Jamie Bastedo on the Mackenzie River and Trans Canada Trail
by admin ~ March 8th, 2007
For two years in a row, NWT author Jamie Bastedo has traveled the Mackenzie and Slave Rivers for the NWT Recreation and Parks Association to document this historic river route and to provide a guide to the NWT portion of the Trans Canada Trail. Intended as more than a set of maps and river notes, the guide will explore the unique natural and cultural heritage of the Trail, and his experiences along the way. “There are hundreds of voices in the book,” Bastedo said. “The people along the route give it its spirit” (1). From Fort Smith to Whitefish station (an Inuvialuit whaling camp on the shores of the Beaufort Sea), Bastedo chronicles his many experiences in Deh Cho fishing camps, visiting historic landmarks, river communities, and more. He hopes his guide will provide a sense of the “living fabric” of the river for the many people who live along this portion of the Trans Canada Trail.
Jamie Bastedo is the author of numerous books on northern history, culture, and lands. In 2002, he won the Michael Smith Award for his contributions to science and his work as an educator, performer, and environmental consultant. His book Shield Country is an accessible reference book that tells the story of the geological scope and history of this largest landmass in Canada. He is a former host of CBC North, and currently resides in Yellownife, NWT. His trail guide is set to be released later in the year.