What’s so special about the Northern Washington area? Well, for one thing its attractions. For another, it’s the proximity of Semiahmoo Resort to whatever piques your interest. And it is those unique points of interest, that have broad tourist appeal, on both sides of the border.
Semiahmoo Spit (Semiahmoo Bay and Drayton Harbor) is home to Semiahmoo County Park, which boasts more than 300 acres of tideland and roughly 1.5 miles of trails ideal for walking, biking and birdwatching. The region’s tide pools, estuaries and waterways attract thousands of geese, ducks, gulls, loons and shorebirds each year and recently made the Audubon Society’s list as one of Washington's top birding destinations. Semiahmoo attracts a high population of endangered species including the bald eagle, peregrine falcon, the marbled murrelet and much more! Click here for our birding map.
We are thrilled to offer whale watching tours from Outer Island Excursions, with trips available April through September! Spend time with your Captain and Naturalist, have a chance to meet new friends, and have an opportunity to enjoy abundant wildlife with beautiful scenery. Sightings include Orca Whales, Humpbacks, Minke Whales, Gray Whales, and more. We also often see porpoise, sea lions, seals, eagles, otters and other marine life. Outer Island Excursions also offers fishing and private charters as well as a water taxi!
Learn about Semiahmoo’s fish cannery days dating back to 1894. Visit the Drayton Harbor Maritime Museum. The museum is devoted to featuring the history of the Alaska Packers Association and its impact on the area. The museum is open Friday – Sunday 1 – 5 PM Memorial Day – Labor Day. Located at the park entrance and one mile from the hotel, it is convenient to stop by while biking or walking the beach shore path. Donations are welcome. Contact the museum at 360.371.3558 or 360.392.7795.
The oldest passenger foot ferry in Washington State, the MV Plover was used to shuttle cannery workers to the Alaskan Salmon Cannery on Semiahmoo Spit, at Semiahmoo Resort. MV Plover now provides passenger foot-ferry services during the summer season, shuttling up to 17 passengers along with bicycles and strollers to summer activities happening on both sides of Drayton Harbor. Complete details with sailing times, routes, history and fares can be found here. Runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from memorial Day through Labor Day.
Mt. Baker Ski Area sits at the edge of the wilderness in the heart of the Northern Cascades of Washington State in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Surrounded by spectacular rugged mountains, the scenic setting of the ski area is uniquely beautiful. From I-5, take Exit 255 and follow the Mt. Baker highway (Highway 542) for 56 miles to the base of the mountain. Phone: 360.734.6771 extension 140.
Experience one of Washington’s most scenic roads. State Route 11 (SR 11) known as Chuckanut Drive is a 21.28-mile (34.25 km) long highway that serves Skagit and Whatcom counties. May be accessed either from Northbound or Southbound I-5 north of Burlington and continues northwest through several small towns and the Chuckanut Mountains to the Fairhaven district of Bellingham. Stop by Taylor Shellfish to experience the freshest of local shellfish.
We're lucky to be right on the border (you can see it from the resort) and with Vancouver less than an hour away, make sure you bring your passport for an array of day trips! From the natural to the urban, it's time to explore BC, and Semiahmoo makes a great homebase.
Throughout the year many events and festivals take place in Whatcom County WA. How fortunate you will be to be staying in one of the best hotels near the Canadian border with splendid access to the best area attractions and event venues. Check out a variety of upcoming fun activities and things to do. Click here to view information regarding the top Whatcom County events – from food fairs to family-friendly festivals. Or discover the many things to do in and around Blaine by visiting here.