The Journal of Canadian

Wilderness Canoeing

  SPRING 2004










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Another interesting Outfit, we hope you will agree. I certainly have a soft spot for Ungava, though there is certainly nothing soft about it.

I first heard from Sylvie Michaud, whose Payne River piece begins on Page 6, last year when she wrote seeking information about the area. She had heard of our 1990 trip across Ungava, the first group to do that journey since noted Quebec academic Dr. Rousseau  in 1948. The Internet is such a dream tool for research, allowing you to uncover historical connections you might make in weeks, in mere seconds.

We are also happy to provide some more background to that story thanks to George Sollish, a dedicated amateur historian who had planned an investigative trip across Ungava following Rousseau’s route and doing research on the Norse findings. He could never get official permission to do it and has yet to go but kindly provided Che-Mun with some of his extensive knowledge on the subject.

We are still working towards rolling out another Onriver.Online trip. I mentioned Crown of a Continent in the last Outfit which will traverse the Methye Portage in northern Saskatchewan enroute from Ile-a-la-Crosse to Ft. McMurray. We have

secured some sponsorship and the trip will in all likelihood be off and running on July 2. Check us out at The Web pages should be up by late June.

Mousepad adventurers will have another historically-based online trip as the HACC goes head to head with Bill Layman and Lynda Holland who are heading to Baker Lake online (see Canoesworthy) via the Dubawnt and Kazan. They do a superb job with their trips - which Bill told me we’re inspired by us - we’re flattered and determined to work even harder!

The Methye’s 12 miles are not difficult – but it is still 12 miles! Many might think we are succumbing to age by using portage carts kindly provided by Western Canoeing. But it’s not that at all. The fur traders used sleds and even horses to cross the distance. In fact, Eric Morse hired a man and his grandson with a team of horses to help his group over the Methye in 1958. More on that in this summer’s Crown of a Continent.

Wherever your travels take you this year, please do it safely and enjoy the experience - both the easy and the hard parts.

                              Michael Peake

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