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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Encampment 2022 Information

Encampment Living History Weekend will be held at the English Camp Parade Ground on August 6-7th, 2022

A sandy beach and blue skies.

2022 American Camp Programming Schedule

Talk with a ranger, learn island histories, and find out how to view wildlife responsibility on your visit to American Camp.

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2022 English Camp Programming Schedule

Participate in Living History programming, attend a lecture, or find out how and where to see wildlife at a Ranger Program

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Plan Your Visit

Things to see and do while you explore the park!

Volunteers reenact peaceful resolution.

The Pig War

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

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Wildlife Viewing Regulations

A Fox photographed responsibly at American Camp

Visitors enjoy sun at the beach.


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

Last updated: July 16, 2022

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P.O. Box 429
Friday Harbor , WA 98250


360 378-2240

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