The Salish Sea’s World Heritage

World Heritage deserves recognition and protection.

And that’s what we’re hoping to further with the efforts we’ll profile here.

In April 2017 we  submitted an application for formal recognition of the Salish Sea to Parks Canada, in cooperation with our partners at SeaLegacy and Wild Awake.

If successful the Salish Sea will go on Canada’s Tentative List, with a formal assessment and partnership process to follow. We’ll know in December with the Prime Mininster’s announcement of ten new sites.

We are building this website as a way to profile non-profit efforts for the Salish Sea, to help support Canada’s cultural and natural inheritance. And that includes work for a World Heritage Site designation for the Salish Sea.

And that includes the United States efforts for the Salish Sea too, the State of Washington enjoying some 40% or so of the total area – Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the Georgia Strait.

We’ll explore these partnerships, jurisdictional and governance matters as we delve further into the deeps and the human history that is the Salish Sea.

More to say on this …soon!

For now, you may wish to visit our Facebook page or our Facebook Group Page, both of which invite contributions and discussion on the Salish Sea. ( & (

Some 15000 individuals supported our April application for the Salish Sea World Heritage Site.  And we have been gaining momentum and interest in related cultural and natural protections ever since.

The gist of it is that, with world-class photographers as partners, as well as professionals, academics and government representatives lending their support, we expect great things in the near future.

As our skills and contacts grow so too will we generate interest and a positive approach,  encouraging health and sustainability measures for the Salish Sea.

Please feel free to join with us as we celebrate this unique inner ocean on the west coast of North America, home of the Coast Salish peoples since the ice age, shared with some 3000+ marine species.

The Salish Sea’s beauty and bounty, promise and potential, awaits us all!


Laurie Gourlay

Interim DIrector, Salish Sea Trust


‘Salish Sea Summer Splashdown’

‘Salish Sea Summer Splashdown’
Get Out & Enjoy Canada’s Waters on the Labour Day Long Weekend

[CEDAR, BC] – The Salish Sea Trust is calling out to Canadians, inviting them to go for a swim, stroll in the shallows or walk along a coastal beach, river or lake – to “get into” their heritage on the last long weekend of summer.

“We’re inspired by the Prime Minister’s dip in the Salish Sea over the August long weekend”, said Laurie Gourlay, Interim Director of the Salish Sea Trust. Prime Minister Trudeau enjoyed a paddle on the waters of the Salish Sea over the mid-summer long weekend, slipping into the salty coastal waters on a missed entry into his kayak.

“Whether it’s a splashdown, getting into a canoe or boat,  or just dipping your big toe in a stream or lake, we’re inviting one and all to have fun on the last long weekend of summer,” says Gourlay. “Over the Labour Day long weekend the Salish Sea Trust is encouraging our 15,000 supporters to get out with family and friends, and make a ‘splash’ – immerse themselves in the cultural and natural heritage of Canada’s waters.”

The Salish Sea Trust has submitted an application to the federal government to have the Salish Sea recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Citing the 10,000 year history of the Coast Salish peoples and some 3000+ species of the Salish Sea, the WHS submission details the outstanding universal values which local residents and international visitors regularly enjoy and benefit from. Successful applications will be announced in December by the Prime Minister.

“As Canadians get ready for school, and our daily schedules call us back to work, we should all enjoy one last fling of summer,” said Gourlay. “Let’s  kick up our heels, and enjoy our cultural and natural inheritance – our coastal waters, lakes and rivers all across the country!”

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For more information,
Laurie Gourlay

Salish Sea Trust, Box 333, Cedar, B.C., V9X 1W1
250.722.3444, <> (


Media Notice – August 17, 2017