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Canada's aquarium and cultural centre for the Salish Sea. Come see 160 species of marine life, a marine mammal artifact exhibit, and a unique Coast Salish art collection and learn about, explore and conserve the Salish Sea Bioregion – its wildlife, waters, land, culture, and people.

CENTRE & STORE OPEN DAILY IN SIDNEY, BC

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Canada's aquarium and cultural centre for the Salish Sea. Come see 160 species of marine life, a marine mammal artifact exhibit, and a unique Coast Salish art collection and learn about, explore and conserve the Salish Sea Bioregion – its wildlife, waters, land, culture, and people.

CENTRE & STORE OPEN DAILY IN SIDNEY, BC

VISIT US

 

As a not-for-profit community organization, the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea connects the public with the Salish Sea Bioregion and its ecosystems through engagement, knowledge and awareness. This one-of-a-kind Centre offers an interactive, informative and hands-on experience with nature and culture through self-guided visits, daily programs, group and school bookings, and special events and lectures. It is the only year-round aquarium and cultural centre in Canada dedicated exclusively to the Salish Sea.

 
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Salish Sea

A bio-rich 110,000 square km inland sea and coastal watershed area of British Columbia and Washington State named for its original habitants, the Coast Salish Indigenous peoples, and now home to 8 million people. Known for its keystone animals – the endangered southern resident orca, pacific salmon and grizzly bear - it is one of Canada's most diverse ecosystems.

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Salish Sea

A bio-rich 110,000 square km inland sea and coastal watershed area of British Columbia and Washington State named for its original habitants, the Coast Salish Indigenous peoples, and now home to 8 million people. Known for its keystone animals – the endangered southern resident orca, pacific salmon and grizzly bear - it is one of Canada's most diverse ecosystems.

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This is a place where the deep Pacific Ocean meets the nutrient laden waters of the great watershed/river systems of the Coast Mountains, and where rapidly flowing tidal currents create rich ecosystems supporting substantial animal and plant life including 38 species of mammals, 172 birds; 253 fish, and over 3,000 macro-invertebrates.

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This is a place where the deep Pacific Ocean meets the nutrient laden waters of the great watershed/river systems of the Coast Mountains, and where rapidly flowing tidal currents create rich ecosystems supporting substantial animal and plant life including 38 species of mammals, 172 birds; 253 fish, and over 3,000 macro-invertebrates.

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A place of significant heritage and culture shared by over 70 Coast Salish First Nations including the local W̱SÁNEĆ or "Saltwater People", who have sustainably interacted with the ocean, watershed and lands for over ten thousands years, including the naming of the places, animals and spirits of their traditional territories in their SENĆOŦEN language.

 

 

Hike


A place of significant heritage and culture shared by over 70 Coast Salish First Nations including the local W̱SÁNEĆ or "Saltwater People", who have sustainably interacted with the ocean, watershed and lands for over ten thousands years, including the naming of the places, animals and spirits of their traditional territories in their SENĆOŦEN language.

 

 

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The Salish Sea is a place of competing priorities, intricate ecosystems and compelling stories at the crossroads of ancient pathways and new directions.

We feel this is a place worth caring about and conserving. Join us in our vision for a healthy and sustainable Salish Sea.

Become a member

Join


The Salish Sea is a place of competing priorities, intricate ecosystems and compelling stories at the crossroads of ancient pathways and new directions.

We feel this is a place worth caring about and conserving. Join us in our vision for a healthy and sustainable Salish Sea.

Become a member