A Canadian Canoe Pilgrimage, with 30 Indigenous, Jesuit, English and French-Canadian paddlers, left Midland, Ontario, July 21. The voyage followed the shores of the Georgian Bay of Lake Huron to the French River. Then they headed upstream on the French River to Lake Nipissing. (Going downstream the river was a wild hair-raising 75-mile chute for the fur traders.)
From Lake Nipissing the group traveled downstream along the Mattawa River, where they expect to arrive some time today, Aug. 2. The waterway is a traditional First Nations trading route that voyageurs used to and from the rendezvous.
And they expect, weather permitting, to arrive in Montreal by Aug. 14-15. Is this a cool idea or what?