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Day Trips

Day Trips From Birch Bay

Looking for ideas of what to do outside of Birch Bay during your stay? Below is some information about places outside of the Birch Bay, Semiahmoo and Blaine area to help you get some ideas when planning your trip:

Pioneer Park


- Located about 10 miles south of Birch Bay is the community of Ferndale. Located next to the Nooksack River in Ferndale is a place called Pioneer Park (photo right) that features a collection of original pioneer log cabins that are open to the public. From Pioneer Park you can take a stroll on the new Riverwalk and see the 3 beautiful Story Totem Poles depicting the history of Ferndale. On Saturdays, you can shop at the new Farmers Market on the Riverwalk. Other popular places to go in Ferndale include Tennant Lake and nearby Hovander Homestead Park.


- A short drive away is the Dutch community of Lynden, located 12 miles east on the Birch Bay-Lynden Road. Along Front Street, you will find a 72 foot windmill, many unique shops, a museum and two bakeries where you can buy Dutch treats. Lynden has several annual festivals and events including Holland Days in early May and the Northwest Washinton Fair in August.


- Located 20 miles south of Birch Bay is the waterfront community of Bellingham, Whatcom County's largest city. Bellingham has the most retail shopping in the area with the Bellis Fair Mall, the downtown shopping district and the historic Fairhaven shopping district. The city has several theaters, the Whatcom Museum of History and Art and several smaller museums. During the summer, tourists can take a whale watching trip or a foot passenger ferry ride to Victoria, B.C. from Bellingham.

Mt. Baker & Artist Point

- The Mt. Baker Ski Area is about 1.5 hour drive from Birch Bay on Hwy 542. The Ski Area is usually open late November through April. During the summer, when the road is cleared of snow, visitors can drive beyond the Ski Area to Austin Pass and Artist Point. The area is beautiful! There is a seasonal Visitor Center located at Heather Meadows and several nice alpine hikes offer a chance to get out and see the scenery. On a nice day, Picture Lake (right) offers a great view of Mt. Shuksan.

More information

Picture Lake

Whale Watching

- You can take a day trip out in the Puget Sound around the San Juan Islands in search of the resident orca whales and other local wildlife. During the summer months there are a number of companies that offer whale watching trips around the Puget Sound. The two companies that offer service out of Bellingham are: Island Mariner Cruises and San Juan Cruises.

Day Trips to Canada

Peach Arch Birch Bay is located just a few miles south of the Canadian Border and there is a whole array of tourist attractions, shopping, restaurants, and places to go in the greater Vancouver B.C. area.

If you are going to Canada for a day trip you definitely want to know what ID to bring along to make the border crossing go smoothly. Here are the current requirements for crossing the border:

Air - All individuals must have a passport as of January 2007.

Sea and Land - Citizens of US and Canada must have proof of citizenship and nationality to enter the US starting January 31, 2008.

You must have your Drivers' License or a government issued photo ID AND a Birth Certificate or naturalization papers. Other documentation that can be used: Passport, NEXUS card, Enhanced Drivers' License.

**There will be new documentation requirements for Land and Sea June 2009.
The documents that will be accepted then are Passport, NEXUS Card, Enhanced Drivers License.
For more information: www.besttcoalition.com/Passports

Places to Go in Canada

White Rock

- A seaside community located along Semiahmoo Bay just minutes across the border. It is known for its sandy beaches, fair weather and nice sunsets. My favorite place to go is the 2.5 km long beach promenade that connects East Beach and West Beach. The White Rock pier is another popular destination for tourists. The 486 ton "White Rock" is located on west beach near the pier. There are many waterfront restaurants along Marine Drive for visitors to choose from. You may want to make reservations if you want to have seating with a view.

City of White Rock website

Richmond, B.C.

- The City of Richmond is 25 minutes from the US border and is known for its recreational, cultural and heritage facilities. Richmond has over 90 parks, a nice recreational trail system, cultural facilities and a variety of recreational facilities including the new Richmond Oval which will host the 2010 speed skating competition.

My kids enjoy going up to Richmond's Riverport Sports & Entertainment Complex. This complex has an indoor pool, ice rink, bowling alley, movie theatre, IMAX theatre, basketball training center and several places to eat. Nothing like a one-stop family outing to keep everyone happy on a rainy day!


Vancouver B.C.

- Vancouver is the largest city in British Columbia and it has a lot of things to do both indoors and outdoors, during the day and night. The beautiful city is surrounded by water on three sides and has the Coast Mountain Range as a scenic backdrop. There are festivals and events going on year round and many places for tourists to spend the day including museums, theatres, gardens, aquarium, cruises, boat trips, festivals and more.

For more information, visit the city's official source of information for visitors: Tourism Vancouver
Vancouver Aquarium

Victoria B.C.

- Located on Vancouver Island, Victoria is a beautiful, historic capital city with plenty of museums, shops, restaurants, and outdoor adventures for all. You can take the foot ferry (San Juan Cruises) from Bellingham right to the center of the city. You can easily spend an entire day looking around at all the attractions in the main harbor area that are within walking distance and not see everything. You can also take your car on the Washington State Ferry out of Anacortes or the BC Ferry out of Tsawwassen to explore the Island.

Here is the city's official site for visitor information: Tourism Victoria
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