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Northern Passage

For John Dunn, the backcountry of British Columbia is as welcoming as his backyard.

'I try to find as wild a place as possible,' the photographer and adventurer says of his expeditions.

In early October, Dunn's fifth lecture series for the Society, 'Journey North,' will take audiences on a 2,500-kilometre trek from Tofino, on Vancouver Island, to Fort Nelson in northeastern B.C. (featured in 'Dunn's Crossing,' Canadian Geographic, July/August 1998).

Dunn's demanding excursion began with a solo kayaking journey north, along the west coast of Vancouver Island.

For the second stage, he teamed up with sevencolleagues to navigate the Inside Passage in a 10-metre canoe, and in the final and most difficult leg of the voyage, Dunn and companion Bob Saunders spent 54 days hiking and paddling across the Canadian Cordillera, each losing 14 kilograms in the process.

All part of the adventure, says Dunn. 'I feel safe and at ease out there. I just want to share the adventure and the beauty of the land.'

Dunn will visit Saskatoon, Regina, Edmonton and Calgary on a tour sponsored by the RCGS and Queen's University Alumni Association. Read the lecture details.

- Stefan Norman

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