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Canadian Canoe Expedition
5200 Miles from British Columbia to Quebec by Jon van Tamelen

To celebrate Canada’s Centennial, ten men paddled a canoe from British Columbia to Quebec. They relived the challenges of “Les Vrais Voyageurs”, fishing, hunting and sleeping under the stars. They survived treacherous rapids, waterfalls and exhausting portages. Van Tamelen, the crew’s bowman, tells their story. This is a book that will leave any outdoor adventurer begging for more.

“You, and all members of your crew, are deserving of our most sincere congratulations on the realization of a Centennial project of this magnitude. It is without doubt the most spectacular individual Centennial project that I have heard about in this year and, as you know, there were many extraordinary feats, indeed, accomplished. But a 5200 mile canoe trip tops them all.”

Lester B. Pearson

Prime Minister of Canada

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Jon and his mate Sara, have been living aboard MOYA, their 36 foot sailboat for thirty years. With Moya they have explored the coastal waterways and islands of western Canada and together they have circumnavigated the planet. Water, wilderness and the challenges of exploration are the DNA of Jon’s life.


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