The border, through Haro Strait, was finally established in 1872. The San Juan Island Archipelago consists of a staggering 172 islands, some only visible during extreme low tide (look out boaters! Find what to do today, this weekend, or in December. [33][34], The San Juan Islands get substantially less rainfall than Seattle, about 65 miles (105 km) to the south, due to their location in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains to the southwest. Right now, there are 167 homes listed for sale in San Juan Island, including 35 condos and 0 foreclosures. In 1790, Spanish explorer Manuel Quimper traded copper sheets for sea otter pelts at Discovery Bay, for live sea otters captured north of the bay in the "interior" of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Passenger-only ferries serve more islands. Missing person cases solved with DNA genetic profiles from San Juan County; Deer in distress, Christmas lights lifted, corralling cows | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log; Two new cases of COVID on San Juan; Employment in San Juan County is down nearly a quarter; COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan update from the Washington State Department of Health Places to see, ways to wander, and signature experiences. [20], On the islands is the San Juan Islands National Monument with 75 sections.[21]. Other favorites include hiking to Lime Kiln Lighthouse on San Juan Island, taking a scenic flight over the area, attending an outdoor summer concert in the park and horseback riding. Coldwell Banker estimates the median home price in San Juan Island is $750,000. There are 179 active homes for sale in San Juan County, WA, which spend an average of 86 days on the market. [31] The coastlines are a mix of sandy and rocky beaches, shallow inlets and deep harbors, placid coves and reef-studded bays. [27][28][29], At mean high tide, the archipelago comprises over 400 islands and rocks, 128 of which are named, and over 478 miles (769 km) of shoreline. Linguistically, Coast Salish groups in the area consist of the Nooksack, Northern Straits (which includes the Lummi, Klallam, Saanich, Samish and Songhees dialects). San Juan Island. Other marine mammals include the river otter (Lontra canadensis), Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus), common minke whales (Balaenoptera acutorostrata), Dall's porpoise (Phocoenoides dalli) and other cetaceans. Alegria Island (aka Little Double Island), This page was last edited on 6 December 2020, at 22:20. Homes for sale in San Juan County, WA have a median listing price of $659,000. The tallest peak is Mount Constitution, on Orcas Island, at an elevation of 2,407 feet. Four ferry systems serve some of the San Juan Islands. Snow is infrequent in winter, except for the higher elevations, but the islands are subject to high winds at times; those from the northeast sometimes bring brief periods of freezing.[36][37]. Northern sea otter (Enhydra lutis kenyoni) remains are documented on Sucia Island in the San Juan Islands archipelago. Start planning for San Juan Islands. Create a Trip to save and organize all of your travel ideas, and see them on a map. [18] Professional marine mammal biologists verified a single sea otter observed near Cattle Point, San Juan Island in October 1996. 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. [43] The strait is in constant use by vessels bound for Cherry Point, Bellingham, Anacortes, and the San Juan Islands. This is “the Friendly Isle”—15 miles long with 63 miles of shoreline and 2,500 year-round residents. The 1846 Oregon Treaty established the 49th parallel as the boundary between Canada and the U.S. west to the middle of the Strait of Georgia, and then by the main channel south to the Strait of Juan de Fuca and from there westwards to the open ocean. Coordinates: 48°31′55″N 123°01′45″W / 48.532066°N 123.029251°W / 48.532066; -123.029251, For the small archipelago in the Alaska Panhandle, see, Group of islands in the Salish Sea in Washington, United States, Juan Vicente de Güemes Padilla Horcasitas y Aguayo, 2nd Count of Revillagigedo, "Volunteers returning bluebirds to old nesting grounds", "The Sea Otter in the Eastern Pacific Ocean", Washington State Recovery Plan for the Sea Otter, "Back To The Future: Reconstructing the Strait of Georgia Ecosystem", Presidential Proclamation – San Juan Islands National Monument, https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/what-to-do-washington-san-juan-islands, https://geonames.usgs.gov/apex/f?p=gnispq:3:0::NO::P3_FID:1510684, http://moranstatepark.com/mount-constitution/, http://moranstatepark.com/obstruction-pass/, https://www.nps.gov/sajh/learn/nature/environmentalfactors.htm, http://www.olympicrainshadow.com/olympicrainshadowmap.html, https://weatherspark.com/y/145243/Average-Weather-at-Orcas-Island-Airport-Washington-United-States-Year-Round, https://www.nps.gov/sajh/learn/nature/weather.htm, https://www.earthboxinn.com/blog/10-most-frequently-asked-questions-about-san-juan-island, https://ca.directferries.com/clipper_vacations.htm, Strait of Juan De Fuca and Georgia, Washington; Chapter 12 - Coast Pilot 7 - Edition 43, 2011, Kwiaht Center for the Historical Ecology of the Salish Sea, SeaDoc Society, University of California Davis scientific organization doing marine ecosystem research and education in the Salish Sea. A brilliant vantage point with views over Straits and Mountains. You can research home values, browse San Juan Island's hottest homes, and see what Coldwell Banker's agents have to say about the local area. San Juan Island's Lime Kiln Point State Park is a prime whale-watching site with knowledgeable interpreters often on site. While both sides agreed that all of Vancouver Island would remain British, the treaty did not specify which channel the boundary should follow between the Strait of Georgia and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, resulting in a boundary dispute. [44] Islands protected as state parks are marked with an asterisk. If you are a resident of another country or region, please select the appropriate version of Tripadvisor for your country or region in the drop-down menu. The San Juan Islands are part of Washington state, and form the core of San Juan County. Wilkes, sailing in 1841, had some British charts, but may not have been aware of the Spanish names and charts. [42], Rosario Strait is also a major shipping channel. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=San_Juan_Islands&oldid=992750975, Articles with dead external links from May 2018, Articles with permanently dead external links, Articles with dead external links from August 2018, Articles with dead external links from July 2018, Short description is different from Wikidata, All Wikipedia articles written in American English, Wikipedia articles incorporating a citation from the 1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica with Wikisource reference, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, San Juan Cruises offers charter service to. Visit the San Juan Islands in northwest Washington State. 3-4 nights stay – which island to choose as base? You have a choice of three alluring islands – Lopez, the most rural, a mix of rolling farmland and beaches; Orcas, the largest of the San Juan Islands and replete with verdant mountains and placid lakes; and San Juan Island, where vibrant Friday Harbor welcomes ferry and seaplane guests and offers an array of charming accommodations and gourmet eateries. All these waters are within the Salish Sea. San Juan Islander Minnie Kynch works for Washington’s Northwest Workforce Development Council, a business-led board that works with the community to ensure a skilled and competitive workforce, according to its website. It has a land area of 142.59 km² and a population of 6,822 as of the 2000 census. Gnawed stumps and beaver sign are now seen on Orcas and other islands, and recolonization by this keystone species is likely to lead to increased abundance and diversity of birds, amphibians, reptiles and plants. Read more. Effectively a stalemate, with no clear legal arguments, it continued until the boundary issue was eventually placed in the hands of Emperor Wilhelm I of Germany for arbitration in 1871. [22] To the north lie the open waters of the Strait of Georgia. [22] 2016 populations estimates for inhabited islands are in parentheses, though some have major seasonal changes. Archaeologists use the term "Gulf of Georgia Culture Area" to refer to the San Juan and Gulf Islands, the whole of which shows many archaeological commonalities. Pebbled beaches, stunning sunsets and deep green forests - the San Juan Islands are Inspiration for the Senses! [30], The majority of the San Juan Islands are quite hilly, with some flat areas and valleys in between, often quite fertile. To truly get away from it all, come to the San Juan Islands and embark on a memorable kayak tour. [7] Washington Territory's legislature created Whatcom County out of parts of Island County in March 1854, including the San Juan Islands. For the best chance to view orca whales and other sea life, plan your trip between April and September – a number of tour operators are available throughout the islands. At the same time a Spanish expedition under Dionisio Alcalá Galiano and Cayetano Valdés y Flores was also exploring. [15] In spring, 2011 a pair of beaver appeared at Killebrew Lake on Orcas Island, but were killed to avoid flooding a phone company switch box buried under Dolphin Bay Road. NWMLS#1604295. Haro Strait, along with Boundary Pass, is the westernmost and most heavily used channel connecting the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Strait of Georgia. $4.7 Million. IMPORTANT NOTES: This data come from the most reliable sources we have at the time of reporting. In 1841 the United States Exploring Expedition under Charles Wilkes further explored the region. Rev up your energy level with biking tours through rolling meadows and farmland, go birding on San Juan Island, hike the region’s modest mountains – offering outstanding vistas from the top – or go charter fishing for the day. By island: Orcas 31, San Juan Island 31, Lopez Island 6, Shaw Island 0, outer islands 1. Washington State Ferries serves Friday Harbor, which is San Juan Island's major population center, the San Juan County seat, and the only incorporated town in the islands. Shortly after leaving the San Juans the British and Spanish ships met and cooperated in exploring areas to the north. 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. Customers on Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan can buy directly from farmers and food producers across the county on one convenient storefront and receive their orders at a weekly pick-up on each island. Looking for fun activities in October in San Juan Islands, San Juan Islands Hotels with Free Parking, San Juan Islands Pet Friendly Beach Hotels, San Juan Islands Cheap Pet Friendly Hotels, Hotels near (SEA) Seattle-Tacoma Intl Airport, Hotels near (FBS) Friday Harbor Seaplane Base. The San Juan Islands Food Hub in an online marketplace for local food and agricultural products. This is the number of cases since the pandemic began. In 1852 the Territory of Oregon created Island County, defined to include the San Juan Islands (or "Haro Archipelago"). The San Juan Islands average 50 percent less precipitation than Seattle. The islands were finally split off Whatcom County into present day San Juan County on October 31, 1873. Thus, in Puget Sound, the names given by Wilkes are common and Spanish names rare, while the reverse is true for the San Juan and Gulf Islands, although the Spanish did not explore Puget Sound as thoroughly as the British and Americans, resulting in fewer Spanish names at the outset. Other favorites include hiking to Lime Kiln Lighthouse on San Juan Island, taking a scenic flight over the area, attending an outdoor summer concert in the park and horseback riding. The most recent two are on San Juan Island. Providing highly personalized real estate services in Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor to buyers and sellers in the San Juan Islands. More than 500 oil tankers pass through the strait each year, to and from the Cherry Point Refinery and refineries near Anacortes. Remnants of beaver dams number in the hundreds across the archipelago. In the highlands one also finds grand fir (Abies grandis), western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) and other subalpine trees. 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