Interesting Facts about the San Juan Islands

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Interesting Facts about the San Juan Islands


The San Juans are family islands. People from all over the country and the world have found that the islands are perfect for vacations year after year.


Did you know that much of San Juan Islands forests were logged to feed the lime kilns? More info here.

Lime Kiln Point State Park on San Juan hosts the only whale watching park in the world. More than 100,000 people visit the site each year in hopes of catching a glimpse of the orcas. Informational plaques at the park tell visitors about these whales that call the islands home.

The San Juan Island Whale Museum is one of only 14 whale museumsm located in the United States.

The intricate waterways of the San Juan Islands made the perfect hiding place for smugglers, especially during the Prohibition period. There are popular stories of enterprising islanders who found easy ways to obtain large amounts of the illegal liquors, and opiates.

The San Juan Islands are actually made up of a group of 28 different islands.

The San Juan Islands are generally quite hilly, the tallest mountain in the islands being Mount Constitution at almost exactly a half-mile (800 m) elevation.

Notable landmarks on San Juan Island include the old British and American Camps at opposite ends of the island which together comprise the San Juan Island National Historical Park, which commemorates the 1859 "Pig War". Interpretive centers and reconstructed buildings, formal gardens, etc. recall the history of early European settlement in the area.

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