There’s lots to love about living on an island. Maybe you’re looking for solitude, a peaceful respite from the mainland, the interdependence of a small community – islanders helping islanders – or you just can’t get enough of activities on the water, from sailing, kayaking and diving to fishing, crabbing and shrimping.
In Island Life, learn more about why we love Orcas Island, our 57-square miles of paradise in the Salish Sea. Take off your shoes, swing in the hammock and view our Photo Gallery of Orcas Island scenes.
So you can stay connected and familiarize yourself with our island community, you’ll find links to local news sources and the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce, its newsletter and restaurant listings.
Life isn’t complete without provision for emergency services, and on Fire + Rescue, we offer Orcas Island Fire & Rescue’s latest report from Fire Chief Kevin O’Brien.
Orcas is kid-friendly, dog-friendly and senior-friendly. As a matter of fact, many people choose to retire here. Read about island senior services on the rise. Younger families thrive, too, and our award-winning Orcas Island School District once again has been recognized as one of the top schools in Washington, ranking #15 for the state and #740 in the nation in 2015.
The Great Outdoors is a major reason people choose to live on Orcas. Learn about all the things to do here which enhance our island life.