|Where is Canoe Island?|
Canoe Island is a 47-acre private island in the center of the San Juans in Upright Channel between Shaw and Lopez islands. The ferry from Anacortes to Friday Harbor goes by the southern corner of the island.
Arrival by ferry
Parents driving their children to camp take I-5 north from Seattle or south from Vancouver BC or Bellingham to Exit 230 towards Anacortes. The ferry terminal is a few miles past the town of Anacortes at the end of Highway 20 and is well signed.
Parents can accompany their children on the ferry to Orcas island or send them unaccompanied where they will be met by our counselors as they walk off the ferry. The counselors will take them to the camp's 27-foot landing craft, the Ferry Queen, located on the adjacent public dock. If you want to accompany your child on the ferry, walk on the ferry to save a long wait in the car line. Arrive at least 1/2 hour prior to departure to park your car and buy the ferry ticket. If you plan to take your car on the ferry you may need to arrive up to 2 hours in advance and you will need to contact the Camp Director to make drop off arrangements. Contact Washington State Ferries for more information on the ferries and a current schedule: www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/ or (800) 84-FERRY.
Campers should arrive on Orcas Island on a morning ferry to be in time for lunch and afternoon activities at camp. Because of the limited space on our boat, we must ask parents to say good-bye to their children on Orcas Island as they board the boat to Canoe Island. Parents who wish to see the camp are encouraged to visit during Open House in June.
You can also travel by shuttle service from SeaTac Airport or downtown Seattle to the Anacortes Ferry Terminal: BellAir Shuttles, www.airportershuttle.com, 866.235.5247; or Island Airporter, www.islandairporter.com, 360.378.7438.
Arrival by water taxi
Arrival by air
SeaTac International Airport is the closest large airport to the San Juan Islands. Parents bringing their children to camp who are flying in to SeaTac Airport can either rent a car and follow the driving directions above to the ferry terminal, or take one of the shuttles listed above. Any child traveling alone will be met by the camp boat for the trip to Canoe Island.
Unaccompanied campers flying into SeaTac can be met by Canoe Island staff and accompanied via a shuttle service to the Anacortes Ferry Terminal and on to Canoe Island. The fee for this extra service is $150 per child for the round-trip. If you wish this service, schedule a flight arriving prior to 11 am and a flight departure after 3:30 pm.
For quicker transportation from SeaTac Airport to Orcas Island, campers can take one of the small shuttle planes.
Arrival by boat
Families in the area can bring their children to our boat dock on the west side of Canoe Island by noon of the first day and pick them up by noon of the last day. Please contact us to arrange arrival and departure times.