David Silcox knows about the finer things of life cultured. An art historian and cultural administrator – in his years paddling Arctic rivers with us he was Assistant Deputy Minister of the Federal Department of Communication (Culture), Ontario Deputy Minister of Culture and Communications, Associate Dean of Fine Arts at York and Director of the U of T Arts Centre – he began his career at the Canada Council and would end it as President of Sotheby’s Canada. Along the way, he wrote seminal books about David Milne, Tom Thomson and Christopher Pratt, among others. He was catholic in his discernment. Well educated, well read, and well informed, he also knew more than most of us about living well – which is to say how to eat, drink and travel well. His invention, the freezer box, allowed us to eschew freeze-dried food, standard fare in the Arctic, in favour of steak, lamb chops, beef stroganoff, and, on one memorable occasion, cherries jubilee. The freezer box was a disposable refrigerator: a large, waxed, cardboard box, insulated with Styrofoam, powered by dry ice, and ceremonially burned at the end of each trip. And it was also Silcox, along with Kotcheff and Macfarlane, who encouraged us to accompany our evening meals with fine wine, which added weight to the canoes, but no one complained. (For the record, we carried the empty bottles back to civilization.) It’s fair to say that the Arctic may have seen more adventurous expeditions than ours, but thanks to Silcox it’s unlikely ever to have seen happier, better-fed expeditioners.