First inhabited by the Semiahmoo Indians, Birch Bay was discovered and named by English Captain George Vancouver in 1792 because of the abundance of black birch trees along the coast. Later in the 1850's, Birch Bay became a logging center.
Birch Bay is nestled just 7 miles from the Canadian border, is best known as a waterfront resort community and is particularly popular with summer vacationers. Activities abound from golfing, biking, hiking, shopping and restaurants for every taste and budget. Birch Bay has miles of wonderful beach. Low tides, boasts one of the largest tide flats in the Pacific Northwest, and extends almost a mile offshore exposing sandbars and tidal pools, making water-related activities such as clamming, swimming in the summer, crabbing, sunning, building sand sculptures and leisurely strolling the bay, campfire's on the beach, all a nature's wonder.
There is a time of year for everyone at Birch Bay. Enjoy scenic trips to Mount Baker, Lynden, Vancouver, British Columbia, Buchart Gardens on Vancouver Island, Chuckanut Drive in Bellingham, or take a charter cruise through the San Juans from either, Bellingham Cruise Terminal or Blaine Marina in Blaine.
Birch Bay State Park - Open year-round, Birch Bay State Park is the largest state park on the Washington coast. Just minutes from Birch Bay Leisure Park, it's a great place to spend the day! Birch Bay State Park offers 167 campsites and several picnic areas sheltered by large fir trees that sit just off the beach. Picnic areas are complete with tables, barbecue grills, group fire rings and washrooms.
Terrell Marsh Trail - Is a one-half mile loop interpretive trail offering an opportunity to experience both forest and marsh environments. One of the last saltwater and freshwater estuaries in this part of Washington, this area has the second largest heron rookery in Washington State.
Semiahmoo Park - Located just north of Birch Bay, the park sits on a spit of land that is home to Semiahmoo Museum. At the end of the spit sits the world-class resort, Resort Semiahmoo. Summertime allows the jogger or biker the best of both sides of the harbor, take the MV Plover foot ferry between Semiahmoo and Blaine Harbor. It's fun for kids of all ages!
Peace Arch State Park - Peace Arch State Park is a 20-acre day-use park open everyday. The park features a commemorative, concrete arch that straddles the border of Blaine, Washington and British Columbia, Canada. Activities include the annual "Hands Across the Border" celebration attracting more than 30,000 visitors. For more area parks visit the following websites: Northwest Parks and Recreation Division 2 - Serving Blaine & Birch Bay http://nwparkandrec.org/ Whatcom County Parks http://www.co.whatcom.wa.us/parks/parksandtrails.jsp Bellingham Parks http://www.cob.org/services/recreation/parks-trails/index.aspx Ferndale Parks http://www.cityofferndale.org/government/departments/public-works/parks-recreation/parks-list-amenities/ Blaine Parks http://www.cityofblaine.com/index.aspx?NID=475 Lynden Parks http://www.lyndenwa.org/?page_id=22
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