"Pike’s Portage plays a very special role in the landscape of Canada’s Far North and its human history. It is both an ancient gateway and the funnel for early travel from the boreal forest of the Mackenzie River watershed to the vast open spaces of the subarctic taiga, better known as the "Barren Lands" of Canada.
"This book is a rich and wonderful comopendium of stories about this area and the early white explorers, the Dene guides, the adventurers, the trappers, the misguided wanderers (like John Hornby) as well as the modern-day canoeists who passed this way. For the reader, it provides an absorbing escape into the past and the endless solitude of the northern wilderness." – George Luste, wilderness canoeist, physics professor (University of Toronto), and founder-organizer of the annual Wilderness Canoeing Symposium.
"So why do people come to this place, this Pike’s Portage in particular? The call of landscape is potent and these word portraits collected here offer up some of those who have answered. Both subject and writer reveal the complexities of human perception. Some are called by the profound power of inherited cultural meaning, while a huge dose of imagination draws others from far away. These worlds seldom truly meet, even in a place as busy as this, but whether it is homeland or wilderness, human histories are recorded in footprints, place names, and memory, and here we stand with a magnificent view, marvelling at it all." – Susan Irving, Curatorial Assistant, Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife, NWT
About the authors
Morten Asfeldt has travelled extensively in the Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut on personal canoe, hiking and dogsled adventures, s a commercial canoe and raft guide, and with students as part of his teaching at the University of Alberta's Augustana Campus in Camrose, Alberta. Morten has published in academic journals and magazines, and has contributed a chapter to Nature First (Toronto: Natural Heritage Books-Dundurn Press, 2007). In addition, Mortn's photographs from the North appea in a number of books, magazines, brochures, and websites. Morten lives in Camrose with his wife, Krystal, and their two children, Jasper and Kaisa.
BOB HENDERSON has been guiding trips and teaching in the outdoors since 1973, primarily Outdoor and Environmental Education at McMaster University. Early years canoeing in Algonquin, Temagami, and Quetico eventually led to Arctic travel in Canada, Iceland, and Norway. These regions have been a focus of Bob’s writings concerning heritage travel and conceptualizing outdoor education and life. He now splits his time between Uxbridge and Algonquin Park in Ontario. His books include Every Trail Has a Story: Heritage Travel in Canada and Nature First: Outdoor Life the Friluftsliv Way. He serves as resource editor for Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education and Nastwagan: Journal of the Wilderness Canoe Association.Sean Blenkinsop grew up in the boreal forests of Canada’s north and is now a professor in the Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia. With more than 30 years in outdoor, environmental, and experiential education his interest in wild pedagogies comes quite naturally. He has been involved in starting three nature-based, place-based eco-schools (all in the public system) and has written extensively about these experiences and the philosophical underpinnings of eco-education.
Other titles by Morten Asfeldt
Other titles by Bob Henderson
Reflections from a Changing Landscape
Bob Henderson's Trails and Tales 4-Book Bundle
Every Trail Has a Story / More Trails More Tales / Nature First / Pike's Portage
More Trails, More Tales
Exploring Canada's Travel Heritage
The Dundurn Arctic Culture and Sovereignty Library
Pike's Portage/Death Wins in the Arctic/Arctic Naturalist/Arctic Obsession/Arctic Twilight/Arctic Front/Canoeing North Into the Unknown/Arctic Revolution/In the Shadow of the Pole/Voices From the Odeyak
Outdoor Life the Friluftsliv Way
Every Trail Has a Story
Heritage Travel in Canada