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Transforming Chaputz: T’ashii Dug-out Canoe Tour – Saturday, September 8th, 2018

September 8, 2018 @ 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM


Transforming Chaputz: T’ashii Dug-out Canoe Tour

Join the cultural outdoor guides at T’ashii Paddle School for a journey on the inside waters of Clayoquot Sound and a guided walk through the ancient forest on Wanachis-Hilth-huu-is (aka Meares Island). You will learn about how the resurgence of carving canoes has transformed our local communities by instilling respect for Natural Law in our young people. The čapac (or traditional dug-out canoe) is a vehicle for coming together in a good way, for healing, and for gaining a better understanding of the interconnection of all life in our homelands.

Guests should be prepared for paddling and an uneven forest trail over roots and small logs. Bring a bag lunch and lots of water. The West Coast weather can be unpredictable, come prepared for rain or shine.

This is a partnership project with T’ashii Paddle School.

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Tsimka Martin: Co-owner, and canoe enthusiast, Tsimka is a Tla-o-qui-aht woman who grew up in her Nations’ territory (the southern end of Clayoquot Sound including Tofino). Tsimka was introduced to canoeing at a young age. Her father Joe Martin and older sister Gisele Martin were both key in her entry to the activity. Some distinct memories include paddling through thick fog as a kid and then a teen with her dad. Tsimka has a keen desire to let travellers to Tla-o-qui-aht territory know where they are and why it is special. She enjoys viewing and participating in creative performance arts and music.



Terrell Lamb: is a young Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation Canoe and SUP guide with a wealth of  knowledge of this land,  its people and their rich history.  Wise beyond his years, Terrell is a Tribal Park Ambassador and  has been on several Inter tribal Canoe journeys.  Terrell looks forward to sharing stories and paddling skills with his guests, whichever craft they choose.   Terrell loves Kombucha, baked goods and Tofino Roasting Company Coffee.



Thomas Zarelli: has been immersed in Nuu-chah-nulth culture his whole life.  As one of our canoe guides and SUP instructors, he is always happy to share some of his wisdom about his home and his people.  Thomas is a great story-teller, with a special sense of humour.  Ask him about the story of “Richard”.   Thomas has a beautiful voice, and has been in the singing circle since he was old enough to talk.   If you ask nicely, he might just share a traditional song with you.   Thomas likes pizza, noodles and frybread.


September 8, 2018
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
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