Jonathan and Kirti Walpole's 950 km canoe journey across Northwest Territories and Nunavut in July and August of 2014

Day 9

Weather: Sunny, warm, light tail wind
Distance: 37 km and one portage.
Location: Latitude:63.75782, Longitude:-104.75458 at 07/21/2014 15:21:57 PDT
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Today was fabulous. We had warm sunny weather, a light tailwind, and current helping us nearly all day. We were able to average 8 km per hour. The scenery was spectacular, with vast expanses of white sand, and huge sandy eskers for much of the day. We stopped for lunch at a particularly spectacular spot here. After lunch we walked a bit and followed fresh wolf tracks across the sand.

The water was crystal clear and it ran over a broad sandy bottom for many km. In places the river bed was broad and quite shallow, and soon after we passed a section that reminded us of the white cliffs of Dover ... although this was not chalk.

Around 2pm we arrived at the beach above MacDonald Falls. With the large sandy eskers upstream and dramatic waterfalls downstream, this area was just awesome. We decided to portage the canoe today, and then portage our gear half way so we could camp by the falls and then complete the portage in the morning. Our camp spot was magnificent.

We explored the falls again in the evening light and then hiked out across the tundra for a few km. Once the bewitching hour arrived the bugs got pretty thick, but even that didn't spoil this evening. What a place!