The Annual Canoe Reunion
It was the tradition of our canoe group to hold an annual reunion to celebrate the completion of yet another northern canoe trip. As usual, the gatherings provided an opportunity to re-live all the exciting moments of yet another memorable wilderness adventure. Along with some fine wines and good food, stories and photos are shared including perhaps, a few good humoured exaggerations about what really took place on the river.
On November 18, 2017 a reunion of all members of the Arctic and Rideau Canal Canoe Club was held at Massey College in Toronto. It was an evening of fun, tall tales and good natured banter hosted by Tim and Susan Kotcheff. (Thanks to David Silcox whose association with Massey College allowed us to hold the party in this wonderful setting)
The Arctic Council
Back in 1990 and 1991, two canoe reunions were held at Bob Fowler’s farm in Quebec. The surprise guest in ’91 was none other than former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau who was cross country skiing with his companion in the open and wooded areas adjacent to the Fowler farm. Pierre accompanied the canoe team on the Hanbury River in 1979 and in the years to come he would join us once again on the Stikine and later, the Petawawa River.
In the summer of ’90, the canoe team tackled the Ajaqutalik – a remote, wild, and stunningly beautiful river on the Melville Peninsula.