Nastawgan : the Canadian North by canoe and snowshoe by Bruce W. Hodgins, Margaret Hobbs

By Bruce W. Hodgins, Margaret Hobbs

A wealthy historical past of Canadian desolate tract shuttle, "an completely compelling collection," stated The Globe and Mail, and "a gem -- it completely sparkles," based on Canadian Geographic. Declared through the Canadian old organization to be the simplest ebook released of its yr at the nearby heritage of Canada's North. With essays via William C. James, C.E.S. Franks, George Luste, Margaret Hobbs, John Jennings, Shelagh furnish, Gwyneth Hoyle, Bruce W. Hodgins, Jamie Bendickson, Craig Macdonald, Jean Murray Cole, John Marsh and John Wadland.

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The magnificent maps which he had made were not credited to him, and the narrative of his travels was left incomplete and unpublished. He might well have remained in obscurity if J. B. Tyrrell, a geologist with the Geological Survey of Canada and himself a remarkable explorer, had not, during his surveys of the Canadian West in the 1880s, been surprised by the accuracy and the detail of the then existing maps. After lengthy enquiries, Tyrrell found a yellowing map and notebooks of Thompson's in the records of the Government of Ontario.

And James, also found Dubawnt Lake full of ice in August. James Tyrrell makes the droll comment in his book: "it was a point of discussion with us whether the season of this land was spring or autumn" 9 , the point being that summer is so very brief in the far north, it can be missed altogether. Fall freeze up in the Barrens can start before the end of September, which leaves a narrow window of six to eight weeks for reasonably reliable summer conditions and canoe travel on the bigger lakes. 10 A second missionary, Father Emile Petitot, made numerous exploratory trips into the western Barrens from 1864 to 1872n.

23, " ... Early get the Canoe finally boarded in, & set to work on getting the rest of the Timber in, etc. etc. which occupied all day, with the two canoes, pegs instead of Nails, we have not one third enough Nails, picked an old piece of Line into Oakum to help the stopping the seams of the Canoes etc. " Sept. 24, "Men employed on the Canoes, running gum into the seams, caulking slightly etc. " Sept. 25, "Sent all the Men to gather Gum, for it is a very scarce Article, & is what details us here, by 2 PM each returned with a little, altho' they have searched round this Lake, as there are few Pines, boiled it, & got it ready for the Canoes, but at 3 PM, Rain came on, & soon became very heavy, so that we could do nothing.

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