Summer is here and so is the APA Museum

Published on Wed, May 21, 2014 by Steve Guntli

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Summer is finally upon us, and with some of Blaine and Birch Bay’s favorite summer businesses, restaurants and activities opening for the season, locals will have every reason to get out and soak up some sunshine. 

The Alaska Packers Association Museum will open its season on Memorial Day weekend with the debut of Tim Troll’s “Sailing For Salmon” exhibit at the APA Museum annex building in Semiahmoo Park. The exhibit, which is being shown outside of Alaska for the first time, is a chronicle of the rich history of the Bristol Bay fishing industry, of which Blaine was the southernmost port. 

“We’re very pleased to have the exhibit here,” said Drayton Harbor Maritime Foundation president Richard Sturgill. “It’s going to breathe fresh life into the museum.”

The exhibit and the APA Museum will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. until Labor Day weekend.

Blaine’s Plover ferry will begin transporting guests between Drayton Harbor and Semiahmoo spit every weekend and holiday from the Memorial Day to Labor Day weekends. The ferry is the oldest foot-passenger ferry in the state of Washington and can safely transport 20 people at a time.

Two restaurants at the Semiahmoo Resort celebrated their grand re-openings on Friday, May 16. Packers Oyster Bar and the Pierside Kitchen have been completely remodeled and are already offering their full menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner. To view the menus or make reservations, visit semiahmoo.com.

Those looking to get outdoors can visit Paddle and Pedal Adventures in Birch Bay and Semiahmoo. The company rents bicycles, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and other recreational equipment. The Birch Bay location is currently open on weekends, and the Semiahmoo location is available by reservation only. Both locations will be opening up for longer hours in June.

Kids and families looking for a fun day can check out the Birch Bay Waterslides, which will welcome guests for weekends only starting May 24 before moving to full-time hours on June 21. This will include expanded, full-time hours for Birch Bay Pizza as well. 

Miniature World at 4620 Birch Bay-Lynden Road is now welcoming guests on weekends and holidays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The site offers go-cart racing for singles or doubles and an 18-hole miniature golf course.

The C Shop opens for weekends only from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day, after which they will be open every day through Labor Day weekend. The shop will also open on holiday Mondays, including Canadian holidays. The candy store has been a landmark in Birch Bay for more than 40 years, and offers homemade sweets, pizza and crafts. 

Finally, the Blaine Gardener’s Market will set up in H Street Plaza on second and fourth Saturdays starting in June and ending in October, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market welcomes any gardeners, vendors or chefs who wish to sell their wares, the only restriction being that it has to be produced locally. Musicians and artists are also welcome to perform at the market. 

For more information on these local favorites and other annual events, visit the Blaine Chamber of Commerce website at blainechamber.com or the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce at birchbaychamber.com.