Whenever I get the opportunity for a vacation, my family and I invariably head north to one of the many idyllic towns and villages along the Salish Sea. Thus when a copy of the recently published Views of the Salish Sea; One Hundred and Fifty Years of Change around the Strait of Georgia arrived on my desk, you can imagine how delighted I was at the prospect of reviewing a book taking as its subject the past century and a half of history of an area I have so very much come to love.

Written by Dr. Howard Macdonald Stewart, Views of the Salish Sea interweaves “geography, biology and resource economics with history” to paint a portrait of this remarkable – as well as remarkably beautiful – body of water. From my initial examination of it, this is a book in which it will likely be very easy to become thoroughly immersed.