Port Angeles, Washington is a busy port on the northern portion of the Olympic Peninsula and offers spectacular scenery and recreational opportunities. Victoria, British Columbia is across the Strait by ferry. Port Angeles is home to Peninsula College. Population is about 18,000. This coastal town is tucked between the Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca with a panoramic view of Victoria and southern Vancouver Island, British Columbia. It is surrounded the by the million acre Olympic National Park, this Pacific Northwest town has much to offer active retirees.
For people who love the great outdoors, here you can live in a town that serves as the gateway to a world heritage park encompassing three diverse eco-systems. Opportunities abound within Olympic National Park for walking and hiking (a number of paths are wheelchair accessible), camping, kayaking, birding, fishing and simply enjoying the work of Mother Nature, including some of the many geographically diverse cascades along the Olympic Peninsula Waterfall Trail.
Hurricane Ridge, a mountainous area within Olympic National Park, lies 17 miles to the south of the city, offering panoramic views of the Olympic Mountains along with downhill and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in winter. In August, senior cyclists can participate in the Ride the Hurricane event, a recreational 18-mile ride on the famed Hurricane Ridge Road.
Those preferring less strenuous terrain will enjoy peddling through scenic pastures and lavender fields, across historic bridges and along coastal waterways on the Olympic Discovery Trail, which passes through Port Angeles’ historic downtown waterfront and City Pier.