York Boat Captain by Teresa Griffith

York Boat Captain: 18 Life-Changing Days on the Peace RiverYork Boat Captain: 18 Life-Changing Days on the Peace River by Teresa Griffith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a lovely summer adventure book! Griffith and her husband printed this little work independently after she assembled a team of outdoorsy-type people to row a York boat 540 km on the Peace River, in a reenactment of the fur traders’ routes to bring their wares to the Hudson’s Bay Company outposts. It was set up as a publicity stunt by GeoTourism Canada to increase tourism in the rural Alberta area. As project manager, Griffith helmed the entire endeavor from start to finish; she found a company to build a York boat, scouted a crew for it, and captained the boat for the journey. They even wore period clothing (with the addition of life jackets). While the original plan was to eat much the same as the trappers did on their trips, so many locals brought out food and beverages while the boat was en route that it sounded more like they were at a resort. Albeit one more like a fitness boot camp, as they rowed around 20 km a day in all kinds of weather. Despite almost every setback imaginable, Griffith’s positive outlook hardly wavers. She’s not blindly optimistic, just certain that no matter what happens they will manage to muddle through it. I came to greatly admire her attitude, and perspectives on leading a group of people on a challenging adventure. While I’m assuming that this book won’t be widely available because it’s independently printed, on the off chance you come across a copy and you’re in the mood for a lighthearted adventure, why not give this one a try?

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