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Canoe Journey/Paddle to Swinomish route map; volunteers needed at Suquamish

July 10th, 2011 at Sun, 10th, 2011 at 8:05 am by rwalker

Here’s the 2011 Canoe Journey/Paddle to Swinomish route map.

Aurelia Washington, Paddle to Swinomish coordinator, said Saturday that Swinomish expects 130 canoes will arrive on its shores July 25, and that Swinomish expects to host 10,000 to 15,000 guests. There’s a need for 450 volunteers. Visit for more information.

As you can see by the map, First Nations canoes from the west side of Vancouver Island, the Pacific Coast of Washington state, and the Olympic Peninsula will be in Port Gamble S’Klallam July 20; those canoes, as well as South Sound canoes, will be in Suquamish July 21-22, then proceed to Tulalip, Cama Beach and then Swinomish.

Karen Platt and Ted George of Suquamish Olalla Neighbors wrote this about the need for volunteers July 21 and 22 for the Canoe Journey hosting and community potluck in Suquamish.

Thursday, July 21:

– Two volunteers from 1-3 p.m. to pass out food and water bottles at Jefferson Head as the canoes come in and rest before the formal landing at Suquamish later in the afternoon.

– One to two volunteers to oversee the Boy Scouts who will be on hand to work on environmental jobs from 2-8 p.m. in downtown Suquamish.

– Six to seven volunteers to serve food from 6-7:30 p.m. in downtown Suquamish.

Friday, July 22:

– 10 volunteers from 7 a.m. to noon, at various sites.

– Six to 10 volunteers from noon to 6 p.m. at various sites.

– Six to 10 volunteers from 6 to 8 p.m. to help serve at the Suquamish Olalla Neighbors potluck dinner and clean up afterward, in downtown Suquamish.

– 10 volunteers from 6 p.m. to midnight to work at various sites.

Call Platt at (206) 310-6096 or email to sign up.

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