Let’s talk tourism | Port View

By Bob McChesney | Oct 18, 2017

Tourism is an effective means for achieving low-cost economic benefits for our Edmonds and Woodway communities, with virtually zero environmental impacts.

One of the ways the Port adds value to the community is by promoting local businesses. Our popular Destination Port of Edmonds program is now in its tenth year. This program links marina visitors with 39 different local businesses. Guest moorage visitors are provided with a gift bag upon arrival, complete with a discount book offering up specials at participating businesses.

We also provide marina guests with a complimentary shuttle ride to downtown Edmonds.

Another tourism initiative is our partnership with Puget Sound Express, which brings visitors daily to the Edmonds area for whale-watching trips. And it’s not just about going out on a fun boat ride. The tours also provide onboard education about whale habitat, environmental stress factors such as dwindling salmon stocks that feed resident Orcas, and climate conditions affecting propagation and survival.

Up-close knowledge and awareness are necessary preconditions for improving how we as humans interact with the aquatic food chain of which whales are the most visible and exciting to watch.

Puget Sound Express is a wonderful family owned business celebrating its 31st anniversary this year. The Hanke family has always operated out of Port Orchard, but starting in 2015 they started calling the Port of Edmonds home as well.

Throughout the summer, approximately 120 visitors filter in and out of Edmonds to take a whale-watching daytrip on the Chilkat Express. After or before their adventure, these visitors tend to grab a meal, take in the sites and often stay overnight in Edmonds.

We love being able to share our special local spots with these visitors.

The Puget Sound Express whale-watching season continues through the end of the year, and I encourage locals to check out this adventure as well. You’ll enjoy your time on the Chilkat Express – a high-speed foilcat that cruises to the San Juan Island at speeds around 40 mph.

We are so fortunate to live in an area where we can easily view whales in their natural habitat.

Please check out our brand-new Port of Edmonds Facebook page for up-to-date Port news.


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