The Town of Friday Harbor

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The Town of Friday Harbor


Friday Harbor and San Juan Island provide a remarkably simple escape, serviced directly by the Washington State ferry system and easily accessible from Seattle, Washington and Vancouver or Victoria, British Coulumbia.


"When Friday Harbor, Washington, was incorporated in 1909, some wanted the town's name changed. In a misunderstanding, the British had named it in 1858 for a shepherd named "Friday," who thought they were making introductions, not asking the name of the sheltered bay where he minded sheep. But the name stuck. As with many of the young state's small port towns, timber, salmon fishing, and farming fueled Friday Harbor's early economy. However, by midcentury, the lumber mill was gone, the introduction of irrigation in Central Washington swamped fresh produce markets, and the fish and pea canneries were shut down. Life slowed and some left, but in being passed by—until tourism caught on in the late 1970s—the town (and island) developed a unique sense of community that survives to this day. " ~ The Historical Guide to Friday Harbor - Buy the book on Amazon

Friday Harbor is located on the east side of San Juan Island. The town rises up the hill from the ferry landing and the Friday Harbor Marina. Where it is an easy stroll to the docks, airport, parks, restaurants, shops, galleries and lodging facilities.

Friday Harbor has been the commercial, social, and cultural hub of San Juan Island since the 1890s. Geographical features - a sheltered bay with deep water and good anchorage, and an ample supply of fresh water - set the stage for Friday Harbor's emergence as a center for commerce. Live Webcams of Friday Harbor.

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