Posts tagged: David Thompson
PADDLING — Paddling Across the Continent, a free program set for Monday (Jan. 23), documents a series of trips spanning eight years by Bob Rust of Sandpoint and a group of Inland Northwest companions who kayaked, canoed and hiked across North America.
I detailed the journey in this 2008 Spokesman-Review feature story.
Rust paddled 2,900 miles from Astoria, Ore., to York Factory on the shore of Hudson Bay, following the overland and paddle routes of David Thompson, fur trader and cartographer.
NATIONAL PARKS — To celebrate the bicentennial of fur trader David Thompson’s journey down the length of the Columbia River, a series of programs is being organized this month at the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area.
More than 100 hardy adventurers will paddle 50 foot voyageur canoes along the route surveyed by Thompson, who penned the first complete maps of the region. The canoe voyage is organized by the David Thompson Columbia Canoe Brigade.
The stops include old fur trading settlements such as Fort Colville, Fort Okanogan, Fort Vancouver and Fort Astoria/Fort George at the mouth of the Columbia.
Events are being planned in communities along the paddlers’ route. Among them:
June 17-18, at Kettle Falls Historical Center – Presentation by author/historian Jack Nisbet, canoe races and rides, small fur trade encampment and birch bark canoe building demonstrations.
The George Sibley film “Shadows of David Thompson” will be shown.
All-you-can-eat breakfast, served by the American Legion, starts at 7 a.m. June 18 at the Historical Center. Cost: $4.
Free rides in the voyageur canoes will be offered by The Brigade at:
ADVENTURE — Historian and author Jack Nisbet of Spokane will give a slide presentation on “David Thompson among the Kalispel” this month in the cultural heart of the tribe's reservation.