The Salish Sea
is an ecological treasure of global significance, located in southwest British Columbia and northwest Washington State. Encompassing Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan De Fuca, the Strait of Georgia, and all the tributary rivers and creeks flowing into them, the Salish Sea’s intricate network of islands, estuaries, rivers and creeks is home to thousands of spectacular wildlife species, many of which are found nowhere else on Earth.
Marine Sanctuaries are exceptional bodies of water where elevated standards of conduct protect and restore water quality, wildlife populations and habitats. Pollution levels are reduced, while eco-tourism revenues are multiplied (an excellent role model is California’s system of four National Marine Sanctuaries which actively protect and restore over 50% of California’s coastal shorelines, nearshore habitats and wildlife populations).
The Salish Sea Coastal Trail will provide a world-class hiking and biking path circumnavigating the Salish Sea Marine Sanctuary. Educational exhibits, outdoor artworks and wildlife will make the Trail even more useful, interesting and enjoyable for all.