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This July 2012 I am paddling the George River from Labrador City to Ungava Bay and publishing a book of the resulting photographs.

This July 2012 I am setting out to paddle the George River from Labrador City to Ungava Bay in the north. I will be following much of the route of Leonidas and Mina Hubbard and will be publishing a book of the resulting photographs.

In 1903, Leonidas Hubbard departed North West River with the goal of paddling and portaging across the Labrador peninsula to the Ungava Bay to the north. Hubbard was an outdoors writer from New York City and although passionate about canoeing he had little practical experience in the bush. Unfortunately their expedition was plagued by poor judgement and bad luck. After leaving North West River they took a wrong turn and spent much of the expedition trying to get back on course. With food supplies running out and cold weather approaching Hubbard decided to turn back. Unfortunately the decision came too late and Hubbard died of exhaustion just 30 miles from North West River. 

Determined to complete the trip in her husbands memory, Mina Hubbard set out in 1905 to paddle the George River. Thankfully, her expedition was a success and she became the first adventurer and the first woman to complete the feat. 

I've always dreamed of paddling to the arctic and have been fascinated by the Hubbards' story. I find it to be one of the great true adventure stories of our century and yet at the heart of it, it is also a love story. The idea of following the footsteps of someone you love to be closer to them I find beautiful and haunting. I hope to incorporate these ideas into my photographs. 

With your generous support I hope to share this experience and the story of the Hubbard expedition with people unfamiliar with Labrador and its inspiring landscape. Thank you so much for checking out my project and please continue to follow our progress as we prepare for our adventure this summer. 

Limited Edition Photographs: 

View over Labrador City, 2011

Leaving Lake Melville, Departure Point of Hubbard Expedition, 2011

Lone Pine, Labrador, 2011

Forest Fire, Happy Valley Goose Bay, Labrador, 2011

Lake Melville View (diptych), North West River, 2011

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    With a pledge of $1 you will be added to my email list and receive a link to Lure of Labrador blog featuring updates on trip planning, details of canoe route, photos and other daily inspirations.

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    With a pledge of $5 you will be added to my spot pager list and receive GPS location updates while I am paddling the George River this July 2012. Spot pager coordinates with Google maps showing progress.

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    With a pledge of $10 you will receive a limited edition photograph as a postcard mailed to your home address.

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    With a pledge of $25 I will travel the George River with one of your personal photographs (maybe of someone you love). I will use those photographs as inspiration during my trip. Due to limited space, photos should be approx. 2x3" in size and emailed to me unless you want me to have original photograph. I will laminate all photographs to ensure they remain undamaged by water.

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    For $50 you will receive a signed copy of the book (when it is published this fall 2012) and a limited edition 8x10" photograph.

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    For $100 you will receive a signed copy of the book, with your name added to the Acknowledgements section, and an 11x14" limited edition photograph.

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    For $200 you will receive a signed copy of the book, your name added to the Acknowledgements section, and an 11x14" limited edition photograph and your name will be added to my canoe tripping shirt listing you as an expedition sponsor. My trip shirt will be photographed every day on the river in front of various scenic locations showing your support.

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    For $500 you will receive a signed copy of the book, your name added to the Acknowledgements section, your name will also be added to my tripping shirt and you will receive a limited edition 20x24" photographic print.

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    For $1000 you will receive a signed copy of the book, your name added to the Acknowledgements section, your name will also be added to my tripping shirt and you will receive a limited edition 20x60" photographic diptych print.

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