2017-7-9 : UK Lake District becomes World Heritage Site

The Lake District been named as a World Heritage Site, Unesco has announced.

The region, famed for its stunning scenery, joins the likes of the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China and the Grand Canyon on the illustrious list and is the UK’s first national park to be given the status.

Lord Clark of Windermere, who chaired the Lake District’s bid, said the decision to recognise its culture, art and literature, as well as its landscape, was “momentous”.


This is profound for the Salish Sea World Heritage Site application as it confirms a large region of great beauty which contains many towns, and even military and industrial sites of great concern, can become world heritage sites.

This is a flagship for our great Salish Sea World Heritage Site application. 

Contact :

Mr. Laurie Gourlay
Salish Sea Trust, Box 333, Cedar, B.C., V9X 1W1250.722.3444, <salishseatrust@shaw.ca> (www.salishseatrust.ca)



2017-7-2 : Another beautiful Sunday as we contemplate yesterday’s CANADA 150 Birthday

Thanks to everyone who came, and special thanks to Bob Williams and Dr. Andrew Ross. Thanks to them we have two  souvenir albums on Google Photos:

It was a special birthday for Canada and those at the Oak Bay Marina Parking Lot were happy and proud to be part of this cross-Canada celebration.

Choir Master Hilary Coupland leads the singing of O-CANADA

Hopefully three things will emerge in Oak Bay :

1. a permanent performance area around the Salish Sea sculpture as per Barbara Adams vision.
2. Lolita/Tokitae will finally be freed and brought home from Miami to the Salish Sea.
3. A fine future use will be agreed for the end of the Oak Bay Marina parking lot. I support Jacques Sirois’ idea of the L’Kwungen Herring Smoke House : http://www.cattlepoint.org/lkwungen-herring-smokehouse/

We, the People Pledge

As a post script it is worth noting that Hilary Coupland, the Choir Master, in greeting Syrian Violinist Sari Alesh, concluded her welcome with the very first public declaration of the Salish Sea Bioregional Marine Sanctuary Vision :

“Today on July 1, 2017, Canada’s 50th Birthday, we the people of Canada gathered here today, promise to work diligently to Restore Natural Animal Populations throughout the Salish Sea Bioregion to more than 50% of historic levels as soon as possible”

Surely this is one of the major goals for Canada as we begin the next fifty years.

Hilary Coupland pledges on behalf of the assembled people, to achieve the Bioregional Marine Sanctuary Vision : “To Restore Natural Animal Populations throughout the Salish Sea Bioregion to more than 50% of historic levels as soon as possible”