Tucked away in the far Northwest, Anacortes is the gateway to the San Juan Islands, the Canadian Gulf Islands, and some of the most spectacular scenery and boating waters in the world. Ours is Fidalgo Island, the first of the islands but anchored to the mainland by two bridges. Our population is about 22,000 souls in and around Anacortes. The town developed around the fishing industry and later came the Shell and Texaco refineries. Boating and tourism play a major part in today's economy. The beauty and mild climate draw many to our area. We have an
energetic arts community, a wonderful community theater, an attractive library, a pool and fitness center, an active senior center, and an excellent hospital. Throughout the year you'll find wonderful restaurants and quaint shops in our downtown core.
Boating enthusiasts have several marinas to choose from, many boat launches to both salt and fresh water, and they tell me the fishing is great! Hikers and mountain bikers share over 2200 acres of community forest lands with miles of trails plus county and state parks cover another several thousand acres. Two campgrounds are popular both with travelers and our teenagers. Deer, raccoons, and bald eagles are common sights even within the city. Nearby Haro Strait hosts many pods of Orca whales. The views to the southwest are backed by the majestic Olympic Mountains, and Mount Baker dominates our Eastern skyline. Sunrise to sunset, Anacortes is a beautiful place to live!