13 Fort Simpson

Trip Start May 04, 2009
Trip End Oct 15, 2009

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13 Fort Simpson

Flag of Canada  , Northwest Territories,
Friday, August 7, 2009

We left the Ingraham Trail early but stopped in Yellowknife for supplies, laundry and the internet; then new adventures awaited. Our goal was Fort Providence on the first day where we fished for Bogie on arriving and also for an hour the next morning -- caught and released numerous large Pike but the Pickerel still elude me (one got away when I tried to adjust the reel drag). This is also the only route that we will backtrack in the NWT since we are eventually heading for Fort Nelson in BC via the Liard Trail. It is interesting that the smoke from numerous BC fires is starting to affect the crystal clear skies of the north.

After a quick shower in the morning (luxury) and breakfast cereal with fresh picked Saskatoon berries, we ferried the Mackenzie River and headed towards Fort Simpson (originally named Fort of the Forks) where the Liard and Mackenzie Rivers meet. The sky is still a little hazy but the expected rain will hopefully clear the horizon again. On the way, a Black Bear challenged us for use of the gravel road (another thousand kilometres on dirt) -- the van eventually pushed him to the side of the road.

The Liard River is huge and is fed by many other rivers, including the Nahanni, but is still much smaller than the mighty Mackenzie River that pours out of Great Slave Lake. Fort Simpson, with a population of six-hundred, is kept alive by the ferry -- most of the town is supported by rich paddlers accessing the numerous rivers via plane (including the Nahanni National Park Reserve).

Also spent last  night out -- we ate at the “Sub-Arctic Kitchen” in advance celebration of Cindy’s birthday on Sunday August the ninth. The Chinese food was actually really good (hot ginger beef plus curried vegetables with steamed rice) considering that we are in the far north.

Decided to stay in Fort Simpson only one night -- off again towards the Liard Trail to view the only real mountains in the NorthWest Territories… More updates soon.
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