Salish Sea Pilot
salish sea pilot
Teaming with life, wilderness, and adventure – we welcome you to one of the worlds most beautiful and exhilarating places to learn and enjoy a lifetime of cruising.
The famous Inside Passage to Alaska begins here. The Salish Sea extends from the northern reaches of Desolation Sound to the south end of Puget Sound and west to the mouth of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. This inland sea spans the southern end of B.C. coast to northern Washington state across roughly 18,000 sq-km (6,900 sq-miles).
The name Salish (SAY-lish) Sea pays tribute to the Coast Salish people who’s life in this region continues a legacy spanning thousands of years, long before the arrival of European explorers. Marine biologist Bert Weber proposed the name in 1988 to recognize the unified peoples, history, and ecosystem of water, air, and wildlife on both sides of the border. In 2009, British Columbia and Washington state officially adopted this name.
As with all local guides, Salish Sea Pilot is intended for use with official government charts and publications by mariners knowledgeable about navigation.