[idx-platinum-widget id =”2631-30338″]Birch Bay is the fastest growing area in Whatcom County. The bay itself has a huge tide flat of sand that is several square miles in size and bares itself at low tide, as the water returns to the tide flats over the hot sand it warms to bath water temperatures in the summer.
Birch Bay has one of the largest heron nesting rookeries in the state, and outstanding birding, especially for seabirds and shorebirds. It’s classed by the Audubon Society as one of the 50 most Important Birding Areas in Washington State, along with nearby Blaine’s Drayton Harbor.
The area was until recently a summer tourist destination but it’s discovery has it rapidly becoming into a year round town. A few popular activities include a sand castle contest in the summer and a well attended Polar Bear Swim every New Years Day.
Birch Bay State Park offers panoramic views of the Canadian Gulf Islands and the Cascade Mountains. The park has over a million visitors each year. The refurbished Birch Bay Water Slides are a big attraction to Whatcom County residents and visitors in the summer.
Birch Bay was one of the first places Europeans visited in the area, with a stop over by George Vancouver over two centuries ago.
The Birch Bay real estate market has a wide range of beautiful single family homes, some newly built in planned communities, luxury homes on wooded property with awesome ocean views, as well view condos.
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