Journey
North

Ellesmere
Light

Ellesmere
Light

Endless
Days

Endless
Days

Cordillera
Crossing

Cordillera
Crossing

Baffin
Traverse

Baffin
Traverse

On the
Wildside

On the
Wildside

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A unique series of expeditions tracing a wild 8000 km route through Canada from south to north
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Journey North:
The idea was pretty simple: make a south-to-north traverse of Canada by linking a series of expeditions through some of the country's finest landscapes. Converting the idea into reality was not so straightforward: requiring 8000 km of skiing, hiking and paddling.

"Journey North" can be divided into four sections - as shown on the accompanying map - and which roughly coincide with some of Canada's major ecozones.
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Journey North:
The idea was pretty simple: make a south-to-north traverse of Canada by linking a series of expeditions through some of the country's finest landscapes. Converting the idea into reality was not so straightforward: requiring 8000 km of skiing, hiking and paddling.

"Journey North" can be divided into four sections - as shown on the accompanying map - and which roughly coincide with some of Canada's major ecozones.
Ice in lake on glacier
Journey North:
The idea was pretty simple: make a south-to-north traverse of Canada by linking a series of expeditions through some of the country's finest landscapes. Converting the idea into reality was not so straightforward: requiring 8000 km of skiing, hiking and paddling.

"Journey North" can be divided into four sections - as shown on the accompanying map - and which roughly coincide with some of Canada's major ecozones.
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1: Coast & Cordillera
Journey North began with a solo kayak journey up the west coast of Vancouver Island, followed by a fascinating paddle in a replica Northwest canoe up the intricate Inside Passage. John and colleague Bob then undertook an extremely arduous 1000 km crossing of the entire Cordillera from Pacific tidewater to the interior plains.
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1: Coast & Cordillera
Journey North began with a solo kayak journey up the west coast of Vancouver Island, followed by a fascinating paddle in a replica Northwest canoe up the intricate Inside Passage. John and colleague Bob then undertook an extremely arduous 1000 km crossing of the entire Cordillera from Pacific tidewater to the interior plains.
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1: Coast & Cordillera
Journey North began with a solo kayak journey up the west coast of Vancouver Island, followed by a fascinating paddle in a replica Northwest canoe up the intricate Inside Passage. John and colleague Bob then undertook an extremely arduous 1000 km crossing of the entire Cordillera from Pacific tidewater to the interior plains.
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2: Boreal Forest
After two late winter attempts to push the route onward John eventually packrafted 800 km down the Muskwa, Fort Nelson and Liard rivers to reach the Mackenzie at Fort Simpson. There's still a couple of hundred kilometers of the Mackenzie to cover but the rest of the Boreal forest route across Great Slave Lake and up onto the Barrens is complete.
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2: Boreal Forest
After two late winter attempts to push the route onward John eventually packrafted 800 km down the Muskwa, Fort Nelson and Liard rivers to reach the Mackenzie at Fort Simpson. There's still a couple of hundred kilometers of the Mackenzie to cover but the rest of the Boreal forest route across Great Slave Lake and up onto the Barrens is complete.
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2: Boreal Forest
After two late winter attempts to push the route onward John eventually packrafted 800 km down the Muskwa, Fort Nelson and Liard rivers to reach the Mackenzie at Fort Simpson. There's still a couple of hundred kilometers of the Mackenzie to cover but the rest of the Boreal forest route across Great Slave Lake and up onto the Barrens is complete.
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3: Arctic Mainland
From Artillery Lake all the way to the northern edge of contiguous North America at Bellot Strait, the "Arctic Mainland" section of Journey North cuts through the Southern Arctic ecozone and into the Northern Arctic….the real Arctic! Paddling the mighty Back River and skiing the Boothia Peninsula were the main components of this section.
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3: Arctic Mainland
From Artillery Lake all the way to the northern edge of contiguous North America at Bellot Strait, the "Arctic Mainland" section of Journey North cuts through the Southern Arctic ecozone and into the Northern Arctic….the real Arctic! Paddling the mighty Back River and skiing the Boothia Peninsula were the main components of this section.
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3: Arctic Mainland
From Artillery Lake all the way to the northern edge of contiguous North America at Bellot Strait, the "Arctic Mainland" section of Journey North cuts through the Southern Arctic ecozone and into the Northern Arctic….the real Arctic! Paddling the mighty Back River and skiing the Boothia Peninsula were the main components of this section.
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4: Arctic Islands
Somerset, Devon and Ellesmere: great arctic islands. 150+ days of skiing over the course of three expeditions.
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4: Arctic Islands
Somerset, Devon and Ellesmere: great arctic islands. 150+ days of skiing over the course of three expeditions.
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4: Arctic Islands
Somerset, Devon and Ellesmere: great arctic islands. 150+ days of skiing over the course of three expeditions.
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