Life in Whidbey Island

Beautiful Whidbey Island is a part of the PNW (Pacific Northwest), and is an outdoor enthusiast heaven on earth!  Washington State is famous for its breathtaking scenery, Whidbey Island in particular. Canadian families enjoy outdoor activities including hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding and rock/glass hunting, just to name a few. There are some great restaurants on and off island to discover during your stay here and lots of wonderful quaint communities to explore. There are festivals on island from January to December and always something to celebrate. The Pacific Northwest welcomes tons of well known musical artists, and the residents are big time sports supporters. Let yourself be moved by the 12th man wave and experience sports like never before. Located just 2 hours from the Peace Arch border crossing with BC to the North and 2 hours from downtown Seattle to the South its central location allows for lots of great opportunities on both sides of the border!

Local Websites 
Washington Official State Website 
Washington Tourism 
Visit Whidbey & Camano Islands 
Visit Anacortes 
Visit Seattle
Visit Vancouver

Local US Base Info *Accessible to those with a CAC card or Dependant ID Card
Check out these websites for information about the various programs and services available to you during your OUTCAN posting. If you are turned away from any base programs or services, please contact MFS Whidbey

NAS Whidbey Island
Military One Source
Community Recommendations
When in doubt, reach out! Your CAF Whidbey Community has some great advice and recommendations to offer. As a starting point, check out some provider recommendations collected from fellow community members over the years in our Whidbey Island Referral Guide.

Note that although all our families are posted to NAS Whidbey Island (Oak Harbor), and most reside within the Oak Harbor area, a few families do reside in Anacortes and Coupeville. MFS Whidbey is based in Oak Harbor and most activities/events are located within the Oak Harbor area.
  • Relocation Information

    Information for your house hunting trip and things to consider.

  • Child Care

    Daycares, youth centres, babysitters and more options in the area.

  • Education

    Districts, resources, and things to be aware of.

  • Employment

    Resources and services available to you throughout your employment endeavours.

  • Healthcare

    Tips for navigating the U.S. healthcare system and options available to you.

  • Work Related Absence

    Information for you and your family when deployments, training, and courses happen.

  • Aware & Prepared

    Natural disasters, shift work, deployments, and how you can prepare.