West Seattle scene: Yes, you can still see the canoes on Alki

July 24, 2012 at 2:52 pm | In West Seattle beaches, West Seattle news, West Seattle people | 8 Comments

Some have asked if the Paddle to Squaxin tribal canoes are still on Alki, where they landed Monday afternoon as a stop along the journey to the big annual gathering, to be held in the Olympia area this year. We went back over to Alki to be sure we had the correct answer: Yes. Departures aren’t planned until tomorrow morning, when they will head to the next stop, hosted by the Puyallup Tribe; the Muckleshoots are the hosts here – all the stops are on this map. (Our coverage from Monday is here and here.)

ADDED: Stately sunset view with a canoe’s bow in silhouette, from David Hutchinson:


  1. If anyone knows when they will depart in the morning tomorrow, please share that info! I’d love to take the little girl I nanny for to watch if possible.

    Comment by MB — 3:25 pm July 24, 2012 #

  2. I thought it was illegal to beach one’s boat at Alki beach? I saw a beach cat land once but he was warned off by a cop. Did they get a permit for the tribal canoes? Or is it a tribal right?

    Comment by JayDee — 6:40 pm July 24, 2012 #

  3. I’m sure they have a permit. Those canoes are so cool!

    Comment by Xavier — 9:37 pm July 24, 2012 #

  4. Tribal Journeys event link..

    Comment by rob — 10:09 pm July 24, 2012 #

  5. Thanks! That’s the same site that the first reference to Paddle to Squaxin, above, links to … on WSB, all blue words are hotlinks. STILL don’t know what time they leave tomorrow morning, though … anyone?

    Comment by WSB — 10:29 pm July 24, 2012 #

  6. MB asked when they would depart. I asked their security guard (and friendly information source) that question. My recollection: starting about 7 a.m.

    Comment by Bill — 10:33 pm July 24, 2012 #

  7. JayDee; those canoes, the faces of those paddling with their history and culture on their shoulders with each dip of the paddles, the journey and the struggles should not be questioned about a permit or a tribal right…, wow, it’s their heritage, should be their beach without any question with the beauty of this celebratory quest. Learn and observe. Inquisitions have already gone on for too many decades. The canoes are stunning and ‘belong.’

    Comment by KD — 12:05 am July 25, 2012 #

  8. Amen KD. Amen.

    Comment by HatMomma — 1:41 pm July 25, 2012 #

Sorry, comment time is over.

All contents copyright 2005-2015, A Drink of Water and a Story Interactive. Here's how to contact us.
Entries and comments feeds. ^Top^