Technical and Background Notes

August 19-31, 2000

Participants:  Brian Beaton, Jon Berger, Jesse Terry, Tom Terry

Length of journey by canoe: 340 km

Length of Sutton River: 280 km

Flies: mosquito and blackfly heaven

More Photos  All Tom's photos are here.

First Nations  A map with info on the northern communities. 

Hudson Bay Polar Bear Park Expeditions Wildlife eco-tours

Local Fishing Outfitter 

Albert Chookomolin's Hawley Lake Camp

General Delivery, Peawanuk, ON P0L 2H0        705-473-2507

Matt Air  Bush plane service

Mathias Mitchell's Matt Air

P.O. Box 1267, Sioux Lookout, ON P8T 1B8    807-737-1020

Portages No.

Total Length

N. Washagami Lake to Cross-Over 0
Cross-Over 9

6.76 km.

Sutton Creek to Hudson Bay 1

365 M. (Gorge)


Canoe Atlas of the Little North

This trip was part of an extraordinary 40-year project by Tom and Jon to personally map the canoe routes of the Little North - the area north of the 50th parallel in Ontario and Manitoba, and west to the Nelson River in northern Manitoba. The Little North is the early fur trade name for this vast area covering over 500,000 square miles.

Many of these routes are rarely, if ever, used by recreationalists, yet remain as vital routes for the Anishnabeg the Ojibway, Oji-Cree and Cree peoples of the Little North.

The Atlas will be published in 2006 by Boston Mills Press. For a pre-publication offer contact Jon Berger at

      The Atlas will cover area within yellow line

                                                          Photo: Tom Terry

Getting There Jon (left), Brian and Jesse (behind Jon) on the Matt Air Otter heading north. A one-and-a-half-hour flight from Sioux Lookout took them to Pickle Lake for re-fueling. From there they flew another three hours to N. Washagami Lake. They were picked up by the Otter in the Sutton delta at the bottom of the river and returned by the same route.

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