Paddle 2011


Just more 25 days till canoe landing at  Swinomish! 

Theme: “Loving, Caring and Sharing Together”

Host Tribe: Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

Location: 11404 Moorage Way, La Conner, WA 98257

Swadabs Park, canoe landing and Tribal Journey hosting areas, was created with cultural gatherings and hospitality in mind. 

View Slides, CLICK HERE.

See Map and Directions Info, CLICK HERE

People post comments on this site about many things pertaining to the journey events and activities, such as canoe schedules and routes, vending info, volunteering, elder and special needs accommodations, getting there by land, and more.  Comments can be posted and read by anyone, so please take care as to any personal info you share.

This site, Tribal Journeys Info page, is not the “Official” website for the individual Paddle Journeys. We post and share info as available relating to Tribal Journeys / Native Canoe Journeys.  The rotating hosts of each year’s Paddle Journey is responsible for their own “Official” website connecting to their tribal community. But this site remains constant. We are limited to info we are  able to receive or find.



Penn Cove Water Festival May 16, 2009

Penn Cove Water Festival Saturday May 16, 2009  at Coupeville, WA – on Whidby Island 

The Penn Cove Water Festival features annual tribal canoe races, Native arts and crafts, demonstrations, storytelling, dance performances, artist demonstrations, authentic Native foods, children’s activities, and exhibits and displays.  More Details on events see our EVENTS page. CLICK HERE.

Event Info CLICK HERE.  / Contact and volunteer info CLICK HERE.

Saturday May 16, 2009, 11AM-6PM
Coupeville Waterfront on Whidby Island
FREE admission!

PLUS Other Special Events Friday and Sunday  

Saturday 15, 6:00 PM at the Fort Ebey State Park amphitheater. Native Storytelling with Lou LaBombard. Free Admission.

Sunday, May 17, 10:00 AM on board the Deception Pass Tour catamaran at the Coupeville Dock limit of 35 people. Cost is $35. Lou LaBombard will lead this water tour of Penn Cove, giving Native history of the area.

Tickets at Miriam’s Espresso, 200 S. Main, and the Harbor Store, 26 NW Front St. in Coupeville, or by email at

Canoe Race Schedule, Saturday May 16, 2009,
Races begin at 12 Noon at Capt. Coupe Boat Launch on Ninth St.
Races subject to change per types and numbers of canoes registering.

1.  Single Man Race
2.  Single Woman Race
3. Mixed Doubles Race
4.  6 Jr. Buckskin Race
5.  6 Buckskin Race
6.  6 Woman Race
7.  6 Man race
8.  11 Jr. Buckskin Race
9.  11 Buckskin Race
10.  11 Woman Race
11.  11 Man race

Contact for Canoe Races: Susan Berta:

Local Whidby Island / Camano Island accommodations, dining and visitor info: or

Fort Ebey State Park:

Driving Directions to Fort Ebey State Park and Ferry info:

Washington State Parks General Info:;




LOCATION: Fidalgo Bay Resort ( )

SCHEDULE: Lunch noon, Class 1 to 4 pm, Canoe rollover 4 to 5 pm


OTHER: Camping is available.  Please RSVP to help with meal planning.  

Auxiliary Coast Guard is invited, as they are supporting the canoe travels through the Straits.

The bay gets warm after low tide, and the conditions on the 21st are perfect for a “luke warm water training” 🙂