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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Download the NPS App

If you visit while visitor centers are closed, download the NPS app to explore San Juan stories and things to do in 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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Ethical Wildlife Viewing

View foxes, deer, marine mammals, and other wildlife while respecting the space they need to live free from harassment.

Visitors enjoy sun at the beach.

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

Last updated: February 9, 2024

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P.O. Box 429
Friday Harbor, WA 98250


360 378-2240

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