Ground Gale at sunset, Caribou Point, St. Ignace Island Lake Superior
The Canadian Weather
Service issued a
"Dangerous Windchill
Warning" for this storm
that roared in precisely at
7 pm February 9th with
70km/hr winds and
deeply sub-zero temps.  A
"Ground Blizzard" the
reduced severely by
blowing snow, even while
the sun weakly
glimmered through the
Snow Walkers back in Nipigon,
Ontario February 13th. Left to Right:

Jon Farshmin; Duluth, MN
Chris Gibbs; Cambridge, MN
Gary McGuffin; Goulais River, ON
Rob Mullen; Bolton, VT
This expedition was an exploration of the beauty and recreational opportunities of the newly designated   

Winter is the defining season of the Boreal Forest which is sometimes called the "Snow Forest" and as such
it was also an opportunity to expand on WREAF's summer and autumn expeditions of the Boreal Forest.

We started from Scania House in Nipigon, Ontario where we had spent the night of Feb 1.  We traveled out    
across Nipigon Bay  to St. Ignace Island, the second largest island in Lake Superior and the largest island
in the NMCA where we spent the next 10 days exploring before returning to Nipigon.  

The town of Nipigon treated us like conquering heroes upon our return, with a welcoming committee that      
escorted us in so that we wouldn't miss the petroglyphs or the safe route across the river, dinner with the
mayor and plaques for "Crossing the Line at 49" since we did come into Nipigon - the most northerly             
freshwater port in North America - by water, or ice in our case.
Anishinabe petroglyph along the Nipigon River
Jon pulling his toboggan over the ice of Nipigon Straight, Lake Superior
Gale sweeping across the setting sun at Caribou
Point, St. Ignace Island, Lake Superior
from pulling through the forest
on St. Ignace Island
Anishinabe pictograph
along the east shore of
the Nipigon River
La Grange Island in the morning
light from our last camp through a
pressure ridge
View from last camp at
Honeymoon Cove
Wind-packed snow with
the tracks of a wolf that
crossed shortly before us
along the Nipigon River
Sunset over Caribou Point
through the ground blizzard that
kept us hunkered down for two
Light across Nipigon Bay on the
way to St. Ignace Island
Constellation Orion over winter camp, St. Ignace Island Lake Superior
Our companion for much of the
trip; Orion the Hunter above
camp on St. Ignace Island
The following Photos are by
Gary McGuffin
Jon packing up in the tent to break camp
Winter camp at night
Snow Shampoo
Photo: Gary McGuffin