Every July, Tsleil-Waututh Nation holds an annual canoe race out of Whey-ah-wichen/Cates Park. Our teams compete against other First Nations from all over Coast Salish territory: the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, and Washington state. All teams camp and race at the park.

Races include youth categories (10 and under, 13 and under, 16 and under), women’s, men’s, and masters for 50 and older.

We use traditional dugout racing canoes, very sleek, narrow and fast. We invite canoe clubs and spectators to the festival; up to 400 people a day come to enjoy the competition, as well as:

  • Arts and crafts vendors
  • Traditional foods, with barbecued salmon and bannock for sale
  • Fun landraces and activities for kids

For more information, please email Angela George at ang.george@twnation.ca.

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