Post Number: 4
|Posted on Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 12:20 pm: ||
The Wabakimi Project is a grassroots volunteer initiative to explore, rehabilitate and map the historical and traditional canoe routes of Wabakimi Provincial Park. Since its inception in 2004, the scope of this ambitious effort has been expanded to include the canoe routes that lie on Crown lands adjacent to the park. They provide vital access to Wabakimi as well as strategic links to nearby provincial parks and conservation reserves.
To date, 125 volunteers from across North America and Europe have collectively spent a total of 624 days on 70 trips exploring and mapping the canoe routes of this vast wilderness area. Together, they've travelled over 3,500km (2,175 miles), identified and cleaned 660 previously unrecorded campsites and located, cleared and measured 701 portages whose total lengths exceeded 177,000m (193,600 yards or 35,190 rods).
The Wabakimi Project operates continuously each year from mid-May to late September. Each 8-day/7-night trip involves a ‘team’ of 3 volunteer participants led by a competent, well-qualified leader. Trips start/end in Thunder Bay, ON. Most trips are fly-in/fly-out; others involve insertion/extraction by rail or road. All equipment, supplies and shuttles are provided including complementary pre- and post-trip accommodation.
Applications for the 2011 season are now being accepted from eligible paddlers on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit The Wabakimi Project website at: http://www.wabakimi.org/project.
Be sure to check out the Annual Speaking Tour and the Let's Get Together pages to learn where you can meet organizers and past participants in person over the winter months.