The Ferry to Orcas IslandArrive to Orcas Island via ferry and you’ll disembark feeling calm, curious and ready to embrace the slow drift into island time.

The Ferry to Orcas IslandArrive to Orcas Island via ferry and you’ll disembark feeling calm, curious and ready to embrace the slow drift into island time.

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  • Words Ayn Gailey
  • Photography Anthony Blasko

Traveling to Orcas Island in the Pacific Northwest may feel like a journey to the end of the earth. It requires at least two of the following: boat, airplane, train, automobile. Depending on your point of origin, you may take all of these in one day.

For a first visit, the ferry may be the least timely means of transport, but it makes for the most memorable. The ninety-minute route begins in Anacortes, Washington, a coastal town situated halfway between Seattle and Vancouver, BC. The car-loading ferry sails west through the Salish Sea—an intricate network of straits and waterways carved by massive glaciers over ten thousand years ago—to the San Juan Islands, where Orcas is located. For the best view, exit your car and head up to the bow. Wind, sea, rock and towering trees conspire t...

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