Sunken Park Friday Harbor

Surprise at Sunken Park near Tucker House

Sunken Park is a lovely little town park, located conveniently across the street from Tucker House Inn, and was built in the 1930’s for Friday Harbor by the WPA (Works Progress Administration). In 1995, it was refurbished by the Washington State Interagency […]

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Important Ferry News for Friday Harbor

              The Washington State Ferry system has added a new step to the travel routine for those of you visiting us from the mainland: reservations. This can be a wonderful time-saving method for trip planning. Here […]

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J-50, SRKW, San Juan Island

Three New Orca Calves!

Welcome to the Salish Sea, L-121, J-51 and J-50!  This year’s whale watchers will see three new calves that were born into the Southern Resident Killer Whale (SRKW) family. Here on the Island, news of baby orcas are like hearing a neighbor […]

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L 120 Passes

                      We are saddened to learn of the passing of L120. L120 was barely 7 weeks old when he or she was not seen with her 23 year old mother L86 and […]

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San Juan Vineyards Winemaker's Dinner Coho Restaurant

San Juan Vineyards Winemaker’s Dinner with Chris Primus – October 11, 2014

Join Chris Primus, winemaker from San Juan Vineyards for our 7th annual wine dinner, Friday October 17th at 6 p.m.  at Coho Restaurant. Chef Bill Messick’s autumnal 6 course menu is paired with five wines – $45/person food + $25 for wine pairing. […]

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Cancer Relay for Life – September 27, 2014

Want fun? Live bands, good food, games, prizes, costumes, nuttiness and family friendly!       When: Saturday, September 27, 2014 3 PM – 11 PM Where: Friday Harbor, San Juan Island WA at the Fairgrounds What: Walkers from throughout the community […]

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K-Pod orcas seen from the shore; photo by Libby Baldwin

War of the Whales by Joshua Horwitz

“Pre-order a book, Save a whale!” The book — War of the Whales by Joshua Horwitz — tells the story of the twenty-year battle to limit navy sonar in whale habitats. For every member that pre-orders a copy of War of the […]

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San Juan Island Ferry

Ferry Reservations Coming Soon!

                      Many of you ask about making a reservation for the ferry. Currently the Anacortes – Friday Harbor ferry is first come first served. Only the international crossing to Sidney accepts reservations. […]

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K-Pod orcas seen from the shore; photo by Libby Baldwin

K-Pod Returns to the San Juans

Over the weekend, orca enthusiasts on the island were thrilled when several members of K-Pod were reported as inbound from an area to the north called Race Rocks. Sure enough, a couple of hours later they were seen making their way down […]

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Photo by Drew Harvell

Sea Stars Going Extinct?

Around these parts, the orcas and seals get a lot of attention, but they aren’t the only species of fascinating and beautiful wildlife that can be found here. Far from it, in fact. Whale-watching may be the first thing that comes to […]

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How Would an Oil Spill Affect the San Juans?

Some environmentally conscious folks have launched a project to find out. The Raincoast Conservation Foundation and the Georgia Straight Alliance have undertaken a research project to find out what would happen if an oil tanker began leaking into the Salish Sea, which […]

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The Blackfish Effect and San Juan Island

One of the hottest films of 2013 wasn’t about an apocalypse, a star-crossed beautiful couple, or superheroes. It was about killer whales. Blackfish, a documentary filmed directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, began as an investigation into the events leading to the death of […]

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Photo courtesy of the Town of Friday Harbor

Big Plans To Bring More Sunshine to Sunshine Alley

If you’ve been to San Juan Island, chances are that you’ve stumbled upon Sunshine Alley. It’s a rather nondescript pathway that shortens the trip between the main drag in town and Nichols Street, beginning just behind the gap between the movie theater […]

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Islander Mike Martin celebrates the Hawks' victory in a bold way!

Have You Seen the Rock?

I’m referring, of course, to the rock on Beaverton Valley road. You may have passed it a million times on your way to and from a sightseeing jaunt here on San Juan Island, and never noticed it before – unless it was […]

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AP photo by Larry Steagall

Ride the Ferries to a Seahawks Victory!

Seattle Seahawks fever is higher than it’s ever been, and that is of course because the Hawks are in the Super Bowl for the second time! The first was after the 2005 season, against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Hawks were defeated. […]

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Photo by Libby Baldwin for San Juan Excursions

A New Year Means a New Chance to Save our Orcas!

As you reflect back on 2013, you may remember moments of both triumph and tragedy in your life. You may think about the highs and lows of the year and use those memories to reflect on what you want to change, or […]

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A Floridian’s First Snowfall in Friday Harbor

Hi! I hope that all of you folks who celebrate Christmas had a wonderful day. This was my first Christmas away from my family, but fortunately I had some wonderful people on the island who made me feel included, and the day […]

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Juvenile bald eagle, photo by Heather Callin

Wolf Hollow Helps Keep Our Wildlife Wild!

As residents of San Juan Island, we hear plenty about the multitude of wildlife conservation efforts that are a huge part of life here – from shore-based whale-watching, to the annual Christmas Bird Count, to keeping a safe distance from our 4,000+ […]

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J-8, also known as Speiden, is the most recent loss in the southern resident orca community. She and three others will be honored at this year's Day of the Dead ceremony.

Beloved Orca Speiden Missing and Presumed Dead

The months of October and November are not unusual months to see orcas in the San Juan Islands. Although the peak season is May-September, our southern resident community of orcas, most notably J-Pod, tends to stick around and have been sighted every […]

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Unplugged on San Juan Island!

As islanders, so many of us are entirely dependent on our connections to the outside world, those necessary evils called cell phones and Internet service. For many, it’s the only way we can keep in touch with family, friends, and current events. […]

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