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Camano Island

Camano Island is your chance to visit one of Puget Sound’s Islands without having to take a ferry. With quick access, and a laid-back rural atmosphere, no-wonder it’s called, “The Easy Island.”  Located just a few minutes’ drive off of Interstate 5, the island is your chance to walk uncrowded beaches, hike through forests and enjoy life at a slower pace.  The many seaside parks are the island’s star attractions.  Cama Beach and Camano Island State Parks offer spectacular views of Puget Sound. 

Cama Beach was a former fishing resort popular here in the 1940’s and ‘50’s. You can rent rustic cabins that are steps from the water.  Many people rent boats at the Center for Wooden Boats along with crab pots.  They catch, then cook fresh crab right on the beach! Iverson Spit and English Boom are parks that are a must-do for bird-watchers.  English Boom also features an ADA-compliant trail near the beach. For the more adventurous visitor, Canopy Tours NW offers zip-lining through the trees.  Camano Island is home to dozens of artists and many have galleries open on the weekends, especially during the summer.  There’s an open studio tour held over two weekends each May. The Stanwood-Camano area is also home to the Great Northwest Glass Quest, a 10-day treasure hunt for glass art held each spring.  Camano Commons has become a mini-downtown with several casual dining and shopping opportunities, making it a “must-do” when visiting the island.  

Both Cama Beach State Park and Camano Island State Park offer year-round cabin rentals. (see permit info.)

Identifying Raptors on the Cascade Loop
It’s a bird .. it’s a plane … what exactly is that in the sky? As you travel around the Cascade Loop you will likely see a variety of wildlife, including some very large birds that live in our region. This article will help you to accurately identify some of the most common of our raptors: osprey, bald and golden eagles, red-tail hawks and turkey vultures. The time of year you travel will affect your chances of seeing some of these incredible birds. Read More >>>>
Three Delightful Wagons Straight Out of a Fairyland--Now on Whidbey Island!
A bit of European history has found its way onto Whidbey Island.  And, if the woman responsible for bringing them here has her way, you’ll soon be able to see them.  But first, Carol Kildow has the job of restoring them to their original splendor.Two belonged to the nomadic Romani people of England, while the third was commissioned by the Church of England. She discovered them in Wales and lived in one for two years as a student.“I fell in love with the lifestyle. I fell in love with the… Read More >>>>
A Whale of a Tail
There are few animals in the wild as thrilling to see as a whale. Here in Washington state, we are fortunate enough to be on the migration route for several species of whale as they travel from Alaska to warmer southern waters to breed, then back again to Alaska to feed on the colder ocean’s bounty. The most common whale sightings are of Orca and Gray whales, some of whom find the Puget Sound and the Salish Sea such a beautiful area that they decide to stick around all year. That… Read More >>>>
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