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Cannon BeachCannon Beach is located in Clatsop County on the Northern Oregon Coast. Cannon Beach was named after a small, iron cannon that came ashore from a shipwrecked U.S. Navy schooner, "The Shark.

Although incorporated in 1955, the Native residents of what is now known as Cannon Beach were visited by William Clark as early as 1806. The area has also been known as Ecola (from the Salish "E cu-la" meaning whale) and Elk Creek.

Cannon Beach is recognized by its well-known landmark, Haystack Rock, located to the southwest of downtown Cannon Beach, near Tolovana Park. This igneous rock has an elevation of 235 feet, and is often accessible at low tide, especially in the summertime. There is a small cave system that penetrates the rock and can be seen from the coastline. The rock is also protected as a marine sanctuary, Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Near Haystack Rock are the Needles, two tall rocks rising straight out of the water.

Downtown Cannon Beach is filled with small businesses. Chain stores such as Safeway and McDonald's have been discouraged from building in Cannon Beach in order to preserve the local economy and small town feel. A wooden whale commemorating the encounter between Clark, his companions and the Native Americans sits in a small park at the northern end of Hemlock Street.

Cannon Beach, a popular vacation resort, extends for four miles along the Pacific Ocean. The downtown commercial area is approximately four blocks on the north end of Hemlock Street - the main street thru town. It is adorned with bright flowers and lots of places to stop and sit. South of "downtown," is the area known as "midtown." The far south end is known as Tolovana Park.

The arts are emphasized in Cannon Beach, and some of the best crafts, shopping and galleries on the coast are located here. The city is planned for strolling, and many visitors take advantage of this to visit the quaint bookstores, shops and bistros. Strict planning regulations have helped Cannon Beach keep its earth toned, rustic look.

Stroll along the 9 mile stretch of beach, fly a kite, watch the sea creatures in the tidepools, or take pictures of famous Haystack Rock. Relaxing on the beach is part of the Cannon Beach experience. The tidepools in the Marine Garden are dynamic areas rich with marine life such as seastars, anemones, crabs, algae, and many others. Collecting is strictly prohibited and it is crucial to be aware and use extreme caution while walking in these areas. The marine life in and around the Marine Garden is very vulnerable to human disturbance.

For Cannon Beach events, festivals, live entertainment and happenings go to our Oregon Coast Calendar.



Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach is more than just an Oregon Coast Landmark

Haystack Rock by Anne HornyakOne of the most photographed places in Oregon is the Oregon Coast and one of the most photographed features on the Oregon Coast has to be Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach.

Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach is a 235-foot tall sea stack (aka monolith) and is the third-tallest such "intertidal" structure in the world. A popular tourist destination, the rock is adjacent to the beach and accessible by foot during low tide. Haystack Rock tide pools are home to many intertidal animals, including starfish, anemone, crabs, chitons, limpets, and sea slugs. The rock is also a refuge for many sea birds, including terns and puffins.

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October Brings Three New Artists To Haystack Gallery In Cannon Beach

Haystack Gallery, celebrating its 33rd anniversary in Cannon Beach, is adding three new local Artists; watercolorist Bart DeGraaf, glass artist Lynn Bishop and painter Melinda Cowdery.

 

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Popular Oregon Coast Gallery Celebrates 33 years in Cannon Beach

Sculpture Exhibition Highlights September at Haystack Gallery

Haystack Gallery, celebrating its 33rd anniversary in Cannon Beach, is hosting a month long "Sculpture" exhibition in conjunction with the other members of the Cannon Beach Gallery Group.

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Rugged, pristine Oregon Coast is the perfect place for a reunion

By Bill Haggerty for The Daily Sentinel

DailySentinelKites and Frisbee discs, beach buggies and flip-flops. Hoodies and fleece jackets, wet suits and surf boards. Boogie boards and badminton, smash ball and salt water taffy.

Some say Oregon has the most rugged and pristine coastline in the world...

They enjoy sand dunes and crabbing, long strolls on the beach and invigorating hikes in the ancient woods that jet out of this ocean.

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Cannon Beach History Center Exhibit - 1939 Oregon Coast Photos by Dorothea Lange and much more...

Images of Oregon's Depression: the Crash, Recovery, and Revitalization of the West

Dorothea_Lange_1936The Great Depression hit Oregon's coast like a giant sneaker wave. Businesses shut down, families moved across country to find work and displaced workers were offered relief through government programs.

Cannon Beach and the North Coast experienced a revitalization during the years following the Depression through President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal.

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Oswald West State Park makes the list of World's best eco-friendly beaches on CNN Travel

By Julie Knapp for the Mother Nature Network

Short Sands Beach: Oswald West State Park

oswaldMany trails lead to the beach in Oswald West State Park, and they all wind through an amazing forest of towering mature trees. Expect to see surfers toting their boards to the waves.

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Cannon Beach Tops the List of Top 10 Family Beaches

From MSNBC

HaystackFebAhhh ... the family beach vacation. It's as all-American as apple pie, a time-honored tradition where some of the best childhood memories are made.

Everyone has their favorite sands, but when it comes to family-friendly options, not all are created equal. We've picked 10 great family beaches across the country that parents and kids alike are guaranteed to love — whether for their gentle surf, range of activities, sand-castle potential, or educational elements.

So gather the gang and pack up the SPF and beach ball — it's time to take the clan to the sand!

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Come to the Oregon Coast's Haystack Gallery in Cannon Beach this summer and watch artist Michael Tieman sculpt in clay

Michael TiemanEvery Tuesday throughout the summer from Noon-3pm Pacific Northwest sculptor/painter and artist in residence Michael Tieman will be sculpting in Haystack Gallery. This summer program titled, 'Tieman on Tuesdays', will have Michael sculpting in clay the next few pieces in his "Hands of the Artists" collection.

"I am looking forward to working on the "Hands of the Artists" collection in the gallery." says Michael. "I'll be starting on the next four artists in the collection beginning as pinch models. My clay pinch models are about 8" high and are a rough interpretation of the final piece. From these simple studies, I work out the movement, flow and character of each piece. When completed I can see how to make the metal and wood armatures for the final sculpture. Through my initial drawings and the pinch models I end up saving a lot of time in the inner construction of the pieces.

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3nd Annual Oregon Coast ‘Plein-Air and More’ Event in Cannon Beach

Haystack GalleryJune is the Plein-Air & More exhibition and the highlight of the month is our 3rd  annual Plein Air and More Event.  It has grown to 3 days this year and will include more than two dozen artists represented by Cannon Beach's art galleries.  They will be creating works of art on location throughout the town and on the beach.  Many will work in the traditional method of plein air painting, while others will sculpt and photograph in their own unique styles.  Individual galleries will display the finished works and hold receptions for the artists.

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