The Salish Sea is located in the Pacific Northwest waters of British Columbia in Canada and the state of Washington in the USA. The Salish Sea includes the waters of the Strait of Georgia in BC, Puget Sound in Washington, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, which separates Washington's Olympic Peninsula from Vancouver Island in British Columbia.
The Salish Sea is the official name for the complex of interconnected straits, sounds, inlets, and inland waterways stretching from Tumwater, Washington, at the south end of Puget Sound, to Desolation Sound at the northern end of the Strait of Georgia, British Columbia. The Salish Sea includes the Strait of Juan de Fuca up to a line from Cape Flattery near Neah Bay in Washington to Port San Juan near Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island.
The name refers to the language of the First Nations groups that originally occupied the area and have traversed these waters for thousands of years. The Coast Salish are a grouping of indigenous peoples who live in southwest British Columbia and northwest Washington state and share a common linguistic and cultural origin.
For most of their collective histories there was no overarching term to describe these people as a whole. Today the Coast Salish are seen as one of the main cultural and linguistic branches of a larger group known as Salishan or Salish. There are five recognized divisions of the Salish language family, with Coast Salish and Interior Salish being the primary two. The Salish family consists of 23 separate languages.
Location: The Salish Sea is located in the Pacific Northwest waters of British Columbia in Canada and the state of Washington in the USA.