August 1 – August 13, 1990 (notes by Tim Kotcheff)

Departure was from Hall Beach. The put in point was just above Souter Lake on the Mellville Peninsula and finished at Roche Bay. Bradley Air Service chartered us in and out. Trailhead shipped canoes via First Air from Ottawa to Hall Beach.

There was a hard landing on a high shore above the river after a couple of test runs – some scary moments. While we unloaded the Twin Otter, we were swarmed by black flies and mesquitoes. It was murder. This was Bill Williams first trip with us.

Bill’s note to me requesting personal expenses on behalf of the group.


There is no charge for this record of your multi-faceted wilderness survival skills. As the trip greenhorn, my out-of-pocket expenses were modest, but I expect a further reckoning as the wine bill comes due. The trip was a wonderful experience for me and it will remain a great memory.

Cheers, Bill

And this from Craig:

Dear Tim

Good price for such a remote trip. A wonderful adventure this year. I wish I had more time to sit and think about it all. Will send details later.

John Macfarlane provided much of the fresh food supplies and cooking including the many bottles of vintage wines. Ted Johnson was beaten badly at Gin Rummy during the trip and threatened legal action upon our return to civilization.

Eddie sent me photos of the trip and said he brought back some memories of a terrific holiday.