The City of Port Angeles
The City of Port Angeles is located in Clallam County in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains. As the largest City on the north Olympic Peninsula, Port Angeles has a moderate climate with approximately 25 inches of rainfall yearly. Ediz Hook, a 2.5-mile-long sand spit that curves eastward around Port Angeles, creates one of the deepest harbors on the West Coast.
The area includes approximately 10 square miles of land and 53 square miles of surface water. Port Angeles is located approximately 80 miles northwest of Seattle via the Edmonds/ Kingston Ferry and 170 miles southwest of Vancouver, British Columbia, via the Port Townsend/Keystone Ferry.
Port Angeles, incorporated in 1890, is built on the site of I’e’nis and Tse-whit-zen, Klallam villages dating back at least 3000 years. “PA”, as locals call it, has been known mostly as a logging and mill town. Today’s Port Angeles is a thriving hub of tourism with its fine restaurants and outdoor activities alongside industries such as yacht-building, snow and skateboard manufacturing, paper mills, and forestry.
Shopping in Port Angeles offers something for everyone. Check out the creative cuisine at Gastro Pub, Kokopelli, Bella Italia, and Michael’s, then shop the downtown clothing boutiques such as Alley Cat and Moxie, along with Olympic Stained Glass, Harbor Art, Port Book and News, and the year-round farmers’ market. Don’t forget to pay a visit to PA’s iconic Swain’s General Store which “Has Everything.” Take a day trip on the Black Ball ferry to Victoria, British Columbia to shop and sightsee a European-style city, one of Canada’s most popular destinations.