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The Athabasca River

 

The Athabasca River, 1231 km long, rises in the COLUMBIA ICEFIELD, flows north through Jasper National Park, then northeast past FT MCMURRAY, Alta, to Lake ATHABASCA; it is the southernmost headstream of the MACKENZIE RIVER, and its chief tributaries are the Pembina, Lesser Slave and McLeod rivers. In northeast Alberta, it passes through huge deposits of oil sands containing BITUMEN. Near the river, the oil sands are close to the surface, and outcrops can be seen on its escarpment. Peter POND wintered on the river 1778; and the first freight route to the Rockies followed the Athabasca to Jasper and then by pack horses over ATHABASCA PASS. Goods were later moved by horse north from Edmonton to ATHABASCA LANDING and then by barge along the river. This route fell into disuse when the railway was built from Edmonton to Waterways (1917). 

 

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Our engine broke down on us. We were very lucky to be towed back to Shell Landing...

 

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Darcy the mechanic fixed our engine on the River.... 

 

 

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He had to take the cooling system apart three times... 

 

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   That was a lot of work... 

 

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The problem was pieces of an old impeller. The one in the lower unit was ok. But we have to change the waterpump. In the End we had to pay 2500 $....

 

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   ORCA tied at Ernie Harmanson's dock 

 

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   Arnie built this beautiful cabin by himself... 

 

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Arnie and his son Dave in the cabin

 

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This is the nicest cabin I ever saw in the bush ! ! ! 

 

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Arnie Harmanson in his cabin. Sadly Tar Sand mining is distroing his Live ....

         Thank you so much for your great northern hospitality Arnie

 

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  A night on the Firebag River... 

 

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    To bad they dont sell gas anymore... 

 

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     The little Museum... 

 

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  Very nice inside...

 

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They have a lot of interesting artifacts...

 

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         We went up the Richardson River...

 

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               One of the nicest so far... 

 

 

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  Big John cabins....

 

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                        ORCA at Big John's

 

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 We are entering the Embarras River, it flows into the Athabasca Lake... 

 

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We are in the Wood Buffalo National Park...  

 

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We made it to Fort Chip on the 15th of May.... 

 

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 They see us.. They are comming now... The PEST of the north... 

 

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