Peace Over War

San Juan Island is well known for splendid vistas, saltwater shore, quiet woodlands, orca whales and one of the last remaining native prairies in the Puget Sound/Northern Straits region. But it was also here in 1859 that the United States and Great Britain nearly went to war over possession of the island, the crisis ignited by the death of a pig.

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Features

English Camp, Roche Harbor, Mitchell Hill Trail Map

English Camp, Roche Harbor, Mitchell Hill Map

Click here to download the latest map of the Roche Harbor-English Camp-Mitchell Hill trail network prepared by the San Juan Island Trail Committee.

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Lummi Woman

The First Ones

The ancestors of today's Northern Straits Coast Salish people began to appear in the San Juans from 13,000 to 11,00 years ago. They're still here.

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Ferry Reservations Required For San Juan Island

Reservations are required for vehicular traffic on Washington State Ferries to and from San Juan Island. Visit the WSF for detailed information.

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2015-2016 Guide to American and English Camps

2015-2016 Guide to American and English Camps

Learn all you will need to know about your visit to the park in the 2015-2016 Guide to American and English Camps.

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Federal Highways Cattle Point Road Newsletter

Stay up-to-date with the Cattle Point Road Realignment Project through periodic updates via the Federal Highways Administration's newsletter.

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Graphic of subduction of the Juan de Fuca plate

Geologic Resources Survey Report Available

Geology buffs! You're not going to want to miss this 72-page report on the geology of San Juan Island National Historical Park and the archipelago.

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Fog rolls over the American Camp prairie

San Juan Island NHP Environmental History

This study by Christine Avery explores the changing relationship between humans and nature in San Juan Island National Historical Park.

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Outpost of Empire

Download Our Free E-book about the Royal Marines

You're a 22 year-old lad from Devon. What was it like to be a Royal Marine on San Juan Island, more than 4,500 miles from home? Read the free e-book.

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Painting of an 1868 party at American Camp

A Brief Overview of The Pig War

Hear park historian Mike Vouri's story of the Pig War from the Treaty of Oregon, to Pickett's landing, to the Kaiser's decision.

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