Grand Portage Dispatch: The First Launch, Stunning Lakes and Olympic Friends
Almost two weeks into their coast-to-coast journey along Canada’s Great Trail, our team of adventurers has already experienced unforgettable moments.
The Hudson’s Bay Multi Stripe canoe first touched water in Victoria, BC on June 22 and it’s since taken our team through British Columbia’s unique landscapes, Vancouver’s Stanley Park and Deep Cove, then Whistler’s Lost Lake and Alta Lake, Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, Alice Lake Provincial Park and back to Squamish. With weeks to go until the final Grand Portage celebration in Ottawa on August 26, we want to take a moment to introduce you to our team of Grand Portage adventurers.
From left to right:
Rebecca Watts is our Route Manager. She makes sure we stay on track and on time.
Ryan Regehr is our Content Specialist, capturing images and writing diary entries that help us tell the story of the Grand Portage from coast to coast. Enjoy some of his favourite moments below.
Kevin Gavin is our Lead Paddler. He has a range of outdoors skills to keep our team safe.
“The last half of our day in Whistler was spent with Ski Cross World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist Ashleigh McIvor DeMerit and her son Oakes. We all went canoeing around Alta Lake with views of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain in the background. Oakes had a great time cruising around and telling Kevin and Ashleigh what direction to head.”
“Olympic snowboarder Spencer O’Brien took the canoe around Lost Lake.”
“Today we celebrated National Canoe Day by heading to one of the most beautiful lakes I know: Joffre Lakes Provincial Park just outside of Pemberton, B.C. We walked the canoe down to the first lake and Kevin and Rebecca took her for a spin.”
“Olympic triathlete Simon Whitfield (second from left) joined us for our first Grand Portage celebration in Vancouver at the CF Pacific Centre.”
Our team of adventurers is seeing so much every day, and you can follow @hudsonsbay on Snapchat for daily updates. We also invite you to join the adventure and share your own Grand Portage moments with #HBGrandPortage
The Grand Portage is travelling across Canada in support of connecting the remaining 2,200 kilometres of The Great Trail, Canada’s cross-country network of recreational trails. Each donation supports this goal through the HBC Foundation’s Grand Portage program.
The HBC Foundation will donate $10 and $2.50 from each Grand Portage Collection paddle and keychain sold, and 10% of the sale price from the Grand Portage Collection, to the Trans Canada Trail, a non-profit, registered charity. Charitable BN 829708403R R0001