July 4, 2011
I found this map online. It shows the area that we are boating in this summer. We will only see a small portion of this Salish Sea, but I wanted to let you know just how beautiful and vast are these waters and islands. Although weather can make these waters treacherous at times, they are mostly protected from the waves and winds of the Pacific Ocean. These protected waters form a portion of the Inland Passage used by boaters to travel to Canada and Alaska from Washington State.
"Map of the Salish Sea & Surrounding Basin, Stefan Freelan, WWU, 2009"
Stefan Freelan's web page tells us that the name "Salish Sea" was officially recognized in 2009 by the governments of British Columbia and the State of Washington. It does not replace the names of any of the named straits and waters. It is a new name given to the collective group of waters.
We have friends who own a Ranger Tug 29. Craig and Kathy Wilson have named their boat the "Salish Rover". Aptly named, as they are based out of Gig Harbor in Puget Sound and ply the waters of the Salish Sea.
Walldog, Willie and Jake