Originally Posted by Michel Paquette
You have peaked my curiosity. I agree with you. It would be nice to go north also. The main problem on these more northern routes is the length of the sailable season.
Would you remember a few more details on the one you are talking about? Do they already have any lock system on it.
Yesterday evening I looked for a certain short length of straight cut In the river systems north of Noranda on a road map of Quebec, and couldn't find it.
In 1963 I spent a couple of university work terms at the Noranda copper mill in Noranda-Rouyn. A supervisor asked me if I'd like to go moose hunting with him one weekend. He wanted to go, needed someone else along, and his buddies couldn't go. I said sure!
I went and bought a Cooey 12 ga bolt action shotgun from Eaton's mail order for $56, and got a box of slugs for it, this being the cheapest moose gun I could get.
On Friday after work we set out. He drove about 20(?) miles north(?), we got into an aluminum
boat with an outboard
and set off across a lake. By this time it was pitch
black night. On the other side of the lake was solid black tree lined shore. He headed the boat into the black line of trees, a creek opened up and we went through into the next lake. Same deal. We went across the lake, aimed into the solid black line of trees on the other side and a creek opened up that dumped us into the next lake. We went through about 4(?) lakes this way.
We went through a cut. A straight man made cut had been made through the granite, with 7(?) foot high straight walls marked with drill holes for explosives, I dunno, about 20(?) feet wide and 5(??) miles long. My friend said the government had started a project to build a canal system from basically the St. Lawrence river system to James Bay through Quebec, and had abandoned the project. The cut was of that.
We got to his camp site soon after that.
We almost got a moose. My friend called and called. There was one around, but it was late in the mating season so it was wary.
I vaguely remember seeing that short stretch of straight canal on a Quebec road map once.
That's what I know. I think that if you're seriously interested the best bet would be to get in touch with a Canadian or Quebec government department that would know about such things. Or else buy a round in a Noranda-Rouyn tavern during moose season when they're talking about great moose they have known.