Anacortes, Washington, USA

 Anacortes, WA, USA became Sidney’s second sister city in June of 1996

Sidney to Anacortes is 60km or 37 miles
By WA State Ferry Sidney to Anacortes is 71km or 44 miles


On a clear day, standing on Sidney‘s Fishing Pier, Mt. Baker looks brilliant!

Anacortes is situated on Fidalgo Island, in Skagit Country, in the State of Washington, USA.  Overlooked by magnificent Mt. Baker, it has a sheltered marina which attracts many boaters and houses a large fleet of fishing boats.  Oil refining is the Anacortes area’s largest industry, along with yacht construction/shipbuilding and tourism.

Sidney and  Anacortes have much in common.

  • Cruising the Salish Sea around the Gulf Islands and the San Juan Islands
  • Both serve as homes to commercial fishing vessels and boat related industries.
  • Anacortes is the ferry terminus for Washington State Ferry routes to the San Juan Islands as well as to Sidney.  The two towns and their Sister Cities Associations have worked hard to ensure that the ferry route remains viable.
  • Anacortes’ population is approximately 16,000. Sidney’s is approximately 12,000.

SSCA members visit Anacortes to take part in various events.

  • The annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is a popular time to visit Anacortes.
  • We love to join in the July 4th, and Christmas Parades. Each Spring Sidney welcomes the return of the Anacortes ferry at the terminal on Ocean Avenue in Sidney.

Anacortes Festivals and Events

  • April Spring Wine Festival, a chance to check out the many excellent wines grown in Washington State.
  • May – TrawlerFest is a week long celebration of the cruising-under-power lifestyle.
  • June – Anacortes Waterfront Festival is a fun weekend with free boat rides, music, and food at the Cap Sante Marina.  Also in June, the Bark in the Park, is a festival dedicated to our four-footed friends.
  • July The July 4th parade includes a picnic and fireworks.  Kids-R-Best Fest is fun for kids of all ages.  The Shipwreck Festival is the ultimate Flea Market!
  • August Anacortes Arts Festival is one of the largest art festivals in the Pacific Northwest with painting, sculpture, weaving and more.
  • September The Antique Engine and Machinery Day includes tractors, engines, saws and steamboats – every little, and big, boy’s dream.  The Oyster Run is the largest motorcycle rally in the Pacific Northwest. It involves motorbikes, oysters and fun!
  • October Oktoberfest includes beer from 30 Northwest breweries as well as German food – and no doubt Oompah bands!
  • December The City’s Christmas tree is lit on the eve of the Christmas parade.


More information about Anacortes,_Washington
Newspaper (Anacortes American)


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