August 18, 1997
End of the journey
From July 31 to August 17, CANOE readers were able to follow the progress of six members of the Hide-Away Canoe Club as they retraced the steps of the 1903 expedition of Leonidas Hubbard through northern Quebec on the historic George River.
The journey over, the staff of CANOE wish to congratulate them for the successful completion of their journey, and for their dedication to providing regular reports and photos for our readers to enjoy. Theirs has been a uniquely Canadian journey and a successful utilization of technology in a wilderness environment.
Our readers have responded with an avalanche of messages of support and of praise. We thank you all for visiting regularly. And for those of you latecomers to the site, don't worry, online editor Greg Oliver promises to leave it intact on CANOE for many months ahead.
-- Hugh Stuart, Executive Producer, CANOE
August 17 Log Entries:
Peter Brewster writes:
KANGIQSUALUJJUAQ: We made it.
To what must be the friendliest little town in the North. But more on that later.
Arriving here, 14 years after our first visit, was an enormous surprise. There have been so many changes above and beyond what you would expect in that time that the town is almost unrecognizable.
Time has been good to George River. It is now a busy community of 600-plus people, with many new houses, new school, church, community office ... an amazing transformation that sits most comfortably. On our last visit there were about 350 people in a village that progress seemed to have passed by.
Michael Peake writes:As Governor of the Hide-Away Canoe Club, I think it is time for me to get out from behind the camera and put a few words together. Now, admittedly, the title of Governor is a self-imposed one and lightly regarded by some people - it seems, most of the people on this trip!
Our canoeing group, the HACC, is a very special one. Since 1981, we have paddled thousands of miles together is all kinds of conditions across Canada's north. We have given everyone a title.
Geoffrey Peake, Chief Guide of the Hide Away Canoe Club (HACC) writes:They say all good things must come to an end. Well, this shall be my final Guide's Journal entry for the North to Ungava trip. I'm writing this perched atop a rugged hilltop on the shores of Ungava Bay. From the top here I can look upon the estuary of the George River. Across the bay, about 6 miles away, lies the town of George River. We are what the Voyageurs of old would call 'degrade', or degraded. Normally used to describe when canoeists are delayed by the wind, in this case it is the high tides of Ungava that have degraded us. But with the remarkable view that is spread out before us, I am feeling more elated than degraded. The hills on the edge of the bay here have taken on an appearance that is decidedly lunar. Smooth, sheer slabs of rock rise abruptly from the water, sparsely covered with moss and grasses. Thin patches of trees cling resolutely to the fringes, hammered by the fierce winds that, mercifully, are absent today. In fact, under the perfectly clear skies we are enjoying today, the scene before me looks more reminiscent of a flooded canyon in Arizona than Ungava.