“There is not a day that I don’t find myself at some point dreaming of my own travels through the subarctic of northern Quebec. Deeply ingrained in my brain are the images of shores lined with the jagged spires of black spruce and further north the barren hill sides surrounding Indian House Lake. Ancient campsites along the shore, close encounters with wolves, black bears and and the good fortune of experiencing the George River Caribou herd at its peak in the early 90’s with thousands of caribou crossing the river in front of our canoes near the Pyramid Hills. Inuit friends who so warmly welcomed Chewonki groups each year as we arrived at Ungava Bay and paddled into the village of Kangiqsualujjuaq.”
The George River Expedition equips individuals with the skills they need to be future trip leaders at Chewonki and beyond. Participants must have successfully completed one or more Chewonki wilderness trips, or had comparable experiences, and have an interest in wilderness leadership.
This is a challenging journey for experienced paddlers who understand that a first-rate canoe trip is a true adventure. The George River is located in Northern Quebec, with its headwaters along the Labrador/Quebec border. For over 500 miles, the river flows north from the boreal forest through the subarctic barrens of Quebec and Labrador to Ungava Bay. On this five-week trip, we paddle more than 400 miles of the river.