Route Information

Over the course of the springs and summers of 2006, 2007, and 2008, Seth Wotten is turning his dream into a reality by paddling the Water for Future Generations expedition. He is traversing the continent by canoeing across Canada from southeast to northwest.

The expedition is following traditional routes that have been used by native peoples, explorers, and fur traders. The route is over 8000km in length and entails several hundred portages. It crosses four major drainage basins: the St. Lawrence, the Nelson, the Churchill, and the Mackenzie. The first and second year of the expedition involve mostly upstream paddling. The third year will be all downstream.

On April 15th, 2006, Seth departed from the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal National Historic Site (just west of Montreal). He traveled up the Ottawa and Mattawa rivers, down the French River, and across lakes Huron and Superior. After a three week break in Thunder Bay, Ontario, he crossed the border into the U.S. to complete the historic Grand Portage into the Pigeon River, continuing along the U.S. / Canada border to Lake of the Woods. He arrived in Kenora, Ontario on September 3rd, 2006 to complete the first year of the expedition.

In 2007, he will paddle down a portion of the Winnipeg River. Near the community of Whitedog, Seth will make his way north, climbing the English and Bird Rivers. He will arrive at Lake Winnipeg via the Haggart, Gammon, and Bloodvein Rivers, paddling through Grand Rapids and up a portion of the Saskatchewan River. After a short paddle on the Sturgeon Weir River, he will climb the Churchill River and complete the 21km Methye Portage into the Clearwater River to finish his second year of paddling in Fort McMurray, Alberta.

Seth is looking forward to 2008, when he will be on a downstream run all of the way to Tuktoyaktuk via the Clearwater, Athabasca, Slave, and Mackenzie Rivers.

Seth's tentative arrival dates for 2006 are:

April 15th
April 26th
April 29th
May 12th
May 15th
May 19th
May 24
June 6th
June 13th
July 4th

Break for watershed conference and rest

July 25th
August 18th
August 29th
September 15th
September 16th
September 27th
October 9th

depart Montreal
arrive Ottawa
arrive Arnprior
arrive Mattawa
arrive North Bay
arrive Killarney
arrive Sault Ste. Marie
arrive Michipicoten
arrive Thunder Bay

Lake Simcoe Watershed

depart Thunder Bay
arrive Fort Frances
arrive Kenora
arrive Bloodvein
arrive Matheson Island
arrive Grand Rapids
arrive The Pas

            The above dates are a general route plan and may change. To get a more accurate idea of where Seth is at any given time, check the news section or stay in contact with Seth directly. He updates the messages on his voicemail line regularly. These messages include information about his most recent whereabouts.



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