Take a look at a map of Orcas Island and you will see the shape of saddlebags or a horseshoe. Small wonder it’s such a diversified island. Orcas has been called “the emerald island” for it is green much of the year with its moderate climate. The island is built around definitive villages and hamlets like Orcas Village (at the ferry landing), West Sound, Deer Harbor, Eastsound, Olga and Doe Bay. Each little community is interesting and worth a visit. The island is a rarity in having four post offices at Orcas, Deer Harbor, Eastsound and Olga.
Whether the visit is for camping, hiking, sightseeing, intellectual or spiritual exploration, or just looking for beauty Orcas Island has it all. Local businesses offer commercial and local products. Shopping includes books, music, clothing, gift and specialties plus hardware, household wares, pet supplies and groceries.
Parks provide camping opportunities and miles of trails for hikers, bikers, and even some for horses. A few of the popular trails are Twin Lakes to Mount Constitution, the Cascade Loop Trail, Mountain Lake Loop and the Cascade Falls Trail.
Weddings, vacation rentals, and marine tours of all kinds are common and popular industries. The abundance of local artists and musicians adds to the unique and lively community and gives a singularly beautiful expression for the natural beauty of the ‘emerald isle’.
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Thank you Shirley Dever for the information!