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Map of the Salish Sea & Surrounding Basin, Stefan Freelan, WWU, 2009

The Salish Sea consists of the coastal waterways surrounding southern Vancouver Island and Puget Sound between Canada and the United States of America. Its major bodies of water are the Strait of Georgia, Strait of Juan de Fuca, and Puget Sound and reaches from Desolation Sound at the north end of the Strait of Georgia to Budd Inlet at the south end of Puget Sound. The north portion of the Salish Sea is in the Canadian province of British Columbia (BC), while the southern portion is in the U.S. state of Washington. The inland waterways of the Salish Sea are separated from the Pacific Ocean by Vancouver Island and the Olympic Peninsula and are protected from the Pacific Ocean storms. Major port cities on the Salish Sea include Seattle, Vancouver, and Victoria.


  • 1988 - Bert Webber of Bellingham promoted the use of the term.
  • 2009 - Officially recognized place name in USA
  • 2010 - Officially recognized place name in Canada


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