Northern Saskatchewan’s longest and most historic portage trail spans the plateau linking the Churchill and Arctic watersheds. In 1778, the famous explorer, Peter Pond, guided by the Dene First Nations crossed this 20.5km trail, opening the first practical overland trade route to the Northwest.
From 1965 through to 2007 the western St. John’s schools used this portage to move overland from the Churchill to the Arctic watersheds (and sometimes the reverse). Many, many students have experienced this portage, and all of you will have stories about it.
This gallery of pictures comes from the June 1979 Methye Portage trip. They are the first I have come across and certainly tell the part of the story of the portage.
Send us your stories of the Methye Portage.