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A summer guide to the WaterSide communities of southwest British Columbia and northwest Washington state including Whidbey and San Juan islands, Anacortes, Bow and Chuckanut, Fairhaven, Bellingham, Birch Bay, Blaine, White Rock, Richmond, Steveston, Ladner, Tsawwassen and Point Roberts

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  • Summer Guide to Northwest Washington and British Columbia

    WHIDBEY & SAN JUAN ISLANDS | ANACORTES | LA CONNER | BELLINGHAM | BIRCH BAY | BLAINEPOINT ROBERTS | WHITE ROCK | TSAWWASSEN | LADNER| RICHMOND | STEVESTON | AND SURROUNDING AREAS

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    Welcome to WaterSide 2010!

    The San Juans.............................................4

    Whidbey island ..........................................5

    Anacortes.....................................................6

    La Conner.....................................................7

    Chuckanut Drive........................................8

    Whalewatching & Cruises ......................9

    Bellingham................................................10

    Fairhaven & Lummi Island ...................11

    Wineries .....................................................12

    Birch Bay ....................................................13

    Beaches ......................................................15

    Blaine ..........................................................18

    Rainy Day Ideas .......................................19

    Tide Tables ................................................22

    Golf Courses .............................................23

    Summer Events .......................................24

    White Rock ................................................26

    Richmond & Steveston .........................27

    Tsawwassen & Ladner ...........................28

    Point Roberts ..........................................30

    Border Info & Advertiser Directory .........................31

    In This Issue

    WaterSide 2010 is a special publication of Point Roberts Press, Inc.

    which publishes The Northern Light, theweekly newspaper of Blaine and Birch

    Bay, Washington, the All Point Bulletin, amonthly newspaper serving Point

    Roberts, the Mount Baker Experience,a quarterly publication serving the Mt.Baker foothills region and other special

    publications and maps.

    Patrick Grubb, publisher

    Louise Mugar, co-publisher

    Ruth Lauman, Charlie HaganHeather Chattergee, graphics

    Molly Ernst, Janet McCall, Martha Alvarado, advertising

    Heidi Holmes, office manager

    Text & photos by Pat Grubb; Other photos shown by credit

    Cover design by Charlie Hagan

    Cover photo by RoseAnn AlspektorAbove photo by Ruth Lauman

    Distributed to retailers, visitor information centers and other outlets

    from Vancouver, B.C. to Seattle, WA

    Point Roberts Press225 Marine DriveBlaine, WA 98230

    Phone 360/332-1777 Fax 360/332-2777

    Email: sales@thenorthernlight.comWeb: www.thenorthernlight.com

    Vol. 15

    Its summertime and the traveling should be easy. Nokiller drives. Summer travel should be relaxed and fun. Ifyou agree, then the WaterSide communities are just theplace for you.

    Stretching from Point Roberts, Washington, in thenorth through Tsawwassen, Ladner and Richmond,British Columbia, down to the beautiful San Juan Islands,

    there are dozens of places for you to discover, enjoy andreturn to on future journeys.

    Take your time as you move from town to town. Thecommunities have a heavy schedule of fairs, festivals andevents so be certain to check the calendar of events beforeyou visit. Dont forget spontaneity, though. Some of ourbest times have come in unexpected moments.

  • 4The San Juans Come & juanderThe San Juans are part of an archi-

    pelago extending into Canadian waters.In all, including the Canadian GulfIslands, there are over 450 islands athigh tide.

    Lopez Island is one of the flatterislands, making it ideal for the cyclistor stroller. It is also the first stop on theferry from Anacortes, making it pos-sible to go for a day trip. Known for itsartists and artisans, there are attractiveparks where visitors can enjoy the oceanand its inhabitants.

    San Juan Island is the second largestisland and has much to recommenditself to visitors. Friday Harbor is theferry terminus and often the end des-tination for weekend visitors. Packedwith shops and restaurants, its a placeyou can abide awhile. Hop on a bike ora scooter and explore. The West Sideof the island is a local favorite for whalewatching and soaking in the sunsets.

    Head over to the British and Amer-ican camps where the Pig War almosttook place way back in 1859. A disputeover a pig, shot and killed by an Amer-ican farmer who found it rooting in hispotato patch, acerbated a running dis-pute between the U.S. and Great Britainover ownership of the San Juans. Notuntil Kaiser Wilhelm I of Germanyruled in favor of the U.S. in 1872 didthe matter get resolved.

    Mosey on over to Roche Harbor andtake a look at the yachts in the harbor.Have lunch or dinner at the historicHaro Hotel. Whale watching and othermarine-related activities are the obvi-ous and popular activities on the island.

    Orcas Island is the largest of the SanJuans and is the third ferry stop fromAnacortes. Mt. Constitution, 2409 feetor 800 meters high, is a favorite desti-nation of cyclists and hikers.

    Getting There:Take I-5 Exit 230 and travel west.Ferries from Anacortes to andfrom the San Juan islands and Vic-toria, B.C. run on a regular basis.

    Photo by Russell Sparkman

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    Home to Whidbey Naval Air Station(Pardon Our Noise Its The Soundof Freedom), small towns and beauti-ful parks and lovely beaches are bigattractions on Whidbey Island.

    Deception Pass State Park is so pret-ty that occasionally visitors dont passit onto the island proper. Stop for aswim at Cranberry Lake.

    Depending on when you visit (lateMay, early June), a small group of res-ident gray whales arrive at South Whid-bey and Saratoga Passage to feed onghost shrimp.The island is home tomany artists and craftspeople. Youcould spend days visiting studios ortaking classes if youd like to learn orto advance your skills. HistoricCoupeville and Oak Harbor are themain centers of the local art commu-nity though its spread throughout theisland.

    If youre into local fare, make sureyou stop at one of the plentiful farmers

    Take a dive into perfection

    Whidbey Island

    Getting There:Take Exit 230 off I-5 and travelwest. Ferries from Anacortes toand from the San Juan islands andVictoria, B.C. run on a regular basis.

    Photo by Matt Brown

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    An honest, hardworking sea town,Anacortes is a study in contrasts. At theharbor you have the shipyards and thememorial to those lost at sea while onCommercial Avenue you have the high-end galleries and the upscale eateries.Anacortes pretty much offers some-thing for everyone.

    Located on Fidalgo Island and acces-sible by bridges, the towns populationis approximately 20,000. To get yourbearings, drive or bike to the 1,300 footsummit of Mt. Erie towering over Ana-cortes. From here, you can survey thefour points of the compass and get thelay of the land. Notice all the newhomes going up on your drive? Soft-ware millionaires from Seattle andpoints south have discovered the area.

    Alternatively, take a three minutedrive up to the Cap Sante lookout.There are great views of downtownAnacortes and Guemes Channel in anearly 360-degree vista. If youre won-dering about those military jets flyinglow and loud, youre just a few milesfrom the Whidbey Island Naval Air Sta-tion.

    Take a walk through the historicAnacortes Marine Supp