|Bill Layman &
Lynda Holland's 2002 canoe trip map
La Ronge to Arviat on Hudson Bay - 55 Days and 1000 miles.
Bill and Lynda are now considerably behind schedule and may not reach Arviat before August 10th or later.
The trip has begun / Day 1 Monday June 10, 2002 / Day 2 Tuesday June 11, 2002 / Day 3 Wednesday June 12, 2002 / Day 4 Thursday June 13, 2002 / Day 5 Friday June 14, 2002 / Day 6 Saturday June 15, 2002 / Day 7 Sunday June 16, 2002 / Day 8 Monday June 17, 2002 / Day 9 Monday June 18, 2002 / Day 10 Wednesday June 19, 2002 / Day 11 Thursday June 20, 2002 / Day 12 Friday June 21, 2002 / Day 13 Saturday June 22, 2002 / Day 14 Sunday June 23, 2002 / Day 15 Monday June 24, 2002 / Day 16 June 25, 2002 / Day 17 June 26, 2002 / Day 18 Thursday June 27, 2002 / Day 19 Friday June 28, 2002 / Day 20 Saturday June 29, 2002 / Day 21 Sunday June 30, 2002 / Day 22 Monday July 1, 2002 / Day 23 Tuesday July 2, 2002 / Day 24 Wednesday July 3, 2002 / Day 25 Thursday July 4, 2002 Day 26 Friday July 5, 2002 / Day 27 Saturday July 6, 2002 / Day 28 Sunday July 7, 2002 / Day 29 Monday July 8, 2002 / Day 30 Tuesday July 9, 2002 / Day 31 Wednesday July 10, 2002 / Day 32 Thursday July 11, 2002 / Day 33 Friday July 12, 2002 / Day 34 Saturday July 13, 2002 / Day 35 Sunday July 14, 2002 / Day 36 Monday July 15, 2002 / Day 37 Tuesday July 16, 2002 / Day 38 Wednesday July 17, 2002 / Day 39 Thursday July 18, 2002 / Day 40 Friday July 19, 2002 / Day 41 Saturday July 20, 2002 / Day 42 Sunday July 21, 2002 / Day 43 Monday July 22, 2002 / Day 44 Tuesday July 23, 2002 / Day 45 Wednesday July 24, 2002 / Day 46 Thursday July 25, 2002 / Day 47 Friday July 26, 2002 / Day 48 Saturday July 27 / Day 49 Sunday July 28, 2002 / Day 50 Monday July 29, 2002 / Day 51 Tuesday July 30, 2002 / Day 52 Wednesday July 31, 2002 / Day 53 Thursday August 1, 2002 / Day 54 Friday August 2, 2002 / Day 55 Saturday August 3, 2002 / Day 56 Sunday August 4, 2002 / Day 57 Monday August 5, 2002 / Day 58 Tuesday August 6, 2002 / Day 59 Wednesday August 7, 2002 / Day 60 Thursday August 8, 2002 / Day 61 Friday August 9, 2002 / Day 62 Saturday August 10, 2002 / Day 63 Sunday August 11, 2002 / Day 64 Monday August 12, 2002
|Synopsis & Expedition Sponsors|
|July 14, 2002 - Bill and Lynda reached Bigstone
Rapids last evening and decided to wait until morning
before making a decision on how they want to proceed. In
the morning they decide to line the rapids rather than
run them or carry around them. The whole process proves
very difficult and includes some mis-footings which end
up with a swim, the arduous sawing through of several
sweepers and a tough ferry to change to the opposite
shore to avoid a very difficult section. At Caribou
Rapids rapids they decide to run them but somehow get
turned around backwards into the tongue, perhaps this is
why they decide to line the next rapids they encounter.
After runing several more rapids they pass into Manitoba
on the Cochrane River. Lynda pushes to reach P G Downes
"chain of little lakes" which has many
artifacts which speak of the areas rich history. This
region provides a dramatic change in scenery as well as
much evidence of the past including a large Caribou
July 19, 2002 - Having crossed
the Kasmere Portage
they end the day camping at Graves Lake. A Dene graveyard
lies above them which is reference by P G Downs. After a
visit and some thoughts about Downs take on the site,
they paddle to a new tourist camp in the area. Bill makes
an interesting offer to the kids that will follow through
this area by canoe later this summer. He then recounts
some of the areas rich history as they follow the four
portages into the Putahow River and the camp at Eskimo
Charlie's, one of the norths colourful charecters. After
a series of rapids which they either portaged, lined, ran
or some combination of these Bill and Lynda have reached
Nueltin Lake. Along the way they stopped at a cairn where
they left a note six years earlier, promising to return.
July 24, 2002 - Bill and Lynda
are now at Simon's Point on the southend of Nueltin Lake.
Passing by "Indian Camp Island" Bill notes this
is the "Sleeping Island" from the PG Downes'
July 27, 2002 - About 2/3 of the
distance covered they are camped in an area of legend.
The remains of a Hudson's Bay Company trading posts,
landmarks named after northern legends, tales of caribou
hunts are all pointed out and related by Bill as they
wait out the weather. Seven days of bad weather and
ferocious storms still have Bill and Lynda pinned. The
only bright spot during the ordeal are the sighting of
several caribou which wandered by the camp. Finally the
weather lets up a little and Bill and Lynda are back on
the water and have now reached the entrance to the river
where they say goodbye to Nueltin Lake.
Monday August 5, 2002 - Things are
looking a little better in respect to the weather.
Caribou are appearing everywhere and providing some of
the highlights of thier day. Back on the river Bill and
Lynda are challenged by wild rapids, some of which they
run, some they line and some they portage. Bill describes
some of the interesting natural features and the forces
that act upon them and continously change the landscape.
Within 90 miles of Hudson's Bay and trips end, they see a
Ranger Seal, the first sightning of what should prove to
me many as the salt water begins to mix with the fresh
water of the river.
Saturday August 10, 2002 - Mixed weather
including storms are slowing Bill and Lyndas progress.
Tundra swans and caribou join them as they make there way
across Ranger Seal Lake. Back on the river they catch up
with a group of young
women from Manito-Wish Camp in Minnesota. Bill and Lynda
are having mixed feelings now with only 15 miles left to
the Bay and trip's end. Bill and Lynda have arrived in
Arviat so it's goodbye until next year's expedition.
If you want some GREAT reading about the area we plan to go to, find the following two books at your library.
Sleeping Island, P.G. Downes, Western Producer Prairie Books, ISBN 0-88833-256-4.
When the Foxes Ran, Gerry Dunning, self-published.
Toward Magnetic North, The Oberholtzer Foundation, ISBN, 0-970318-0-2
Live text edited by Joan Eyolfson Cadham, freelance writer/editor, Foam Lake Saskatchewan.
Bill also has regular radio interviews via his Globalstar satellite phone through CBC Saskatchewan and MBC (Missinipi Broadcasting Corporation). Archives of some of these interviews along with trip coverage is available at the KCDC site.
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