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Nunavut on the cheap?

I've been daydreaming about attempting the Northwest Passage ever since I commissioned the design for the Gadfly, and seeing brian1789's reports from Devon Island (and watching Atanarjuat a few too many times) has reinforced that. Gadfly is really too lightly built to safely make the journey, and it's very expensive to fly that far north, so I thought Nunavut to be out of reach. However....

therealjae posted a map of a trip she's planning to take to her LJ, and one thing that really jumped out at me is that the 109 runs from Val d'Or in Quebec all the way up to Chisasibi (cue the Susan Aglukark earworm) on James Bay. And all the islands in Hudson Bay and James Bay are part of Nunavut. I'm fixing to have a trailerable microcruiser (the Shrike) in the water in the next week or two, which opens the possibility of driving up to Chisasibi with her and sailing from Chisasibi to Sanikiluaq to cruise the Belcher Islands.

It's really tempting, especially since catskillmarina has tossed that area out as a possible place to go umiaking. Perhaps a bunch of us could make an expedition of it? Of course, I'd need to shake the living hell out of Shrike on her shakedown cruise, and think carefully about supplies to bring along, as there would likely be no available resupply whatever until I got back to Chisasibi. And it's a long way up there from Val d'Or; are fuel and services available on the road?

Anyway, this requires more thought. And about a month of vacation time....

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tedesson
Aug. 20th, 2003 10:37 pm (UTC)
What an adventure!
Atanarjuat is an amazing film. It takes place, if I recall correctly, quite a bit farther north than Hudson's Bay.

This looks to be a good travel guide:
http://wmuma.com/jamesbay/intro.html
http://wmuma.com/jamesbay/chisasibi.html

It's pretty remote. It's hard to describe what it's like, but imagine therealjae's drive to Fort Nelson, and then tack a sea voyage on the end.

I love the north, but it's not everyone's cup of tea.
futabachan
Aug. 21st, 2003 07:38 am (UTC)
Re: What an adventure!
Ooo, that site is wonderful. Thanks!

Atanarjuat is an amazing film. It takes place, if I recall correctly, quite a bit farther north than Hudson's Bay.

Igloolik is on an island in the Foxe Basin at the northern end of Hudson Bay, so "farther north than Hudson's Bay," no, but it's a long way north from Chisasibi.
tedesson
Aug. 21st, 2003 10:24 am (UTC)
Northern Silence
"Up there the SILENCE pounds at you relentlessly. It assaults you. It beats you into submission. It quells your inner chatter."

I miss that. I spent my childhood summers in a place like that.

windsea
Aug. 21st, 2003 12:05 pm (UTC)
Check this, Sue, on the Belcher Islands

http://www.mitiq.com/belcher-islands.htm

and this on Chisasibi:

http://www.mandow.ca

The James Bay Lowlands are *very* low, muskeg bog and marsh, but beautiful in a bleak way. I canoed the Missinaibi River to James Bay many years ago. I thought I'd go mad getting through the last dozens of miles, as we traversed the flats, and the bugs were beyond fierce.

But it was all worth it :-)
futabachan
Aug. 21st, 2003 02:22 pm (UTC)
Ooo, wonderful. Thanks!
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