San Juan Island National Historical Park

San Juan Island National Historic Park is a National Park located on the southern section of San Juan Island.  Here you can learn why in 1859 that the United States and Great Britain nearly went to war over a dead pig!  A visitor center also displays four cases of archaeological objects where you can learn more about the history of San Juan Island.  San Juan Island National Historical Park consists of two distinct units, American Camp and English Camp, which together comprise 2,064 acres.  The park includes over six miles of publicly accessible shoreline.  

Where the Whales Are

Look west towards Victoria across Haro strait to see orcas during the summer months.  This is a very important feeding area for the Southern Residents during summer months.  

Look southwest across the Strait of Juan de Fuca towards the open Pacific ocean where whales enter and exit the inland waters of Washington State and Canada.  

The best place to see whales is from a viewpoint near Granny's Cove, about 1/4 mile walk from the entrance to the park.

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The Whale Trail

Address / Contact

American Camp

4668 Cattle Point Drive

Friday Harbor, WA 98250



Open year round dawn to 11 p.m.

Park Information

The Whale Trail is a nonprofit organization in partnership with
Partners NOAA Seattle Aquarium People for Puget Sound Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife The Whale Museum National Marine Sanctuaries