Biking & Hiking
The Olympic Peninsula is full of great places to bike, hike or stroll. Whether you want to burn up the miles on our challenging mountains or just wish to sedately pedal with family along the sedate Discovery Trail bike pathway. Access to the Olympic Discovery Trail is as close as our back gate and a short downhill ride. Next, decide if you’ll turn east and ride over the Railroad Bridge and into Sequim, or if you’ll head west toward Pt. Angeles and the glorious route that takes you alongside the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
The public transportation system is reasonably priced and bike friendly, and can help facilitate a one way trip. Not only is it “green” and environmentally conscientious to forego using our cars for nearby trips you’ll burn calories too. Thanks to the Discovery Trail you don’t have to share the road with cars, go ahead and ride into Sequim, visit the Hurricane Coffee Company for an espresso or an ice cream.
Forget your bicycle or don’t own one? Ben's Bikes in Sequim has excellent equipment for sale and rent, and a full service repair shop.
Runners and walkers will enjoy the Olympic Discovery Trail too, the scenic vistas from every direction and excellent condition of this paved trail make it a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts of all sorts. Visit the Olympic Peninsula YMCA for an indoor workout in PA or Sequim.
Kayaking and Rafting
Whether you wish to explore the protected lakes and bays, or if rapids and the more challenging waters of the Strait are on your agenda, the Olympic Peninsula has it all. Kayak rentals and sales are available from Dungeness Kayak in Sequim or Olympic Raft and Kayaking Port Angeles. Guided kayak tours are popular for groups large and small and are both safe and and activity that all ages can do and enjoy.
Birdwatching & Elk Spotting
Elk spotting is a popular activity in Sequim. Home to a resident population of Roosevelt Elk they can seem to be posing for the photographer. Best spots to look are in the Pt. Williams area on Schmuk Road. Birdwatching is also a popular pastime, and the Audubon societyin Sequim has a superb facility at the Dungeness River Center. Their annual Peninsula Bird Festival in April.
If you love animals visit the Olympic Game Farm
Whale Watching & Eco-Cruises
Based in Pt. Angeles and new this year, Expeditions Northwest offers an assortment of trips in our nearby waters that will leave you breathless. You haven’t really experienced the Pacific Northwest until you’ve done it by sea.
Whale watching trips depart regularly from Pt. Townsend throughout the season, one popular operator, the Puget Sound Express has been taking passengers on whale watching trips for over 20 years.
Fishing, Crabbing & Boating
World class salt and freshwater fishing is active all year. Crabbing, clamming, and shrimping are also popular. Professional guides, equipment sales and rentals, and information about licenses and regulations can be obtained via the following:
Swains in Pt. Angeles
Brian’s Sporting Goods in Sequim
Walmart and Big Five Sporting Goods can also help you.
Excellent fishing guides (salt and fresh) who can provide instruction, guidance and safety are available throughout the Peninsula. Norrie Johnsonis based right here in Sequim. There are many others out on the Peninsula.
There are a number of public boat ramps available if your boat is on a trailer. Nearby, public boat ramps can be found at Pt. Williams Rd., John Wayne Marina, and in Dungeness. John Wayne Marina is a full service marina with dockage, tackle shop, and fuel. It is also the site of a lovely park and an ideal area to spot bald eagles, puffins and other sea birds. Marine mammals such as sea otters and seals are often spotted too, just be patient and look carefully.
Flower and Garden Lovers
Sequim is justly famous for its lavender, but many types of flowers are cultivated and thrive here. Roses, peonies, lily and dahlia farms, many of them open for tours on a daily basis during the summer months, will make you envious and entice you to purchase. It’s worth a special trip in June to take part in the annual Master Gardener Home Tour. Visit the I Love Peonies Farm in Sequim!
A visit to the breathtaking city of Victoria is a pleasant ferry ride away, the ferry terminal in Pt. Angeles just a dozen miles or so west of Rainbow’s End on Highway 101.
The Coho ferry, operated by the Black Ball Line takes both car and foot traffic, you can even bring your bicycle. The ferry ride often has the added bonus of siting whales and other sea life along the way, keep your eyes open.
Public transportation in Victoria is easily accessible and many attractions are best explored on foot. Be sure to have a look at the Empress Hotel, magnificent in the tradition of Grand Hotels and proud Victorian architecture. If your budget allows splurge on their High Tea.
Butchart Gardens is among the worlds finest and offers unique displays all year long. Public transportation to Butchart Gardens is readily available close to the ferry dock. Be sure to budget enough time to appreciate all the gardens have to offer.
ATTENTION PET OWNERS: Pet sitting services are available in the area so you need not worry about your best friend while you visit Canada or spend the day away. Please inquire at our office for more details.