The Journal of Canadian

Wilderness Canoeing

  SUMMER 2002

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OUTFIT 109
 

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There are a couple of long distance canoe trips this summer on the Web. And as the Hide-Away Canoe Club is taking the year off, it is nice to see some others also doing the online thing.

Bill Layman is a strong northern paddler with a great connection to paddling history. He has been making a name for himself with previous online trips and stories already published. This year’s 55-day saga from The Churchill River to Hudson Bay is online at www.out-there.com.

It’s a two part trip with a younger man on the first half to Wollaston Lake where Bill was joined by wife Lynda Holland for the final part of the trip to Arviat via the Thlewiaza River.

Bill writes in an upbeat style and puts a lot of local history into his stuff including some really unique sources. The photos are small and simple but it’s very difficult to come up with great pictures when there is only one canoe in the group!

His trip is through the area where P.G, Downes paddled for his Sleeping Island book and Oberholtzer and Magee did their noted trip in 1912 which was recently featured in the book Toward Magnetic North (see Outfit 104).

Another online saga of similar length is by the McGuffin family. Gary and Joanie are well known  to wilderness paddlers and now, Sila, their three-year-old daughter has joined the pair – along with malamute Kalija – on a trip from the Pigeon River, between Grand Portage and Thunder Bay around the spectacular northern and eastern coast of Lake Superior and continuing into Georgian Bay and finishing at Port Severn. Their trip can be found at www.greatlakesheritagecoast.com.

Gary McGuffin is a superb nature photographer and it is very interesting to see some of the things he can do with a digital camera. Many of Gary’s most interesting images involve very long exposures that create unique light on film. That is not possible with digital technology but like the great artist he is, he makes it work nonetheless.

He is using the Canon 1-D, a state of the art SLR digital camera that produces superb images — especially in the hands of a master. Gary still has to deal with the fact there is only one canoe however, but there are a lot of wonderful Lake Superior scenes in what surely is one of the finest paddling areas in the world.

 

And  speaking of Web stuff, we got this note from the Canadian Canoe Museum:

Greetings all!

The Canadian Canoe Museum would like to announce the birth of its totally upgraded, completely renovated new website!

Visit www.canoemuseum.net for the latest information on our exhibits, education programs, and a special section on our canoeing heritage.

We hope you enjoy it, and would like to gratefully acknowledge Quid Novis for their excellent work in driving the site from concept to completion.

Your feedback is welcome, and please forward our web address to anyone else you think may be interested.

Becky Mason sent us an update on the Nahanni mine situation.

Dear Friends,

The MacKenzie Valley Land and Water Board has ordered an environmental assessment (EA) for the CanTung mine. This is excellent news for Nahanni National Park Reserve! Public concern (your letters) as well as environmental concerns were the reasons the Land and Water Board gave for holding a special hearing on the renewal of CanTung's water license,and then for referring the application to an environmental assessment.

However, the current water license will be extended for the length of the EA process or until Sept, 2003, so that CanTung would not have to  cease operations while the EA is being conducted.

(NOTE: There is an opportunity to call for a public hearing of this extension. The Board has stipulated that it will call a public hearing “if necessary” ie. if we demand one)

Thanks to all of you who helped to make this EA happen!  Apart from the hopefully positive outcome, this process will also send a strong message to both the Canadian Government and all other resource extraction interests to think twice before threatening to develop the South Nahanni watershed.

 

Suggestions from the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society on what more you can do to help;

You can write a letter expressing concern about the proposed one year water license extension.  The MVLWB has proposed a one year extension of the CanTung water license. This means that the mine will be allowed to operate under current license conditions while the Environmental Assessment is being conducted. This is not acceptable. If significant public concern is expressed, a public hearing can be triggered to look at the terms of the extension granted to Tungsten. In this way we can, at the very least, push for more stringent operating conditions during the next year. For more information about the proposed extension see:

http://mvlwb.com//N3L2-0004/60dayextend.pdf

 

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