About the San Juan Islands
Say "San Juan Islands" and images of ferry boats slipping between emerald isles beneath a deep blue sky with the white-capped peak of Mount Baker in the distance will likely form in one's mind. And they should. San Juan County, with more than 408 miles of rocky and sandy waterfront, boasts more shoreline than any other county in the nation.
The San Juan Archipelago, which includes the Gulf Islands of British Columbia, comprises more than 700 islands and reefs; about 176 of the islands in San Juan County are large enough to be named.
San Juan County's geology, carved by glaciers thousands of years ago, varies from flat farmland to small mountains. Below the sea's surface, channels plunge to depths of up to 1,000 feet.
About 15,500 people reside in San Juan County. These residents are as diverse as the land they call home: Islanders are actors, alpaca ranchers, artisans, farmers, fishermen, loggers, movie producers, pilots, shopkeepers and writers. These folks add to the islands' unique character.
Much of the commercial activity in San Juan County takes place in Lopez Village on Lopez Island, Eastsound on Orcas Island, and Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. Several hamlets and a few resorts also provide goods.