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Quetico Provincial Park welcomes the David Thompson Brigade

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Quetico Provincial Park welcomes the David Thompson Brigade

Events Celebrate Bicentennial Canoe Trip

From July 1 to July 7, Quetico Provincial Park will host 200 canoeists from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain and the United States known as the 2008 David Thompson Brigade.

The 2008 David Thompson Brigade is celebrating voyageur and map-maker David Thompson's bicentennial and promoting the exploration of Canada's waterways by canoe. The group will take 63 days to travel the 3,600 kilometres from Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, to Fort William Historical Park in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

The brigade will be paddling through Quetico Provincial Park's backcountry, arriving at the Dawson Trail Campground on July 5.  Special events planned for their arrival include:

  • Saturday, July 5, at the Dawson Trail Campground from noon to 6:00 p.m.: Voyageur canoe races; a musical performance by master fiddler Pierre Schryer; voyageur songs and dancing; and a trading post with arts and local products.
  • Sunday, July 6, in the Town of Atikokan from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m.: Arts and local products at the Atikokan Museum; Highland dancing and Scottish country dancing; and a performance of voyageur songs with Rodney Brown at the Atikokan Intergenerational Arts Centre 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Quick Facts

  • Quetico Provincial Park is a 475,800-hectare protected, pristine wilderness retreat of international acclaim west of Lake Superior on the Canada-United States border.
  • David Thompson (April 30, 1770–February 10, 1857) was an English-Canadian surveyor, map-maker and fur trader, known as the “greatest land geographer who ever lived.”

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“Ontario's provincial parks protect many wonderful, historically significant lakes and rivers that visitors can enjoy. The David Thompson Brigade events in Quetico Park provide a unique opportunity for people and families to share in the learning of an important time in Ontario’s history.”

Donna Cansfield

Minister of Natural Resources

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