Tribal Journeys 2017 – Canoes Are Almost Here!

This Saturday, Aug. 5, approximately 100 canoes carrying First Nations families from California to Alaska – and parts in between – will leave the shores of Cape Mudge and arrive at the Tyee Spit around noon to complete the paddling portion of their journey.

Approximately 8,000 people are expected to congregate to celebrate this historic occasion.

All citizens need to plan on traffic delays and road closures in Campbell River while the multi-day protocol ceremony involving celebrations, feasts and performances continues at the Kwanwatsi Big House through Aug. 10. Parking and shuttle service for elders and veterans will be available from the City of Campbell River lot across from the Community Centre on Cedar Street. A shade tent will be available for elders and veterans at the landing area on Tyee Spit.

Once the landing ceremony at Tyee Spit has completed on Saturday, a public feast at the Wei Wai Kum Thunderbird Hall will follow.

Traffic control will occur on Dogwood Street, between 16th Avenue and Highway 19A to facilitate the large volume of people making their way to the various venues. On Saturday, access to the Spit will be limited to Tribal Journeys 2017 vehicles, local residents and business traffic. People wishing to launch boats at the Discovery Harbour marina will be provided access as required.

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