The Magnet of the Tobeatic

November 2, 2009

I am slowly working through a backlog of photos that I want to share.  This post, I feel, is my first attempt to actually bring us up to the present.  From September 27th – October 3rd, I was on a men’s canoe trip with nine other men in the most mystical of places, the Great Tobeatic Wilderness.  Quite by chance, we traced the identical route taken by myself and the Whynots in April of this year, but I could trace it a thousand times over and still find wonderous new things, and discover that sense of adventure all over again.

Day 1: Jim Charles Point

Jim Charles Point

Jim Charles Point

We started our trip, interestingly enough, on Jim Charles Point.  The next morning, we drove around to Eel Weir instead of crossing Kejimkujik Lake because of high winds.

Day 2: Eel Weir

High Winds on Keji

High Winds on Keji

It was noon before we set out from Eel weir, but it would have taken a few hours of hard paddling to get across the lake anyway.  It is customary to take a photo of the crew before departure, and so, here is the entire crew, relatively dry and happy.

The Crew

The Crew

Marty and Handford

Marty and Handford

Here at Minard’s Bay, we had planned to do the puddle-hopping route through North Cranberry, Puzzle, Cobriele and into Mountain Lake.  Once we arrived here, though, we took a consensus and decided to brave the 2.3 km Big Hardwood Carry straight into Mountain Lake.

First Portage

First Portage

Big Hardwoods

Big Hardwoods

Big Hardwoods

Big Hardwoods

We stopped and had lunch at the top of the hill, halfway through the carry.  I figured we had a lot of eating to do, because those food bags were “soggy” as they say.  Handford thought maybe Brian has filled them with chains instead of food.

Mountain Lake

Mountain Lake

Beaverskin Lake Carry

Mountain-Peskawesk Lake Carry

We ended our first day on Ile de l’Orignal on Peskawesk Lake.  We were treated to a light show in the early evening as we made pita pizzas over the campfire.  There’s really no other place I’d rather be (except maybe IN the Tobeatic).

Peskawesk Lake

Peskawesk Lake Ladders

Light Show

Light Show

Day 3: Peskawesk Lake

Day 3 began in a heavy mist which threw a purplish blanket over everything.  As the sun rose, the mist quickly departed and we were back on the water, Tobeatic Bound.

Morning Mist

Morning Mist

Erratics

Erratics

Giants

Peskawesk Giants

On the carry between Peskawesk and Peskawa I spotted these plants which I had never seen before.  Can anyone tell me what they are?  They’re quite beautiful.  Jim wanted to include these in his Japanese rock garden.

What is it?

What is it?

Peskawa Lake

Peskawa Lake

Remembering the last time I was on Peskawa Lake, we stopped at the Warden’s Cabin to take a look around.  Things looked quite different here with so much less water, and the colors all being in full bloom.

Warden's Point

Warden's Point

Peskawa in Fall

Peskawa in Fall

Peskawa Afternoon

Peskawa Afternoon

And, of course…  home sweet Warden’s Cabin.

Warden's Cabin

Warden's Cabin

And.. a quick carry past the Mason’s Cabin into Pebbleloggitch Lake.

Mason's Cabin carry

Mason's Cabin carry

Remembering

Remembering the Expedition

Pebbleloggitch Lake is the gateway to the Tobeatic.  This stillwater marks the boundary of Kejimkujik National Park and here we are entering the Tobeatic Wilderness.

Gateway to the Tobeatic

Gateway to the Tobeatic

Dad and Jim

Dad and Jim

Tobeatic sign

Tobeatic sign

Colors

Colors

We went upstream a little ways to Granite Falls to stop for lunch.  It’s a part of the Shelburne River I’ve never been on and it was spectacular.

Granite Falls

Granite Falls

Granite Falls

Granite Falls

Granite Falls

Granite Falls

Granite Falls

Granite Falls

My dad is in these next two pictures, expertly camouflaged, and waving.

Hiding

Camouflaged

Granite Falls

Waving

We just got the tarp up and were all huddled inside while lunch was getting underway, and the sky opened up and it poured rain.

Pouring Rain

Pouring Rain

Lunch under a Tarp

Lunch under a Tarp at Granite Falls

Then, we retraced our steps back down the Shelburne River and headed deeper into the Tobeatic.

Downstream

Downstream

Leon snapped a few pictures of me as we waited to help guide the next canoe through a tricky patch.

Relay

Relay

Phil and Marty Coming Through

Phil and Marty

I love the look of triumph on Dad and Jim’s faces after they navigate the first of many little runs separating the stillwaters of the Shelburne.

Stillwater

Triumph! (or relief?)

And the sky once again opens up, this time raining harder than before.

Pouring Rain again

Pouring Rain again

Then the clouds gave us some distance as we reached Irving Lake.  From here it would be upstream to the “Lake of Spirits,” Sisketch Lake.

Irving Lake

Irving Lake

Sisketch Brook Stillwater

Sisketch Brook Stillwater

Sisketch Brook

Sisketch Brook

We all had a good laugh when Marty and Phil got back in their canoe facing each other.

Who's Driving anyway?

Who's Driving anyway?

Then, we entered Sisketch Lake, where the rocks change from large boulders sticking out of the water, to huge erratics the size of houses rising out of the lake.  There’s a strange pattern here as well of the large boulders being perched precariously on top of the huge rocks; it’s like nothing else we had seen so far on the trip.

Whale

Whale

The lack of blizzard-like conditions made our campsite much easier to find than April had allowed.  We perched ourselves on the top of a sloping rock that rose up from the dark water, like a giant turtle resting in the shallow bank.

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Sisketch Campsite

Read On… Tobeatic Part II

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3 Responses to “The Magnet of the Tobeatic”

  1. Margaret said

    gorgeous photos

    • gypsyproductions said

      Thanks!! I wish I had more time to keep really up to date, but eventually, I’ll bring myself back up to date. So many more photos to post, but there are just so many adventures to be had out there, and it’s hard to post about all of them!

  2. Dan Fraser said

    2 years to retire and this is how I intend to spend it!

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