Taylor Dock, an over-thewater boardwalk that joins Fairhaven to Bellingham. Located on the shore of Bellingham Bay is the Community Boating Center, which offers kayak, rowboat and paddle board rentals to the public. During the summer, don’t be surprised to find

a festival going on downtown. Visit in June for the free, three-day Summer Solstice Art Festival, which features art exhibits, demonstrations, chalk art and more. The free Fairhaven Steampunk Festival in July brings together musicians, writers and entertainers. A major transportation hub, Fairhaven is home to the Bellingham Cruise Terminal and the Amtrak Cascades train station. For those looking to explore the Salish Sea, San Juan Cruises offers whale and bird watching excursions, beer and wine tasting cruises and day-long picnic cruises. To learn more, visit fairhaven.com. WATERSIDENW.COM


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nurtured by its place as an education hub. Western Washington University, Whatcom Community College and Bellingham Technical College bring a large student population to Bellingham; the three higher education institutions combined have a 30,000-strong student body. The campuses themselves are a worth a visit, especially Western Washington University whih is an open museum of sorts. Visit to see one-of-akind interactive sculptures and stroll through the arboretum. Climb up the observation tower to see an expansive view of the city and Bellingham Bay. Those looking for waterfront fun can make their way to Lake Padden, which offers a 2.6-mile easy loop trail around the lake, a playground, picnic tables, Annual Ski to Sea Race beach and swimming areas. A bit further south, visitors can rent a kayak, rowboat or other watercraft at quiet Lake Samish. Just a bit more north, visitors can head to Whatcom Falls Park for shaded walks and light swimming. For a bigger and perhaps colder swim, head to Bellingham Bay and walk the boardwalk at Boulevard Park; to keep going, take the South Bay Trail to make your way into downtown Bellingham and grab a bite. During a summer day, this town is roasting – and brewing. Coffee and beer is part of the Bellingham culture. With over 10 microbreweries (and counting) sprinkled throughout the city, and too many bars to count, it is hard to find a Bellinghamster on a hot day without a pale ale in hand. Looking for something out of the hops variety? Coffee lovers will enter paradise from the city’s endless selection of coffee shops and 12 specialty coffee roasting companies. Downtown food options are plentiful. From pub grub to fine waterside dining on Squalicum Harbor, you won’t be disappointed. Look for seafood to enjoy the city’s claim to fame, or one of the eclectic cafes that express the eco-friendly culture. Looking for a specific cuisine? Downtown offers fantastic choices from French to Southern-style fare. A strong and growing artist community resides here as well as numerous art galleries and downtown art walks on the first Friday of every month. Wander through the city and find independent retailers and shops offering one of a kind and local crafts. You’ll find that just about every business in Bellingham is eco-friendly and encourages you to be the same. In fact, reducing pollution is another component of that Bellingham culture; just this year, the city was named as one of the American Lung Association’s cleanest cities for ozone and particle pollution. Every Saturday in the summer, handmade and local treasures can


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be found at the farmer’s market at Depot Square. As the largest farmers market in Whatcom County, the venue is filled with fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers, food vendors and crafts. Visitors are entertained with acts from folk musicians to circus performers adding life into the space. Art lovers can visit the Whatcom Museum for special and permanent exhibitions filled with culture, contemporary art and Northwest history. Head over to the Spark Museum of Electrical Invention and get an upclose look at rare artifacts from electrical experiments in the 1600s and find yourself shocked at the sight of the Megazapper Electrical Show, performed every weekend. Once the sun goes down, watch as downtown comes alive. Every night of the week, the area is filled with activity from restaurants, bars, music venues and more. Check out what is on the schedule at the Mount Baker Theatre. This grand venue offers ballet, plays, concerts for all musical tastes and more. Catch the Bellingham experience at the Pickford Film Center with showings of uniquely Bellingham films. Choose from a carefully selected variety of independent films that drive conversation, education and celebration of cinema. To learn more of what Bellingham has to offer, visit Bellingham.org.

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The craft brewery scene can’t stop growing in Bellingham. There is a brewery for the adventurer, the minimalist and those looking for a bit of everything. Use this map to brewery hop or to choose the one that’s right for you. CHEERS!

1 Boundary Bay Brewing

1107 Railroad Avenue

Taproom and Family-Friendly Bistro located in historic downtown Bellingham. Right across from the Saturday farmers market, Boundary Bay offers fresh handcrafted ales and lagers paired with locally-sourced food.

2 Wander Brewing

1807 Dean Avenue

This brew hall is perfect for parking your bike, grabbing a pint and enjoying some sun. Enjoy local grub from a different food truck every day of the week.

3 Menace Brewing

2529 Meridian Street

This small craft brewery offers nine taps and a family friendly atmosphere with food trucks stopping by different days of the week.

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Kulshan and K2 serve well-balanced lagers and ales served from 15-and 30-barrel brew houses. Stop by to try their award-winning beers and food truck fare.

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Named after the beautiful Chuckanut mountains to which we can all raise a glass, this brewery and kitchen offers farm-to-table cuisine, craft beer, dessert, wine and cider. Cheers!

9 Stones Throw Brewery

1009 Larrabee Avenue

Step right off the trail and into Stones Throw Brewery. Cozy up near the fire pit and enjoy this seven-barrel neighborhood gathering place, only a stone’s throw from adventures in the Chuckanuts.

10 GRUFF Brewing

104 E Maple Street #101

GRUFF Brewing’s name speaks to its lack of frills and focuses on what matters – beer. This brewery has 12+ beers on tap, a patio and is dog friendly.

1 1 Illuminati Brewing

3950 Hammer Drive #101

Illuminati offers up 22 ales and lagers on tap as well as a full range of wines from partner winery, Masquerade Wine Company. Hungry? There is a full deli counter complete with cheese plates, meat and baguette sandwiches.

1 2 Melvin Brewing

2416 Meridian Street

Along with its selection of Indian Pale Ales and lagers, Melvin offers a fusion of flavors on its menu – from Pad Thai to a Southern fried chicken burger.

7 Structures Brewing

1420 North State Street

Right in the downtown scene, Structures is brewing up small, artisanal and authentic batches of lagers, IPAs, porters and more.

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WASHINGTON Anacortes

Coupeville – Whidbey Island

Bellingham

Fairhaven

Saturdays, May 5-October 27 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Anacortesfarmersmarket.org Saturdays through December 17 10 a.m.-3 p.m. bellinghamfarmers.org

Blaine

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Fridays, June 15-October 5 3-7 p.m. ferndalepublicmarket.org

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San Juan Island

Thursdays, May 31-August 30 4-7 p.m. whidbeycamanoislands.com

Orcas Island

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Port Townsend

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Steveston

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The Lopez Island Farmers Market

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White Rock

South Whidbey Tilth

Sundays, May 6-October 28 10 a.m.-2 p.m. whiterockfarmersmarket.ca

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Saturdays, April through December 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. jcfmarkets.org

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QUICK GETAWAYS

Don’t have a week to experience Waterside communities? These destinations are perfect for short day trips or overnighters.

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Obstruction Pass State Park – Orcas Island If you love: Picnics by the beach

On the beach with an open forest of firs, cedars and madronas trees, Obstruction Pass State Park on Orcas Island is the perfect day-trip or overnight getaway. The 80-acre park hosts 10 campsites, various picnic tables, three walking trails and a stunning sandy beach. The park is perfect for a picnic, skipping rocks and bird-watching while looking out at Lopez, Blakely and Obstruction islands. The secluded waterside campspots are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. The park is next to the village of Olga, which offers hourly kayak and boat rentals and a general store. To plan your trip and learn more: moranstatepark.com/obstruction-pass

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Sharpe Park – Anacortes

If you love: Creating your own adventure

Sharpe Park is a hidden treasure for travelers of Anacortes or the Fidalgo Island. At first, the park appears small, but once your heel hits the trailhead, it reveals to be extensive. Multiple trails weave throughout the park, and while trusty signs will meet you along the way, you might find you end up on a different trail than you started on. The pick-your-own adventure trails make for an exciting and fun little hike. As you get closer to the water, be on the lookout for harbor porpoises, often feeding near shore. Where will you end up? Hard to say, but after passing by wetland and sky-high cedar, you’ll most likely make it along a bluff, overlooking the islands and surrounded by wild flowers. The quiet trails may even lead you to believe your endpoint is your own discovery. To plan your trip and learn more: anacortes.org/sharpe-park/

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Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve – Birch Bay If you love: Panoramic views and cobblestone beaches

Rich in vegetation and wildlife, Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve is a place of discovery. The 54-acre reserve contains forest, wetlands, shorelines and 2 miles of public beach. Flora includes orange honeysuckle, mouse-ear chickweed, Douglas’ aster, vine maple and more. Visitors can see shorebirds and seal pups near the beach. Visitors will surely come back for the unforgettable views of the Strait of Georgia and San Juan islands. To plan your trip and learn more: whatcomcounty.us/2108/

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Hummel Lake Preserve– Lopez Island

If you love: Casting a line and lakeside strolls

At 80 acres, Hummel Lake is Lopez Island’s largest freshwater lake, ideal for a day of fishing and paddling around. The lake is best stocked in the summer months, offering rainbow trout, resident bluegill and largemouth bass. The park offers lakefront views, a fishing dock, boat ramp and about a mile of trails. To plan your trip and learn more: visitsanjuans.com/attractions/hummel-lake-preserve

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Teddy Bear Cove – Bellingham

Teddy Bear Cove is a bite-size beach offering wandering paths and tidepool marine life. From Fairhaven, head to Chuckanut Drive for about a mile. Teddy Bear Cove is marked by a large sign, lookout and parking area. Follow the trail downwards to pass the railroad and wander onto the white-sand beach. A bluff separates the beach into two, and allows higher views of the San Juan islands. The quiet beach is perfect for a stroll and looking for shells or starfish, enjoying the sunshine and letting time move a bit slower. To plan your trip and learn more: whatcomcounty.us/2184/Teddy-Bear-Cove WATERSIDE 2018

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PORT TOWNSEND Jefferson County Historical Museum Various locations • Port Townsend 360/385-1003 jchsmuseum.org Displays exhibits and artwork reflecting the past and present of Port Townsend. Visit one of five sites including the Rothschild House and Commanding Officer’s Quarters. Port Townsend Aero Museum 105 Airport Road • Port Townsend 360/379-5244 ptaeromuseum.com A variety of antique and classic aircraft, artwork, books and various displays. Port Townsend Marine Science Center 532 Battery Way East • Port Townsend ptmsc.org An interactive natural history museum with hands-on aquarium features, plants, touch tanks and more. Puget Sound Coast Artillery Museum Building 201, Fort Worden 200 Battery Way • Port Townsend 360/385-0373 coastartillery.org Exhibits on coastal artillery history with photos and a gift shop at Fort Worden.

SAN JUAN ISLANDS Lopez Island Historical Society and Museum 28 Washburn Place • Lopez Island 360/468-2049 lopezmuseum.org Alongside permanent First Islanders and Natural History displays, there are rotating exhibits on farming, fishing, place name origins and island communities. Features more than 200 stone, bone and antler Native artifacts from First Islander life. Orcas Island Historical Museum 181 N Beach Road • Eastsound Village 360/376-4849 orcasmuseums.org Six original homestead cabins built during the 1870s and the 1890s were taken apart, moved, reconstructed and sited together to create the museum’s main facility. The museum contains Native American artifacts, photography and skull and bone remains from a 14,000-year-old Bison Antiquus.

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San Juan Islands Museum of Art 285 Spring Street • Friday Harbor 360/370-5050 sjima.org The SJIMA offers rotating exhibitions through three galleries, focusing on artists of northwestern states and southwestern Canada. An astounding exhibit of quilts made by women of Gee’s Bend Alabama, titled, “Conversations with Gee’s Bend” will be at the museum from May 25 to September 23. San Juan Historical Museum 405 Price Street • Friday Harbor 360/378-3949 sjmuseum.org Honoring heritage and history, the museum gives visitors the opportunity to explore the grounds of the restored King farm house, original county and Scribner’s log cabin. The Whale Museum 62 1st Street N • Friday Harbor 360/378-4710 whalemuseum.org The Whale Museum, opened in 1979, was the first museum in the country devoted to a species living in the wild. Today, the museum continues to promote stewardship of whales and the Salish Sea ecosystem through education and research.

WHIDBEY ISLAND Island County Historical Society 908 NW Alexander Street • Coupeville 360/678-3310 islandhistory.org A museum that features local and regional history including ice age relics, mammoth remains, a fine Native American collection (with cedar dugout canoes), maritime, early settlers, and the first automobile on Whidbey Island (1902 Holsman auto buggy). South Whidbey Historical Society Museum 312 Second Street • Langley 360/221-2101 southwhidbeyhistory.org Focusing on the history of the south end of Whidbey Island, the museum also maintains the McLeod Cabin, an original log building and the Brooks Hill House with its photographs of early log structures.

ANACORTES Anacortes Museum and Maritime Heritage Center 1305 8th Street • Anacortes 360/293-1915 cityofanacortes.org The museum houses a collection of hundreds of charts and maps, including railroad maps, town plat maps, nautical charts as well as fish trap maps, exhibits on local fishing and shipbuilding industries.

LA CONNER Museum of Northwest Art (MoNA) 121 S First Street • La Conner 360/466-4446 museumofnwart.org Located in the heart of La Conner this museum offers an exploration of art, diverse cultures and environment in the Northwest, with a series of rotating and permanent collections. The Norwester Museum Tour 128 S. 1st Street • La Conner 360/982-8090 thenorwester.com John Wayne’s 76-foot yacht, turned museum, showcases items owned by “the Duke” as well an assortment of antiques and actual props used in his movies. Pacific Northwest Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum 703 S. Second Street • La Conner 360/466-4288 laconnerquilts.org Located in the historic Gaches mansion, this museum is a space dedicated to the display of textile work from local, national, and international quilters. Skagit County Historical Museum 501 S Fourth Street • La Conner 360/466-3365 skagitcounty.net/museum From parlors to plows, Native American baskets to Shirley Temple dolls, the museum galleries are overflowing with interesting and often unusual treasures of Skagit County’s vibrant past.

BURLINGTON Children’s Museum of Skagit County 550 Cascade Mall Boulevard • Burlington 360/757-8888 skagitchildrensmuseum.net Educational exhibits and events provide kids of all ages with hands-on learning experiences, geared toward promoting an understanding of the arts, science and culture.

Heritage Flight Museum 15053 Crosswind Drive • Burlington 360/424-5151 heritageflight.org The Heritage Flight Museum displays military aircraft, models and memorabilia.

BELLINGHAM Bellingham Railway Museum 1320 Commercial Street • Bellingham 360/393-7540 bellinghamrailwaymuseum.org Featuring railroad heritage, history and operations. Features exhibits focused on railroad artifacts, photographs and trains. Mindport Exhibits 210 W. Holly Street • Bellingham, WA 360/647-5614 mindport.org Founded by three Lummi Islanders with backgrounds in electrical and computer engineering, marine biology, woodworking and photography, this museum brings together a variety of interests. A collection of exhibits focuses on exploration, observation, creativity, play and fun. SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention 1312 Bay Street • Bellingham 360/738-3886 sparkmuseum.org Spark features interactive exhibits displaying the inventions and innovations that changed the course of human history. Come to the Megazapper Show to see 4.5 million volts of electricity light up the room. Whatcom Museum 121 Prospect Street Lightcatcher Space at 250 Flora Street Bellingham 360/778-8930 whatcommuseum.org Located in downtown Bellingham, this museum displays more than 200,000 artifacts and artworks of regional importance.

The Marine Life Center 1801 Roeder Avenue • Bellingham 360/671-2431 marinelifecenter.org Part of the Northwest Discovery Project, the Marine Life Center introduces visitors to the marine flora and fauna of the Salish Sea.


Museum of Vancouver 1100 Chestnut Street, • Vancouver 604/736-4431 museumofvancouver.ca Vancouver-focused exhibitions and programs that encourage dynamic conversations about Vancouver. Permanent collections detailing life in Vancouver from 1910 to 1970, alongside contemporary exhibits.

BLAINE Alaska Packers Association Cannery and Fishing Museum 9261 Semiahmoo Parkway • Blaine 360/733-2900 draytonharbormaritime.com/apa Housed in an old cannery building, the museum focuses on the history of fishing and canning in Blaine.

BRITISH COLUMBIA White Rock Museum and Archives 14970 Marine Drive • White Rock 604/541-2221 whiterock.museum.bc.ca Located in the historic White Rock Train Station building on the beach this museum offers rotating exhibitions and events for all ages to showcase local history.

Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society 12138 Fourth Avenue • Steveston 604/664-9009 gulfofgeorgiacannery.com Located in the fishing village of Steveston, the largest commercial fishing port in Canada, this museum preserves, presents and promotes the history of Canada’s west coast fishing industry. Richmond Cultural Centre 7700 Minoru Gate • Richmond 604/247-8300 richmond.ca/culture/cultural-centre/about Rotating exhibits dedicated to British Columbia history and culture. Britannia Heritage Shipyard 5180 Westwater Drive • Steveston 604/238-8038 britanniashipyard.ca A rare example of the type of village which once served the thriving fishing industry with its

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canneries, boatyards, stores, homes and its mix of cultures. A national historic site. UBC Museum of Anthropology 6393 NW Marine Drive • Vancouver 604/822-5087 moa.ubc.ca The Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia is world-renowned for its collections, research and teaching. Vancouver Maritime Museum 1905 Ogden Street • Vancouver 604/257-8300 vancouvermaritimemuseum.com Since 1959, the Vancouver Maritime Museum Society has worked to preserve and tell the maritime history of the Pacific Northwest and Arctic. The museum will feature exhibition titled The Lost Fleet until June 17, showcasing the history of the World War II Japanese-Cdn fleet seizure.

Vancouver Police Museum 240 E. Cordova Street • Vancouver 604/665-3346 vancouverpolicemuseum.ca Housing more than 20,000 artifacts, photos and archival documents, this museum features the history of crime and law enforcement in Vancouver. Science World 1455 Quebec Street • Vancouver 604/443-7440 scienceworld.ca Discover the wonders of science. Interactive displays and an OMNIMAX threatre.

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Largest Collection of Cedar Slab Log Cabins May 15 through Sept 15 GUIDED PARK TOURS Tues - Sun • 11:30am to 4:30pm Nov 30 - Dec 2 OLDE FASHIONED CHRISTMAS ferndaleheritagesociety.com July 27-29 OLD SETTLERS PICNIC Longest Running Festival in Washington State Parades • Live Music • Car Show Concessions • Barn Dance www.whatcomoldsettlers.com

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he rhythmic, soft hum of bicycle wheels spinning and quiet singsong from birds in the distance are about the only sounds to break the enchanting silence and tranquility of the stunning Lummi Island. Home to about 1000 residents, and 9 square miles overall, Lummi Island offers a small escape from fast-paced life. The island is inviting to visitors, with its waterside views, tranquil beaches and trails for small excursions. The gentle curves of the roads make for ideal biking, along with the slow, almost nonexistent traffic. Plan a trip or take a spontaneous getaway – the Whatcom Chief ferry transports cars and pedestrians between Gooseberry Point and Lummi Island constantly, so there is no need to make a reservation. Couples or those looking for a relaxing weekend will enjoy the legendary dining at The Willows Inn, a world-renowned restaurant serving delicacies such as grilled geoduck clam, aged venison leg and fish-filled doughnuts. Each meal is a snapshot of what’s in season and a majority of it is grown, raised or caught locally. Award-winning chef Blaine Wetzel brings the local ingredients together, farmWATERSIDENW.COM

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to-table, with a presentation that will look too good to eat, but impossible not to. Stop by for a world-class breakfast, midday meal or highly sought-after dinner while you’re on the island. You’ll need to reserve dinners far in advance. Try one of the island’s three Heritage Trust Preserves to stretch your legs. For a sweeping view of the San Juans, put on your hiking shoes and climb the slightly rigorous Baker Preserve, which stretches about 3.2 miles roundtrip. The hike starts steep but flattens out midway – and you’re sure to find the view worth it. For a gentler walking trail, head over to the Otto Preserve and walk The Loop, a 1.4-mile walk through lush forest. For something more open, go to Curry Preserve, a 1-mile loop that wanders through a meadow amidst brilliant views of Mt. Baker. Make sure to check which paths are dog and/or bicycle friendly. Those seeking solitude and meditation can head to the Congregational Church’s public beach and walking stone labyrinth. The beach is the perfect place for reading a book, watching the sunset or skipping rocks. Lounge at Sunset Beach on West Shore Drive, where you may be able to watch reef netters catch salmon, or visit during sunset to spot orcas feeding in nearby waters.


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on the island on Memorial Day, Labor Day or the second weekend in November, make sure to stop by and meet the local artists. From June 22-24, The Lummi Nation will host the 72nd Stommish Water Festival. The festival features canoe races to celebrate the history of returning veterans and the Lummi way of life. On your way home, try your luck at the Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa on the corner of Slater Road and Haxton Way. The casino includes the award-winning Steak House and Wine Room, and the newly renovated hotel and spa will make you want to stay longer. For more information, visit lummi-island.com PHOTO BY JANET MCCALL

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PORT TOWNSEND Discovery Bay Golf Club 7401 Cape George Road Open since May 1925, Discovery Bay Golf Course is the oldest public golf course in Washington state. The course features 18 holes with panoramic views of the Olympic and Cascade mountains and shore, a snack shop open daily from 11-3 p.m., and is dog friendly. Online booking available. Discoverybaygolfcourse.com Port Townsend Golf Club 1948 Blaine Street The nine-hole Port Townsend course features 2,731 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 35. Online booking available. Opened in 1923. Porttownsendgolf.com

WHIDBEY ISLAND Gallery Golf Course 3065 Cowpens Road, Oak Harbor A challenging 18-hole course with tree-lined fairways, rolling hills and views of the Strait of Juan De Fuca and Vancouver Island. Online booking available. Navylifepnw.com. Holmes Harbor Golf Club 5023 Harbor Hills Drive, Freeland An 18-hole executive-style golf course with sloping fairways and water views. Stop by the pro shop for golf wear, beer and snacks. Holmesharborgolfcourse. com Island Greens 3890 E French Road, Clinton Located on South Whidbey Island, the Island Greens golf course offers nine-holes of fun, scenic play and is dog friendly. Whidbeyislandgreens.com Lam’s Golf Links 597 Ducken Road, Oak Harbor This golf course is iconic for Oak Harbor residents. Lam’s Golf Links is a beginner-friendly par three, nine-hole course with an 18-hole vintage miniature-golf course for kids and family play. Lamsgolflinks.com Whidbey Golf Club 2430 Fairway Lane, Oak Harbor This dairy farm turned golf course offers a full-service restaurant and bar, pro-shop and 18-hole play. Whidbeygolfclub.com

ANACORTES Swinomish Golf Links 12518 Christianson Road Nestled between Fidalgo Bay and Similk Bay, the Swinomish Golf Links features 18-holes fun for beginners and golf professionals. Online booking available. Swinomishcasinoandlodge.com/golf

SAN JUAN ISLAND San Juan Golf and Tennis Club 806 Golf Course Road, Friday Harbor This nine-hole course offers delicious dining at their

Greenhouse Grill with views of Mt. Baker and Griffin Bay. Amenities include a full service pro shop, lessons and club repair. Sjgolfclub.com

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Shuksan Golf Club 1500 E Axton Road This 17-hole course varies over 100 feet, with a rural setting split by Ten Mile Creek. The course is fun for all playing levels and features great water play. Eat at the Grille for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Online booking available. Shuksangolf.com

Lopez Island Golf Club 589 Airport Road This course is nine-holes that plays as 18, with separate tee boxes and pins for the front and back nine. The course is open dusk to dawn and rarely has a wait for tee-times. Lopezislandgolf.com

Sudden Valley Golf Course 4 Clubhouse Circle Bordering the shores of Lake Whatcom, this course features 18-holes with generous fairway landing areas and smaller greens with character. The course is right next to El Agave, for authentic Mexican food and beverages after you play. Online booking available. Suddenvalleygolfcourse.com

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Orcas Island Golf Club 2171 Orcas Road, Eastsound Centrally located across from Crow Valley, with views of Turtle Back Mountain, this nine-hole course is a hot spot for both tourists and Orcas Island locals. The course can be played as 18-holes by using alternating tee boxes. Orcasgolf.com

Loomis Trail Golf Club 9787, 4342 Loomis Trail Road Part of Semiahmoo Resort, this 18-hole course offers consistently smooth and fast greens with water play, chipping greens and practice bunkers. Enjoy the snack bar or a meal at the full-service lounge. Online booking available. Semiahmoo.com

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Semiahmoo Golf & Country Club 8720 Semiahmoo Parkway This course designed by Arnold Palmer offers 7,005 yards of play, with water on five holes and 67 strategically-placed bunkers. The Semiahmoo course is open to the public on odd days of the month. Grab a bite at the Great Blue Heron Grill, lounge, or snack bar. Online booking available. Semiahmoo.com

Eaglemont Golf Course 4800 Eaglemont Drive Eaglemont is a scenic, challenging 18-hole course with multiple sets of tee blocks making it playable for all skill levels. Enjoy a bite at the Fireweed Terrace Restaurant. Online booking available. Eaglemontgolf.com Overlook Golf Course 17523 WA-9 Overlook is a nine-hole executive course, featuring 2,261 yards of golf for a par of 34. Enjoy the beautiful views of Big Lake while you play. Overlookgc.com

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POINT ROBERTS Bald Eagle Golf Club 1350 Pelican Place This scenic 18-hole golf course is newly renovated with newly sodded bentgrass greens and aprons, new bunker sand and water feature enhancements. Online booking available. Baldeaglegc.com

Avalon Golf Links 19345 Kelleher Road With three nine-hole layouts (a 27 championship hole-course!) and views of the Olympic and Cascade ranges and Skagit Valley, this golf course will surely not disappoint. Have a drink as you play and enjoy lunch at the Sweet Bite Café. Online booking available. Avalonlinks.com

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Hazelmere Golf & Tennis Club 18150 8 Avenue, Surrey This 18-hole, 147-acre course boasts natural grass, complete with five target greens and practice fairway. Visit the West Coast Grill for food and refreshments. wcgg.ca/haz_home

Lake Padden Golf Course 4882 Samish Way This 18-hole course weaves through old growth forest while taking a traditional layout for 6,575 yards. Play a round and grab a bite at the Coyote Grill before you go home. Online booking available. Lakepaddengolf.com North Bellingham Golf Course 205 W Smith Road With flowering meadows and rolling fairways, this 18-hole course naturally integrates the open field qualities of the historic Wilder Ranch. Play a round and enjoy fine dining at the 9 Restaurant. Online booking available. Northbellinghamgolf.com

Birdies & Buckets Family Golf Centre 5228 King George Boulevard, Surrey This family-centered course offers a nine-hole pitch and putt course with a range offering 80 stalls, five target greens and five outside hitting stall. Online booking available. Birdiesandbuckets.com

Meridian Golf Par 3 1054 168 Street, Surrey Framed by towering trees, this hazelnut farm turned 18-hole golf course provides a park-like atmosphere for a day of golf. Clubhouse, coffee shop, drinks, snacks and sandwiches on sight. meridiangolfpar3.ca

Morgan Creek Golf Course 3500 Morgan Creek Way, Surrey This beautifully manicured course offers 18-hole play with classic architectural style by Kyle Phillips. Online booking available. Morgancreekclub.com Nico-Wynd Golf Course 3601 Nico Wynd Drive, Surrey Located on the banks of the Nicomekl River, this nine-hole course is great for golfers of all skill and experience levels. After golfing, relax on the patio deck and enjoy food and beverages from the Grill. Online booking available. nicowynd.com Peace Portal Golf Club 16900 4 Avenue, Surrey An 18-hole course right over the border, Peace Portal Golf Club facilities include putting green, chipping green and grass practice area. The Clubhouse offers a coffee shop, lounge and outdoor patio for dining. Online booking available. Peaceportalgolf.com.

RICHMOND & STEVESTON Country Meadows Golf Course 8482 No 6 Road, Richmond Country Meadows challenges all skill levels and offers a practice range, two chipping greens, putting green and 10th hole Kiosk. Visit for a round and then eat at The Grille. Online booking available. Countrymeadowsgolfcourse.ca Greenacres Golf Course 5040 No 6 Road, Richmond Greenacres Golf Course is a tree-lined, 18-hole public course with lush fairways and challenging holes for any golfer. Follow your round with a drink or meal at the Spike Lounge & Grill. greenacresgolfcourse. com Mylora Executive Golf Course 9911 Sidaway Road, Richmond Mylora’s par 57 executive length course has three par 4 holes, the longest of which is the 320-yard sixth hole. Online booking available. Mylora.ca Pitch and Putt 9751 Pendleton Road, Richmond Pitch and Putt is great for all ages and offers nine holes close to the water. richmond.ca/parks/ parks/golf.

LADNER & TSAWWASSEN The Links at Hampton Cove 6000 Admiral Boulevard, Delta A hidden gem in the lower mainland, this nine-hole executive course offers a choice of three tee boxes depending on skill level, white-sand bunkers and beautifully manicured greens. When you’re done, enjoy a bite at the Links Café. Online booking available. Hamptoncove.ca Tsawwassen Springs 5133 Springs Boulevard, Tsawwassen An exceptional 70 par course with 10 brand new holes on the south side, water play and natural landscape. Online booking available. Tsawwassensprings.ca

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MAY History Lives Here San Juan Island, May 1–31: Guided walking tours, local history talks and other special events. visitsanjuans.com

Rhody Festival Port Townsend, May 14-20: A celebration of all things rhododendron, featuring parades, a fun run, carnival and golf tournament. rhodyfestival.org

Boat & Yacht Show Anacortes, May 17-20: Head out to see 300plus boats on display on the Anacortes waterfront. Anacortesboatandyachtshow.com

Commercial Street Night Market Bellingham, May 18: Head downtown on Friday nights to have a block party of sorts. The streets will be filled with art installations, performance artists, live music, vendors and food. See online for additional dates. Downtownbellingham.com

Memorial Day Parade Whidbey Island, May 26: Parade, picnic and concert. whidbeycamanoislands.com

Birch Bay Kite Festival and Pet Show Birch Bay, May 26–27: Kids kite-making contest and more. birchbaychamber.com

Lummi Island Artists Studio Tour Lummi Island, May 26–27: Self-guided tour featuring dozens of artists and craftspeople at 11 locations around the island. lummi-island.com

Ski to Sea and Fairhaven Festival Bellingham/Fairhaven, May 27: This 93.5mile relay race runs from Mt. Baker to downtown Fairhaven, which will host a celebratory festival throughout the day. skitosea.com

PAWZ by the Sea Whidbey Island, May 28: 5K/10K run/walk and kids run. Dogs (on leash) are encouraged to attend. visitlangley.com

JUNE

Doors Open Richmond Richmond, B.C., June 2–3: A free weekend-long, city-wide public celebration of heritage, culture and arts. richmond.ca

Burlington, June 15-17: Festival with strawberry shortcake, salmon barbecue, parade, food and craft vendors, car show and more. This year is the 81st anniversary. burlington-chamber.com

Beach Fest & Feast

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Birch Bay, June 8: Scavenger hunts, educational displays, games and clam chowder lunch. Whatcomcd.org.

Whidbey Island, June 16: Take a tour of Whidbey Island’s finest gardens representing a variety of styles, sizes and design concepts. wigt.org

Port Townsend Steampunk Festival Port Townsend, June 8-10: The Victorian seaport’s steampunk festival, called the Brass Screw Confederacy, draws crowds of Victorian futurists from far and wide for music, costumes, a maker’s fair, and more. brass-screw.org

National Get Outdoors Day Washington state, June 9: Entry into Washington State Parks is free. No Discover Pass is required. discoverpass.wa.gov.

Deming Logging Show June 9-10, Deming: A variety of events and exhibitions to display the skills, tools, and technology used in the logging industry. demingloggingshow.com

Tall Ships and Ride to the Border

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Artists’ Studio Tour

Blaine, June 10: Scouts from both the U.S. and Canada come together for this fun festival. peacearchpark.org

San Juan Island, June 2-3: Dozens of artists at various locations. sanjuanislandartists.com

Fishing Day

Blaine, June 2: blainechamber.com

National Trails Day Free Day Washington state, June 2: Entry into Washington State Parks is free. No Discover Pass is required. discoverpass.wa.gov

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Sedro-Woolley, June 1-3: Craft and food vendors, a quilt show, an art show, old-time contests, and a car show. sedro-woolley.com

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Washington state, June 10: Entry into Washington State Parks is free. No Discover Pass is required. discoverpass.wa.gov.

Race to Alaska Port Townsend, June 14: A fleet of boats will leave port for Victoria, B.C., and eventually Ketchikan, in a grueling wind- and human-powered race. The day before the race, competitors

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Queer Pride Langley, June 16: A parade and events celebrating the queer community. visitlangley.com

Three Lakes Triathlon & Marathon San Juan Island, June 16-17: Run through some of the San Juan Islands’ most beautiful terrain. lakedale.com

Whatcom Cultural Arts Festival Fairhaven village, June 22: Celebrating the diverse cultural groups of Whatcom County in a two-day festival kicking off with Fourth Friday Fairhaven Art Walk. fairhaven.com

Lummi Stommish Water Festival Lummi Reservation, June 22-24: The perfect summer event! This festival features canoe races, a carnival, barbeque, crafts, a royalty pageant and more! Lumminationstommish.com

Crab Dash Camano Island, June 23: Five or 10K on Camano Island. camanocenter.org

Summer Solstice Parade Orcas Island, June 23: A whimsical and delightful foot parade celebrating the summer solstice. The theme for the 19th Annual Summer Solstice Parade in Eastsound is solar flare. Info: visitsanjuans.com


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Tour de Whatcom

Bellingham, June 23: Two triathlon distance options dating back to the origins of the sport. A rite of passage for Bellingham athletes and friends from farther afield. cob.org

Mount Vernon, July 14: Giving children and families a fun atmosphere to explore arts and crafts. mountvernonwa.gov

Bellingham, July 21: Whatcom County road bike race. The northwest’s most beautiful ride. Choose 100, 62, 44 or 22-mile routes. tourdewhatcom.com

Films on the Village Green

Birch Bay, July 14-15: Watch as the beach transforms into a series of sculptures! Open to everyone! Birchbaychamber.com

Rooftop Cinema with Pickford Film Center Bellingham, June 29: A beer garden, live music and more. Movies begin at dusk. Pickfordfilmcenter.org

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Highland Games Mount Vernon, July 14-15: Bagpiping and drumming competitions, bagpipe bands, fiddling, traditional Scottish athletics and dancing. celticarts.org

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June 30-July 20: Listen to some of the finest symphonic music! Various hours, events and ticket prices. Bellinghamfestival.org

White Rock, July 14-15: The premier cycling event in Canada offers races for kids, men and women. tourdewhiterock.ca

Cool Bayview Nights Car Show

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Langley, June 30: Community car show and parts swap meet. visitlangley.com

JULY Steveston Salmon Festival Steveston, B.C., July 1: Parade, craft fair, trade show, children’s festival, Youth Rock Fest and salmon barbeque. stevestonsalmonfest.ca

Fourth of July Celebrations Almost every waterside community has an Independence (July 4) or Canada (July 1) day celebration. Visit their individual websites for more info.

Burlington Summer Nights Burlington, July 7-August 25: Free Friday family entertainment, food and live music.burlington-chamber.com

Port Townsend, July 15-22: With a focus on community and attention to craft, the conference offers workshops, residencies, guided free writes, readings and lectures series. centrum.org

Whidbey Island Area Fair Langley, July 19-22: Parade, auctions, shows, live music, carnival and more. whidbeyislandfair.com

Whidbey Island Race Week Oak Harbor, July 19-22: Watch boats race at the annual regatta and take a ride on the Island Whaler boat. Music, food, camping and more. whidbeyislandraceweek.com

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Old Settlers Picnic Ferndale, July 27-29: Longest running festival in Washington State! Parades, live music, car show, concessions, barn dance and more. whatcomoldsettlers.com

Fairhaven Steampunk Festival Fairhaven, July 28: An eclectic mix of adventurists, authors and music headliners. Fun for the whole family. Bellinghamsteampunk.org

Orcas Island Cider and Mead Festival Orcas Island, July 28: Featuring a variety of hard cider and mead producers from California to Canada. orcasislandciderfest.org

Quidditch Fest Burlington, July 28: Play quidditch, watch the Seattle team play, and enjoy a variety of other Harry Potter-related activities. burlington-chamber.com

Richmond Maritime Festival Richmond, B.C., July 28-29: Celebrate all things waterfront from wooden boats to sea creatures. richmondmaritimefestival.ca

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Drayton Harbor Music Festival Blaine, July 8–14: Six days of jazz music and classes, and a huge art and jazz fair on July 14. draytonharbormusic.org

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Surrey, B.C., July 21-22: A celebration of music, food and culture. Info: surrey.ca

Blaine, July 14: Street fair with live jazz music. blainechamber.com

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Point Roberts, July 15: Unique gardens on a self-guided tour. pointrobertsgardenclub.com

Bellingham, July 27: A beer garden, live music and more. Movies begin at dusk. Pickfordfilmcenter.org

Anacortes, July 21: Community garage sale, flea market and antique sale with food vendors. shipwreckfest.com

San Juan Island, July 21-22: Lavender farm tours, harvest, demonstrations, crafts and food. Pelindabalavender.com

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Boundary Bay Airport, Delta, B.C.; July 21: Flight demonstrations, interesting aircraft, kids activities and more. Free. czbb.com

Orcas Island, August 1-6: Doe Bay Resort and Retreat’s festival features musicians, local cuisine, camping and more. doebayfest.com

Summer Arts Festival San Juan Island; August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31: A variety of craft vendors, music performances and summer cuisine. sanjuancountryarts.org

Birch Bay Music Festival Birch Bay, August 3-5: Birch Bay Music Festival. Live music and comedy, guitar raffle and more. birchbaymusicfestival.com

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Bellingham, June 23–August 25: Films on the Village Green, Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema. Enjoy live music at sunset and a popular movie. fairhavenoutdoorcinema.com

Sand Sculpture Contest

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Washington Parks Free Day Washington Parks, August 25: National Park Service 102nd Birthday Free Day. Entry into Washington State Parks is free. No Discover Pass is required. discoverpass.wa.gov

Steveston Dragon Boat Festival Steveston, B.C., August 25: Boat races, entertainment and more. stevestondragonboatfestival.ca

Concours d’Elegance San Juan Island, August 26: Annual car party showcasing antique, unique and unusual cars. visitsanjuans.com

Chuckanut Classic Bellingham, August 26: Ride one of the most scenic rides in Washington. Pick your distance ranging from 25, 38, 62 or 100 miles. Family 10-mile ride. mtbakerbikeclub.org

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Anacortes, August 3-5: The festival features an organized run, nearly non-stop music performances on multiple stages, and artists and craftspeople displaying sculptures, textile art, jewelry, photography, paintings and more. anacortesartsfestival.com

Tsawwassen, B.C.; August 4-6: Parade, music, antiques, slow pitch tournament, fireworks, food vendors, etc. sunfestival.ca

Coupeville, August 11-12: Juried arts and crafts festival featuring nearly 200 artisans in 16 different categories. Beer and wine tent, kids activities area and more. coupevillefestival.com

Stanwood-Camano Community Fair Stanwood, August 3-5: The largest community fair in Washington state. stanwoodcamanofair.org

Eastsound Fly-in and Antique Car Show Orcas Island, August 3-5: See interesting aircraft and flying demonstrations, with car show and pancake breakfast. visitsanjuans.com

Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival

Blaine, August 5–26: Concerts every Sunday celebrating the diverse cultures of the Pacific Northwest. peacearchpark.org

Skagit County Fair

San Juan Island, Aug. 31-Sept. 2: Delicious food and smooth jazz. Lakedale.com

Orcas Island Artist’s Studio Tour

Barnstormer Dance

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Orcas Island, August 10-12: Visit the working studios of several dozen local artists. orcasartiststudiotour.com

Jefferson County Fair

Rory’s Ride Point Roberts, August 11: 20K bike race, 10K fun ride at Kiniski’s Reef Tavern. Post-race gathering at the Reef. eventbrite.com

Shaw Island Classic Sailboat Race

White Rock, B.C.; August 4-5: Parade, market, entertainment and kids zone. whiterockseafestival.ca

Friday Harbor, August 11: Yacht race around Shaw Island. visitsanjuans.com

Drayton Harbor Maritime Festival

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Blaine, August 4-5: Tall ships, wooden and steam boat displays, games, crafts, the “Prestigious George Raft Race,” and vendors. blainechamber.com

Lynden, August 13-18: Northwest Washington Fair, Lynden. Entertainment, live music, carnival rides, fair food, animal exhibits and more. nwwafair.com

Whidbey Island, Aug. 30-Sept. 2: Two main music stages with 30 bands of various genres. Two beer gardens, food vendors and sidewalk cafes and arts and crafts vendors. oakharborfestival.com

San Juan Island, August 15-18: Sweet old-fashioned small-town county fair. Sjcfair.org

Port Townsend, August 10-12: Mud drags, a demo derby, a variety of vendors, and more. jeffcofairgrounds.com

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Mount Vernon, August 8-11: Carnival and rides, live music, car show, and kids’ zone. skagitcounty.net/fair

Orcas Island, August 3-18 Concerts from renowned artists, seminars, rehearsals and more. oicmf.org La Conner, August 4: Celebrating La Conner’s maritime history and industry. lovelaconner.com

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Whidbey Island, August 27: Since 1972, First Street in Downtown Langley has been home to some of the speediest and wackiest “soup box” racers. Watch the racers or join in the fun. visitlangley.com

Birch Bay, August 11–12: Mega car show, live music, food booths and ’50s retro weekend. birchbaychamber.com

San Juan County Fair

Burlington, August 17: A tribute to women in aviation. Dancing and music, BBQ dinner and more. heritageflightmuseum.eventbrite.com

Birch Bay, September 1-2: Family fun with a parade, arts and crafts fair, fireworks, crab derby and chainsaw sculptures. birchbaychamber.com

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Whidbey Island, August 18: Ride one of six routes through lovely Whidbey Island. whidbeyhealth.org

Quilt Walk and Car Show Ladner, B.C., August 19: Walk around to see displayed handmade quilts and vintage cars. quiltwalkcarshow.com

Summer Fun in the Park Blaine, August 25: Summer Fun in the Park: Come out to Marine Park for a family friendly night filled with live music, tasty treats, a beer and wine garden and outdoor movie. blainechamber.com

Lummi Island, September 1-2: Self-guided tour featuring dozens of artists and craftspeople at 11 locations around the island. lummi-island.com

Lopez Island Artists Studio Tour Lopez Island, September 1-2: Free self-guided tour of artists’ studios. Art for sale. lopezstudiotour.org

Wooden Boat Festival Port Townsend, September 7-9: The Northwest Maritime Center’s festival will feature more than 300 boats, 120 presentations, dozens of exhibitors, live music, local food, beer and wine. nwmaritime.org


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Bellingham, September 15: Run, bike and paddle through Bellingham’s scenic parks, winding trails and open waterways. bellinghamtraverse.com

Anacortes, October 5-6: Beer, cider, food and music! Tickets get six taste tokens. Anacortes.org/beer

Friday Harbor Bike-n-Brew San Juan Island, September 15: Three bike routes exploring the roads of San Juan Island. Enjoy island-crafted microbrews and food from local vendors. fridayharborbike-n-brew.org

Whidbey Island Kite Festival Whidbey Island, September 15-16.: Kids kite making, beginning sportkite lessons, and sportkite demonstrations. whidbeykites.org

DjangoFest Northwest Whidbey Island, September 20-24: The premier showcase of gypsy jazz in North America. djangofestnw.com

Bellingham SeaFeast Bellingham, September 21-22: A waterfront and seafood festival with live music, fabulous fare and fishing activities. bellinghamseafeast.com

Port Townsend Film Festival Port Townsend, September 21-23: Port Townsend’s annual international film festival features films from around the world and talks and interviews with filmmakers. ptfilmfest.com

National Public Lands Free Day Washington Parks, September 22: Entry into Washington State Parks is free. No Discover Pass is required. discoverpass.wa.gov

Oyster Run Anacortes, September 23: One of the largest motorcycle runs in the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy music, street vendors and food. All are welcome, regardless of preferred transportation. oysterrun.org

Port Townsend Bay Kinetic Sculpture Race Port Townsend, October 6-7: Racers pilot “artistically enhanced” vehicles over sand, mud, water and through neighborhoods after a lively parade in downtown Port Townsend. ptkineticrace.org

Oktoberfest Blaine, October 13: The family-friendly weekend includes a harvest pancake breakfast; an ambulance-ride pub crawl, and a scarecrow display contest. blainechamber.com

Brew on the Slough La Conner, October 20: Roam through downtown La Conner, trying different beers at different businesses. lovelaconner.com

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Trails to Taps Bellingham, October 21: Ten legs, 5-10 runners, 25-plus miles and nine breweries. Trailstotaps.com

Friday Harbor Film Festival San Juan Island, October 26-28: An annual documentary film festival of stories of the Pacific Rim. fhff.org

NOVEMBER Lummi Island Artists Studio Tour Lummi Island, November 10-11: Self-guided tour featuring dozens of artists and craftspeople at 11 locations around the island. lummi-island.com

Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Pitch Burlington, September 29: Pumpkin throwing company, pie-eating contest, kids activities and more. burlington-chamber.com

Richmond Harvestfest Richmond, B.C., September 29: Farmers and artisan’s marketplace, great food, children’s area, agricultural and gardening displays, music and art. richmondcanada150.com

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Fr 1 2:21 am 1:54 pm Sa 2 3:15 am 2:28 pm Su 3 4:15 am 3:06 pm Mo 4 5:21 am 3:44 pm Tu 5 6:29 am 4:26 pm We 6 12:20 am 10:35 am Th 7 12:52 am 12:21 pm Fr 8 1:24 am 2:05 pm Sa 9 1:56 am 3:29 pm Su 10 2:30 am 4:35 pm Mo 11 3:02 am 5:33 pm Tu 12 3:38 am 6:27 pm We 13 4:18 am 7:17 pm Th 14 12:20 am 12:29 pm Fr 15 1:18 am 1:15 pm Sa 16 2:16 am 2:01 pm Su 17 3:20 am 2:51 pm Mo 18 4:28 am 3:41 pm Tu 19 5:38 am 4:33 pm We 20 6:46 am 5:27 pm Th 21 12:41 am 1:14 pm Fr 22 1:19 am 2:58 pm Sa 23 1:57 am 4:18 pm Su 24 2:33 am 5:24 pm Mo 25 3:07 am 6:14 pm Tu 26 3:41 am 6:56 pm We 27 4:13 am 7:34 pm Th 28 12:31 am 12:24 pm Fr 29 1:17 am 12:58 pm Sa 30 2:03 am 1:30 pm

Height

6.6 -0.9 6.6 -0.6 6.5 -0.1 6.2 0.5 5.7 1.1 9.1 5.3 9.1 5.1 9.1 5.5 9.1 6.3 9.2 7.3 9.3 8.3 9.3 9.2 9.3 9.9 6.5 -3.0 6.7 -3.1 6.6 -2.8 6.3 -2.1 5.7 -1.0 4.8 0.3 3.8 1.8 9.9 5.8 9.7 6.2 9.5 7.0 9.3 7.8 9.1 8.4 8.9 8.9 8.6 9.3 6.8 -1.3 6.8 -1.2 6.7 -1.0

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Height

7.7 9.5 7.3 9.4 6.9 9.3 6.4 9.2 5.8

7:23 am 5.0 5:12 pm 1.9 8:01 am 4.1 6:04 pm 2.8 8:35 am 3.1 7:06 pm 3.6 9:09 am 1.9 8:12 pm 4.5 9:45 am 0.7 9:16 pm 5.2 10:21 am -0.5 10:20 pm 5.8 11:03 am -1.6 11:20 pm 6.2 11:45 am -2.4 5:00 am 8:05 pm 5:44 am 8:55 pm 6:34 am 9:43 pm 7:28 am 10:31 pm 8:32 am 11:15 pm 9:52 am 11:59 pm 11:26 am

9.2 10.4 9.0 10.6 8.6 10.7 8.0 10.6 7.2 10.4 6.4 10.2 5.8

7:46 am 6:25 pm 8:38 am 7:29 pm 9:22 am 8:37 pm 10:02 am 9:41 pm 10:40 am 10:43 pm 11:16 am 11:39 pm 11:50 am

2.7 3.2 1.6 4.4 0.6 5.4 -0.1 6.1 -0.7 6.5 -1.1 6.7 -1.3

4:47 am 8.3 8:10 pm 9.5 5:21 am 8.0 8:44 pm 9.6 5:57 am 7.7 9:18 pm 9.6

Date

Time

We 1 3:35 am 2:46 pm Th 2 4:19 am 3:20 pm Fr 3 5:03 am 3:58 pm Sa 4 5:51 am 4:46 pm Su 5 6:43 am 5:48 pm Mo 6 7:37 am 7:06 pm Tu 7 12:44 am 4:13 pm We 8 1:38 am 5:07 pm Th 9 2:38 am 5:55 pm Fr 10 3:40 am 6:37 pm Sa 11 4:42 am 7:15 pm Su 12 12:42 am 12:45 pm Mo 13 1:34 am 1:31 pm Tu 14 2:26 am 2:17 pm We 15 3:18 am 3:01 pm Th 16 4:12 am 3:47 pm Fr 17 5:08 am 4:37 pm Sa 18 6:06 am 5:33 pm Su 19 7:06 am 6:43 pm Mo 20 12:15 am 3:50 pm Tu 21 1:05 am 4:44 pm We 22 1:59 am 5:24 pm Th 23 2:53 am 5:58 pm Fr 24 3:43 am 6:26 pm Sa 25 4:31 am 6:54 pm Su 26 12:23 am 12:12 pm Mo 27 12:57 am 12:46 pm Tu 28 1:31 am 1:18 pm We 29 2:07 am 1:52 pm Th 30 2:43 am 2:26 pm Fr 31 3:23 am 3:02 pm

Height

4.8 1.2 4.2 2.2 3.5 3.2 2.7 4.3 1.7 5.3 0.7 6.2 9.0 8.1 9.1 8.9 9.1 9.5 9.2 9.9 9.1 10.2 5.3 -1.9 4.5 -1.1 3.8 0.1 3.1 1.4 2.4 2.8 1.9 4.2 1.5 5.3 1.2 6.1 8.3 7.6 8.0 8.1 7.9 8.4 7.8 8.7 7.8 8.8 7.8 8.9 5.2 0.1 4.8 0.4 4.3 1.0 3.8 1.7 3.3 2.5 2.7 3.4

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SEPTEMBER

Height

8:11 am 9:56 pm 9:11 am 10:22 pm 10:25 am 10:50 pm 11:51 am 11:22 pm 1:31 pm 11:58 pm 3:05 pm

6.7 9.2 6.3 9.1 6.1 9.0 6.1 9.0 6.5 9.0 7.2

8:31 am 8:32 pm 9:25 am 9:46 pm 10:17 am 10:52 pm 11:07 am 11:50 pm 11:57 am

-0.3 6.7 -1.2 6.7 -1.9 6.5 -2.3 6.0 -2.3

5:42 am 9.0 7:53 pm 10.2 6:44 am 8.7 8:31 pm 10.1 7:46 am 8.2 9:07 pm 9.9 8:52 am 7.7 9:43 pm 9.6 10:04 am 7.2 10:19 pm 9.3 11:26 am 6.9 10:55 pm 9.0 12:58 pm 6.8 11:33 pm 8.6 2:36 pm 7.2 8:02 am 0.9 8:07 pm 6.5 8:54 am 0.6 9:25 pm 6.5 9:40 am 0.3 10:23 pm 6.4 10:22 am 0.1 11:09 pm 6.1 11:00 am -0.1 11:47 pm 5.7 11:38 am -0.1 5:17 am 7:18 pm 6:01 am 7:42 pm 6:47 am 8:06 pm 7:33 am 8:30 pm 8:23 am 8:54 pm 9:21 am 9:20 pm

7.8 9.0 7.7 9.0 7.6 9.0 7.5 8.9 7.3 8.8 7.2 8.6

Date

Time

Sa 1 4:07 am 3:46 pm Su 2 4:57 am 4:40 pm Mo 3 5:53 am 5:50 pm Tu 4 6:55 am 7:18 pm We 5 12:10 am 3:45 pm Th 6 1:24 am 4:35 pm Fr 7 2:38 am 5:17 pm Sa 8 3:48 am 5:55 pm Su 9 4:54 am 6:31 pm Mo 10 12:22 am 12:27 pm Tu 11 1:08 am 1:13 pm We 12 1:52 am 1:57 pm Th 13 2:38 am 2:43 pm Fr 14 3:26 am 3:31 pm Sa 15 4:14 am 4:23 pm Su 16 5:08 am 5:27 pm Mo 17 6:04 am 6:49 pm Tu 18 7:04 am 8:23 pm We 19 12:23 am 3:52 pm Th 20 1:37 am 4:30 pm Fr 21 2:45 am 5:00 pm Sa 22 3:43 am 5:28 pm Su 23 4:33 am 5:54 pm Mo 24 5:23 am 6:18 pm Tu 25 12:21 am 12:18 pm We 26 12:53 am 12:56 pm Th 27 1:27 am 1:32 pm Fr 28 2:01 am 2:12 pm Sa 29 2:41 am 2:56 pm Su 30 3:25 am 3:48 pm

Height

2.1 4.4 1.5 5.4 0.9 6.1 0.3 6.5 8.3 8.6 8.3 9.1 8.4 9.4 8.6 9.7 8.7 9.7 3.4 0.0 2.6 0.9 1.9 2.0 1.4 3.2 1.2 4.3 1.1 5.3 1.2 6.0 1.2 6.3 1.3 6.3 7.0 8.2 6.9 8.4 7.0 8.6 7.2 8.7 7.5 8.8 7.7 8.8 3.1 2.0 2.5 2.6 1.9 3.3 1.3 4.1 0.9 4.9 0.5 5.7

Time

Height

10:29 am 9:48 pm 11:49 am 10:24 pm 1:19 pm 11:10 pm 2:43 pm

7.1 8.5 7.2 8.5 7.5 8.4 8.0

7:59 am 8:42 pm 8:59 am 9:48 pm 9:57 am 10:44 pm 10:49 am 11:34 pm 11:39 am

-0.2 6.4 -0.7 6.0 -1.0 5.2 -1.0 4.4 -0.7

5:56 am 7:05 pm 6:56 am 7:39 pm 7:56 am 8:11 pm 8:56 am 8:43 pm 10:02 am 9:17 pm 11:14 am 9:51 pm 12:34 pm 10:31 pm 1:56 pm 11:19 pm 3:04 pm

8.8 9.7 8.8 9.5 8.6 9.3 8.3 8.9 8.0 8.5 7.8 8.1 7.7 7.7 7.8 7.3 8.0

8:02 am 9:29 pm 8:56 am 10:13 pm 9:44 am 10:47 pm 10:26 am 11:19 pm 11:06 am 11:49 pm 11:42 am

1.3 6.0 1.2 5.5 1.1 5.0 1.1 4.3 1.2 3.7 1.5

6:09 am 6:40 pm 6:55 am 7:04 pm 7:43 am 7:28 pm 8:33 am 7:52 pm 9:31 am 8:20 pm 10:35 am 8:50 pm

7.9 8.8 8.1 8.7 8.2 8.6 8.3 8.5 8.3 8.4 8.3 8.2


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er, and features 67 strategically-placed bunkers, water in play on five holes and putting and chipping greens. The Peace Arch monument is the first thing that welcomes cross-border travelers to Blaine. The historical monument was dedicated on September 6, 1921 and commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Ghent, which was the peace treaty between the U.S. and the United Kingdom that concluded the War of 1812. About 500,000 people

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Stroll Peace Arch State Park Ride the Plover Ferry Enjoy Festivals & Events Shop & Dine Downtown ★

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Maritime Playground Public Pier & Marina Shoreline Trails & Parks Lodging Visit: StayInnBlaine.com From World-class Semiahmoo Resort to Charming Bed and Breakfasts.

Visit our new Welcome Information Center • 546 Peace Portal Dr. BlaineChamber.com 360.332.4544

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visit the Peace Arch and the international park that stretches north and south of the monument each year. The park features picnic areas, landscaped flower gardens, a sculpture exhibit and expansive views of Semiahmoo Bay, Point Roberts and the Canadian Gulf Islands. Once visitors arrive to Blaine, they can to stop by the city’s new Welcome Center, located at 546 Peace Portal Drive in the heart of downtown. For those looking for a bite to eat or drink, Blaine offers options with a local flair. Drayton Harbor Oyster Company, for example, harvests its oysters in Drayton Harbor. On a sunny day, visitors and residents alike swing by Edaleen Dairy for a scoop – or several – of ice cream.

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FINDS A CLAM. TRIES ONE AT DINNER. PROGRESS. MILESTONES, JUST A FEW MILES AWAY. Only two hours from Seattle, Semiahmoo is the perfect place to experience the moments with your kids that you live for. And with paddleboarding, art classes and pickleball, you can try something new, too.

Visit Semiahmoo.com or call 360.318.2000.

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Blaine’s many public parks offer a place to get active and seek respite. In June, the city will open a 18-hole disc golf course at Lincoln Park. Off Peace Portal Drive is Marine Park, which is a prime spot for bird watching. It features an amphitheater, orca sculptures, a children’s maritime playground and walking trail. The park faces north on Semiahmoo Bay and is located across from Blaine Harbor, where the historic Plover ferry docks during the summer. The Plover was originally used to carry workers back and forth from the APA Cannery; it now carries tourists and residents between downtown and Semiahmoo; it operates on weekends between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Fares cost $5 for adults and $1 for children.

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A variety of restaurants are located in Blaine’s downtown, several with views of the harbor. From classic steakhouse, Mexican and Thai cuisine, taverns, cafes and a wine bar, explore and find what hits the spot. The community brings together the best of local produce during their weekly Gardener’s Market held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., every Saturday from June to October on H Street Plaza. The market offers baked goods, farm products and arts and crafts.


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Blaine Harbor holds more than 600 boat slips for commercial and recreational vessels, a public boat launch and waterfront trails leading to downtown and the public pier. The pier is a popular spot for views of Semiahmoo spit, Point Roberts and White Rock, B.C., across Semiahmoo Bay. You’ll see fishers casting their lines over the pier’s railings while others throw crabtraps over looking for a meal of Dungeness crab.


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Throughout the year, the community hosts a number of lively events in Blaine and in the summertime, they really ramp up. Blaine’s Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration, for example, draws thousands downtown for the county’s biggest fireworks display, parade, car show, street vendors and more. In August, Blaine hosts Drayton Harbor Days to celebrate the city’s maritime heritage, and welcomes back the tall ship Lady Washington. To learn more about Blaine, visit blainechamber.com and thenorthernlight.com.

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he official tall ship of Washington state will be in Blaine on June 1-5 and again August 4-6, moored at Blaine Harbor at 235 Marine Drive. She will be accompanied by a companion vessel, Hawaiian Chieftain, and will be lots of fun for the whole family. Tickets are available for vessel tours, battle sails, adventure sails and evening sails around Blaine. Tours will include demonstrations on tall ship handling, sea shanty singing and maritime amusements. In 1788, the original Lady Washington, named in honor of Martha Washington, became the first American vessel to make landfall on the west coast of North America. Lady Washington opened the black pearl trade between Hawaii and Asia. The modern ship, built in Aberdeen, Washington, was launched in 1989 as part of the Washington State Centennial celebration. These days, she can be seen during summer appearances and in films such as the Pirates of the Caribbean and Star Trek. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit historicalseaport.org.

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2018 events

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May through October

June 10

Hands Across the Border scouting jamboree

Peace Arch International Sculpture Exhibit

June 29 & 30

Fri-Sun: May 25 through September

July 4

Alaska Packers Cannery Museum

New Old Time Chautaugua Old Fashioned 4th of July parade, street fair, car show & fireworks

May 12

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Holiday Harbor Lights

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Tall Ships Lady Washington & Hawaiian Chieftain

July 8-14

June 2

July 14

2019 events

Drayton Harbor Music Festival Art-2-Jazz Street Fair

February 18 - Bite of Blaine March

Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival

grab a bite to eat Visit these Blaine Restaurants, participants of the Bite of Blaine Big Al’s Diner

Drayton Harbor Oyster Co.

677 Peace Portal Dr., Blaine • 360-312-7047

795 Peace Portal Dr., Blaine • 360-332-2448

Birch Bay Café

Edaleen Dairy

Semiahmoo Resort-Golf-Spa

Black Forest Steak House

Good Samaritan Society-Stafholt

Blaine Senior Center

Lizzie’s Café

CJ’s Beach House

Paso del Norte Family Mexican

758 Peace Portal Dr., Blaine • 360-332-4045

733 H St. #825, Blaine • 360-332-2270 8115 Birch Bay Square Street #209, Blaine 360-392-8890

Cost Cutter

Pizza Factory

The Vault Wine Bar

Photo: Brandy Shreve

7608 Birch Bay Dr. • 360-371-5409 638 Peace Portal Dr. •360-306-8342 763 G St., Blaine • 360-332-8040 7878 Birch Bay Dr., Birch Bay • 360-746-8775 1733 H St., Suite 100, Blaine • 360-332-5909

458 Peace Portal Dr., Blaine • 360-366-8760 456 C St., Blaine • 360-332-8733

1700 Peace Portal Dr., Blaine • 360-332-9400

738 Peace Portal Dr., Blaine • 360-332-3636

Blaine

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Peace Arch Park International Concert Series

December 1

Saturdays, June-October

234 D St., Blaine • 360-332-3540

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Sundays, August 5, 12, 19, 26

Oktoberfest

Blaine Gardeners Market

Photo: Pat Grubb

Run to the Border

October 13

Historic Plover Passenger Ferry Rides

Ride to the Border

August 4

Summer Fun in the Park

Fri-Sun: May 25 - Labor Day

June 1-5

Drayton Harbor Maritime Festival with Tall Ships Lady Washington & Hawaiian Chieftain

Saturday, August 25

SeaSkills Boating Festival

Photo: RuthLauman

August 4 & 5

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Railway Café

9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy., Blaine • 360-318-2000

Semiahmoo Marina Café

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Subway

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546 Peace Portal Drive • Downtown Blaine (360) 332-6484 • 1-800-624-3555

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WHALE-WATCHING

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ANACORTES Deception Pass Tours 5596 WA-20 888/909-8687 deceptionpasstours.com Island Adventures Cruises 1801 Commercial Avenue 360/293-2428 island-adventures.com Mystic Sea Charters 710 Seafarers Way 800/308-9387 mysticseacharters.com Outer Island Excursions 2201 Skyline Way 360/376-3711 outerislandx.com

BELLINGHAM Outer Island Excursions 2557 Lummi View Drive 360/376-3711 outerislandx.com San Juan Cruises - Bellingham 355 Harris Avenue, Suite 104 800/443-4552 whales.com

The waters off the coast of northwest Washington and lower mainland B.C. are popular for whale watching. Gray whales are a common sight, but the large population of orcas is the main attraction. The endangered southern resident orca whales and other pods make their home in the Salish Sea. The following guided tours give visitors the chance to see these beautiful creatures in their native habitat. ORCAS ISLAND

Deer Harbor Charters 5164 Deer Harbor Road, Deer Harbor 360/376-5989 deerharborcharters.com

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Maya’s Legacy Whale Watching 1997 Mitchell Bay Road, Friday Harbor 360/378-7996 sanjuanislandwhalewatch.com

Orcas Island Eclipse Charters 8368 Orcas Road, Eastsound 360/376-6566 orcasislandwhales.com

Outdoor Odysseys 86 Cedar Street, Friday Harbor 360/378-3533 outdoorodysseys.com

Outer Island Excursions 54 Hunt Road, Eastsound 360/376-3711 outerislandx.com

San Juan Excursions 40 Spring Street, Friday Harbor 800/809-4253 watchwhales.com

PORT TOWNSEND Puget Sound Express 227 Jackson Street 360/385-5288 pugetsoundexpress.com

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San Juan Island Outfitters 248 Reuben Memorial Drive, Friday Harbor 886/810-1483 sanjuanislandoutfitters.com

San Juan Safaris 10 Front Street, Ste 102, Friday Harbor 800/450-6858 sanjuansafaris.com Spirit of Orca Whale Watching & Wildlife Tours Spring Street Landing, Friday Harbor 360/378-0302 spiritoforca.com Western Prince Cruises 1 Spring Street Suite A, Friday Harbor 800/757-6722 orcawhalewatch.com

CANADA

STEVESTON Seabreeze Adventures 12551 No. 1 Road, Richmond 604/272-7200 seabreezeadventures.ca Vancouver Whale Watch 12240 2 Ave., Suite 210, Steveston 604/274-9565 vancouverwhalewatch.com

WHITE ROCK White Rock Sea Tours White Rock Pier, White Rock 604/868-1755 whiterockseatours.com


CROSSING THE

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border Traveling between Canada and the United States is easy if you have the proper documents.

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Declarations and exemptions: Review what is allowable to take into the U.S. or Canada before you reach the border. The list changes frequently and can catch the unwary traveler by surprise. Surprises are the last thing anyone needs when going through a border. Declare everything you’re bringing into the country, even if you bought it at a duty free shop. • Have receipts for all purchases readily available. • Always declare when you are transporting $10,000 or more in or out of the U.S. or Canada. • Prescription and over the counter medication should be in its original container. When you’re crossing the border, be prepared to answer the following questions for each person in the car: • Where are you from? • Do you have any weapons? • Where are you going? (None allowed) • How long are you staying? • Do you have any fruit or vegetables? • What do you do for work? (There are restrictions) • What is the value of goods • Are you leaving anything in the country? with you? FOR MORE INFORMATION: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) cbp.gov 877/227-5511 Blaine office: 360/332-5771

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it was considered unsafe. A community save-the-pier movement resulted in its rehabilitation as one of White Rock’s premier visitor attractions. Across from the promenade, Marine Drive is stocked with boutique shops, nightspots and great restaurants. Sidewalk dining and people watching is serious sport here. In the summertime, families fan out across the sandy beach, building sandcastles, swimming or just soaking up the sun. Children jump off the lower levels of the pier, and people drop traps to catch Dungeness crab. After a satisfying meal at one of the many dining choices on Marine Drive, diners frequently grab a gelato and stroll out the pier to catch the sunset. The summer is also time for festivals at the beach. On July 1, the community celebrates the national birthday with Canada Day by the Bay, a full day of fun ending with fireworks at night. The White Rock Sea Festival held August 4-5 celebrates White Rock’s tradition of summertime fun with a family sand castle competition, live entertainment and vendors lining the promenade, a fireworks show and much more. Visit the historic train station just steps from the pier which is home to the White Rock Museum. Check out the artists walk adjacent to the museum and talk to the artists on site.

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At the beach’s eastern end, the Grand Chief Bernard Charles Memorial Plaza celebrates the city’s close ties with its Semiahmoo First Nation neighbors. To the north, Crescent Beach is a popular waterfront spot with a safe swimming area in the warm waters of Boundary Bay, and the Blackie Spit Nature Reserve with miles of trails popular with birdwatchers. If you’re up for exercise, try the 1,001 Steps trail down to the beach at 15A Avenue. Crescent Beach offers live theater on the beach at the Beach House Theatre. This year’s productions include Neil Simon’s Rumors (August 14-19) and Kathryn Walat’s Miss Electricity (August 15-19). Go to beachhousetheatre.org for ticket info. There’s more to this region than the beaches and waterfront. Softball City is home to the Canada Cup International Softball Championship (July 13-23) hosting female fast pitch teams from North America and around the world. The Tour de White Rock cycling race on July 14 and 15 brings professional racers to town, and includes hill climbs and

traditional road races. Not a pro? Not a problem. The race also offers amateur events for those who want to try out their racing legs. Golfers will find themselves in paradise here, with 15 golf courses and five golf ranges within a short distance of downtown. There is a farmer’s market every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from May to October at Miramar Plaza in uptown White Rock. Speaking of which, there is serious shopping, entertainment and eating choices in the uptown area, all centered on 152nd Avenue. To learn more, visit explorewhiterock .com and discoversurreybc.com

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fusion. In just three blocks of Alexandra Street, you’ll find over 200 restaurants. The area is also home to the Aberdeen Center, one of the largest Asian malls outside of Asia, and the Daiso Japanese megastore. Visitors should walk the Dumpling Trail, a collection of 20 restaurants. There are two trails; a hole-in-the-wall version and an upscale restaurant version. The Richmond Night Market at 8351 River Road, open from May 11 to October 8, is great way to experience Asian culture. The market has over 100 food booths and 200-plus retail stalls, an entertainment stage and free rides. Discover authentic Asian street food such as tornado potatoes, grilled squid, dragon’s beard candy, bubble waffles, and more. You’ll also find retailers selling goods at street prices. If it’s raining, head to Watermania to play in two large whirlpools, waterslides and catapult off spring boards. A stretch of No. 5 Road known as the Highway to Heaven is home to many places of worship, such as two spectacular Buddhist temples, showcasing the variety of faiths in the community. Most are open to visitors. Richmond is ringed by an extensive dike trail system, connecting dozens of parks. The Richmond Nature Park is 200 acres of raised peat bog habitat; 5 kilometers of trails invite visitors to explore its unique plants and animals. There are over 100 species of resident and visiting birds that can be seen throughout Richmond; visit Garry Point Park, Terra Nova Rural Park, and Iona Beach Re-

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and 24, July 8 and 22, August 12 and 26 and September 9. Rent a kayak at Ladner Slough and paddle through the backwaters of the Fraser River. Great blue herons and eagles soar overhead while you explore small islands and marshlands abutting the waterway. Walk or bike the dike on River Road west to Georgia Strait; alternatively, ride the dike from Beach Grove around Boundary Bay. This flat gravel trail goes on and on under silent skies for 20 kilometers. For more bike routes, go to bit.ly/2GTePPe. Ladner and Tsawwassen are located on the Pacific Flyway, and the surrounding lands are vital stopovers for millions of birds on their annual migration. One of the best places to observe all kinds of birds is at the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Ladner. Take River Road West, and turn right for the bridge to Westham Island. Just before the bridge is a small park where often you’ll have a close-up view of Steller sea lions sunning on the docks. Don’t miss the Delta Nature Reserve at Burns Bog, the world’s largest domed peat bog. Trails lead you through a small portion of the 40 square kilometer reserve. Between Tsawwassen and Ladner are acres upon acres of blueberry fields; stop at one of the roadside stands for a fresh hit of anti-oxidants. Highway 17 divides the two communities and also leads to the Tsawwassen ferry terminal taking travelers to Vancouver Island and various Gulf Islands. Tsawwassen is located on the north end of the same peninsula occupied by Point Roberts. More suburban than village, the main thoroughfare, 56th Street, is rich


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