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Come explore Birch Bay and Blaine!

We boast one of the largest tideflats in Washington state. Our beaches are sandy, clean and safe. No matter what time of the year, there is plenty to do!

Looking for things to do daily and over the horizon in Birch Bay and surrounding areas? Check out our list of daily events happening now on our home page!

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Paddle & Pedal Adventures  
(360) 224-0707         
Rentals for: Kayaks, Bikes, Paddle Boards, Scooters and Boats.
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Two Locations:
Birch Bay 4865 Goldstar Dr. (in the Trendwest Building), Birch Bay
Semiahmoo By the Pier behind the former Semiahmoo Resort, Golf & Spa in Blaine
Birch Bay Waterslides (Seasonal)
Giant waterslides, 60' hydrocliff, kid's slides, picnic tables river ride
4874 Birch Bay-Lynden Rd., Birch Bay, WA 98230
(360) 371-7500

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Miniature World & Family Fun Center (Seasonal)
4620 Birch Bay-Lynden Rd.
Birch Bay, WA 98230
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Miniature Golf, Go-Carts & Trains Rides
Bike Shop at The C Shop (Seasonal)
4825 Alderson Rd.
Birch Bay, WA 98230
(360) 371-2070

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Blaine-Birch Bay Parks & Recreation at Bay Horizon Park
7511 Gemini Street
Birch Bay, WA 98230
PH: 360-656-6416

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Birch Bay Cafe Espresso & Deli
7608 Birch Bay Drive
Birch Bay, WA 98230
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Birch Bay State Park
5105 Helweg Rd
Birch Bay, WA 98230
(360) 371-2800 or
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The C Shop

4825 Alderson Rd.
Birch Bay, WA 98230
(360) 371-2070
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Birch Bay State Park
5105 Helwig Rd
Birch Bay, WA 98230
(360) 371-2800
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Birch Bay State Park is a 194-acre camping park with 8,255 feet of saltwater shoreline on Birch Bay and 14,923 feet of freshwater shoreline on Terrell Creek. The park is rich in archeological significance and offers panoramic views of the Cascade Mountains and Canadian Gulf Islands.

Blaine Marine Park
220 Marine Drive
Blaine WA 98230
This park sits between Blaine Harbor and Semiahmoo Bay. It has a 265 slip marina which provides guest moorage by calling Blaine Harbor Center at (360) 647-6176. There are also trails, picnic facilities, a whale sculpture, public pier for crabbing and is home the the Plover Foot Passenger Ferry (Gate 2).
The park offers views of snow-capped Mount Baker and White Rock, British Columbia.

Download the Whatcom County Parks
Trails Brochure

Whatcom County Parks & Recreation Department manages over 40 miles of trails for you to enjoy. These trails offer a wide diversity of outdoor experiences unique to the Pacific Northwest. Opportunities abound, from the casual stroll to an awesome semi-wilderness trek. Check out our BIKING TRAILS!

Semiahmoo County Park
9261 Semiahmoo Parkway,
Blaine, WA 98230
(360) 733-2900
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A county park with 1.5 mile long sand spit with over 300 acres of tidelands that offer today's visitors an abundance of recreational opportunities. Native Americans occupied a village on the spit for hundreds of generations, making a living from land and sea. Beach combing, bird watching, power paragliding, biking, kayaking and picnicking may be enjoyed year-round. Perfect for walking or jogging for any age. To gain a better appreciation of this treasure, visit with a Beach Naturalist on summertime weekends or attend an Interpretive Program by Whatcom County Parks and Recreation. The park is also home to Drayton Harbor Maritime Museum, showcasing numerous artifacts from the Packer's cannery days telling the story of fishing and canning in days gone by.  The museum is open weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day. 

Peace Arch State Park
A Street (I-5 Exit 276)
Blaine, WA 98230
(360) 332-7165

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Peace Arch State Park is a 20-acre day-use park commemorating treaties and agreements that arose from the war of 1812. The park celebrates the unguarded United States/Canadian border that stretches from the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia. The park features horticultural exhibitions and the giant, commemorative, concrete arch that straddles the border of the two nations. The countries co-maintain the monument. Enjoy their annual Art In The Park sculpture exhibit starting every May. Sits directly on the border between British Columbia, Canada and the City of Blaine, WA, USA.


The following links show maps with the biking trails for:
- Nice ride to see Birch Bay, Semiahmoo and Blaine. Mostly flat with saltwater views, and wildlife.

BLAINE-PLOVER FERRY ROUTE - Ride around Drayton Harbor and take the Plover Passenger Ferry between Blaine Harbor and Semiahmoo Resort. (Operates seasonal, Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend).
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Mount Baker Highway
One of the most visited forests in the country, located on the western slopes of the Cascade mountain range between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia.
Here you will find glacier-covered peaks, spectacular mountain meadows and old-growth forests. Mt Baker Highway stretches 58 miles from Bellingham to Artist Point (elev. 5,140 ft.), a viewpoint surrounded by Mt. Baker's peak, Mt. Shuksan, and Table Mountain.
Take I-5 Exit 255 and follow State route 542.
Outdoor Recreation Information: 206-470-4060
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Chuckanut Drive
For a beautiful and slow paced alternative to Interstate 5 that connects Bellingham to Skagit Valley. Going North, the exit is just north of Burlington and marked on I-5 exit sign #231. Going south on I-5, take Exit 250 and follow Fairhaven Parkway to State Route 11. Chuckanut Drive takes you through gorgeous farmlands, in and out of the towns of Allen & Bow, with some of the area's best Restaurants, Bed & Breakfasts and Antique & Art Galleries with breath-taking views of Chuckanut Bay and some of the state's prime shellfish beds
. There are also many spots for picnics or just getting out and stretching your legs. Try one of the many hikes, either to lakes on Chuckanut & Blanchard Mountains or to the beaches at Larrabee Park or Teddy Bear Cove. The Drive continues all the way to the 1880's brick town of Old Fairhaven, just south of downtown Bellingham.
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San Juan Cruises
355 Harris Ave. #104
Bellingham, WA  98225
(360) 738-8099
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Whale watching cruise to Friday Harbor, plus cracked crab and wine/beer tasting cruises.

Outer Island Expeditions
PO Box 653
Eastsound, WA  98245
Office: (360)
Boat: (360) 622-6562
Captain: Beau Brandow
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Offers high quality, unforgettable marine experiences in the San Juan Islands of Washington State. Each of our boat tours are tailored according to season, recent wildlife sightings, and of course the interests of those aboard. Our focus is on making your trip a personal experience. This charter leaves from the former Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine, WA

Sail The San Juans, Inc.
15 Bellwether Way, Gate 12
Bellingham, WA  98227-5186
Office: (360) 671-5852
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Offers 6 and 12 day wilderness trips.

Moondance Sea Kayak Adventures
2385 Forest View
Bellingham, WA  98229
(360) 738-7664
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Moondance welcomes beginners as well as more skilled paddlers on our adventures. Moondance provides seaworthy ocean-going kayaks, all related gear, and navigation devices.

Rip Tide Charters
235 Marine Dr.
(Blaine Harbor Office)
Blaine, WA 98230
(360) 815-6568
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Captain: Frank Dickerson
Fishing Charters, Whale Watching Tours
Island Cruising Tours, from Blaine Marina in Blaine WA.

Reservation Phone: (360) 815-6568

Sail Away Custom Sailboat Charters
2576 Island View Lane
Lummi Island, WA  98262
(360) 305-0835
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Specializing in overnight sails, sunset sails and custom charters.

San Juan Island Whale Watch
Adventurous Whale Watching
and Wildlife Tours

355 Harris Ave. #104
Bellingham, WA  98225
Reservation Phone: (360) 734-8180
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Enjoy a fun-packed adventure observing and photographing orca whales, grey whales, and other marine mammals in their natural environment. Read more on the whales of Puget Sound


Bay Center Market
8050 Harborview Rd.
Birch Bay, WA 98230
(360) 371-7233
Groceries, Espresso, Beer, Wine, DVD's, Lotto, Discover Pass, Shellfish Licenses.
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Beach Basket Yarns & Gifts
7520B Birch Bay Drive
Birch Bay, WA 98230
(360) 371-0332
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Birch Bay Gallery & Gifts
4865 Goldstar Dr.
(in the Trendwest Building)
Birch Bay, WA 98230
(360) 224-0707
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Birch Bay Square Shopping Center
3400 Birch Bay-Lynden Rd,
Blaine, WA 98230
(360) 366-3128
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Birch Bay Public Market (Seasonal)
Corner of Birch Bay Drive & Alderson Road (at the side of The C Shop)
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10 am – 7 pm Open thru the end of September / early October - weather dependent!
Arts, crafts, seasonal fruits and vegetables, flowers and plants, Book exchange. For more information or vendor space contact: Nancy Forsell, (360)671-9959 or Pat Alesse, (360) 371-2070

Primrose Lane
7610 Birch Bay Dr.
Birch Bay, WA 98229
(360) 371-7610

McPhails Berry Farm
8318 Bob Hall Rd.
Lynden, WA 98264
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Grace Harbor Farms
2347 Birch Bay-Lynden Road
Custer, WA 98240
(360) 366-4151
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Bellewood Acres
6140 Guide Meridian
Lynden, WA 98264
(360) 318-7720
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Drayton Harbor Maritime (Seasonal)
205 Marine Dr.
Blaine, WA 98230
(360) 332-4844
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Maritime museum on Semiahmoo spit, includes a restored Bristol Bay sailing boat and artifacts and exhibits of the days of Alaskan Packers Association cannery on Semiahmoo Spit. Very informative and fun.

Silver Reef Casino & Spa
4 minutes west of I-5 Exit 260
Intersection of Slater Rd and Haxton Way
Ferndale, WA 98230
(360) 383-0777
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Skagit Valley Casino & Resort
I-5 Exit 236
5984 N. Darrk Lane
Bow, WA 98232
(360) 724-7777
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MV Plover Foot Passenger Ferry (Seasonal)
Ride the historic MV Plover from Blaine Marina to Resort Semiahmoo. This site includes activities happening on both sides of Drayton Harbor. The ferry is part of the Coast Millennium Trail a destination off-road shared-use path connecting communities from Skagit County to British Columbia, Canada.
205 Marine Dr., Blaine, WA 98230
Blaine, WA 98230
(360) 332-4844
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