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La Conner and Shelter Bay

The intersection of pioneers, fishermen, native tribes, farmers, and entrepreneurs, picturesque La Conner is Skagit County’s oldest community and one of the state’s most popular tourist destinations.

Located just over Rainbow Bridge from Fidalgo Island, the town is bordered by the Swinomish Slough to the west and the agricultural-rich Skagit Valley to the east. A Victorian downtown waterfront offers views of fishing and pleasure boats and log rafts moored in Swinomish Channel alongside the main street’s quaint shops, galleries, art, history and quilt museums, cozy inns, and valley-fresh restaurant offerings.

La Conner and the surrounding area have long been home to nationally known artists, many of them celebrated in the collections of the city’s world-class Museum of Northwest Art.

Annual community events throughout the year reflect the town’s natural bounties and handmade heritage: The Smelt Derby (February), Skagit Valley Tulip Festival (April), Opening Day Boat Parade (May), Pioneer Picnic (August), Art’s Alive (November), and the Christmas Boat Parade (December) – to name just a few.