Boundary Pass in Washington, San Juan Islands

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Boundary Pass

Boundary Pass divides the San Juan Islands from their Canadian counter parts, the Gulf Islands. This relatively narrow channel is a great place to spot whales, and see other beautiful aspects on the San Juans. Read More

  • Enjoy sailing through scenic Boundary Pass between the San Juan Islands and the Canadian Gulf Islands. 
  • Several nearby and lovely islands can only be reached by private boat or plane. 
  • This busy Pass can produce a strong current so be prepared!

What can I see and do at Boundary Pass?

The currents in this narrow channel can get quite fast. The views of the surrounding islands are stunning, and you might even spot a pod of orcas. This Pass is the most direct route between the San Juan Islands and the Canadian Gulf Islands. Nearby Stuart and Waldron Island are two rarely visited gems reachable only by private boat or plane.

Where is Boundary Pass?

Boundary Pass is a short stretch of water, only about thirty miles long, which forms part of the border with Canada and the San Juan Islands. Orcas and San Juan Island are the closest islands with ferry service.

Who can I ask if I have more questions?

Be sure you have the correct marine charts before heading out. Often local marina staff can also give you good tips. Make sure you have the correct information and equipment for this challenging and often busy passage.