Posted on 02 August 2011 by SomeGood
A six-person crew has passed the half-way mark on an ambitious cross-Canada canoe expedition. The Cross Canada Canoe Odyssey team is attempting to paddle, portage, bike portage and even sail a few sections of a 7000 kilometre route through seven provinces from British Columbia to New Brunswick.
The team is lead by Sasketchewan Hydrology Masters student Ross Phillips and rounded out by Regina local Stephanie Robertson, Regina native Whitney Vanderleest, Alberta native Shane Ringham and Nova Scotia native Abby Lewis.
They journey will cover numerous major waterways, lakes and rivers across Canada. They started on the Fraser River in Vancouver and traveled a number of rivers and spent a couple of days bike portaging before reaching the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains. At this point the water begins to drains towards the Lake Winnipeg as they paddled the North Saskatchewan River and the Saskatchewan River before paddling the beautiful the Winnipeg River and some other lakes and rivers in the region. They are currently in the Boundary Waters between Kenora and Thunder Bay, Ontario.
They are about to enjoy the amazing paddling North Shore of Lake Superior and then into Lake Huron before returning to the rivers such as the French, the Mattawa and the Ottawa. Following that will be the St. Lawrence River then the Verte River in Quebec and New Brunswick. Their final stretch will be down the Saint John River where they will end their 160 plus day canoe marathon in the Atlantic Ocean at Saint John, New Brunswick.
The Royal Canadian Geographic Society is a major sponsor of this adventure as it was named their Expedition of the Year for 2011. The team hopes to raise public awareness of the importance of Canada’s freshwater resources. To do this they have teamed up with Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Canadian Heritage Rivers System.
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