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Birch-Bay is located approximately 100 miles north of Seattle and about 50 miles south of Vancouver, BC Canada. Birch Bay is the fastest growing community in Whatcom County. Birch Bay is also 20 miles north of Bellingham, Washington but gets 25% less rain annually. During the summer, Birch Bay draws quite a few visitors from across the United States and Canada for world class golf courses and many smaller courses in and around Birch Bay. Among the many activities to do in Birch Bay, clamming and crabbing is one of the most popular for families and sports enthusiasts. Children can spend many hours building sand castles and other sculptures when the tide is out. Exploring the beach by beach walking can be fun and great exercise. When the tide is out, you can walk all around the bay on the tide flats. Birch Bay State Park is a popular place to camp and tends to fill up fast during the summer months. The park features 8,255 feet of beachfront for clamming, crabbing, swimming, beachcombing, boating and fishing. Another popular activity is bird watching. The area is home to many resident birds such as the Great Blue Heron as well as other migrating birds during the winter months.

Surrounding areas: Blaine, Washington (5.1 mi), Point Roberts, Washington (14.7 mi), Eastsound, Washington (16.6 mi), Bellingham, Washington (17.0 mi), Orcas Island, Washington (20.4 mi), San Juan Islands, Washington (25.1 mi), Guemes Island, Washington (26.5 mi)

Birch Bay Vacation Rentals

Birch Bay Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Birch Bay Ath Hostel4639 Alderson RdBlaine, WA1.6 mi.(360) 371-2180
The Inn At Semiahmoo9565 Semiahmoo PkwyBlaine, WA4.6 mi.(360) 371-2000
Silver Reef Hotel Casino & Spa4876 Haxton WayFerndale, WA9.6 mi.(360) 383-0777
Super 8 Motel5788 Barrett AveFerndale, WA10.6 mi.(800) 800-8000
Slater Heritage House1371 W Axton RdFerndale, WA11.0 mi.(360) 384-4273
Hampton Inn Bellingham Airport3985 Bennett DrBellingham, WA14.6 mi.(360) 676-7700
Homestead Farms Golf Resort & Convention Center115 E Homestead BlvdLynden, WA14.8 mi.(360) 354-1196
Hotel De Molen655 Front StLynden, WA15.0 mi.(360) 354-4440
Comfort Inn Bellingham4282 Meridian StBellingham, WA15.5 mi.(360) 738-1100
Days Inn Bellis Fair125 E Kellogg RdBellingham, WA15.6 mi.(360) 671-6200
Quality Inn Baron Suites100 E KelloggBellingham, WA15.6 mi.(360) 647-8000
Holiday Inn Express4160 MeridianBellingham, WA15.7 mi.(360) 671-4800
"Rodeway Inn ""bellis Fair"""3710 Meridian StBellingham, WA16.0 mi.(360) 738-6000
Best Western Heritage Inn151 E Mcleod RdBellingham, WA16.1 mi.(360) 647-1912
Travelers Inn3750 Meridian StBellingham, WA16.1 mi.(360) 671-4600
Val U Inn Bellingham805 Lakeway DrBellingham, WA18.4 mi.(360) 671-9600
Days Inn Bellingham215 N Samish WayBellingham, WA18.7 mi.(360) 734-8830
Motel 6 #443701 Byron StBellingham, WA18.8 mi.(360) 671-4494
B & B Border Inn121 Cleveland StSumas, WA23.5 mi.(360) 988-5800
Eden Wild InnEads LnLopez, WA28.3 mi.(360) 468-3238
Hotel Lopez IslanderLopez, WA28.3 mi.(360) 468-2233
Majestic Hotel419 Commercial AveAnacortes, WA28.7 mi.(360) 293-3355
San Juan Motel1103 6TH StAnacortes, WA28.8 mi.(360) 293-5105
Friday Harbor House130 West StFriday Harbor, WA29.1 mi.(360) 378-8455
Inn At Friday Harbor680 SPG StFriday Harbor, WA29.1 mi.(360) 378-3031
States Inn2039 W Vly RdFriday Harbor, WA29.1 mi.(360) 378-6240
Fidalgo Country Inn1250 Hwy 20Anacortes, WA29.2 mi.(360) 293-3494
Ship Harbor Inn5316 Fry Terminal RdAnacortes, WA29.2 mi.(360) 293-5177
Bed & Breakfast
Century House Bed & Breakfast401 S British Columbia AveLynden, WA13.9 mi.(360) 354-2439
Buck Bay Farm Bed & BreakfastHC 1 Box 45Olga, WA21.1 mi.(360) 376-2908
Hillside House Bed & Breakfast365 Carter AveFriday Harbor, WA29.1 mi.(800) 232-4730

Birch Bay Weather & Climate

Northwest Washington , between Semiahmoo Bay and Lumnai Bay, there is a body of water called Birch Bay. The climate in this area is temperate and greatly influenced by the Pacific Ocean. It's generally mild, often referred to as "The Banana Belt of the Northwest." Although the rainy season can last as long as eight months, it is usually about six months long, leaving the area with a late spring and mild, pleasant summer. Many long weeks of short and cloudy days are commonplace in winter. Summers are quite dry however. This region is occasionally subject to unusual and harsh weather due to an upper level trough that drives down cold Arctic air from the Canadian interior. This cold air mass can collide with a Gulf of Alaska cold front and create high winds, ice, snow, or heavy rains.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 43°F 30°F 5.32 in. -
February 47°F 32°F 4.21 in. -
March 52°F 34°F 3.61 in. -
April 57°F 38°F 2.85 in. -
May 63°F 43°F 2.58 in. -
June 68°F 48°F 2.14 in. -
July 72°F 51°F 1.49 in. -
August 72°F 51°F 1.51 in. -
September 67°F 46°F 1.91 in. -
October 57°F 40°F 3.74 in. -
November 48°F 35°F 6.29 in. -
December 43°F 30°F 5.79 in. -

Birch Bay Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Bellingham International airport (BLI) located about 13 miles southeast of Birch Bay in Bellingham, Washington, the Skagit Regional airport (BVS) located approximately 34 miles south of Birch Bay in Burlington / Mt Vernon, Washington, the Arlington Municipal airport (AWO) located roughly 59 miles south of Birch Bay in Arlington, Washington, the William R Fairchild International airport (CLM) located around 64 miles southwest of Birch Bay in Port Angeles, Washington, and finally the Snohomish County airport (PAE) located about 73 miles south of Birch Bay in Everett, Washington.

Birch Bay Attractions

Water Parks
Wild Waves Water ParkFederal WayWA112.5 mi.
Golf Courses
Birch Bay Golf ClubBlaineWA4.9 mi.
Semiahmoo Golf & Country ClubBlaineWA4.9 mi.
Dakota Creek Golf & Country ClubCusterWA6.3 mi.
Grandview Golf CourseCusterWA6.3 mi.
Wayne Olsen Riverside GolfFerndaleWA10.3 mi.
Homestead Golf & Country ClubLyndenWA14.5 mi.
Orcas Island Country Golf ClubEastsoundWA17.1 mi.
Lake Padden Municipal Golf CourseBellinghamWA17.7 mi.
North Bellingham Golf CourseBellinghamWA17.7 mi.
Pro Golf Center Golf CourseBellinghamWA17.7 mi.
Shuksan Golf ClubBellinghamWA17.7 mi.
Sudden Valley Golf & Country ClubBellinghamWA17.7 mi.
Evergreen Golf CourseEversonWA19.4 mi.
Raspberry Ridge Golf CourseEversonWA19.4 mi.
Peaceful Valley Country ClubSumasWA23.7 mi.
Black Rock Golf ClubSunnysideWA24.7 mi.
Lopez Island Golf ClubLopezWA28.5 mi.
San Juan Golf & Country ClubFriday HarborWA29.2 mi.
Similk Golf CourseAnacortesWA29.4 mi.
State Parks
Birch Bay State ParkWA1.6 mi. 
Peace Arch State ParkWA5.5 mi. 
Matia Island State ParkWA12.9 mi. 
Sucia Island State ParkWA12.9 mi. 
Clark Island State ParkWA15.3 mi. 
Freeman Island State ParkWA18.0 mi. 
Moran State ParkWA18.9 mi. 
Doe Island Marine State ParkWA20.2 mi. 
Olga Marine State ParkWA21.1 mi. 
Skull Island State ParkWA22.4 mi. 
Larrabee State ParkWA23.2 mi. 
Cone Islands State ParkWA23.4 mi. 
Victim Island State ParkWA23.4 mi. 
Stuart Island State ParkWA25.9 mi. 
Spencer Spit State ParkWA27.4 mi. 
Posey Island State ParkWA28.0 mi. 
James Island State ParkWA28.5 mi. 
Turn Island State ParkWA28.6 mi. 
Saddlebag Island State ParkWA28.9 mi. 
Dot Rock State ParkWA29.9 mi. 
Whatcom Museum of History & ArtBellinghamWA17.0 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Mindport ExhibitsBellinghamWA17.0 mi.(Science)
Bellingham Railway MuseumBellinghamWA17.0 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
The Seattle AquariumSeattleWA93.1 mi.
Woodland Park Zoological GardensSeattleWA93.1 mi.
Point Defiance Zoo and AquariumTacomaWA116.3 mi.

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