How To Strap A Canoe To A Float Plane – Côte Nord...

How To Strap A Canoe To A Float Plane – Côte Nord Adventure Ep. 2


In this episode, Tori, Buck, and I tie off all loose ends before we head into the wilderness. We watched as Labrador Air Safari expertly straps our canoe to the struts of the De Havilland Beaver for our float plane flight deep into the bush. Our drop-off point is Lac Fonteneau, a large wilderness lake that is the headwaters of the East Natashquan River. Fonteneau’s northern tip startles the Labrador border and we’re 118 miles from the nearest road when the bush pilot left us on a beautiful beach. It was Tori’s first ride in a float plane and she was a little nervous. Buck on the other hand was as cool as a cucumber and napped for the entire flight.



Here we are in that tash. Bond. It is freaking beautiful made it here last night got a little fire going

Folded the bed down on the back of our Mitsubishi Delica and just slept right here on the beach now

We're going to go grab a bite to eat in town

Lay our stuff hook

Is there anything [we] forgot is there anything that?

We don't want to bring and it's our last chance to do that before our float plane flight leaves which is at 2 so it

Is Rapidly approaching?

we're just here and face the lack level outside of Natasha Kwan and

We just weighed all our stuff looks like we just came in to be the right weight

We're flying out with labrador Air Safari into Lac, Fontana to paddles and [Antoshka] [Wants] East Branch

Really excited feeling a little nervous making [sure] we got everything

This is very precious Cargo. We have here. So I'm feeling really

Very excited, but also extremely nervous. This is going to be like very first Hawaiian Wilderness trip ever longest

canoe trip ever

Jacque and Daniel are going to show us how to tie a floatplane no none

Yeah, tie a floatplane to a canoe

They're going to show us how [to] tie a canoe to a floatplane, so let's watch how they do it

You making sure that the propeller doesn't hit the canoe. Thank you

labrador Air Safari used for Ratchet straps secure the canoe to the plane

[two] large straps in the Middle over the Haul held it down tightly while

additional smaller straps held the bow and Stern carrying handles two D-Rings in the pontoon

Some bush pilots use two ropes over the hall with a third rope in between them to hold together

which is also an effective method and if the [candle]

Touched the tail yeah

problem yeah, yeah

Okay, yeah, okay, Joshua nice crib. Yeah, absolutely. Thanks for all your help

So we're just taxiing out when beaver and we got our first pilot here [serge]

To head out I guess you could say [our] trip is officially under

Nobody paddles the east breads the Natasha quan is very remote

And there's two massive canyons on it each one is 5 kilometers long

Hopefully that doesn't mean 10k of portaging, but there's going to be some serious rapids. There's still those nerves

You know because it's [mother] [nature] wants to slam the door on you. She will so let's keep our fingers crossed here

[love] a graceful exit for the Buckaroo

After the hour and 15 minute long flight left us on a beautiful beach. We are completely on our own and

118 miles from the nearest Road

Looked like [a] great place [to] [kin]

But wanting to put some kilometers behind us we ate lunch and began paddling North towards the labrador border


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Jim Baird is an Adventurer, videographer, writer, photographer, and talent. His previous rolls include extensive work with a map company as well as guiding and prospecting. Jim has shot video for Cineflix productions, BBC Worldwide, 13 Minds, and The Weather Network US. He's produced video series such as “The Kesagami River Solo” and “Lessons From The Trail with Jim Baird”. Jim’s content has also appeared in print for several publications that include Explore, Canoeroots, Real Fishing, Ontario Out of Doors, Outdoor Canada, Canoe & Kayak, and Field & Stream magazines. Jim is an expert woodsman, white-water canoeist, survivalist, and a bold wilderness navigator. His expedition experience includes a solo trip down the canoe eating rapids of the Kesagami and then along the tempestuous James Bay coat, an 800-mile snowmobile expedition across the Northwest Passage, 300miles above the Arctic Circle. A month long descent of the Northwest Territories Kuujjua River in the Arctic Archipelago, followed by 120-kilometers of paddling on the Arctic Ocean. He's also completed a 33-day canoe expedition via four rivers including the Adlatok in northern Quebec and Labrador.