ROUTE:

Savant Lake via rail - Pickle Lake via road - Kapkichi Lake - Bow River - Otoskwin River - Kinloch Lake - Morris River - Pipestone River - Wastayanipi Lake - Wunnummin Lake -  Winisk River - Nibinamik Lake - Summer Beaver village - Winisk River - Webequie village - Winisk River - new Peawanuck settlement - old Winisk settlement - Pickle Lake via air - Capreol via rail - Boatline Bay via road

Last Keewaydin trip to old Winisk

Left to right, back row: Dan Carpenter Jr. (staffman), Laird Reed, Mike Harris, Rob Devilbiss, Will Norton, Bruce Ingersoll (guide). Front row: George Leboutillier, Tempel Smith, George Ellis, Julian Ottley, John Waters, Lloyd Aspinwall.

LINER NOTES:

We were going to attempt the Asheweig River until bad weather, and then forest fires, forced us to travel the Winisk instead.  An ice jam that spring had cleared through the town, taking much of it into the Bay. The new town of Peawanuck was just under construction, located on high ground 16 miles upriver. The people were all living in platform tents, and so the place had quite a frontier-town feel. Helicopters were flying back and forth between the new town and the airport, ferrying freight. We had to paddle the final 16 miles down to the old settlement at the coast to get flown out.  The old town was quite a mess, as the flood had tossed houses all over the place. It was eerie....

         Dan Carpenter, 11/7/99

 

CONTRIBUTORS:

            Dan Carpenter

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