- Aug 21, 2018
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- Preeceville, Saskatchewan Canada
Better to be portaging through the Barrens than the dogwood trees we did on the Albany River.
Yep. Portaging was very straightforward on the Barrens, Doug. A few years ago, Kathleen and I went on a trip on the Paull River (Yes, it has two “ls”), which is part of the Churchill River system. It’s a very popular trip. Trip reports indicate that everyone loves it. Many people have done it multiple times. We thought we’d give it a try, as it was a short trip, and close to home. A friend came to look after our five sled dogs.
Well, the “River” was actually a lake interspersed with numerous must portages. The ports were not cleared. We spent a lot of time forcing our way over, under and through downed trees. On day three, I severely sprained my ankle. As we were paddling down this flat water section of the river, Kathleen said, “There’s a fishing lodge a couple of hours ahead. Why don’t we stop there, and call a plane to pick us up?”
”That seems like giving up,” I said.
”Do you like it here?”
”Not really. Flat water paddling. Lots of portages. Lots of power boats and cabins. Not really wilderness.”
So we bailed. And I have no regrets.
To be honest, I don’t think I would enjoy canoe tripping centred around lakes and portages. That’s certainly a function of what I’m used to. Don’t hold it against me!!