The Salish Sea and the Coast Salish People

Trek & Treats acknowledges the First Nations whose traditional territory we live on, as we invite you to visit their home land.

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Tod Inlet, traditional home of the Saanich people.

The name Salish comes from the Coast Salish people, the first inhabitants of the region. It is pronounced seh-lish. Many First Nations people on both sides of the Canada-US border call the area home. The Salish Shores Discovery Trail crosses the traditional land of the Saanich villages of the Tsartlip, the Tsawout and the Tseycum First Nations, as well as the T’souke Nation in Sooke, and the Scia’new (Becher Bay) Nation in Metchosin.

We been fortunate to learn a little about this land from their stories and from their knowledge about the land and sea. We hope that our trekkers will also gain an appreciation for the story of this land and the people whose home it has always been.


 Map of the Salish Sea & Surrounding Basin, Stefan Freelan, WWU, 2009

The Salish Sea encompasses nearly 16,925 square kilometres of water and 7,470 kilometres of coastline. It includes the Strait of Georgia, the Juan de Fuca Strait and Puget Sound. The Canada-US border disects the Salish Sea and hundreds of inhabited and uninhabited islands dot the seascape on both sides of the border. The area is home to Vancouver, Seattle, and many smaller cities, towns and villages.  It is also home to rural areas, wilderness and to fragile and unique marine ecosystems.