Almost all canoe brigades had to face a battle with some obstacle or another on their trips. There are stories of “beaver bashing” – ridding the route of beaver dams in order to get water flowing so the group could move along the river or creek. Or a narrow stretch of water clogged with fallen tree debris preventing the canoes from smooth going. Whatever the obstacle, it always took a great deal of time and patience to deal with it and move the brigade on. The photos shown here were taken in northern Saskatchewan on a route beginning in La Ronge and travelling through Nemeiben Lake, Mountney Lake, Otter Lake and back to La Ronge.

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