Valérie Jolicoeur (expedition leader), Julien Bilodeau, Martin Trahan, Pénélope Germain Chartrand, Philippe Régnier, Annik Shamlian
The Blue gold paths is a historic canoe camping adventure which will see six pilgrims canoe and camp their way across Canada’s waters. The expedition will begin April 25, 2015 on the icy waters of Lake of Two Mountains Montreal and will conclude at nearly 7,000 kilometres from the starting point on October 20, 2015 in Inuvik on the snowy banks of the Mackenzie River. Over the course of this six-month odyssey they will trace the memories of some legendary explorers who traveled the inland route such as Pierre Gaultier de La Verendrye, Peter Pond, Alexander Mackenzie and those of First Nations.
The expedition will cross mainly the Boreal Shield and the Arctic. It will pass through three of the four Canadian watersheds, including the Atlantic basin, the Hudson Bay and the Arctic Ocean basin. Their goal is to raise public awareness of the importance of preserving the natural heritage and conservation planning, the wealth of water and the benefits of physical activity.
They will also create a documentary to show the essence and depth of daily life while tracing the history of the men and women who came before them. The documentary will then be presented in schools at educational conferences.