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Gathering of Canoes Lands at Vanier Park

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Welcome the incoming canoes at Vanier Park. (Photo: Takaya Tours)

Welcome the incoming canoes at Vanier Park. (Photo: Takaya Tours)

Jul. 14, 2017 History buffs, take note: Gathering of Canoes digs paddles deep into Vancouver’s past. For millennia, the coastal waterways were highways for local First Nations peoples, and this Friday, it’s possible to witness a traditional canoe landing at Vanier Park. Watch as up to 30 canoes request permission to come ashore on Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh territories, just one stop on a 10-day journey that travels time-honoured routes along the Sunshine Coast. Afterwards, celebrations make a splash with musical performances, family-friendly activities and an afternoon feast.

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