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.

Volunteers reenact peaceful resolution.

The Pig War

Learn how individuals and nations can resolve disputes without resorting to violence.

Ranger and park visitor using binoculars.

Plan Your Visit

Things to see and do while you explore the park!

Painting of ships on a rough sea

Parade of Sail in Admiralty Inlet

San Juan Island National Historical Park invites you to join us in honoring Britain's famed navigator and his epic voyage of discovery.

Visitors enjoy sun at the beach.


Find out how to get permits for picnics, weddings, filming, and other special events.

Four youth collecting native grass seed.

Youth Conservation Corps

Are you between the ages of 15 and 18? Do you like working outdoors? Learn more about work opportunities with your National Park!

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 429
Friday Harbor, WA 98250


(360) 378-2240

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