• American Camp parade ground looking west

    San Juan Island

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  • American and English Camps Visitor Centers Open Labor Day

    The American and English camps visitor centers will be open on the Labor Day holiday, September 1. Call 360-378-2240, ext. 2226 or 360-378-4409 for information.

  • English Camp Visitor Contact Station on Winter Schedule

    The English Camp visitor contact station in the Royal Marine Barracks is closed for the season, starting September 2. Grounds are open daily from dawn to 11 p.m.

  • American Camp Visitor Center on Winter Schedule

    The American Camp visitor center is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from September 2 to June 6, 2015. Grounds remain open daily from dawn to 11 p.m. Telephone 360-378-2240, ext. 2227 or 2226 for information. More »

History & Culture

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Griffin Bay and San Juan Village were captured in watercolor in October 1859 by Ensign James Madison Alden of the U.S. Coast Survey. This black and white piece served as a study for a color painting now housed in the National Archives of the United States. This and the finished painting offer the only known views of San Juan Village. HMS Satellite (left) and the U.S. Coast Survey Steamer Active are anchored in the background. Click on the image for a larger view.
National Archives.

The San Juan Boundary Dispute was the end result of more than three centuries of contention by western European powers over the land and resources of the Pacific Northwest. But even before the first sails appeared on the horizon, the Northern Straits region was home to a thriving culture that had been here for thousands of years. All were attracted by the temperate climate, rich soil, abundant timber and the bounty of the sea.

Did You Know?

Mt. Finlayson on San Juan Island.

Mt. Finlayson is named for Roderick Finlayson, a Hudson's Bay Company employee who is credited with founding Victoria, BC. He is one of several Company men who have island roads and features named for them.