Grand Portage Dispatch: Soaring Peaks, Capitol Views and Aurora Borealis
From the mountains, through the prairies, to the shores of the Great Lakes, our team of adventurers is traversing breathtaking landscapes and downtown cityscapes, connecting with new friends along the way.
The striped canoe is making progress! Our adventurers have steadfastly paddled and portaged it across mountain lakes, through golden canola fields, past downtown legislature buildings and along woodland trails. They are currently making their way across Ontario with a few big stops planned along the way.
Watch some of the Grand Portage highlights in our video playlist:
To meet the team and experience the beginning of their journey, you can read the first installment of the Grand Portage Dispatch. Here are some favourite moments from the second leg, courtesy of team member Ryan Regehr.
“We went on a hike to Bow Falls, which is along the Great Trail. Just as we left the trail and began walking to the truck, we spotted an elk along the side of the road. After the hike, we visited what we were told is Canada’s smallest Hudson’s Bay store and did a portage into the store. We ended the day with an evening paddle to Vermilion Lake via Forty Mile Creek.”
“We paddled out underneath the magical stars to a little island at Rushing River Provincial Park. The sky came to life as Aurora shone brightly above us. The colours were absolutely breathtaking. Check that off the bucket list!”
“Today we met up with speed skater Laurent Dubreuil and we paddled the Assiniboine River to the forks where it meets up with Red River right in downtown Winnipeg. We passed the legislature building, which we were told was an iconic Winnipeg view. From there, we attended a Grand Portage celebration at CF Polo Park, spending the afternoon in the photo booth and listening to the band.”
There are many more celebrations happening at Cadillac Fairview locations across Canada. Find one near you and RSVP on Facebook. The next celebration will be in Toronto on Saturday, August 5 at the CF Toronto Eaton Centre.
“At Neys Provincial Park, we met and chatted with incredible adventurer Dianne Whelan, who is documenting her journey along the trail in her new adventure film, 500 Days in the Wild. She is on a 23,000 kilometre journey, hiking, biking and paddling The Great Trail. We joined her for the beginning of her 20 kilometre evening paddle.”
“Yesterday we spent the day in Tobermory, exploring and hiking along the shores of Lake Huron. The power in the area went out which made for some amazing stargazing along the shores.”
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