Posted on June 20, 2017
July is a big month in tiny Tokeland, the northern Pacific County town on Willapa Bay’s upper shore. If you haven’t visited the bayside community, July is the month to make a trip.
Perched on a finger of land across Willapa Bay from the Long Beach Peninsula, Tokeland is home to about 150 residents and boasts a rich history dating back long before the first white explorers visited the remote land. Native Americans used the area as a summer camp, subsisting on the rich waters and forests. Later on, Tokeland developed robust timber and oyster industries.
July’s events reflect the community’s personality and rugged heritage.
The 22nd annual Tokeland Parade and Old-Fashioned Family Picnic on July 1 offers a head start to Independence Day celebrations. Parade registration takes place at the Tokeland Hotel and the fun kicks off at 10 a.m. The throwback parade is followed by fun and games like a sack race, water balloon toss and three-legged race.
The following day, July 2, is the Tokeland Trek, a jaunt around town that crosses usually inaccessible private property. The community walk stretches about one mile, beginning at the tribal center and ending at the newly constructed Nelson Crab Seafood Market, which is hosting a grand opening that day from noon to 6 p.m.
The Tokeland Wood & Art Fest on July 22-23 features Pacific Northwest chainsaw carvers, woodcrafters and artists. The event unfolds near the historic Tokeland Hotel and showcases Pacific County’s multifaceted art community. This event is an absolute blast.
Tokeland is worth the trip even if you can’t make it during an event-filled weekend. The new restaurant and seafood market is opening at the port, and the Tokeland Hotel offers a fabulous breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays from 8am to 2pm. Walk the beaches, explore local Native American culture and get away from it all without having to travel too far. Tokeland is worth the trip! Motorcycle riders especially will enjoy the meandering drive along quiet country roads.
So, what are you waiting for? Travel to Tokeland!
SummerFest – Now to Sept 2-4
Columbia Pacific Farmer’s Market – Fridays through Sept. 29
Saturday Market at the Port of Ilwaco – Saturdays through Sept. 23
Waikiki Beach Concert Series – June 24
Firecracker 5k – July 1
Feel the Thunder at Port of Ilwaco – July 1
Tokeland Trek – July 2
Fireworks on the Beach – July 4
Community Beach Cleanup – July 5
Tokeland Wood & Art Fest – July 22-23
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