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English Camp

Parent Category: Islands
Created: 30 July 2014
Location: Off West Valley Road, between Yachthaven and Roche Harbor roads, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
Acreage: 1,750
Hours: Open: May 31-September 1, 2014
Open Daily: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Grounds are open dawn to 11 p.m. daily.

Photo from North Cascades, Friday Harbor, English CampPictures below will take you on a virtual tour to the historical English Camp! Take a minute to look them through!

Photo from North Cascades, Friday Harbor, English Camp

Special Programs: Ranger guided walks, living history, nature orientations. Encampment 2013 event is scheduled July 27-28, 2013; the Inter-Tribal Canoe Journey Community Potluck July 19; and the Weaving Weekend, August 3-4.

Available Facilities: Public restrooms in parking area and on the parade ground, water fountain, picnic tables in parking area.


Photo from North Cascades, Friday Harbor, English Camp

San Juan Island National Historical Park is also known as American and English Camps. The camps are situated on San Juan Island. The park was created to commemorate the bloodless Pig War.

Both of the camps were established in 1859 after the border dispute. The Pig War began when American settler killed a pig that belonged to an Englishman. This confrontation involved British and American troops and the “battle” was over the possession of the land.

American and English Camps were occupied for 12 years. The sites were considered a National Historical Site in 1966. The main goal of the historical site is to commemorate the peaceful resolution of the bloodless war and boundary dispute.

Photo from North Cascades, Friday Harbor, English Camp

The territory of the park is 1.750 acres. American Camp is situated in the southern part of the island and English Camp in the northwest part.

English Camp offers nice hiking trails to the Parade Ground, the Cemetery. These paths run through the woods and open gorgeous views. There is a trail that leads to the top of Young Hill, which is located on the territory of the English Camp.
The site of the English Camp features reproduced buildings that can tell a lot about the life of Englishmen during the Pig War. 


English Camp is located about nine miles northwest of Friday Harbor on West Valley Road. Take Spring Street to Second Street and turn right. Go straight. At the first stop sign you encounter, Second becomes Guard. Go to the next stop sign and continue to go straight. The street runs past the library, bends right and left and becomes Beaverton Valley Road. Follow Beaverton Valley Road. The road becomes West Valley Road. About 500 feet past the park entrance sign, on the left, is the entrance road to the parade ground. The speed limit is 15 mph.

These pictures were taken on June 14, 2014

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Photo: Roman Khomlyak

Photo Editing: Pavlo Petryshyn

Information: Marina Petrova

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