On to Georgian Bay…

Our next obstacle after the hydro dam at Portage-du-Fort was the Bryson dam. Here we were fortunate enough to meet Jennifer and Arlene who helped portage our gear, gave us food and a place to stay for the night.Bryson

After Fort Coulonge we began to encounter some truly beautiful landscape

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Our next, and last, big portage on the Ottawa River was around the Rapids-Des-Joachims. Upon reaching  Mattawa we finally left the Ottawa River with its historic high waters.

We spent the night in Mattawa where unfortunately Pascal stepped on a nail.  Despite the pain he continued the journey and got a tetanus shot in North Bay.  Thanks to Bernie who helped us with the Le Vase Portage, taking us from the western most end of the Mattawa River to North Bay on Lake Nipissing where Pascal got a tetanus shot.

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Bernie at the Le Vase Portage

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Lake Nipissing was very windy and stormy when we started out but we managed to get through it and into the French River without much delay.

Our descent down the French River was uneventful but very beautiful with lots of wild flowers in full bloom and numerous species of birds.  It was our first down-stream experience since Quebec city which was a really nice reprieve.

French River 2French RiverCook FireThe French led us to Georgian Bay where again the wind and waves made the going tough and slow.

Upon reaching Killarney on Georgian Bay, Constant decided not to continue with the expedition due to severe joint and muscle pain. After taking a few days to sort things out Pascal will be continuing the expedition solo.

 

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