07 Fort Smith
Trip Start May 04, 2009
23Trip End Oct 15, 2009
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Where I stayed
Queen Elizabeth campground
Fort Smith (mostly in NWT but some of it in Alberta) is on the Slave River at the last rapids (Rapids of the Drowned) before reaching Great Slave Lake and was originally part of the supply chain for the fur trade. Upstream past three other rapids (Cassette, Pelican and Mountain) is where Fort Fitzgerald (now nothing exists except a couple of houses for sale) was situated about twenty-two kilometres away.
It has rained since we arrived but except for some minor seepage our tent is habitable and, most importantly, our sleeping bags are dry
Rain abated around 18:00 Mountain Time -- hopefully we can set-off toward the wilds of Wood Buffalo National Park in the morning. After packing away the tent in a wet-mode and waiting for the Wood Buffalo information centre to open, we trekked down to the Rapids of the Drowned to view the White Pelican colony; these are definitely magnificent birds and this is the closest I have ever approached a White Pelican.
I will report again sometime in the next three weeks (currently our maximum food cache) from Wood Buffalo National Park.