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"A Map of Mackenzie's Track from Fort Chipewyan to the Pacific Ocean in 1793", (1801) courtesy Library of Congress.

The Route (so far)

By paddle: 3850km;
By air: 2440km.

Select a section of the route by clicking the map Ottawa River Nipissing District Lake Huron Lake Superior Boundary Waters Rainy River and Lake of the Woods Winnipeg River Lake Winnipeg Saskatchewan River Sturgeon-Weir River Churchill River (part 1) La Ronge Detour (part 1)

Select a section of the route by clicking the map

Our route is that taken by the North West Company explorers of the 1790s and 1800s as they canoed furs from the remote Athabasca region back to Montréal to be loaded onto ships sailing for Europe. Next year's journey to the Pacific will follow Mackenzie's route up the Peace River and over the Rockies. Then we'll "race the roaring Fraser" 1 to Vancouver, British Columbia. It's a jolly long way.

1 Northwest Passage (1981), by Stan Rogers.

Our Itinerary

SectionFromToDistance (paddle/air)Days Active
Ottawa River26 Apr15 May450/370km10*
Nipissing District16 May24 May214/189km7.5
Lake Huron24 May03 Jun287/259km9.5
Lake Superior07 Jun04 Jul709/437km20
Boundary Waters05 Jul18 Jul397/282km12
Rainy River and Lake of the Woods21 Jul28 Jul250/150km8
Winnipeg River31 Jul07 Aug257/164km6.5
Lake Winnipeg07 Aug18 Aug495/349km11.5
Saskatchewan River22 Aug09 Sep354/217km9.5
Sturgeon-Weir River11 Sep22 Sep277/178km9.5
Churchill River (part 1)22 Sep25 Sep73/68.5km3.5
La Ronge Detour (part 1)26 Sep30 Sep90/57.6km4.5

*Cheating involved.