anacortes "wild side" eco tour - west beach


January – December     9:30 am – 4:30pm*
$186 Adult, $93 Child (10 & under)

*times set to accommodate the Amtrak Cascades train schedule from Seattle and Vancouver into the Mount Vernon station.

Activity level: easy

Great experiences come in small islands!

Anacortes, on Fidalgo Island, is a small and vibrant seacoast community on the edge of the Salish Sea. Fidalgo Island hosts the most protected forest lands and lakes in the San Juan Island Archipelago, beautiful coastal state parks with miles of trails, a myriad of terrestrial and aquatic wildlife, colorful spring wildflowers, and lookouts high above that offer amazing vistas 360!  We also enjoy some of the driest and mildest weather in Western Washington by being in the Olympic rain shadow.

The Anacortes “Wild Side” Eco Tour takes you on short walks around Fidalgo Island coastal parks and forests in search of wildlife, wildflowers and scenery.  We’ll look for eagles, herons, oystercatchers, osprey, seabirds, shorebirds, forest birds, harbor seals, harbor porpoise, river otters and beavers. Tidepooling is always a fun option during extreme low tides.  Along the way, you’ll also learn about the fascinating geology of the island.

The history of Anacortes is quite special and you’ll learn a bit about it from our local guide.  It was once dotted with salmon canneries and pulp mills.  Now it is home to a thriving maritime industry with its marinas, shipbuilding yard, fishing fleet, fish processing plants, historical and maritime museums, and a quaint historical downtown filled with unique shops, art galleries and restaurants

A trip to Deception Pass State Park offers exquisite views of the San Juan Islands, Vancouver Island and the Olympic Mountains across the Salish Sea.  Here, you’ll also learn about the local Coast Salish tribes ways of life and legends.

Time and interest permitting, we’ll visit nearby farmlands and quaint “Tiny Towns”.

Not included: lunch, taxes & fees, and gratuity

Small group size: 1-5 Adventurers

Pick-up & drop-off locations: Mount Vernon Amtrak train & bus Station, Anacortes Ferry, hotels, motels, B&Bs, AirBnBs, marinas, residences & Airporter Shuttle locations in Anacortes, La Conner, Burlington & Mount Vernon.

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30 years safely guiding Adventures for thousands of happy Adventurers!

This Adventure is professionally lead by Naturalist-Guide (and owner) Stephanie.  She has guided all sorts of fun and educational land and water-based Adventures, throughout the US, Mexico and Canada, for the past 30 years.  She shares her passion for nature on every Adventure, as well as her knowledge of the natural & cultural history, marine & terrestrial habitats, flora & fauna, and ways of life of NW Washington.  Read more about her.

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Staying in Seattle or Vancouver but don’t have a car?  Easy.  Hop on the Amtrak Cascades train from the Seattle King Station to the Mount Vernon Station pickup.  Other options include the Amtrak Thruway Bus, Greyhound bus, public transit bus and the Airporter Shuttle.

The Anacortes “Wild Side” Eco Tour is an ideal Adventure for a single traveler, couples, a small group of friends or family, or a private charter.

Stay longer for a multi-day Adventure to “Re-Wild” Your Spirit! in NW Washington. Add our North Cascades National Park Day Tour, Day Hiking in the North CascadesMount Baker Day TourSkagit Valley Farm-to-Table Tour and San Juan Orcas Island Day Tour to this Adventure. 

There are many more Adventures to be had in Anacortes and Fidalgo Island: whale watching, kayaking, sightseeing, fishing and crabbing by private boat, and island hopping.  After booking one of our Adventures, ask us how to get a 10% discount with our partner AdventureTerra to experience a tree canopy and rock climb.

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“A fantastic way to “re-wild” your spirit! The hike we took was at our pace and level of hiking. We learned about the wild flowers, trees and birds. We also got a bit of history of the island.” Kristi, Montana & Kim, Washington

“Stephanie was AMAZING. There are other tour guides in the area but Stephanie made me feel as though we were best friends reconnecting again. She was full of life and energy! I could see how passionate she was about her job and she was extremely knowledgeable. I learned SO much from her. She went out of her way to make a specialized tour for me since I was limited on time and wanted to see particular things. She answered all my questions and she never rushed me when we were sightseeing. She picked me up from my hotel and dropped me off at another adventure I had booked!!! She is PHENOMENAL. If you want a tour guide who is energized, passionate about their home/job, super friendly and accommodating than you MUST book with Skagit Guided Adventures! You won’t be dissapointed. It was an experience I’ll never forget. Thank you so much Stephanie!”  Christine, Washington DC

“We really did “connect” to the wild side on this tour of Fidalgo Island! Herons, ducks, eagles, hummers, gulls, black-tailed deer–even in the winter cold, there was so much to see and enjoy! The scenic views were fabulous! The walk on a sandy beach was delightful, and the tidbits of history and marine biology shared by Guide Stephanie made the trip even more enriching! A great day for my camera! Thank you, Stephanie, for a memorable outing!” Nedra, Washington