River Rough, River Smooth: Adventures on Manitoba's Historic Hayes River

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Dundurn, 2010 - Travel - 276 pages
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Manitoba's Hayes River runs over six hundred kilometres from near Norway House to Hudson Bay. On its rush to the sea, the Hayes races over forty-five rapids and waterfalls as it drops down from the Precambrian Shileld to the Hudson Bay Lowlands. This great waterway, the largest naturally flowing river in Manitoba, served as the highway for settlers bound for the Red River colony, ferrying their worldly goods in York boats and canoes, struggling against the mighty currents.

Traditionally used for transport and hunting by the indiginenous Cree, the Hayes became a major fur trade route in the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries, being explored by such luminaries (Pierre Radisson (1682), Henry Kelsey (1690) David Thompson (1784), Sir John Franklin (1819), and J.B. Tyrrell (1892). This is the account of the author's invitational journey on the Hayes from Norway House to Oxford House by traditional York boat with a crew of First Nation Cree, and later, from Oxford House to York Factory by canoe in the company of other intrepid canoeists -- modern-day voyageurs reliving the past.

 

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Contents

Preface
11
Acknowledgements
17
Rowing Down the River
21
The Historic Hayes
33
Norway House
41
York Boats
63
Sea River Falls
75
The Meandering Echimamish
81
Sailing on Windy Lake
155
The Wreck at Wipanipanis Falls
167
An End and a New Beginning
173
Three Canoes on the Hayes
191
Rapid Descent
203
Final Days on the Mighty River
215
York Factory
225
Notes
239

A Score ofBeaver Dams
89
Painted Stone and Beyond
97
The Longest Portage
107
Logan Lake and Whitewater
131
Near Disaster at Hell Gates
145
Bibliography
261
Index
267
About the Author
275
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About the author (2010)

Anthony Dalton is president of the Canadian Authors' Association. His books include Alone Against the Arctic and Baychimo, plus many illustrated articles in magazines such as Wooden Boat and Yachting. Dalton is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Fellow of the Explorer's Club. He lives in Delta, British Columbia.

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