Meet the Crew

Photo: Brian Beaton

Brian Beaton

Brian, 47, lives with his wife Lorraine Kenny in Sioux Lookout. He is the computer services co-ordinator of K-Net, the network of the Keewaytinook Okimakanak, a council of First Nations chiefs in northwestern Ontario. He has four children and one granddaughter (so far). Tom and Brian are brothers-in-law. Brian only began paddling with Tom four years before this trip. Each of these trips have resulted in a greater understanding and appreciation for this very special corner of the North and the people who live here.

Jon Berger 

Jon, 55, is co-adventurer in the Canoe Atlas of the Little North project with Tom. Jon began canoeing in 1958 at Camp Wabun on Lake Temagami in northeastern Ontario. He has canoed the rivers of northern Quebec flowing to James and Hudson Bay, and those of Manitoba and Ontario flowing to Lake Winnipeg and James and Hudson Bay. Inspired by the paintings of the Group of Seven, the line drawings of Francis Lee Jaques, and the prose of Sigurd Olson, he draws everyday when out on the water. The hard travel between the Washagami and Sutton Rivers provided him with material for the best set of drawings he has ever produced. 

He lives in Philadelphia where he operates his own computer business. He has two children, Michael, 15, and Erika, 12, who often paddle with him in the Little North. He married Linda Walter in 2003 and passed his 60th birthday in 2005 on enroute to the Gods River from the Hayes. Contact Jon.

Photo: Jon Berger
Photo: Jesse Terry

Jesse Terry

Jesse, 17, is Tom's youngest son. He attends high school in  Sioux Lookout and in May, 2000 was the youngest person to climb Mt. Logan, the highest peak in Canada. Jesse has been paddling the rivers and lakes of northwestern Ontario every summer since he was a baby. He celebrated his first birthday on the Sachigo River. With his father, he maintains a sled-dog kennel.

Tom Terry

Tom is the other half of the adventure team exploring the Little North and compiling the Canoe Atlas of the Little North. Tom and Jon met about 1985 when they were each looking for information on the Severn River system. Before this, Tom had already been compiling routes around Sioux Lookout, a project he had started with his father, who had operated the youth camp Voyageurs North in the 1960s.

Tom has been canoeing since the late 1950s, starting then in Quetico. Since 1963 he has traveled widely across northwestern Ontario and parts of Manitoba.  

Tom, 49, is married and living in Sioux Lookout with his wife Carol. His other children, Kanina, 18, and Cal, 20, and his wife also frequently travel together. He operates custom canoe and dog-sled trips and provides support services to remote First Nations.

Photo: Tom Terry

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