San Juan Island Hiking
San Juan Island Kayaking
San Juan Island Whales
San Juan Island Whales
San Juan Island Bicycling
San Juan Island Bicycling
San Juan Island Kayking
San Juan Island Kayaking

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San Juan Island offers pristine natural beauty, astonishing wildlife, rich history and is home to more working artists than any other county in Washington State. But that's not all by far. Here are just a few of our favorite island activities. Remember the Bird Rock staff is always available for more information:

Whale watching:  Orcas, Humpbacks, Minkes, white-sided Dolphins and the occasional Gray Whale migrate through the Salish Sea. Come see them by boat or - for extra adventure - by kayak.  Our staff can recommend a number of outfitters. Or observe them from land at the Lime Kiln State Park, also known as the "whale watch park", one of the best places to see whales from land on earth.   

Cycling:  Many bikers come to San Juan Island to explore its Scenic Byways, spot Orcas and visit art studios, farms and vineries along the way.  Or check out one of our complimenary retro beach cruisers for a fun spin to the nearest beach or bar.

Walking and hiking:  Rugged shoreline, wind-swept prairies, moss covered mountains with old-growth forest and breathtaking views invite to leisurely strolls and serious hikes. Two National Historical Parks, a state and a county park and quite a few land preserves are yours to check out.

Beach combing:  Explore the tide pools at Deadman Bay, hunt for beach glass below the Cattle Point Light House, make a driftwood scultpure or fairy garden on South Beach. Or just be still and see otters and sea lions feed or a Bald Eagle teaching her eaglet how to fly. 

Sculpture garden:  San Juan Island's 20-acre sculpture park on the north end of the isle features over a mile of trails along beautiful Westcott Bay, through forests and fields and along a natural lake. Over 150 sculptures range from whimsical to nationally acclaimed modern art, and pieces that reflect island culture and raise questions about the environment. 

Roche Harbor:  Next to the sculpture garden is Roche Harbor resort, offering shopping, restaurants, a marina, and a glimpse at a by-gone age.  Teddy Roosevelt loved it, John Wayne loved it, and it is easy to see why.  Don’t forget the beautiful gardens where you might be able to witness a fairy-tale wedding.

Wildlife:  The San Juan Islands with its gorgeous beaches and rocky shores, formed by ancient glaciers, its wooded hills and lush pastures, is home to over 300 species of migratory and non-migratory birds. We have the highest concentration of Bald Eagles (a breeding pair for each mile of shoreline) and Peregrine Falcons in Washington State. Find Red foxes on our prairies, along with an abundance of bunnies. It is common to see deer and otter on the beaches and seals and sea lions in the sea.

A taste of history:  The island is the scene of the infamous Pig War, which bloodlessly (except for the pig), settled the boundary dispute between Canada and the US in the islands in the 19th century.  The Americans camped at the south end; the British at the north, both leaving behind fascinating historic artifacts, as well as barracks, gardens, cemetaries and most of all gorgeous places to hike and observe wildlife.




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