There is so much that makes Northern Washington special. From natural beauty to cultural experiences, our region is rich with history and abundant in opportunities for adventure. Here are a few of our recommendations; please give us a call or ask the Front Desk for the inside scoop on local favorites.
The Semiahmoo Spit and surrounding waterways boast more than 300 acres of tideland and roughly 1.5 miles of trail, ideal for walking, biking and birdwatching. The region’s tide pools, estuaries and waterways attract thousands of bird species each year, making the Audubon Society’s list as a top Washington's birding destination. Click here for our birding map.
We are thrilled to offer whale watching tours from Outer Island Excursions, with trips available April through September! With your Captain and Naturalist, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy abundant wildlife with beautiful scenery while making new friends. Sightings include orcas, humpbacks, minke whales, gray whales, as well as porpoise, sea lions, seals, eagles, otters and other marine life. Outer Island Excursions also offers fishing, private charters, and a water taxi!
Learn about Semiahmoo’s fish cannery days dating back to 1894. The Drayton Harbor Maritime Museum is devoted the history of the Alaska Packers Association and its impact on the area. The museum is open Friday - Sunday 1 - 5 PM Memorial Day - September. Located at the park entrance and one mile from the resort, it is a convenient stop while biking or walking the beach shore path. Donations are welcome. Contact the museum at 360.371.3558.
The oldest passenger foot ferry in Washington State, the MV Plover was used to shuttle cannery workers to and fromthe Alaskan Salmon Cannery site now Semiahmoo Resort. It now provides foot passenger ferry services during the summer season, shuttling up to 20 passengers to summer activities on both sides of Drayton Harbor. Complete details with sailing times, routes and fares can be found here. Runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
The Mt. Baker Ski Area is located in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in the heart of the Northern Cascades of Washington State. Surrounded by spectacular rugged mountains and holding the world record for most snow in a season, the scenic ski area is one of the best in the region. Ask the front desk for more details.
Experience one of Washington’s most scenic routes. State Route 11, more commonly known as Chuckanut Drive, is a 21-mile-long highway curving through both Whatcom and Skagit Counties. With access from both Northbound or Southbound I-5, wind your way through several small towns and the Chuckanut Mountains. Stop by the quaint town of Edison or visit Taylor Shellfish for the freshest of local shellfish and provisions.
We're lucky to be within eyesight of the border. With White Rock across the bay and Vancouver less than an hour away, you’ll want to bring your passport for an array of day trips!
Throughout the year, many events and festivals take place in Whatcom County. Click here to view information regarding the top Whatcom County events – from food fairs to family-friendly festivals.