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Promoting outdoor recreation including canoe tripping, fishing and great adventures.
Promoting outdoor recreation including canoe tripping, fishing and great adventures.

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After breakfast on the 2nd day, we loaded up the canoes and spent a bit of time practicing paddle strokes on Wrigley Lake before head around the point to the "small" creek that would take us to the Redstone River. That "small" creek was larger than many rivers in southern Ontario. There was one section near the end of the creek that I would have described as a swift based on the whitewater paddling courses I've taken, but when river tripping the scale is applied a little more conservatively and it was considered to a class II.

The winding creek ended up taking longer than originally planned, not unlike paddling rivers like the Nipissing in Algonquin. Once we reached the Redstone we then had another hour or so of paddling before we found a suitable site to camp. The goal with a campsite was to find an open area that was rocky enough to provide decent drainage without being too rocky to find a flat spot for the tents. Basically that meant paddling far enough down the Redstone to find gravel rather than a mud bank.
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10/26/18
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The morning after we arrived at Drum Lake we woke to a beautiful sunny day, with fog rising off the lake and the sun just peaking over the mountains to the east.
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10/22/18
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A few more pictures before I leave Drum Lake. This is a semipalmated plover. They migrate through Ontario but their breeding range starts along the shores of James Bay and heads north from there.

We had hoped to see more new birds and wildlife but didn't really see a lot. Some of that was probably just due to weather and some of it could have been due to the really long days without a lot of spare time.
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10/20/18
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Here is the obligatory picture of the canoes lined up on shore. The day we flew in to Drum Lake was the nicest day since we had arrived at Norman Wells but it was still pretty cool. That night dropped below freezing and there was a good layer of frost on the toilet seat the next morning
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This shot is looking east across Drum Lake in the Mackenzie Mountains to the terminal morraine from the glacier that would have created this lake. It was a little after 9pm at night but in mid August the sun never really sets. I was up about 1:30am that night and it looked like a beautiful sunset as the sun had circled around behind some of the mountains that encircled the lake,
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A key part of paddling whitewater is keeping your upper body stable while the canoe moves. You have to be loose in the hips but still controlling the tilt of the boat when necessary. The GoPro image stabilization helps to keep this video fairly smooth but I had to be doing a pretty good job of keeping my upper body stable too.
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