I've always had a passion for adventure, I've always been outdoorsy since I was a really young child, so it kind of started as a joke,' said Benoit Gendreau-Berthiaume of his family's plan to paddle from Edmonton to Montreal.
Photo Credit: Benoit Gendreau-Berthiaume)

Across wide Canada by canoe

The paddling home crew tests out their new 17 foot long prospector canoe ©  Courtesy Paddling Home 2015

It’s going to be an epic journey, and provide memories for a lifetime.

A young family of three, Benoit Gendreau-Berthiaume, his wife Megali Moffatt, and five year old son Mali, will be leaving on Friday for an epic journey across Canada.

It’s not just a long journey of about 5,000 kilometers, but they’ll be doing it by canoe, following the old fur-trading voyageur routes from Edmonton, to their home in Montreal. They have spent the past five years in Edmonton where Benoit has been completing his PhD in forest ecology at the University of Alberta.

They expect the trip to take four months, starting on May 1.  They will keep a blog which can be followed here and on Vimeo

© google

Every few days they’ll take a break from paddling, and when the weather makes it too dangerous to cross some of the larger lakes like Lake Superior where storms have been known to sink large freighters.

The trio has developed their canoeing experience with many short trips and a prepatory excursion from Edmonton to North Battleford Saskatchewan an approximately 400km trip. © Gendreau-Berthiaume- vimeo

Follow their progress here

Their canoe will be packed with about 3 weeks of supplies and will pick up additional supplies from caches made by friends along the route.

However, they’re not the only ones on a epic canoe journey.  Six other adventurers left Montreal this week headed in the opposite direction.

The members of the group who left Montreal this week heading west and north on a six-month, 7.000km journey to Inuvik © Les Chemins de L’or Bleu

In fact their journey is longer, from Montreal to Inuvik, about 7,000 kilometers also following the route of the fur-traders. This trip will take about 6 months

The route of the sextet on the “Gold-Blue Paths” © google

They’re calling the adventure- Following the Blue-Gold Paths-

They’re already nearing Ottawa and you can follow their daily progress on a “live” map here

Their trip with three canoes, will require about 150 portages, the longest some 27 kilometres and they expect to be paddling from 8 to 10 hours a day.

 (with files from CBC)

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