Early September 2022 – The night I reached my abandoned canoe after paddling, portaging and lining 100km in 5 days far away in the Northern Quebec wilderness. It had been stashed for 4 years in that harsh environment. Over 200km as the crow flies from the nearest community of Schefferville.
Before this Northern Lights show, due to cloud-covered skies, I hadn’t seen a star for a week. Nature has a strange way of making magic at the most interesting times. As always I took it as a sign that I was in the exact spot I needed to be in life. Though I have witnessed Aurora Borealis dance before, it’s still the most beautiful, captivating, and empowering sight I have ever seen.
If you look closely, you can see a contented Saku by the glowing blaze. All said and done together we drove 8000km and canoed 200km in 24 days. It was a long haul hoping for a salvageable canoe but after what I went through with it in 2018 I would have gone to Timbuktu to get it back. I was simply taking care of some unfinished business.
In case you missed it – for more info on why I ditched the canoe you will have to watch the ‘Across Labrador’ series playlist where I attempted to cross Labrador and Northern Quebec from the Labrador Sea to Hudson Bay in 2018: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHfA8Z4nZrxWyxHGC_Fb6maQ2M3SDS7Ah
As for the state of the canoe, I won’t reveal its condition until I release the show on YouTube in the coming weeks. In my eyes, surprises are rare these days so the least I can do is give you a little one – whether you care or not. On my way in I had no idea how the canoe would be holding up. Severe weather, Bears, Porcupine and more could have easily demolished it. I felt some suspense, conveyed it to my camera, and want you to feel a bit of it too. So time will tell the tale.
And that will set the stage for an exciting Fall where I will be airing 3 series on my YouTube channel:
1. 10 Days/200km Retrieving my Abandoned Canoe (2022)
2. 26 Days/220km Backpacking NL’s Great Northern Peninsula (2021)
3. 43 Days/200+km Snowshoe/Toboggan in Labrador’s Interior (2022)
They will be the best thing since sliced bread.
More on it all to come soon. Stay tuned & happy adventures!
Thank you for the kind words and continued support!