The Journal of Canadian

Wilderness Canoeing

  SUMMER 2003











In this issue

Front Page


Summer Packet


From the Editor

Canoelit I

Canoelit II

Discovering Eden

Back page




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                                           GEORGE DOUGLAS/NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF CANADA/PA-145189

One of the many great intertwinings of George Douglas’ 1911-12 trip, Lands Forlorn, was the meeting of noted poet and writer Robert Service. He accompanied the Douglas party north out of Waterways, Alberta in the spring of 1911 and is pictured here in his birchbark canoe. The Bard of the Gold Rush was headed up the Rat River following the backdoor to Alaska taken by gold seekers in 1898. Service would not make the arduous trip alone and joined up with a character named Jake Skilley whom he later wrote about in his poem The Salvation of Tobacco Bill. The trip was featured in Service’s biography Ploughman of the Moon  written in 1945. More on Service, Douglas and a macabre, and eventually inspiring, event they both witnessed in 1911 which Douglas captured on film — shown in Outfit 114.


The horizontal sliver of ice on Carey Lake is a huge pan of ice on this Dubawnt River lake expansion. Sean Peake is seen heading back to our camp just before we began our portage toward the Thelon River in July 1985. We had already portaged across a peninsula in Carey to avoid the ice.

 Summer 2003         Outfit 113 

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