Get Out & Enjoy Canada’s Waters on the Labour Day Long Weekend.
The Salish Sea Trust is calling out to Canadians, inviting them to go for a swim, stroll in the shallows or a walk along a coastal beach, river or lake – to “get into” their heritage on the last long weekend of summer.
“We’re inspired by the Prime Minister’s dip in the Salish Sea over the August long weekend”, said Laurie Gourlay, Interim Director of the Salish Sea Trust. Prime Minister Trudeau enjoyed a paddle on the waters of the Salish Sea over the mid-summer long weekend, slipping into the salty coastal waters on a missed entry into his kayak.
“Whether it’s a splashdown, getting into a canoe or boat, or just dipping your big toe in a stream or lake, we’re inviting one and all to have fun on the last long weekend of summer,” says Gourlay. “Over the Labour Day long weekend the Salish Sea Trust is encouraging our 15,000 supporters to get out with family and friends, and make a ‘splash’ – immerse themselves in the cultural and natural heritage of Canada’s waters.”
The Salish Sea Trust has submitted an application to the federal government to have the Salish Sea recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Citing the 10,000+ history of the Coast Salish peoples and some 3000+ species of the Salish Sea, the submission details the outstanding universal values which local residents and international visitors regularly enjoy and benefit from. Successful applications will be announced in December by the Prime Minister.
“As Canadians get ready for school, and our daily schedules call us back to work, we should all enjoy one last fling of summer,” said Gourlay. “Let’s kick up our heels, and enjoy our cultural and natural inheritance – our coastal waters, lakes and rivers all across the country!”