Crossing Quetico

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Leaping, portaging, paddling, casting, devouring, navigating & Canada.


In the twilight hours of summer, two surgeons, a psychotherapist and a photographer set out in two canoes on a five-day, fifty-mile traverse of Quetico Provincial Park in northwestern Ontario. Through all types of conditions and terrain, they paddled and portaged their way across a remote, pristine portion of the Canadian Shield. The old-time outfitter who set them up was taciturn and skeptical from the outset, but, upon completion, he said with the slightest of smiles, “Got any colder out there, you’s be ice fishing,” and closed up shop for the season. —Casey Kelbaugh

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Casey Kelbaugh is a photographer based in New York City. He recently completed a project documenting kite culture in Bali, is working on a long-term story about some of his neighbors in the Catskill Mountains and is photographing influential artists in their studios for a forthcoming book for Phaidon. (All images © Casey Kelbaugh)

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3 Comments

  1. Great pictures !!! Looks like a wonderful adventure .

  2. Under the regulations of the U.S. Forest Service, the Quetico Provincial Park and the La Verendrye Park, each group is limited in size to no more than 9 people, and no more than 4 watercraft. We will go over all the details with you at the time you make your reservation with us.

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