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Tribal Canoe Journeys

The 2014 Tribal Canoe Journey is being hosted by the Heiltsuk Nation in Bella Bella, British Columbia from July 13th - 19th, 2014 on Campbell Island. The canoe landing is currently scheduled for July 13th. 

We will be posting additional information on this page as it become available.  

The Canoe Journey is an important cultural event for tribes around the Pacific Northwest. The event shares native art, culture and history as well as brings tribes together from around the region to celebrate their heritage and share songs, dance and food.

Conceived as the "Paddle to Seattle" in 1989 by Quinault Tribal Member Emmet Oliver and Frank Brown of Bella Bella, British Columbia, the idea behind the first Canoe Journey was to paddle traditional cedar ocean-going dugout canoes from Northwest coastal villages to the Port of Seattle in time for Washington State's Centennial Celebration.

The historic voyage caught the interest of other Washington and Canadian tribes as an opportunity to heighten interest in Native American culture, art and history among both tribal members and the general public. In 1993, the first annual Canoe Journey was held, with paddlers from Canada, Alaska and Washington voyaging from their home communities to Bella Bella, B.C. Since the Paddle to Bella Bella there have been 20 Canoe Journeys.

The Canoe Journey is a drug and alcohol free event, offering paddlers a spiritual and personal journey towards "healing and recovery of culture, traditional knowledge and spirituality."

Washington Tribes Paddle to Quinault 2013 Video Inteviews

We'll be sharing photos, news and stories from the Canoe Journey on this page and the Washington Tribes Facebook page. Check back often!

Stories from the 2013 Paddle to Quinault: 

View images from last year's canoe journey on our Flickr archive!