This summer the Peace River will have a york boat on it for the first time in 200 years.
GeoTourism Canada has announced that it will team up with Flow North Paddling Company to recreate an historic expedition, once a fairly common undertaking in the Peace Country. Everything will be done with the greatest possible historical accuracy. Cochrane’s North Woods Canoe Company will build the 10 metre long York boat just like it would have been built throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. The route will be the 538 km journey from Fort Dunvegan to Fort Vermilion. Six rowers and a steersman will paddle or hoist a sail if conditions are right. It should take 16 – 18 days.
Volunteers yorksmen were wanted, but of course there are only seven spots and the news has been out since March. It might be worth a try though if you are strong, fit, and willing to work hard! Flow North Paddling Company has all the details and contact information here. If you don’t make it on the York boat, Flow North has a few other adventure options for you, so check out the rest of their site!
June 1st is the launch date, so plan to be down at Dunvegan to witness this historic spectacle!
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