Geology of the Olympic Mountains

  Almost everywhere in the San Juan Islands will provide a commanding view of the Olympic Mountain Range as it towers over the southern horizon. Many people may wonder how these titans came to exist here on the relatively low-relief area of the Olympic Peninsula. Their origin story is a fascinating one.   You may be aware that there is a large fault off the coast of Washington State where… Read More »

The Red Foxes of San Juan Island

  While out hiking on San Juan Island, especially if you are in the American Camp prairie or Cattle Point, make sure to keep an eye out Red Foxes darting through the grass. Red foxes were introduced to the islands intermittently throughout the twentieth century, presumably to hunt another non-native species whose populations had grown out of control as a result of domesticated animals being released into the wild; the… Read More »

San Juan Island Lavender Festival

In the event that the cruising, sun, and warm breezes you’ll experience during your charter aren’t relaxing enough, during the third weekend in July every year you can visit the San Juan Island Lavender Festival. The festival is held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pelindaba Lavender Farm, which is located about 7 miles east of Friday Harbor, and admission is free. Visitors to the farm can take… Read More »

Obstruction Pass State Park

Obstruction Pass State Park, on Orca’s Island, is less-known than Moran State Park, but just as beautiful and worth a visit. Located on the southeastern tip of Orca’s Island, Obstruction Pass State Park is one of the few saltwater beaches open to the public in the area. Even so, because it is smaller and more off the beaten track than Moran State Park, there are significantly fewer visitors, making it… Read More »

Peace Arch International Park and Blaine

Peace Arch State Park, located on the United States-Canada border, is unique due to the international border splitting the park almost exactly in half. The highlight of the park, the 67-foot Peace Arch Monument (left), is the first structure in the world to be build on the border of two countries. It was constructed to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the treaties that were a result of the War of… Read More »

Stuart Island

If you are looking for a quiet stopover that is off the beaten path, you may want to schedule a stop at Stuart Island during your charter. It is not serviced by any of the ferries, and there are very few residents, so you are guaranteed a peaceful stay at the island. There are two sheltered bays with public moorage to choose from. Prevost Harbor, on the northeastern side of… Read More »

Washington State Ferries

Did you know that the Washington State Ferry System is the largest in the United States and the third largest in the world? You are sure to see one of the iconic white and green vessels while you’re cruising through the islands during your charter. The WSF system serves eight counties within Washington and British Columbia, with 10 routes and 20 terminals served by 22 vessels. The largest of these… Read More »

The History of Roche Harbor

Roche Harbor is a picturesque little seaside town located on the Northwestern side of San Juan Island. It is frequently referred to as the most beautiful harbor in the Northwest. Like many small towns in Washington State, Roche Harbor had humble beginnings. In 1884, a Tacoma lawyer named John S. McMillin discovered a large deposit of lime in the area. Lime used to be a major component in the production… Read More »

Orcas Island Historical Museum

Orcas Island is a great place to get off your boat, stretch your legs, and learn about the history of the San Juan Islands. One of the best places for learning about old Orcas Island is the Orcas Island Historical Museum. The Orcas Island Historical Society’s first museum consisted of artifacts displayed on the front porch of a pioneer family’s home. Eventually, property for a permanent museum was obtained in… Read More »

Crab Season

Crabbing season is highly anticipated in the San Juan islands by locals and visitors alike. The season is open from July 15th through September 30th on Thursday through Monday, so guests chartering with San Juan Sailing and Yachting during this time should definitely take advantage of the opportunity! Prior to trying your hand at one of the Pacific Northwest’s favorite summer past times, everyone wishing to crab that is over… Read More »