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Welcome to Orcas ...

Orcas is located on Orca Island.

Orcas is located in San Juan County<1>.

The pronunciation of Orcas: OR-kuhs<2>

Orcas is 40 feet [12 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Orcas lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

The area code for Orcas: (360)

Communities near Orcas ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Orcas.

  • Anacortes [Skagit County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Anacortes
    • Anacortes [Skagit County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<4> to the east of Orcas
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 17,715 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Anacortes
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Anacortes<5>
  • Friday Harbor [San Juan County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Friday Harbor
    • Friday Harbor [San Juan County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<4> to the southwest of Orcas
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,544 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Friday Harbor
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Friday Harbor<5>
  • Lopez [San Juan County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lopez
    • Lopez [San Juan County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<4> to the south of Orcas
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lopez
  • Olga [San Juan County]
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    • Argyle [San Juan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Argyle
      • Argyle [San Juan County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<4> to the southwest of Orcas
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Argyle
    • Lopez Island [San Juan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lopez Island
      • Lopez Island [San Juan County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<4> to the south of Orcas
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lopez Island
    • Eastsound [San Juan County]
    • Waldron [San Juan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Waldron
      • Waldron [San Juan County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<4> to the northwest of Orcas
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Waldron
    • Decatur Island [San Juan County]
    • False Bay [San Juan County]

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Orcas. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Orcas.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Orcas. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Orcas.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Orcas. See our Newspapers Page for Orcas.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Orcas ...

Looking for more information about Orcas? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Orcas, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Orcas.

Adding Orcas to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Orcas in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Orcas was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Orcas on our Genealogy Page.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Washington

About San Juan County

About Washington

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Orcas. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for San Juan County: www.co.san-juan.wa.us/

The official website for State of Washington: https://access.wa.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Washington's counties, including San Juan, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The pronunciation we've provided is our attempt to give a phonetic pronunciation for Orcas. While it might not be exactly right, hopefully it will be close. If we have it wrong or there's a better way to pronounce the name, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Orcas - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Orcas) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Orcas. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from OrcasOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Orcas. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 48.5980, Longitude: -122.9441    
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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