Anacortes Chamber of Commerce
819 Commercial • 293-3832
Anacortes with a population of about 13,5000, is Skagit County’s second largest city. It is the shipping and industrial hub of the county.
Located on picturesque Fidalgo Island, the city is the gateway for Washington’s popular ferry run to the San Juan Islands and Victoria, B.C.
Anacortes has an extensive parks system with 17 parks. It includes the Anacortes Community Forest Lands with 2,200 acres of forest, wetlands, lakes and mountains. Many parks, like Cap Sante and Mt. Erie, offer spectacular views of the surrounding areas. The Causland Memorial Park has a mosaic-like designed wall fashioned from bits of colored rock. This park was built to honor local men who died in World War 1 and others. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.
A fisherman’s paradise! Freshwater and saltwater fishing is excellent here... but remember you must have the appropriate license to fish. Anacortes has a number of fine marinas, with charter companies and a full array of marine services.
Discover Historic LaConner - Established 1868
LaConner... a treasure of Old-World charm with the appearance of a New England waterfront is Skagit County’s oldest community. This historic town founded in the early 1860’s is listed on the National Historical District Register. People come from far and near to spend a few hours, a day or longer in a charming world far away from the stress of everyday reality. The main street runs along the Swinomish Channel where many of its historical buildings have wooden docks where you can watch the channel flow gently by. For the browser, antique lover, avid shopper; the quaint shops, little boutiques, galleries, museums, restaurants, and bed and breakfast inns lend to the ambience of this step-back-in-time place.
Vela Luka Croatian Dancers
Anacortes boasts a strong ethnic heritage... a large part of that heritage is represented through the Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble. This active group of musicians, singers and dancers is definitely a unique celebration of heritage.
Originally formed in 1975, the 35 member troupe, comprised of many ages brings traditional Croatian dances in authentic and sometimes original costumes to thousands each year.
In 1996, they were awarded the Governor’s Heritage Award.
Select local appearances are very special, since they travel so much of the year. If you have a chance to see them, you will be one of the lucky ones.