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!

A handmade canoe sits on a grassy shoreline with blue skies.

Canoe Journey San Juan Island Stop-over

Join us on July 25th at Pe’pi’ow’elh (English Camp), for Tribal Canoe Journey 2017 – “Standing Together”

A fox kit stands near the road

Keep Wildlife Wild

San Juan Island National Historical Park provides habitat for many species of animals. When you visit the park, you are visiting their home.

Visitors enjoy sun at the beach.


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

Last updated: July 14, 2017

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 429
Friday Harbor, WA 98250


(360) 378-2240

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