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Voyageur Canoeing in the Pacific Northwest


Hello Houston Canoe Club,
 
My name is Sharon Colht and in the summer of 2008, I participated in an adventure named the David Thompson Brigade.  At times there were 10-15 crews and we canoed across Canada in Voyageur 22 ft. North Canoes.  It was amazing and awesome.  I was one of 4 Americans who canoed with the Canadians. 
 
The 2008 David Thompson Brigade was a commemorative memorial event celebrating the famous mapmaker and explorer David Thompson.  The 2008 Brigade began in the Rocky Mountains and traveled the North Saskatchewan River and then the BIG Lakes of Manitoba – Winnipegosis – Manitoba – then upriver on the Red and Winnipeg Rivers into Quetico Provincial Park and onto Thunder Bay at Old Ft. William on Lake Superior.  It was the adventure of a lifetime.  We traveled in 6 man North Canoes and up to 300 folks from as far away as New Zealand and Australia participated.  I have a zillion new Canadian friends.
 
I am on the planning committee for the 2011 David Thompson Columbia Brigade.  Currently the Brigade is seriously looking for American participants.   The hope is to have this a joint U.S. – Canadian Venture.  We need crews or individual participation.  Folks can sign on for one day, one week or up to the entire trip.
 
The following short video clip will give you a taste of what can be experienced: YouTube
 
The 2011 Brigade will start in Invermere, BC and travel through Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon to the Pacific Ocean.  Communities will once again welcome us on the way.  Here is the route map: Columbia Brigade Route and Schedule

I know that some of our planning committee has previously been in contact.  Our new video is worth watching and it is my hope that you will forward it to your members.  Also is there a chance that you could put a link with the video on your website?  Thanks.
 
Please let me know if you are interested and do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or interest in any of the info in this email. .
 
All the best,
Sharon Colht
Phone: 847-306-0355