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Larry_Warcup Vancouver

Vancouver, Canada

#21 Jan 24, 2013
I grew up in Birch Bay in the Summers. My parents had a large mobile home at Vogt's (Birch Bay Trailer Park & Sales) at the North end of the beach. My Father worked in Vancouver, and would commute from Birch Bay all Summer and leave my Mom and Brother to enjoy the beach. Many friends were met there...wonderful. It was safe enough that my Mom would just tell us to go for a swim at the beach and be back by dinner! We'd spend all day at the beach. When I got older, I too 'cruised the beach' in my '68 RoadRunner, was a musician and played at the Village-West' dancehall across from the carnival...went Roller Scating, too! My folks used to leave my Brother & me at the trailer and they would go up to the Crystal Ballroom in Blaine and dance all night to the Big Bands that attended. So many memories...all good! Thanks to all the locals that put up with it.
Alaskan1

Palmer, AK

#22 Feb 24, 2013
I remember when the posted speed limit in some places was 10 mph, and you were lucky if you could drive at half that speed.
Emi

Everett, WA

#23 Feb 24, 2013
We closed up our house in Bellingham and lived at our cabin at Birch Bay every summer. Mom was a teacher so it was perfect for her. We kids never got bored; clamming, crabbing, fishing, skiing, rowing, beachcombing, suntanning, cruising the beach, meeting new friends and bonfires- always a beautiful bonfire when it wasn't raining. I also remember some beautiful thunder and lightening storms over the water. Watching the fishing boats from the patio at night was fun. They would string their nets across the bay and fish most of the night in the 50's and 60's. There were some big salmon runs off both points. I learned how to play Canadian rules for card games and drank my first cup of hot tea with friends from Canada. I loved Birch Bay and keep a bonfire burning in my heart for the place. It's not the same for me to go there anymore so I avoid it but I go there in my memories and love those 'trips' back to the beach. Happy memories prevail and it's fun to read what all you 'beach bums' have written.
Elbuick

Everett, WA

#24 Mar 23, 2013
Been awhile since I started this post and just wanted to come back to it. Glad to see ther are still folks adding their thoughts and memories to it. My wife and I were fortunate to end up with all the photo's of Old Birch Bay when the original CJ's restaurant closed down. We have them prominently displayed throughout our home in BB! So looking forward to the summer of 2013 at the beach and Discovery Days> Thinking I may enter my car in the parade again this year... Greg
Radio Tech from Canada

Smithers, Canada

#25 May 20, 2013
I remember (as a child) my family travelling from Saskatchewan, and later on from Alberta in the mid 1960's to the early 1970's. We would visit relatives in Vancouver, BC and then head down to Birch Bay. We camped in the campground and spent our days on the beach. I also remember the amusement park, the gift/souvenir shop, and bicycles built fot 2, 3, or even 4. Yes, I remember the bumper to bumper traffic along the road. There were a few places to eat, from fast food to a cafe or two. Life seemed so much more relaxed in those days. I went down there once about 15 years ago, and was very sad at the way it had changed from what I remembered.
Laura

Bellevue, WA

#26 Jul 24, 2013
I also experienced summers at Birch Bay when my father and all the other music teachers from Alaska to Oregon overtook the cabins and grange hall up on the hill for the first full week of August throught the 60s and 70s. Every year we stayed in #10 Snapdragon. I am looking for a photo of the front of those cabins so that I can hire someone to make that sign for me. Do any of you have a photo you could share?
Time Lapse Productions

Cobble Hill, Canada

#27 Aug 20, 2013
Here are some old Films from Birch Bay Washington 1968
Roller Skating


Horse Riding
http://www.youtube.com/watch...

Birch Bay Go Karting
http://www.youtube.com/watch...

Birch Bay Kayaking
http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Time Lapse Productions

Cobble Hill, Canada

#28 Aug 20, 2013
elbuick wrote:
Anybody else miss the "Old Birch Bay" like I do? I have been going there since I was a young boy on vacation and have fond memories of the amusement park, roller rink, penney arcade, etc. My wife and I just purchased a home in Birch Bay so our kids and grandkids could enjoy it as well. The problem is that modern times have caught up with it and the "Old" feeling isn't there anymore! The final blow came when the old dance hall (last known as the Palm's I think) got torn down for condo's to be built. Still love BB but...
I have posted some old Films from Birch Bay 1968.
Check the 27 th comment to view the films
Alyssa

Surrey, Canada

#29 Apr 1, 2014
I think the family was the Vogt family. I believe they owned cabins and a store. My fiance spent a great deal of time vacationing there as a child...lucky guy!! We plan to be married there this summer.:)
Nadine

Surrey, Canada

#30 Apr 22, 2014
elbuick wrote:
Anybody else miss the "Old Birch Bay" like I do? I have been going there since I was a young boy on vacation and have fond memories of the amusement park, roller rink, penney arcade, etc. My wife and I just purchased a home in Birch Bay so our kids and grandkids could enjoy it as well. The problem is that modern times have caught up with it and the "Old" feeling isn't there anymore! The final blow came when the old dance hall (last known as the Palm's I think) got torn down for condo's to be built. Still love BB but...
I miss the Old Birch Bay. It was so much fun in the1960s and the 1970s. Back when we were kids and young adults in that era, there was so much to do. I loved the roller rink (where someone was always doing shoot the duck and I could never do it), the trampolines, the swimming pool (where I spent so much time underwater because they had speakers underwater and they always played a lot of Beatle songs), the amusement park (loved the Silver Streak), and the trampolines. I also loved the quaint cabins with names like "Dew Drop Inn." I also loved the excitement of walking the strip (when I was 13 or 14) and having all the boys cruise by. You could always tell the American boys without even looking at the license plates because apparently cars were lots cheaper in the US back then. The Americans would have corvette after corvette and then you would see a beater and it would be a Canadian. Liked them all! I used to go to the beach at night with my parents and their friends. They would drink and my friends and I would swim using the headlights from our parents cars. I don't ever see that now. I can't even believe Birch Bay is the same place now because it is all condos with very little to do. I don't know why they tore down all the things to do as I would think the condo owners would have liked those activities, too. Now I see people just sitting in their condos and they don't even seem to bother to cross the street and go to the beach. You can see an endless flickering of tv sets. The beach is still beautiful though.
Shane

Bellingham, WA

#31 Aug 19, 2014
I'm not a original resident of Birch Bay but really do like it here. I bought the 1910 two story four corners farmhouse on Shintaffer back in January 2014.

I haven't had a lot of time to explore due to work but do plan to. Me and my wife have started the task of putting together the history of our house and have been hitting a few roadblocks. We have heard a accountant for the Alaskan Packers built the house but that is all so far.

I'm thinking it's got to be the oldest remaining residential structure in Birch Bay or close to it.

Any help would be appreciated.

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