April 2001                                          Photo: Dan Carpenter Jr.

Photo: canoe trip at Lake Mistassini landing, Keewaydin, 1967

A New Era Begins for Bay Trip - 1967 

The construction of the road to Lake Mistassini, northern Quebec, marked a new era of exploration and adventure for the Bay Trip. Although Section A had been to Mistassini many times since 1935 to run the Rupert River, it could not reach the lake directly. The section had to put in at the railroad station at Oskelaneo and take two weeks to paddle up the Oskelaneo brigade route to Mistassini. 

The new road lopped off those two weeks. Trips now had the potential to explore north of the Rupert. Heb Evans, then the Bay staffman, saw the opportunity and grabbed it. Using the road for the first time in 1967, Section A began a remarkable pioneering era as it extended its trips to the Eastmain River and then, in following years, beyond to the Opinaca, Sakami and Old Factory Rivers. Not only were these trips adventurous for Keewaydin, but they may have been the first non-native canoeists on sections of the routes in the years traveling the latter three rivers.

The photo was taken in June, 1967 as the section unloaded at the end of the Mistassini road (this is the Lake Mistassini landing before the road was extended to Mistassini Post in 1969-70). Dan Carpenter Jr. was a camper in that section.

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