Canoe Island Point
The base of the north and south bridges rest on Canoe Island, which splits the currents of Deception Pass. A third of a mile long, 520 feet wide, and only 200 feet from shoreline to summit, the island looks more like someone’s left shoe than a canoe. You can reach the eastern point of the island by walking down any of several paths that explorers such as you have worn over the years. Along with the ubiquitous pine and fir trees, take time to examine the Madrone trees (Arbutus menziesii), sometimes referred to by its Latin first name. Madrone is an evergreen, but looks like a very large Manzanita, having smooth red bark. Its hard wood makes a wonderful cooking fire, imparting a zesty taste to whatever you grill above it. On the eastern tip of the Island, you’ll be able to see well down the straits past Miller Bay, on the left, past Hoypus Point, on the right, deep into Simik Bay. Around the northern tip of Whidbey Island boats of all shapes and sizes line up and motor past your perfect observation point.