Lake Winnipeg Circumnavigation
Alex Martin’s Lake Winnipeg circumnavigation took him around the shoreline of Lake Winnipeg, a 1, 750 km distance. The trip began on Wednesday, June 27th at 10 a.m. from the beach at Grand Marais Point, inside of Grand Beach Provincial Park.
Alex paddled from Grand Beach to the southernmost point of the lake, and then continued up the west side of the south basin. The south basin is what many people consider to be “cottage country”; with shorelines dotted with cottages and homes, and watercraft frequently visible on the lake.
The communities and towns continue into the larger north basin which is, in some sections, much more secluded and remote. Sections of the north basin took Alex hundreds of kilometers from the nearest community.
While circumnavigating Lake Winnipeg, Alex paddled the shoreline of a number of areas recognized for their importance in the lake's ecology, such as the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pimachiowin Aki, Fisher Bay Provincial Park, and Kinwow Bay Provincial Park.
Because of the seclusion faced during parts of the trip, maintaining communication was vital for safety. A VHF radio and GPS locator allowed for continued communication with people around the lake. This is also what allows for the GPS mapping, which marked Alex’s position as he goes around the lake!
Be sure to check out the Blog page which features photos and stories from the trip!
Photo by Nick Decker