Days
<1
Motors Allowed?
Yes
Difficulty
Easy / Class A
Distance
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Friday Harbor is both an exciting and relaxing paddle. The area’s rocky shoreline is dotted with nice homes if you want to stay close to the shore to view the real estate. For those who prefer nature to the man-made sights, you’ll be rewarded with views of eagles, jellyfish, seals, porpoises and a broad range of other flying and swimming creatures.

Friday Harbor is a quaint and welcoming town with a population of just more than 2,000 people, and it offers plenty of good options for food and beverages after a day of paddling. For those that like to canoe or kayak in the warmer weather, this area is best in July or August when the average temperature is closer to the high 60s and low 70s; from May to September the average temperate ranges between highs in the mid 60s to lows in the mid 40s. The town is named after the native Hawaiian Joseph Poalie Friday. Friday worked for the Hudson's Bay Company in the mid 1800s, when the company was the controlling entity in the area.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Expansive views. Wildlife.

Cons

Boat traffic.

Features

Lodging
Fishing
Picnic tables
Covered picnic areas
Whale watching
Wildlife
Bird watching
Wildlife

Site characteristics: Water

Sound/Strait

Portage required

No

Location

Field Guide

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