We get asked a lot of questions, but here are the most frequently asked questions for a voyageur canoe trip.
Q: Where are you going?
A: Our destination is the Fur Trade at Lachine National Historic Site.
Q: Where did you start?
A: Our departure point was the Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site.
Q: How long is your trip going to take?
A: We estimate to finish the trip on Day 120.
Q: What is your canoe made out of?
A: Fiberglass body, hardwood seats and thwarts
Q: How much does your canoe weigh?
A: 270 lbs
Q: Do you have to portage the canoe?
Q: How many portages are there on your route?
A: We estimate there to be 40 portages. We try to line as many as we can, so a definite total will come after the trip.
Q: How many people does it take to carry the canoe?
A: Four minimum. Six is preferred for portaging on the shoulders as the uneven and tight trails cause the weight to be distributed unevenly. Six allows for the stability we need.
Q: Who sterns the canoe?
A: We switch every position in the canoe every day. This reduces muscle fatigue and boredom.
Q: Do you switch paddling sides?
A: Once a day.
Q: Do you all paddle at once?
Q: What do you eat?
A: Breakfast: Oatmeal or quinoa with a raisin and nut medley.
Lunch: A rotating combo of quinoa, lentils, chick peas, pasta and spice.
Dinner: A rotating combo of beans, pasta, rice, tvp and spice.
A full menu will be posted soon.
Q: How did your group meet?
A: We met as staff at Camp Quin-Mo-Lac, Tweed, and Camp Tamakwa, Algonquin Park.
Q: Were you friends before the trip?
Q: Do you still get along?
Q: What is the total distance?
A: 4780km - with swerving we're bumping that up to 5000km.
Q: How much distance do you cover in a day?
A: We travel an average of 50km a day. Lowest kms travelled in a day: 10km
Highest kms travelled in a day: 84km
Q: What is your route?
A: Though we travelled many waterways, here is our route simplified:
North Saskatchewan River
Lake of the Woods
Quetico / Boundary Waters
Lake Huron - North Channel
- Georgian Bay
Q: Have you seen any wildlife?
A: Yes. See the posted "Ranger Reports" for details.