Vicki's Things to-do on Orcas

My top lists of places to go, things to do on our magical island



In between the emmanuel Episcopal Church and the Parson's Hall, you can take in the labyrinth walk and enjoy the view

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turtleback South hike

A fairly short hike to the top of Turtleback Mt. via the South trail head, where, if you go just a bit further to Ship Peak, this is your view. 

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Mountain Biking

Rent bikes from Wildlife Cycles and take in the trails at Moran State Park. Several trails are open year round, others S 15-May 15. A real destination for MTBers. 

buckbay shellfish and more

A must visit for seafood lovers. Purchase oysters, cooked crab or smoked salmon and enjoy there with a beverage or bring back and use the Bar-b-que for Halibut, prawns or salmon




Orcas pottery studio

No trip is complete without a visit to Orcas Pottery; the oldest studio in the Pacific Northwest. The setting is a delight. Don't forget the Treehouse. 

Rosario resort

Here's what we do; go for a hike in Moran State Park, followed with a refreshment and snack at Rosario. Such a amazing place with so much history. Learn about Robert Moran, who so generously donated XXX acres for our first state park.

rent bikes at wildlife cycles

rent for a day, week, or just two hours. you can even take bikes to another island like Lopez or my Fav SHaw! E-bikes make it so much fun!



take a drive around the horseshoe highway and discover some great nooks and crannies on the island. this one is near a marina off crow valley road

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go kayaking

lots of kayak tours on the island. only place to rent without a tour is crescent beach and cascade lake. you will want a tour to explore outside of these areas due to currents,

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moran state park

38 miles of trails to hike, 4 lakes and a lagoon. incredible views from the tower on mt. constitution 2409' the highest point in the san juans

 doe bay hot pools

beautiful setting and the pools are available to use for a fee. check for hour-clothing optional for some


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friday harbor

park the car at orcas landing for free and walk on the ferry over to our neighbor island for a day of summer, the daily shuttle runs all over the island. just be sure to catch the ferry back to orcas

whale watch tour

A couple of companies on the island run tours.see nature in it's natural state


saturday farmer's market

local vendors with everything  from fabulous bread to felt animals and all in between. 10-3 in the village green in the heart of eastsound. May-Oct

retail therapy @ eastsound

local artists, clothing, shirts, gifts galore and a great apothecary shop all downtown

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the exchange

an orcas experience. my dad used to call it scrounging, but you never know what treasure you may find hidden at our local hot spot!