When the tide is out, Birch Bay is a great place to build sand castles. Kids can spend hours creating sand sculptures on the beach during a low tide. Don't leave too early because it is often just as fun for kids to stay and watch their creations become submerged by the tide as it returns. During June, the Birch Bay Chamber sponsors a Sandcastle Contest with prizes for several different categories.
What can I do in Birch Bay while the tide is out? Fly your kite with your children at Birch Bay. Our tide flat allow hours of enjoyment with your family.
Where can I get kites? Kites can be purchased at Bay Center Market and several seasonal shops along Birch Bay Drive.
Birch Bay is a great place for swimming. After a low tide, the ocean water is temporarily heated up to bathtub temperatures by the sun-warmed sand as the tide returns. Since the sand flats are so shallow, young swimmers can enjoy a safe place to swim with virtually no undertow. Swimming is best in the central portions of the bay with the vast sand flats. The beach is much more rocky on the south end by the state park.
Birch Bay Polar Bear Plunge
For crabbing and clamming, a recreational license is required for anyone over the age of 15, and children are required to maintain a catch record card just as an adult for crabbing. For more information on recreational crabbing, go to WDFW's official site for Crab Seasons and Harvest Rules Birch Bay is located in Marine Area 7.
Hovander Homestead Park has just the right place for your outdoor wedding, reunion, birthday party, and picnic. Visit Whatcom County Parks
PEACE ARCH STATE PARK Worth the visit, on the border with our Canadian Neighbors
MT BAKER Just amazing! Worth the drive up to Artist Point
WHATCOM FARM FINDER Visit many of Whatcom Counties Sustainable Farms with this comphrensive map
WHATCOM FALLS PARKSee what Folks are saying about this!
FAIRHAVEN HISTORICAL DISTRICT Take trip back into the past..
LUMMI ISLAND Take a breathtaking FERRY RIDE
ALASKA MARINE TERMINAL AT FAIRHAVEN When YOUR READY for more than a Day Trip
CHUCKANUT DRIVE For the BEST HIKING in Whatcom County
SKI TO SEA A Northwest Tradition
BIRCH BAY MARATHON- Visit birchbaymarathon.com
FISHING EXCURSIONS RipeTide Charters
VANCOUVER STANLEY PARK Aquarium
CAPALINO( B.C.) SUSPENSION Bridge
OTHER CANADIAN Activities
MORE WHATCOM COUNTY Activities
ANNUAL EVENTS IN Birch Bay
BIRCH BAY State Park
WINGS OVER WATER FESTIVAL
Amtrack Service to Bellingham/ White Rock CA
Bike, scooter and other Rentals at Paddle & Peddle Adventures
Farm Fresh Cheese Tasting at Pleasant Valley Farms
Ride the Historic Plover Ferry
Some of the Best Whatcom Wine Tasting
Tides for Birch Bay Washington Current Tides