June 11, 2023
Deception Pass State Park
41229 State Route 20
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
Salish Sea Day
Sunday, June 11, 2023
The Washington State Parks Folk & Traditional Arts Program invites you to the 15th annual Salish Sea Day at Deception Pass State Park on Fidalgo Island.
Hosted by the Swinomish and Samish Canoe Families, the celebration runs from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 11 at the Bowman Bay picnic area on the Fidalgo Island side of Deception Pass State Park, 41020 State Route 20, Oak Harbor.
Join the Tribes’ canoe families for a ride in wood dugout canoes, share a traditional meal and engage with singing, storytelling and weaving. The celebration raises awareness of the rich cultural heritage of the Tribes and honors their deep connections to Washington’s lands and waters. The event is made possible by the participation of the Samish Indian Nation and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community.
The family-friendly event will feature free canoe rides and a salmon and frybread meal for purchase. Proceeds from food sales support the canoe families’ participation in the annual Tribal Canoe Journey—where tribes and nations from the Pacific Northwest travel by canoe to different host communities along the Salish Sea. The 2023 Paddle Journey will be hosted by the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe from July 30-August 6. Learn more about the Paddle to Muckleshoot at: https://muckleshootcanoejourney.com/
In recognition of Free Fishing Day, June 11 is a State Parks free day. Visitors are not required to display a Discover Pass. This event is accessible to people with disabilities. If special accommodations are required to attend, please make advance arrangements by calling (360)701-7923 or the Washington Telecommunications Relay Service at (800) 833-6388.