Make the most of your springtime getaway on the islands:

1. Follow the Whale Trail

The San Juan Islands are one of the best places in the world to see magnificent black-and-white orca whales in the wild. Your best chance to see them is from a whale watch tour boat, but you can also learn about whales or catch them passing by from some of the locations on The Whale Trail’s collection of whale-focused museums and coastal parks.  HAVE A WHALE OF A TIME… 

  1. See Fragile Waters: Photography by Ansel Adams & others

Fragile Waters, a traveling fine art photography exhibition of 117 black-and-white images, runs from April 23 through July 18 at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art. In technique and time, the careers of Ansel Adams, Ernest H. Brooks II and Dorothy Kerper Monnelly span a century and communicate the beauty and vitality of water, focusing on nature, and essential life value of water. GET INSPIRED …

  1. Volunteer with Your Kids

Earth Day is Friday, April 22nd, and in the San Juan Islands you can find lots of ways to get involved with beach cleanup projects, nature walks, lectures and more throughout the month. GET INVOLVED…

  4. Ride the Tour de Lopez 

Grab your bike and hit the ferry to the annual Tour De Lopez! This non-competitive, rural road tour features four, marked routes (5, 12, 18 & 31 miles) on county roads through the scenic landscape of Lopez Island. Start at Odlin County Park and finish in Lopez Village for a delicious 3-course lunch, musical entertainment and beer garden. PEDAL ON!…

  1. Get your Shakespeare On  

The 5th Annual Shakespeare Festival with a local performance of the magical Midsummer Night’s Dream, a parade and street fair on Saturday, April 2nd. Restaurants and shops will feature Shakespearean specials during the weekend, transforming Orcas Island into a Salish Sea version of Stratford-upon-Avon. HEAR YE, HEAR YE…