Bow-Edison - Visit Skagit Valley - North Cascades National Park to Farmlands to Salish Sea


bowedison_cowsThe Bow-Edison area, including Bayview and Samish Island, is nestled at the foothills of Blanchard Mountain just off of scenic Chuckanut Drive and follows the Puget Sound to Padilla Bay. Blanchard Mountain is the only place along the coast where the Cascades connect to salt water. It is the ultimate of green belts: a beloved and well-used place for recreation, respite, and wildness that separates two counties, Skagit and Whatcom.

Established in 1869, Edison soon became a logging and agricultural center. Located just off Chuckanut at the Bow Junction, Edison remains an area hub with its unique shops, art galleries and eating establishments. Not only is Edison situated in the beautiful Samish delta but it enjoys views of Mt. Baker, Samish Bay and the San Juan Islands. Edison sits in the heart of a rich agricultural area and is one of many communities that thrived through the first half of the century and that have since melded into the region now known as Bow-Edison. As you explore this area keep an eye out for vestiges of bygone eras, visible in the architecture, old pilings, dikes & barns.

Samish Island being primarily a residential area, is another quiet rural area with waterfront Bed & Breakfasts, and great views of both Samish and Padilla Bays. As you travel these back roads enjoying the views you’ll have opportunities to visit farms selling local artisan cheeses, apples, berries and other fresh produce as well as oysters, crab and other shellfish.

Situated on Padilla Bay, Bay View boasts not only a beautiful view but a quiet rural atmosphere and proximity to Bay View State Park, the Breazeale Interpretive Center and the Padilla Bay Shore Trail. Take time for a picnic and some great bird watching. Bay View State Park is a 25-acre camping park with 1,285 feet of saltwater shoreline on Padilla Bay. Bird watching, beachcombing, clamming, crabbing and much more are popular activities at the park.