Thank you for considering a gift to the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea. 

As a non-profit, registered charitable society we rely on community support through admission fees, grants and donations to deliver an exciting, fun, informative, and important science and cultural experience.

You may support us by contacting us directly or by making an online donation through by clicking the button on this page. This is a secure online giving option which ensures that your donation is put to work immediately supporting the conservation of our Salish Sea bioregion through:

  • Learning programs – a catalyst for understanding our part in our local and global ecosystems
  • Environmental conservation and cultural awareness
  • Operations, aquarium maintenance, and upgrades
  • New interpretive exhibits and experiences

This online giving option will generate an automatic tax receipt.

To learn more about donating please contact:

Mark Loria, Executive Director at 250 665 7511 or


Valued Friends and Supporters

There’s a new vibrancy at the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea and we want you to be a part of it! As Sidney, BC’s premier destination and one of Vancouver Island’s most unique learning experiences, this one-of-a-kind aquarium and conservation centre brings the public face-to-face with the nature and culture of the Salish Sea Bioregion.

Under new leadership, the Centre has developed a new mission to create experiences that engage people to learn about, explore and conserve the Salish Sea Bioregion – its wildlife, waters, land, culture, and people. Our theory is that people really care about our environment, the Salish Sea, and they want it to be healthy, sustainable and liveable for their grandchildren’s grandchildren.

Sitting in the geographic center of the Salish Sea, our job is to tell the stories of the inter-connectedness of nature, culture, indigenous Coast Salish Peoples, and our shared experiences of this place. We do this through the display of 3,500 animals in their natural displays and with interpretive and cultural exhibits, offering a fun and transformative experience. We need your help to continue to share the story and conserve our environment.

If you are one of the many Salish Sea Champions that has already supported our efforts, we thank you. You are true community and environmental leaders! We rely on champions in the form of members, volunteers, donors, and every visitor that walks through our doors. It is through ongoing generous support that we are able to share the stories with 80,000 visitors a year, including almost 10,000 students.

We need your help to become the leading organization to learn about the Salish Sea Bioregion – so that we can all learn how to protect and conserve it. These plans include a new Salish Sea Legacy Gallery, a new Salish Sea Store, interactive technologies and displays, and a new membership program.

We hope you will consider helping us in our efforts by making a tax-receiptable gift to the Centre this year as one of your charities of choice. We thank you for your continued support.

Colleen Craig, Board Chair

Mark Loria, Executive Director