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In June of 1970 on a return trip, from Camp 88 on Esnagi Lake, aboard the Algoma Central Railroad, Cliff Buckmaster, Al Litzenburger, and Paul Pfahler, as they crossed the many rivers on their way south, started a discussion about the feasibility of a Canadian canoe trip the following Spring. This discussion led to the organization of the first Gunnel Grabbers canoe trip on the Sand River in June of 1971.

I think that the following narration explains why this group has lasted for over forty years:

“I could carry, paddle, walk and sing with any man I saw. I have been twenty-four years a canoeman, and forty-one years in service: no portage was ever too long for me. Fifty songs could I sing. I have saved the lives of ten Voyageurs. Have had twelve wives and six running dogs. I have spent all my money in pleasure. Were I young again, I should spend my life the same way over. There is no life so happy as a Voyageur’s life

”Author Unknown"


Last Update-March 10, 2019 "Keep your shiny side down!!!"