Some people are so at home in wilderness you know its from years of travel and living in the bush. Mike Lamothe is such a man and we`re proud to have him as a senior Friend of the Dumoine Volunteer.
Mike will go all alone to the trail for a week at a time in the spring and fall and work on the trail. Lately he has been developing the Bertrand Stopping Place Site at the mouth of the Fildegrand River clearing the trail, interpreting the old tools and foundations being discovered and converting windfall trees into bridges, benches and tables all with hand tools.
A walk with 80 year old Mike is a treasure chest filled with stories and facts about nature and the old ways.
Join Mike for a day hike down part of Sentier Dumoine.
Description: The objective is to give participants a greater appreciation of the natural landscape to make any future outing more fulfilling. You will be learning about edible and medical plants along the trail. Learning about the trees in the area, their properties from a merchantable, esthetic, medical/edible point of view and some of the challenges they face in their environment. Learning about the bigger mammals in the area from the mink to the moose.
You, as a participant will be given the opportunity to interpret certain signs left by animals or inanimate phenomena. When you develop that ability you can do your own learning.
Your guide’s background: Four years as District Biologist in Northern Ontario, many years of teaching survival and canoeing, working a big trap line in Northern Ontario and taught many years at a school for hunting and fishing guides. Worked as a hunting and fishing guide. Worked in a lumber camp as scaler. Built a cabin on a remote lake in Northern Manitoba. Spent a lot of time alone in the woods. Solo canoe trip from
Lake Athabasca in Northern Alberta to Newfoundland. I cut a lot of firewood and logs on my own property. Made a few YouTube videos on safe ice travel and building quinzees etc.
Preconditions: Just being able to walk a few kilometers on the trail. Bring a lunch ,camera, notebook suitable clothing and drink.
Max Group size 6…sold to one group or family of 2-6
Start at Grande Chute Visitor Centre Cabin, km 26 Grande Chute road 10 am
Lunch on the hike at a campsite
Finish 3-4 pm
Participants can drive back to Rapides des Joachims and Deep river for indoor accommodation or tent camp at one of the Sentier Dumoine primitive campsites (no services)
1 hour from Rapides des Joachims
lunch, transportation,road and camping passes