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There are so many incredible things that make the islands one of the top places to reside. Whether it be our rich Native American History, our conservation efforts, to the war almost broke out over a pig! See below on some items we believe are some great reference points for anyone coming this way!
As more people come to islands to live or visit, we have established conservation programs and policies to ensure that future generations can enjoy the same island our current and past generations have experienced.
To learn how the islands maintain sustainability and preserve nature while welcoming a growing presence, click here.
What You Can Catch
Some of the best seafood comes from the Pacific Northwest, and many travels to the San Juan Islands to get in on the action. While the ocean around the islands houses an abundance of prime catchings, you cannot go out looking to catch everything year-round. To maintain sustainability, you should make sure to get a proper license and follow the appropriate seasons. Click here to see what you might be able to catch and enjoy right now.
Native American History
The ancestors of today's Northern Straits Coast Salish people began to appear in the wake of the continental ice sheet that started to recede 11,000 years ago. Archaeological evidence suggests that the island supported hunting and gathering between 6,000 and 8,000 years ago. The marine culture encountered by the first Europeans to the area developed about 2,500 years ago, and traces of its once thriving villages remain in the shell middens found along the shoreline of American and English camps and throughout the San Juan islands.Click here to learn more.
What the Tides Are Doing
The tides here in the San Juans are essential factors for many reasons, whether for safe navigation, recreation, or coastal development. Tidal data is also critical to fishing, recreational boating, and kayaking. To get the current tide tacking for whatever suits your needs or just to be in the know, click here.