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Birch Bay

This 10 mile side trip cuts through an area once populated with small farms, and orderly houses set in neat patches of lawn, and woods of vigorous, second-growth fir and alder to reach Birch Bay.

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Captain George Vancouver named the bay in 1792 for the numerous black birches along its shore. Clam digging along the fine sandy beach and saltwater fishing are popular recreations. With some of the warmest waters north of California, many world-class golf courses and resorts. It is a popular destination for both Canadians and Washingtonians wanting to experience the gorgeous sea shore without big-city crowds. Members of the Francisco de Eliza...

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