Deer Harbor

History

Early exploration of the San Juan Islands took place in 1792 by the Spanish and the 1840s by both the American and British. The first White settlers arrived in 1852. Many of whom had traveled through the area on their way to the gold rush in Fraser River Valley near Vancouver British Columbia.

A group of four Hudson Bay Company hunters, Louis Cayou, Jim Bradshaw, William Moore and Ed Guard, arrived in Deer Harbor one autumn to hunt deer for the winter meat supply. They camped on the Deer Harbor spit where the bridge now crosses the slough. Between 60 to 70 deer were killed during each hunt. The meat was taken back to the post in Victoria in large canoes. They remained on Orcas Island, establishing a small encampment on the inner bay in Deer Harbor where there was plenty of fresh water and grass for grazing animals.

Geography

During the last ice age, 12,000 years ago, glaciers heading south gouged out many of today’s north south running bays in the San Juan Islands, including Deer Harbor. As the ice sheet retreated it left behind boulders, debris and this beautiful harbor on Orcas Island facing the Wasp Island group with the backdrop of the snow capped Olympic Mountains. With the departure of the glaciers came the first inhabitants from Asia over the land bridge and down through Alaska and Canada.


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    2 beds,  2 baths
    3,987 sqft   lot 4.35 ac
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    2,472 sqft   lot 20,908 sqft
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    1 bed,  2 baths
    3,514 sqft   lot 2.34 ac
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    3 beds,  2 baths
    3,224 sqft   lot 5.60 ac
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    7 beds,  4 baths
    12,000 sqft   lot 118.00 ac
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    2 beds,  2 baths
    1,327 sqft   lot 15,681 sqft
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    6,503 sqft   lot 18.48 ac
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    1 bed,  1 bath
    774 sqft   lot 2.69 ac
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    2,110 sqft   lot 17,859 sqft
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