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WaterSide 2011 is a special publication of Point Roberts Press, Inc. which publishes The Northern Light, the weekly newspaper of Blaine and Birch Bay, Washington, the All Point Bulletin, a monthly newspaper serving Point Roberts, the Mount Baker Experience, a quarterly publication serving the Mt. Baker foothills region and other special publications and maps. PUBLISHER Patrick Grubb CO-PUBLISHER Louise Mugar MANAGING DIRECTOR Kathy McGee EDITORIAL Pat Grubb, Molly Ernst, Kathy McGee, Tara Nelson, Jeremy Schwartz Carissa Wright GRAPHIC DESIGN Charlie Hagan, Ruth Lauman ADVERTISING DESIGN Charlie Hagan, Ruth Lauman CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS RoseAnn Alspeckto, Gene Davis Pat Grubb, Charlie Hagan Debbie Harger, Ruth Lauman Kathy McGee, Louise Mugar Nick Mikula, David Riffle Michael Stadler OFFICE MANAGER Carissa Wright ADVERTISING SALES Molly Ernst, Janet McCall Karen Ornelas

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Vol. 16

A La Niña winter and spring is over and not a moment too soon. The Northwest has had enough precipitation to last a lifetime, and it’s time for a long, hot, dry summer. If the forecasters call the summer as well as they nailed the winter forecast, we appear to be in for a long stretch of sunny weather. So pack up the car, the boat, the bike, the kayak or the backpack and experience Waterside 2011.

Whether you’re traveling close to home or have flown in from afar, the Waterside communities are just the place for you, your family and friends. Stretching from Point Roberts, Washington, in the north through Tsawwassen, Ladner and Richmond, British Columbia, through the beautiful San Juan Islands, and down to Whidbey Island, there are hundreds of places waiting for you to discover.

From charming island villages to sleepy historic fishing ports, the Waterside communities offer a diversity of experiences that are unique in North America. From the “You bet, hon,” of the waitress in a breakfast café in Oak Harbor to the “How’s it going, eh?” from the barkeeper in a Steveston pub, the friendliness and welcoming atmosphere will have you feeling immediately at home.

Take your time as you move from town to town. The communities have a heavy schedule of fairs, festivals and events so be certain to check the calendar of events before you visit. Don’t forget spontaneity, though. Some of our best times have come in unexpected moments.

Enjoy the summer – and come back soon!

In This Issue Anacortes ....................................4 San Juans Islands ......................5 Whidbey Island ...........................6 Whale Watching & Cruising .......7 La Conner ...................................7 Chuckanut ...................................8 Fairhaven ....................................8 Bellingham ................................10 Wineries ....................................11 Rainy Day Ideas ........................12 Lummi Island ............................12 Birch Bay ...................................13 Blaine ........................................15 Lynden .......................................20 Golfing .......................................20 Watersports ..............................21 Beaches .....................................21 Summer Events ........................22 Peace Arch & Border Info ........24 White Rock ................................25 Tsawwassen & Ladner .............26 Richmond & Steveston ............27 Tide Tables ................................28 Brew Pubs..................................29 Advertiser Directory ..................29 Point Roberts ............................30








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• Drive or bike to the top of Mt. Erie and enjoy panoramic views of the San Juan Islands, the inlands and the Olympic Peninsula • Peruse the maritime offerings at historic Anacortes Marine Supply and Hardware • Hike up to the Cap Sante look out and take in views of Lake Campbell and beyond • Catch a fair wind to Shipwreck Day, on July 16 • Grab your helmet and head to the Oyster Run on September 25, the Pacific Northwest’s largest motorcycle run


Take exit 230 off I-5 and travel west on State Route 20. Follow ferry signs and adhere to speed limit.

While known as the “gateway to the San Juans,” laid-back Anacortes offers attractions and activities aplenty for adventure-seekers of all kinds. Located on Fidalgo Island, Anacortes is accurately described by locals as the city within a park. With a population of just under 20,000, Anacortes is surrounded by approximately 3,000 acres of city-owned forestlands and parks and boasts more than 12 miles of saltwater shorelines. Lake Campbell, one of the five freshwater lakes on Fidalgo Island, contains one of the few islands within an island in the world. For a great view of Lake Campbell and the rest of Anacortes, bike or drive to the top of 1,300-foot-tall Mt. Erie. For another panoramic view, hike to the scenic Cap Sante lookout; you might even catch a glimpse of the military jets flying in and out of the nearby Whidbey Island Naval Base. Summer means outdoor festivals in the waterside communities, and Anacortes is no different. July 17 is Shipwreck Day in downtown Anacortes. Described as a giant garage sale, the day-long event gives tourists and locals alike the chance to browse a wide variety of treasures and

trinkets sold by street-side vendors. The first week of August, Anacortes comes alive with the sights and sounds of the Anacortes Arts Festival, which attracts more than 100,000 people each year. The last Sunday in September brings the 30th annual Oyster Run to the streets of Anacortes. The event is touted as the largest motorcycle ride in the Pacific Northwest and attracts bikers from all across the state. This year’s run starts on Sunday, September 25. After hiking or touring the various art galleries in downtown, be sure to visit

one of the many high-end eateries, such as Cafe Adrift, on Commercial Avenue. Friendly inns and motels abound on the island, so don’t be in a rush to get to other places. Not far from Anacortes, on the south end of Fidalgo Island lies Deception Pass State Park. Make the trek over the bridge spanning Deception Pass on foot, if you can stand the gentle shaking as large trucks drive past. The park itself offers camping, a number of gorgeous hikes, and great birdwatching.

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San Juan Islands Shaw is the smallest of the four islands at 7.7 square miles, and is known for the Franciscan nuns who run the only commercial venture on the island – a store at the ferry landing. Visit the log cabin historical museum and library, both across the street from the schoolhouse. Orcas is the largest island at 58 square miles. Its saddlebag shape is almost cut in half by Eastsound, where visitors meander through town, exploring quaint stores and interesting restaurants. Pick up a book at Darvill’s Bookstore and head down the street to Rose’s Bakery Café for a great meal. An absolute must is a trip to the top of Mount Constitution, the highest peak in the San Juans. At 2,409 feet, the drive takes a good 20 minutes to reach the top. If you’re more ambitious, you can bike or hike. Friday Harbor is the county seat of San Juan county, and San Juan is the second largest of the islands at 55 square miles. Rent a scooter from Susie’s Mopeds, pick up a box lunch from one of the many

restaurants in town, and tour the island. You’ll want to visit the alpacas at Krystal Acres Alpaca Farm, tour Pelindaba Lavender Farm (voted best public garden in western Washington by Evening Magazine) and watch for whales out of Lime Kiln State Park. Most visitors to the San Juans take the hour-and-a-half-long trip by ferry from Anacortes, but flying is also an option. Those on a more limited budget may want to consider leaving their car in Anacortes and walking on to the ferry to avoid the car fees – $53 to $65, plus additional fees per passenger – depending on the day and season. But not to worry, hitchhiking is not only legal here, it is a way of life, and it offers a way to meet some of the island locals.


• Take a zip line tour over beautiful forest and wetlands on San Juan Island • Check out the sunset or whale watch at Lime Kiln State Park on the west side of San Juan Island • Try some local Lopez Island Creamery ice cream in flavors like lavender-vanilla or Anacortes Porter, flavored with beer from the Anacortes Brewery • Visit the Pelindaba Lavender Farm on San Juan Island • Enjoy a panoramic view of the islands from 2,409-foot-tall Mount Constitution on Orcas Island


Take I-5 exit 230 and travel west. Ferries from Anacortes to and from the San Juan Islands and Victoria, B.C., run on a regular basis.

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Exploring the San Juan Islands should be high up on any visitor’s list. It is by far one of the most breathtaking parts of the country, a sought-after destination spot for travelers worldwide. The San Juans was listed as No. 2 in the “41 Places To Go in 2011” by The New York Times in an article about world travel. There are more than 350 islands in the archipelago, but the state ferry system services just four of the islands – Lopez, Shaw, Orcas and San Juan (Friday Harbor). Lopez is perhaps the most serene islands with rolling hills, pastoral landscapes and sheltered bays. The 54-squaremile island is bike friendly, and since it’s the closest to Anacortes, it is an easy day trip. Many walk on the ferry with their bikes, enjoy a ride, food and a brew, and still have time to make the last ferry home. Lopez also has two excellent campgrounds, including Odlin County Park, where you can pull up to a campsite in your kayak.

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Take exit 230 off I-5 and travel west. Head south on SR 20 toward Oak Harbor.

From one of the state’s most well known state parks and a resident pod of gray whales to a thriving arts community, Whidbey Island has just about something for everyone. In late May or early June, look for a small group of gray whales at South Whidbey and Saratoga Passage, where they feed on ghost shrimp. The whales can be seen from the shorelines of south Whidbey and from the Mukilteo/Clinton ferries. Catch the sweeping views of the island and its miles of coastlines on the Whidbey Island Scenic Isle Way. The first Washington State Scenic Byway to be established on an island, the Scenic Isle Way is made up of state routes 525 and 20, and starts at Deception Pass to the north and at the town of Clinton to the south. The view from Deception Pass is breathtakingly beautiful, with plenty of hiking trails on both sides of the bridge. Whidbey offers excellent birdwatching all year round and has over 60 pairs of eagles nesting on the island. For fresh, local produce and seasonal products, be sure to visit one of the island’s many farm stands or farmers markets. Markets can be found in Oak Harbor, Coupeville and Bayview, among other places. Plan your trip around Whidbey’s many microbreweries and wineries, or stop for

a cup of coffee made from freshly roasted beans. Need to work off that food? The island is perfect for hiking, biking, walking and all sorts of water sports, including kayak-

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Friday Harbor 800/647-4621 or 360/378-3533 For an unusually up-close view of orcas, try a kayaking tour package. Outdoor Odysseys offers single or multi-day trips that incorporate whale-watching, birding, history and gourmet food. Sea kayaking equipment included.

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• Visit the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner, the Edison Eye and Smith & Vallee galleries in Edison • Check out one of the Rexville Grocery's fun and eclectic events including wine and cheese tastings, live music and food festivals • Take an outdoor sculpture walk ing tour


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Take a stroll down historic First Street, lined by art galleries and unique eateries. Pause to take in the sculpture and outdoor art scattered around downtown. In nearby Edison, local is the watchword in the town of 133, especially when it comes to culinary pursuits. Slough Foods offers regional artisian

cheeses, meats and wine, Breadfarm breads are known throughout the region for the bakery’s hands-on, everythingfrom-scratch approach, and the Farm to Market Bakery features an eclectic, everchanging array of pies, pastries, sandwiches, soups and their signature limesoaked polenta cakes.

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When you first visit La Conner, you’ll be struck by the small-town quaintness of the former fishing town on the banks of the Swinomish Channel (referred to by locals as the “slough”). Stay a while and you’ll learn about the area’s local art scene – known as the birthplace of the Northwest style of art. Artists such as Morris Graves, Charles Krafft, Kenneth Callahan, Mark Tobey and Guy Anderson formed a colony of artists on the banks of the slough during the 1940s and 50s. The area, later known as Fishtown, became a haven for artists, writers and poets who wanted to get back to a simple way of living. The town, which also borders the Swinomish Indian reservation, still remains a culturally diverse haven for organic farmers, fishers, artists and visitors alike.

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• Visit Taylor Shellfish Farms • Eat at The Oyster Bar or Oyster Creek Inn • Enjoy the Samish Bay Bivalve Bash, July 16 • Watch the sunset from one of many pullouts

Once its own town founded by a dirty old man named Dan Harris, the Fairhaven district of Bellingham holds enough unique charm to warrant a separate visit on any trip to Whatcom County. With its brick buildings and cobbled streets, Fairhaven provides a modernday glimpse of what much of the county once looked like.


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No Northwest experience is complete without a jaunt along Chuckanut Drive. The 21-mile stretch between Burlington and Fairhaven hugs the shoreline, meandering through forests, along tidal flats and atop dramatic cliffs. The exquisite views may beckon, but keep your eyes on the narrow road until you safely reach one of several pullouts placed for your sightseeing pleasure. The Chuckanut Mountains are home to some of the finest hiking in the region, ranging from the easy trek to Clayton Beach in Larrabee Park to the 6.5-mile grind to the top of Oyster Dome – a 2,000-foot gain in elevation. Biking Chuckanut Drive is not for the faint of heart, but the route is a favorite for seasoned cyclists.

Though Fairhaven’s distinctive antique feel will undoubtedly be the first thing noticed by any visitor, the old-style surrounds belie Fairhaven’s existence as a modern transportation hub. Fairhaven is the southern terminus of the Alaska ferry, a port for cruises to the San Juan Islands and Victoria, B.C., and an Amtrak stop on the Vancouver to Portland run, not to mention a depot for Greyhound buses. That said, some visitors might think Fairhaven is a community to merely travel through, but that notion cannot be further from the truth. Fairhaven proves an attraction all its own, offering many county-renowned shops, restaurants and activities. The hungry traveler has numerous food styles to choose from, including Mexican at Dos Padres and Italian at Mambo Italiano. Thanks to pedestrian friendly streets, walking from stop to stop in Fairhaven is a breeze. After lunch or dinner, Fairhaven visitors should stop by any or all of the district’s unique shopping experiences; including the charming Fairhaven Toy Garden and the nationally recognized Village Books, which is one of Washington’s largest independent bookstores and on the traveling writers’ circuit.

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Wednesdays in summer feature the Fairhaven Farmers Market spread out across the Fairhaven Village Green. Vendors from across the county turn out to sell fresh produce and locally made arts and crafts. The market even features live music. A number of trails offering sweeping views and steep inclines wind their way through Fairhaven. Of note among the trail network is the Pine and Cedar Lakes trail, a roughly 3-mile route that starts with several long, steep switchbacks but eventually levels out and leads to the secluded Pine Lake and Cedar Lake. For more of a relaxing stroll, try walking south down Harris Avenue and trying to find all the historical concrete plaques that line the sidewalk. Engraved on each plaque is a tidbit of information from Fairhaven’s past, though some are of more questionable authenticity than others. Come evening, Fairhaven’s own music scene comes to life and offers a unique twist on the kinds of performances found in Bellingham. One venue for example, Skylark’s Hidden Café, offers weekly Irish music session starting at 7 p.m. on Sundays. Though a half-dozen or so experienced regulars typically show up, anyone with their own instruments is invited to join in.

• Attend an author’s lecture at Village Books • Catch an outdoor movie at the Fairhaven Village Green • Run or walk the trails at Larrabee State Park • Take a ghost tour of the historic parts of Fairhaven • Sign up for a whale-watching tour • Attend the celebration of the dirty old man himself at Dirty Dan Days the last weekend in April • Enjoy live music at a one of Fairhaven bars and restaurants


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Bellingham Despite its unofficial nickname as the city of subdued excitement, Bellingham offers a tantalizing range of activities for young and old. Everywhere you look, you’ll see people out walking, biking, hiking or kayaking, to name a few. National Small Brewpub of the Year Fresh Locavore Menu

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Roughly 30 miles of walking and hiking trails spread out over nine trail systems wend their away across the city. The trails offer everything from gentle inclines to steep, winding switchbacks that can challenge even the most experienced hiker. Head to Lake Padden, where you can walk the 2.6 mile loop around the lake, take a swim, enjoy a picnic lunch and let your dog play in the dog park. For those more infatuated with the sea, Bellingham is a haven for kayakers. Put in at the public boat launch in Fairhaven, and paddle north through the bay to get a waterside view of Bellingham. Head south to Chuckanut Bay and you’re treated to a Neolithic landscape, as the waves and wind have sculpted sandstone into fascinating formations.



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Part of the San Juan archipelago, Lummi Island is far easier to get to than its more famous cousins. A small Whatcom County ferry makes the short, comparatively inexpensive crossing at least once an hour throughout the day. The crossing is cash only, so plan ahead. Biking, hiking and a world-class restaurant are just some of the attractions. Even your trek out to Lummi Island can be an adventure all its own. From I-5 take the Slater Road exit and head west. Enjoy the peaceful farmland and cross over the Nooksack River. When you reach Silver Reef Casino, you'll hang a left, but for a dose of excitement, stop and catch a show, play the slots or enjoy a delicious seafood dinner. Continue down Haxton Road, and if the hours are right keep an eye out for Dynasty Cellars, a boutique winery producing delectable wines. Once on the island, an essential stop is Willows Inn Restaurant. The New York Times called it one of just 10 restaurants in the world worth a plane ride, citing its â&#x20AC;&#x153;obsessiveâ&#x20AC;? focus on fresh, local ingredients and recent hiring of Blaine Wetzel, a 24-year-old chef who previously worked at Noma in Copenhagen, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;best restaurant in the world.â&#x20AC;? For a unique experience at the inn, stay in one of the farm suites and spend time


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Old-fashioned fun abounds in Birch Bay. Grab an ice cream cone or homemade candy at The C Shop or other cafes and stroll along the beach, build a sandcastle or ride along Birch Bay Drive in a horse-drawn carriage. The tree-lined bay is a hub of activity, with swimmers, joggers, bikers and beachcombers all mingling on the shore. Out on the bay, the protected, smooth waters make for great sailing, waterskiing and kayaking. Rent a kayak, scooter or bicycle from Paddle & Pedal Adventures and go exploring. At the south end of the bay, Birch Bay State Park offers 194 acres of beaches, trees and campgrounds. Call ahead to make camping reservations,

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Semiahmoo Resort has a four star inn, a number of restaurants and bars and two championship golf courses. Warm beaches, walking and biking paths, marina and chandlery are a few of the amenities available. Back in the main part of Blaine, take a walking tour of the historic Salishan neighborhood. A tour booklet is available at the visitor’s center. If you can, visit Blaine for the Fourth of July. Its small-town parade and festival is great fun and the fireworks display is sure to thrill people of all ages. Also take the time to visit two of Blaine’s very own wineries: GLM Wine Co. and Dakota Creek Winery.


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Watersports What’s the best part of a Waterside community? The water, of course. You’ll find miles and miles of beaches and shoreline to explore, and you don’t have to be an extreme-sports enthusiast to enjoy it. Whether you’re kayaking, sailing, paddleboarding, kiteboarding, scuba diving or just standing with your toes in the surf, you’re sure to find a great way to hit the waves.

Kayaking Kayaking is an extraordinarily popular pursuit in this area, with dozens of outfitters renting boats by the hour or day or even longer. Enjoy a day paddle in one of the many protected bays and harbors or plan a longer, guided expedition. Be prepared when kayaking – always wear a life jacket, expect sudden weather changes, and dress for the temperature of the water, not the air. Take advantage of the local outfitters lessons or guided tours. For camping, the Washington Water Trails Association’s Cascadia Marine Trail ( has over 50 waterside campsites from the Hood Canal area to the Canadian border. From Anacortes, paddle to Saddlebag Island for an afternoon picnic

or an overnight stay, or take a tour from White Rock in search of resident grey whales. Wheel your kayak onto a ferry headed for Friday Harbor, put in at the marina, and paddle over to Turn Island for a quick overnight getaway.

Sailing If you’re up for a different kind of challenge, sailing may be the way to go. From weeklong, live-aboard classes to an afternoon aboard a skiff with another captain at the helm, skimming over the waves is a great way to enjoy northwest waters. Tours and classes depart from almost every harbor in the area, so use the local marina as a starting point. Before throwing in your lot with any sailing school, be sure its instruction vessels have had vessel safety checks performed by the U.S. or Canadian Coast Guard auxiliary. If you’re on a budget, check with local parks and recreation districts for subsidized group classes. Paddleboarding Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is one of the fastest-growing sports in the region. Like walking on water, it’s a full-body workout that can offer unique views

of the water. You’ll need equipment to get started, but it’s all readily available at a number of vendors in the area. Start out during calm conditions, and don’t try to progress too quickly. Stand up slowly and keep your strokes short and close to the board at first. Bellingham’s Boulevard Park is a popular spot for beginning paddleboarders, who can often be seen making their way along the boardwalk to Fairhaven. North of the border, both sides of Boundary Bay are popular with the SUP crowd.

boat dives. Keep an eye out under the waves for the elusive giant Pacific octopus and the six-gill shark, both of which can be found in the area. If you have scuba experience, this area offers many intermediate and expert level dives. But for those just starting out, a number of all-inclusive classes are available. Work with a local dive shop to plan an experience tailored to your group.

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Clamming and Fishing Clamming is one of the most popular beach pastimes in the area. Before you dig anything, call the Washington State Shellfish Safety Hotline at 800/562-5632 to make sure the shellfish is safe to eat. Also call the state’s rule change hotline at 866/880-5431 to make sure you're harvesting legally and in season. Many beaches have signs posted with the regular limits for each type of shellfish. Fishing regulations vary greatly by region, species, date and a number of other factors. For the most up-todate information in the U.S., visit In Canada, visit and select the Pacific region for information.

Maple Beach has the warmest swimming water in the area. Located on the northeast corner of Point Roberts the tide goes out nearly a half-mile, making the beach fun to explore at low tide.

Centennial Beach is on Boundary Bay and continues on to Maple Beach in Point Roberts. It has lovely views and a sandy beach with warm water. Popular for picnics and volleyball games.

Kiteboarding When the winds are right and the tides are perfect, kiteboarding is the pastime of choice. The learning curve is a little steeper and rental gear is a little harder to find, but classes are available from a number of vendors in Bellingham and the lower mainland. Again, the prevailing advice is to start slow. Don't just buy your gear and hit the waves – take a class and spend some time with veteran kiteboarders before venturing out alone.

Beaches Semiahmoo Park straddles Canadian and American waters. Swim in either the harbor or the bay.



Washington Park has a couple of rocky beaches that can be reached via a scenic 2.2-mile paved loop for pedestrians, bicycles and autos.

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Boulevard Park, on Bellingham Bay between downtown and Fairhaven, is a favorite for strolling.

South Beach is a 2-mile stretch of sand, rock and driftwood, perfect for beachcoming. Deception Pass has almost 15 miles of saltwater shoreline plus freshwater Cranberry Lake.

White Rock Beach is a popular destination for its 1,500-foot-long pier and proximity to Marine Drive, which is lined with restaurants, shops and galleries.

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Despite being next to Vancouver International Airport, Iona Beach Regional Park offers visitors a sandy beach to stretch out on beside some driftwood. Two jetties shelter the beach.



Clayton Beach is a short walking trail off Chuckanut Drive with wonderful rocks to climb on and explore.


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Crescent Beach is located on the northern end of Semiahmoo Bay and has a quieter, more rustic feel.


Summer Events

JUNE June 22 - Fairhaven Summer Solstice Celebration Gallery Walk. 5 - 10 p.m. Live music and open shops.

July 15 - Live Celtic music by Celtic Roots. Bring the family, picnic and chairs. 7 p.m. Wildlife Theatre at Birch Bay State Park.

June 24 - Joy Jam. Beautiful traditional Celtic, French Canadian and Contra Dance music. Bring the whole family, a blanket or lawn chairs, and enjoy! 6:30 p.m. Wildlife Theatre at Birch Bay State Park.

July 15-17 - Tour de White Rock. Race attracts more than 150 high caliber cyclists from across Canada, U.S. and Europe.

June 25 - Bark-in-the-Park Dog Festival. Storvik Park, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

July 15-17 - What the Heck Fest music festival. Music, movies, literature, art, and other undefinables. Anacortes.

June 25 - Kids Vending Day at the Bellingham Farmers Market. Young entrepreneurs sell items they have grown or made. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. June 25 - Blasda! Scottish music fans - this concert is for you. Bring a chair and dance if the mood strikes! 6:30 p.m. Wildlife Theatre at Birch Bay State Park. June 25 - Whidbey Island Garden Tour. Garden lovers can visit a variety of gardens. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tickets $20.00.

July 16 - Story Time. Kids ages 3 – 7 enjoy a fun hour of stories and learning. Bring a blanket to sit on.10 a.m. Wildlife Theatre at Birch Bay State Park. July 16-17 - 8th Annual Studio SAT Tour. Artists throughout Skagit County will open their studio doors to the public from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tour 23 studios featuring 32 artists. La Conner.

June 25 - The Padden Triathalon. Competitive and recreational divisions to accommodate all skill levels, race solo or on a team.

July 16-17 - 32nd Annual Birch Bay Discovery Days. Fun activities abound with a grand parade down Birch Bay Drive, arts and crafts fair and a variety of food vendors. Sea Links Golf Course, 7878 Birch Bay Drive. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.


July 16-17 - Summer Arts Fair and Lavender Festival, Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m; Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday Harbor on historic Court Street. Approximately 50 booths showcasing local and regional talent. Live music.

July 1 - Gallery Art Walk. Anacortes. 6 - 9 p.m. July 1 - The Rock; 10K and Kid’s run. Quick “race” activity that introduces kids to having fun with sports. Whiterock. Register online at July 1 - Canada Day & Steveston Salmon Festival. Children’s festival, craft fair, flower/garden show, Japanese cultural show, salmon BBQ, martial arts demos, youth festival, rides. Free admission.

July 17-22 - The annual Whidbey Island Race Week fills Penn Cove with colorful sailboats. Penn Cove, Coupeville. July 22 - Joy Jam. Beautiful traditional Celtic, French Canadian & Contra Dance music. Free music for the whole family, bring a blanket or lawn chairs. 6:30 p.m. Wildlife Theatre at Birch Bay State Park. July 22-24 - Annual Golf Tournament & Wine Fest. Avalon Golf Course, Burlington. Wine Fest tickets: $50. La Conner.

July 2 - North Cascades Concert Band presents Sousa. This 40-piece band will give the entire family an unforgettable evening. Bring lawn chairs. 6:30 p.m. Wildlife Theatre at Birch Bay State Park.

July 23-24 - Loganberry Festival. Fun, food, entertainment, activities for kids, farm goods,local craft and art products. Whidbey Island.

July 3-4 - Fireworks over the Swinomish Channel start at 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 3. Parade on Monday at 11:30 a.m., followed by community picnic in Pioneer Park.

July 23-24 - ALS Double Day Bike Ride & Fundraiser. Fully supported bike ride through Skagit Valley.

July 4 - Annual 4th of July Parade. Point Roberts. This community event features a parade, art showings, family activities, food and fun at Lighthouse Park.

July 25-31 - Paddle to Swinomish. The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community hosts the 2011 tribal journey. Witness the sight of a vast flotilla of canoes coming in to land, experience traditions and ceremonies. La Conner.

July 4 - Haggen Family 4th of July Celebration at Zuanich Point Park. Enjoy food booths, craft and vender booths, a kid jump around zone, beer garden 5 - 11 p.m., and live music.

July 29-31 - An-O-Chords Barbershop Concert. 7:30 p.m. Amateur quartet contest and salmon BBQ at Anacortes’ Washington Park.

July 4 - Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration in Blaine. Celebrate with a pancake breakfast, parade, show-n-shine, food booths, art and craft venders, fireworks at dusk. 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.

July 29-Aug. 1 - 61st Annual Spirit of the Sea Festival and Torchlight Parade. Free fun for the whole family, including a children's carnival and parade, beach games, races, fireworks and live entertainment. White Rock.

July 8 - 35th Annual Whidbey Island Pony Club Horse Trials. Three-day horse trials, includes dressage, cross-country and stadium jumping competitions. Coupeville.

July 30 - Anacortes Art Dash Half Marathon and 5K fun run. 9 a.m.

July 8-10 - Downtown Bellingham Sidewalk Sale. Local Businesses discount merchandise for this fun event.


July 9 - Kids ‘R Best Fest. Storvik Park.

July 9 - Sixth Annual Summer Swing Dance, 7 p.m., Crockett Barn, Coupeville. July 10 - Chamber Music by the Bay. At the domed atrium at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal. 4 p.m.


July 10-15 - WWU College Quest. Ambitious high school students complete a real college course, gain valuable information, and form extraordinary social connections. 3 p.m. - 10 p.m.

July 10-16 - 10th Annual Blaine Jazz Festival. Six days of exciting music. Learn from the best, play with the best.

July 30 - Blasda! Scottish music fans—this concert is for you. Bring a chair and be ready to dance. 6:30 p.m. Wildlife Theatre at Birch Bay State Park. July 30 - 31 - Polo Pacific Northwest Governor’s Cup- Admission $5 at gate. Wear a polo watching hat, bring your picnic lunch and join the tailgate party. La Conner 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. July 30-31 - Point Roberts Arts & Music Festival at Lighthouse Marine Park. July 30-Aug. 1 - Tsawwassen Sun Festival. Slo-pitch tournament, beer gardens, antique fair, skateboard competition, fireworks.

Aug. 5 - Gallery Art Walk, Anacortes, 6 - 9 p.m. Aug. 5-7 - Anacortes Arts Festival. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Over 250 booth artisans. Art, entertainment, children’s activities and food. Aug. 6-7 - Drayton Harbor Maritime Festival. Street fair, wood and steam boat displays, live music, kid’s games and activities. Blaine. Aug. 6-10 - 6th Annual Pioneer Picnic. Music and Salmon BBQ lunch served at 11 a.m., provided by the La Conner Civic Garden Club, cost $10. La Conner. Aug. 10-13 - Skagit County Fair. Rich in the tradition, history and unique culture of Skagit community. Mount Vernon. Aug. 13 - Porterhouse Brewfest Fundraiser for Lincoln Theatre. Brews, raffle prizes, live bands and dancing. 2 p.m. Mount Vernon. Aug. 13 - Whidbey Island Highland Games. Whidbey Island Celtic Society’s annual celebration. Pipe bands, pipers, dancers, and athletic events with food and fun to spare. Greenbank Farm. Aug. 13 - La Conner Classic Yacht and Car show. Classic boats and cars, food, music, raffle prices and exhibitors. Aug. 11-15 - Tall Ships in Coupeville. To purchase tickets, visit the Historical Seaport website, Crew in costumes will host the tours. Aug. 15 - Hmong Association of Washington musicians and dancers. Celebrate the diverse cultures of the Pacific Northwest. Free outdoor concert. Blaine. 2 p.m. Aug. 17-20 - Annual San Juan County Fair. Friday Harbor. Exhibitors, vendors, music and food. Aug. 18-21 - Island County Fair. Langley Fairgrounds. Aug. 19 - Joy Jam. Beautiful traditional Celtic, French Canadian and Contra dance music. Free music for the whole family, bring a blanket or lawn chairs. 6:30 p.m. Wildlife Theatre at Birch Bay State Park. Aug. 19-21 - American Eagle BBQ. 8th Street & Q Ave. Anacortes. Aug. 19 - Bellwether Family Fun Night. Free, family-friendly event held at Tom Glenn Common. Games, kite flying, face painting and henna tattoos, vendors and movie. Aug. 20 - Bite of Bellingham. Beer and Wine Garden for 21+ featuring tastes from around Whatcom County. Entertainment from local bands. 12 - 4 p.m. Aug. 27 - Harvesting Hope. 11 a.m. A bountiful brunch and auction supporting literacy locally and around the world. La Conner. Aug. 28 - Family Movie Night. Storvik Park. Anacortes. 8 p.m.


Sept. 2 - First Friday Gallery Art Walk. Anacortes, 6 - 9 p.m.

Sept. 10 - Annual Antique Engine and Machine Day. Free. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Market and “T” Ave. Sept. 10 - Fairhaven Runners Waterfront 15K. Race with huge post-race party at Fairhaven Village Green! 8:30 a.m. start. Must register.

Sept. 10-11 - Bike MS Ride. Inspiring connections to people in our communities living with MS and so much more. Sept. 17-18 - Whidbey Island Farm Tours. Visit the farms and meet the people who grow their local foods and fiber, and to learn how these small farms work. Sept. 17 - Fidalgo Bay Day. Anacortes. Chowder tasting, free clam and oyster sampling and BBQ. Fun events for kids. Free. Sept. 25-30 - Annual Oyster Run. Free. No time schedule, no required route, no official starting point. La Conner and Anacortes. Sept. 30-Oct. 2 - 14th Annual La Conner Quilt Festival. 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Quilt Fest is a celebration that includes a three day display of appliqué quilts, specialty vendors, and a silent auction in Maple Hall.


Anacortes Farmers Market - Every Saturday from May-September. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. 611 R Avenue. Bellingham Co-op Summer Camp - June 20-Aug. 22. Come explore history, science, art, culture with art activities, stories, games and more. Children bring their own lunches and a change of clothes. Blaine Gardeners Market - Saturday mornings at the H Street plaza. 360/332-4544. Blaine’s ongoing Historic Plover Passenger Ferry Rides - June through Labor Day 2011. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday Birch Bay’s Farmers Market - Thursdays, through September. 4 - 7 p.m. Food, crafts, flowers, and more. Next to C Shop at 4825 Alderson Road. Downtown Sounds - July 6-August 3. Series of live, free concerts for the entire family every Wednesday, 6 - 10 p.m. Fairhaven Free Movies - June 25-Sept. 10 Every Saturday evening. Fairhaven offers live music and entertainment followed by a feature-length movie on the Village Green screen. Ladner Village Market - Every second and fourth Sunday. June 12-Sept. 11. 10 a.m - 4 p.m. 48th Ave. Native Journey Exhibit - July 23-Sept. 3. Showcase of amazing collection of Native American baskets, tools, canoes and photographs. This exhibit will be in conjunction with Paddle to Swinomish “Loving, Caring and Sharing Together”. Skagit County Historical Museum is located at 501 S. Fourth St, La Conner. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. On the Waterfront Concert Series - White Rock, B.C. Boardwalk Performances have included Celtic folk, jazz, world beat, Latin and hip hop. Saturdays and Sundays in July and August. Peach Arch Park International Sculpture Exhibition - May 1-Oct. 1. Blaine. Self-guided tour exhibit brochure available on site. Peace Arch Park. 8 a.m. - dusk, daily. Quilt Walk in La Conner - Sept. 1-Oct. 15. Over 70 quilts made by members of the Clark County Quilters in Vancouver, WA, will be on display in local La Conner shops. Whatcom Folk School - June - August. Connecting people looking to learn the skills of a more resilient, joyful, and sustainable life by using practical skills. Register online


Sept. 10 - Whatcom County Farm Tour. Free, self-guided and family friendly tour. Tour stops include a variety of farms and wineries. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Photo by Pat Grubb

Peace Arch Park

Peach Arch Park International Sculpture Exhibition

Crossing the Border


Traveling between Canada and the United States is easy, as long as you have the proper documents. Travelers must present a passport or other approved secure document denoting citizenship and identity for all land and sea travel into the U.S. You will need one of the following documents: U.S. citizens: A passport issued by the U.S. government, a passport card, a valid trusted traveler program card (FAST, NEXUS or SENTRI), an enhanced driver’s license (EDL), a military ID with official travel orders or a U.S. Merchant Mariner document. Canadian citizens: A passport issued by the government of Cana-


da, a valid trusted traveler program card (FAST, NEXUS or SENTRI) or an EDL. Children: U.S. and Canadian children under the age of 16 will need to present a birth certificate or other proof of citizenship. Be prepared to prove that any minor children traveling with you have identification and – if they are not your children – that you have written parental consent.

Declarations and exemptions:

• Always declare when you are transporting more than $10,000 in or out of the United States or Canada. • Have receipts for all purchases readily available. • Know your personal exemptions.

Questions to expect:

When you're crossing the border, be prepared to answer the following questions for each person in the car: • Where are you from? • Where are you going? • How long are you staying? • What do you do for work? • What is the value of goods with you? • Do you have any weapons? (None allowed) • Do you have any fruit or vegetables? (None allowed) • Are you leaving anything in the country?

For more info:

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP): Canada Border Services Agency U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP): 360/332-5771 U.S. CBP Agricultural Specialists: 360/332-1640 U.S. Fish & Wildlife: 360/332-5388 Canada Customs: 800/461-9999 U.S.D.A. Veterinarian: 360/988-5715

White Rock THINGS TO DO:

â&#x20AC;˘ Pick up some treats at the farmers market, held every Sunday through the summer â&#x20AC;˘ Take in a night game at Softball City â&#x20AC;˘ Watch the Tour de White Rock bike races July 15-17 â&#x20AC;˘ Watch the Canadian Armed Forces Snowbirds acrobatic team perform on July 27 â&#x20AC;˘ Catch the Spirit of the Sea festival beginning July 29


Take the King George Highway exit after customs, keep right then turn right on 152nd Street for the main shopping area.

The seaside town of White Rock is the first stop coming north after crossing the border at Blaine. It is named after the nearly 500-ton boulder that sits on the shore just south of the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famed 1,500-foot-long pier. Legend has it that it was tossed across the Strait of Georgia by a young Indian chief who chose the spot where it landed as the location for a home with his new wife. Good thing that trend didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t last. Visitors are drawn first to the famous 1,500-foot-long pier and the Marine Drive area. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find families fishing for crab and couples taking romantic sunset walks as they look over the bay. Back on shore there are kilometers of broad sandy beaches for sunbathing, swim-

ming, kayaking or windsurfing. Marine Drive itself is jammed with shops and great restaurants. Sidewalk dining and people watching is serious sport here. The uptown area is where youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find shopping centers, more restaurants and

services of all kinds. If you like golf, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll love White Rock. There are 15 golf courses and five golf ranges within 20 minutes of downtown. Just to the north of town is the pleasant seaside community of Crescent Beach.

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Tsawwassen & Ladner

â&#x20AC;˘ Take the stairs from Fred Gingell Park on English Bluff down to the seashore â&#x20AC;˘ Grab a table at Sharkeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for the 11th Annual Tour de Delta â&#x20AC;˘ Get a tan at the Tsawwassen Sun Festival July 29-August 1 â&#x20AC;˘ Go for a swim in Boundary Bay â&#x20AC;˘ Check out the birds at Reifel Bird Sanctuary


Coming south on Highway 99: After the George Massey Tunnel, take Highway 17 exit, turn right on Highway 10 for Ladner. Otherwise, continue south on Highway 17 until you see signs for 56th Street on the left for Tsawwassen. Coming north: Take the Highway 17 exit, turn left at the light and follow the directions above.

Possessing special charms of their own, the ocean and riverside communities of Tsawwassen and Ladner are must-stop destinations. Like Point Roberts, these two towns are right under the â&#x20AC;&#x153;blue hole.â&#x20AC;? What that means is while you may see nothing but clouds to the north, east and south, above you are blue skies. Nice. Ladner and Tsawwassen sit smack in the middle of the Pacific Flyway, and the surrounding fields, wetlands and waterways are stopovers for millions of birds on their annual migration. One of the best places to observe is at the Reifel 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 youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have a close-up view of Steller sea lions sunning on the docks.

Ladner is a great place to get out and walk or bike. Traffic is minimal, and the terrain is flat. Wander the downtown area with its historic buildings and a very compelling local museum. Sip a drink or have a bite to eat while you look at the boats on the Ladner Slough. Life doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get much better than this.

Then head over to Tsawwassen and experience the restaurants, boutiques, personal service establishments and supermarkets along 56th Street. Afterward, chill at Boundary Bay Regional Park. Head to Centennial Beach, a great place for a swim or a picnic.

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Richmond & Steveston

You want water, Richmond’s got water. To the north is the North Arm of the mighty Fraser River while to the south is the South Arm. To the west lies the Strait of Georgia. This is not the place for aquaphobics. Richmond occupies the larger Lulu and Sea islands as well as 15 smaller islands. Rapidly growing, Richmond is home to 180,000 people. International in feel, 60 percent of the population is Asian and south Asian in background. Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and other regional cuisines and stores abound. Shopping and dining on No. 3 Road is an absolute standout. Recreation is a priority for residents with more than 90 parks and a wellestablished trail and dike system. A huge summertime draw is the Richmond Night Market. Held every weekend beginning in May, the venue offers enter-

tainment, food and incredible bargains, especially on electronic devices. The market is located on the river at 12631 Vulcan Way (www.richmondnight The historic village of Steveston is located on the southern edge of Richmond on the banks of the south arm of the Fraser River. More than 600 fishing boats, Canada’s largest fishing fleet, ply the river to the ocean returning with catches that visitors can buy right off the dock. Shrimp, halibut and salmon are the main choices offered. Visitors can walk along the boardwalk, check out the shops or stop for fresh seafood at one of the many restaurants on the streets lining the river. Steveston is also the jumping off spot for whale watching boats. Tours leave frequently going downriver past sea lions out to the Strait of Georgia where the orcas, seals and eagles are found.

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Family Fun & Fitness! • Wave Pool with Interactive Water Play Features • 2 Exciting Water Slides • 50 Metre Pool • 1 & 3 Metre Diving Boards, plus 5 Metre Tower • 2 Large Whirl Pools • Sauna & Steam Rooms • Concession Services • Swim & Fitness Shop • Large Fitness Centre with Cardio & Strength Equipment, plus Free Weights

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2011 Tide Tables At Semiahmoo Bay (PDT) 48°0'0"N 122°46'0"W • Not for navigational purposes


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Brew Pubs Anacortes Brewery & Rockfish Grill

320 Commercial Ave., Anacortes 360/588-1720 Anacortes Brewhouse offers more than 25 varieties of beer, with most available at any given time. Their menu is diverse, hearty pub fare, featuring local greens, breads, seafood, meats, and woodfired pizzas. Live music. 180-14200 Entertainment Blvd., Richmond 604/271-2739 Big River Brewing brews seven all-natural ales and lagers in their full mash craft brewery without filtering, pasteurization or preservatives. Their menu includes standard pub fare – soups, salads, pizzas, burgers and entrees.

Big River Brew Pub

Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro

1107 Railroad Ave., Bellingham 360/647-5593 With nine rotating taps and two cask machines, Boundary Bay is one of Bellingham’s most popular breweries. Their sellouts are the IPA and Scotch Ale, while the pub fare is equally outstanding and made with local products.

Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen

32295 State Route 20, Oak Harbor 360/375-5858 Flyers has six house beers along with seasonal and specialty beers and a menu that includes a wide range of delectable entrees. Also serves breakfast. 1053 North State St., Bellingham 360/734-0728 Honey Moon offers a full selection of wines and mead made from locally-produced fireweed and blackberry honey, plus hard ciders made from local Honey Crisp and Jonagold apples.

Honey Moon

Jeckyl & Hyde Deli and Ale House

709 W. Orchard Drive Bellingham 360/715-9100 Jeckyl & Hyde offers hand-crafted beers and wood-fired pizza and sandwiches (including gluten-free pizzas and bread) in a rustic atmosphere. 117 South First St., La Conner 360/466-1415 La Conner Brewing offers five beers on tap and more than 10 rotating seasonal brews and wine. Their menu features hearty appetizers, soup, salad wood-fired pizza, quesadillas, tacos and paninis.

La Conner Brewing

404 S. 3rd St., Mount Vernon 360/336-2884 Skagit has six year-round beers and at least a couple seasonals, a fresh, eclectic menu: entrees, wood-fired pizza, northwest pub fare, delicious entrees, soups, salads and tempting desserts.

Skagit River Brewery

Marine Supply Hardware............4 Mystic Sea Charters ..................4 Nantucket Inn ............................4


Chrysalis Inn & Spa....................9 Chuckanut Brewery ..................11 Colophon Cafe ..........................8 Fairhaven Originals Gallery........9 Fairhaven Rug Gallery ..............8 Guiseppe’s Al Porto Ristorante ..............................10 Island Mariner Cruises ............10 LFS Marine Supply ..................11 Poppe’s at Lakeway Inn ..........10 San Juan Cruises ......................9 Skylark’s Hidden Cafe ................9 Whatcom Wine Tours ..............11

Bellingham & Fairhaven

Beach Basket Yarns & Gifts ....13 Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce ........................13 Birch Bay Square ....................14 Bobby’s Dry Dock ....................13 Bob’s Burgers & Brew ..............14 Bow Wow & Woofs ..................14 The C Shop ..............................13 Miniature World Family Fun Center ............................14 Tide Catcher Cabins ................13 Thousand Trails........................13 Windermere/Mike Kent ............32

Birch Bay

Blaine Chamber of Commerce ........................19 Blaine Harbor/Port of Bellingham ........................17 City of Blaine ............................17 Chada Thai Restaurant ............15 Dakota Creek Winery ..............18 Glacial Lake Missoula Wine Co. ..............................18 Haynie Opry ............................15 Outer Island Expeditions ..........15 Paso Del Norte ........................18 Pizza Factory ..........................18 Seaside Bakery ........................18 Semiahmoo ResortGolf-Spa ................................16 Smuggler’s Inn B&B ................18 Somerbrook Guest House........15 The Tabletop Shoppe ..............15 Windermere/Linda Kiens ..........16


Oyster Bar ..................................8 Taylor Shellfish Farms ................8

Chuckanut Drive

Grandview Golf Course ............12


Find Your Fashion ....................12 Silver Reef Casino Resort & Spa ..........................2


La Conner Channel Lodge & Country Inn ..............7

La Conner

Grandiflora Home and Garden ..........................20 The Reserve Restaurant & Lounge ..............................20


Brewster’s Fine Foods ............31 Julius Realty ............................31 Kiniski’s Reef Tavern ................30 Pier Restaurant & Grill ............31 Point Roberts Golf & Country Club ......................30 Point Roberts Marina Resort ....31 South Beach House ................30

Point Roberts

Sanduz Estate Wines ..............27 Vancouver Whale Watch ..........27 Watermania ..............................27

Richmond & Steveston

All Dream Cottages ....................5 Orca Inn ....................................5

San Juan Islands

Delta Town & Country Inn ........26 Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary ......................26 River House Marina Restaurant & Pub ..................26 Splashdown Park ....................26

Tsawwassen & Ladner

Fort Casey Inn & Cottages ........6 Lavendar Wind Farm..................6 Whidbey / Camano Islands Tourism....................................6

Whidbey Island

Ocean Promenade Hotel..........25 Peace Arch Duty Free ..............25 Uli’s Restaurant ........................25 Washington Avenue Grill ..........25

White Rock


601 West Holly St., Bellingham 360/752-3377 www.chuckanutbreweryand Chuckanut Brewery has more than 26 different beers, with at least six on tap at all times. Its menu boasts fresh, local seasonal and artfully prepared pub fare and interesting desserts.

Flyers Restaurant and Brewery

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Point Roberts Your next stop is Point Roberts, just up the hill from Tsawwassen town center and one of Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hidden gems. Pass through the border crossing and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on Tyee Drive, appropriately named given the importance of the salmon fishery, once upon a time.

The Point was once home to three canneries that processed the millions upon millions of salmon captured every year in fish traps built out from the shores as they migrated back to the Fraser River. The canneries and the traps are long gone but the salmon, much depleted, still

populate the waters off the Point and are welcomed by a resident pod of orca whales that usually arrives in July. The best place to see them? Right off the shores of Lighthouse Marine Park, which offers picnic areas, an orca interpretive center, camping and beach-

Eat shellfish, drink Chardonnay and watch the whales play THINGS TO DO:

â&#x20AC;˘ Watch the small town Fourth of July parade on Gulf Road â&#x20AC;˘ Hit the Arts & Music Festival at Lighthouse Marine Park July 30-31 â&#x20AC;˘ Pick up an All Point Bulletin to get the small-town news â&#x20AC;˘ Count the eagles at Lily Point www.pointrobertschamber

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Follow directions to 56th Street in Tsawwassen. Continue south to U.S. border.

combing and is located at the southwest corner of this five-square-mile peninsula. Look for a friendly park ranger dressed in green to ask about the orcas. They often come as close as 10 feet off the beach when the salmon are running. Lighthouse isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only park in Point Roberts. Sitting on the northwest corner is Monument Park where the first monument to mark the border was constructed. Prop your foot on the foot-high cement divider a few steps north of the road but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t step over it, buddy. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Canada, right there. Instead, head down the trail to the beach for the view of Vancouver and the Gulf islands. B.C. ferries trundle back and forth all day taking people across Georgia Strait. Head to the northeast side and spend a day at Maple Beach with its miles of sand flats and warm water. On summer days when the tide returns during the late afternoon, the water temperature frequently gets over 80 degrees F (26 C). This is a popular place for people to do a little clamming or pluck Dungeness crabs from the eel grass beds. (Check for red tide closures and seasonal restrictions at or call 800/562-5632.) Drive or walk from Maple Beach to Lily Point Park, the newest park in Point Roberts. Left mostly in its natural state,

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the park includes highland trails and plenty of shoreline and beaches. Once home to the Alaska Packers Association cannery in the early1900s, some of the relics still remain. Soaring overhead are bald eagles, more than most people have seen in a lifetime. Same goes for great blue herons and belted kingfishers â&#x20AC;&#x201C; just some of our feathered friends who travel or live on the Pacific Flyway. The Point has mostly gentle hills and is a good place for biking or running. One of the Northwestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best golf courses is just down from Monument Park, and the Point Roberts Marina has customs facilities for boaters entering the U.S. from Canada. Drop your boat in there and head out to do some fishing or crabbing. All in all, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be surprised to find out how much activity you can cram into the three-by-two-mile place that some call home but most simply say â&#x20AC;&#x153;paradise.â&#x20AC;?

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