North American Expeditions

Frank Wolf's Self-Propelled Wilderness Journeys in North America
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2014- Sweetwater Soul Expedition

Frank Wolf and Rob Hart canoed 1,350 km from Pine Dock, MB to Fort Severn, ON.  The route crossed the narrows of Lake Winnipeg, then went upstream on the Bloodvein River, Sasagininnigak System, Giraffe Lake, Dogskin River, Family Lake, Black Birch Lake, and then the entire Severn River system source to sea.
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2013- Last First Expedition
Frank Wolf, Kevin Vallely, Paul Gleeson, and Denis Barnett rowed 1,870 km in 55 days from Inuvik, NWT to Cambridge Bay, NU before being stopped by pack ice in an attempt at the Northwest passage.
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2012- Kitturiaq Expedition
Frank Wolf and Todd McGowan paddled 620 km from Nain, NL to Kangiqsualujjuaq, QC via a new route that travelled West over the Labrador Plateau into the George River and then north to Ungava Bay.  The journey took 21 days to complete.
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2011-Boreal Heart Expedition
Frank Wolf and Todd McGowan successfully completed a 1,120 km canoe excursion from Pakashkan Lake in Ontario due north to Peawanuck up by the SW corner of Hudson Bay.  The route travelled along the Brightsand River, then through the length of Wabakimi Park, across the Albany River at Fort Hope, up to Winisk Lake and then down the Winisk River to Peawanuck. The trip took 24 days to complete. Feature article 'The Art of Trip' in Spring 2012 issue of Canoeroots Magazine.
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2010- On the Line expedition: Frank Wolf and Todd McGowan successfully completed a 2,400 km self-propelled journey by bicycle, foot, pack raft and sea kayak during a ground-level investigation of the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline project which would cross over 1,000 watercourses and bring oil supertanker traffic up the B.C. coast for the first time ever. See 'On the Line' page of this website for film trailer.
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2009- Mammalian Expedition: Frank Wolf and Taku Hokoyama canoed 2,004 km in 46 days from Yellowknife to Rankin Inlet. The route crossed the largest wilderness area in North America and the resulting film and articles will share the adventure and look into the issues facing the region from the perspective of the Inuit, Dene, and other stakeholders in this vast region. The main water links in the route are: Great Slave Lake, Stark Lake, Meridien Lake, Daisy Lake, Snowdrift River, Eileen River System, Sled Creek System, Timberhill Lake, Lynx Lake, Thelon River System, Baker Lake, Chesterfield Inlet, Barbour Bay, Machum Lake, Meliadine River System, Rankin Inlet. See 'Mammalian' page of this website to view film trailer.
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2008-Bay or Bust Expedition: Frank Wolf and Alex Raymont paddled 1,050 km by canoe from Opeongo Lake in Algonquin Park to Moosonee via the Amable du Fond, Mattawa, Ottawa, Lac Beauchene, Kipawa, Lac des Bois, Riviere Vaudray, Harricana River and James Bay. Feature article 'Friend or Foe' in March 2009 issue of Canoeroots.
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2007- Borealis Expedition: Expedition leader, filmmaker, photographer. Along with Taku Hokoyama, Frank completed a 3,100 km canoe expedition that crossed five divides as it travelled through the heart of the Boreal wilderness of Manitoba and Ontario. The trip departed from Portage and Main in downtown Winnipeg and arrived 75 days later at his family cottage near Parry Sound. The award-winning film Borealis- about the expedition and the environmental issues facing the boreal wilderness- is airing on CBC's documentary channel through 2010. See 'Borealis' page of this website to view a film clip.
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2005- Shining Islands:


Leader/videographer/photographer of successful 43-day, 930 km kayak circumnavigation of the Haida Gwaii archipelago in the North Pacific off the B.C./ Alaska coast.  See 'X-Quest' page of this website to view a film clip. Read Spring 2006 Adventure Kayak Magazine feature 'Highs and Lows in Haida Gwaii'
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2003- Bikes on Ice:
Photographer/Videographer. Successfully retraced the 2200 kilometre route by bicycle of turn of the century gold miners Ed Jesson and Max Hirschberg. Starting in Dawson our team of three cyclists travelled for 49 days along the frozen Yukon to the Northern coast of Alaska in March and April of 2003. We eventually ended up in Nome, being the first to cycle the historic winter route since Hirschberg and Jesson did so during the Nome Gold Rush of 1900. See 'X-Quest' page of this website to view a film clip.

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2001- Skagway to Dawson: 800 km by hike/kayak. With Kevin Vallely, Andy Sterns and Dave Norona we hiked the 53 km Chilkoot Trail and then kayaked the headwater lakes and Yukon River to Dawson.  Part one of journey to link with "Bikes on Ice" gold rush saga. The trip took 9 days.
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1998- Canadian Quest: 1500 km; 2 months; expedition leader/photographer/writer. Attempt to be the first to paddle across Canada West to East in a season. Ended when all of our gear was lost down a grade 5 white water canyon.
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1995- C2C: 8000 km, 171 days; expedition leader/photographer/writer. First and only successful coast to coast crossing of Canada by canoe in a single paddling season. Unsupported with one other partner