Paddle Up On The Himmarshee Canal


The Paddle Up on the Himmarshee Canal is a public art performance piece, created by artist Robin Haines Merrill of the Upper Room Art Gallery.  Recipient of the 2013 Knight Art Challenge Grant, this annual event kicks off on May 10, 2015.  Merging culture, environment and history, this interactive art piece takes place on the placid and picturesque Himmarshee Canal. Himmarshee, which means “fresh waters” or “new river” in the Creek language, cuts through the heart of Old Fort Lauderdale under Las Olas Boulevard.

A tributary of the New River, the canal is lined with mangroves, restaurants and homes.  Tribal dugout canoes from the Miccosukee and Seminole tribes will be traversing the waterway with tribal members in full regalia.  Paddleboards, kayaks and canoes will merge in this cultural fusion and celebration of nature and history.  Traditional Seminole pumpkin frybread will be served as well as other culinary delights.  Registration will be limited to 100 people on the water.  All Saints Episcopal Church is the launch site and parking area.

Special restaurant seating will be available for viewing.

Pedestrians can watch along the banks of the Himmarshee Canal at SE 2nd Street. 2:00-5:00pm on Sunday, May 10, 2015.

Stay tuned for more details.

Call 954-592-6021 for inquiries.