Phase 2 Discovery Points
In June, 2015, we launched Phase 2 of Trail Tales with the addition of 16 new Discovery Points between the Guemes Channel and 17th Street.
Guemes Channel, Curtis Wharf (#1 on map)
First traveled by European explorers in 1791, the swift, navigable channel between Fidalgo and Guemes islands has long been the heart of the Anacortes working waterfront. Guemes Channel's deep, natural harbor ignited the Anacortes dream of developing a major northwest maritime terminal.
Cap Sante Marina (#2 & 3)
The shallow bay nestled behind Cap Sante headland was once a backwater of sand and mud, where logs were boomed and families dug clams. After years of lobbying by marine interests, the waterway was widened, basin dredged, and shoreline armored. That was in 1929, just in time to help Anacortes weather the Great Depression.
- Island Celebrations Show Community Spirit and Pride
- To Market and Table at Home and Abroad
- Messing Around in Boats Comes Naturally to Island Dwellers
- Changing Shorelines Along Fidalgo Bay
Seafarers' Way & Memorial Park (#4 & 5)
Planning for the new millennium, the Port of Anacortes dared to dream BIG. It envisioned a revitalized Cap Sante waterfront as a world-class boating and tourist destination built around a modern marina and waterfront park.
- From Mud to Marina in Cap Sante Basin
- Catch of the Day from the Commercial Fishing Fleet
- Cap Sante, Headland, Island, and Culture
- Balancing Risk and Reward
- Tracking Geologic Clues on Cap Sante & Fidalgo Island
Near Marine Tech Center (#6 & 7)
Deep, navigable waters and a protected bay uniquely positioned Anacortes settlers to blend their determination, resources, and skills, setting in motion generations of marine innovation.