Peace Over War

San Juan Island is well known for its splendid vistas, saltwater shores, 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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Our visitor centers at American Camp and English Camp are closed for the season but the app enables you to learn about the park!

Volunteers reenact peaceful resolution.

The Pig War

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

Color photo of a black fox in a field

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: November 20, 2022

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P.O. Box 429
Friday Harbor, WA 98250


360 378-2240

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