For most a visit to the island involves a short ferry ride... sprinkled with a variety of people and vehicles. And some animals visit the island as well... Sometimes I wonder what we would hear if a pier and the walls from old homes could tell us about travelers arriving at Whidbey Island. Approaching the Island from the north means a ride through Deception Pass and over a steel bridge. Though this area was inhabited by Salish Indians for centuries, it was first mapped by sailors led by Joseph Whidbey in June of 1792. George Vancouver provided the name because the view from the sea suggested it was not an island but a peninsula..