Modern Adventures

Many people over the last two centuries have recreated parts of Franklin’s journey. The Coppermine in particular has been a popular destination due to its historic significance, scenic beauty, and straightforward run.

Incidentally, in 2021, two centuries after Franklin, Nahanni River Adventures is offering a canoe and rafting expedition down the Coppermine. Other outfitters such as Canoe North Adventures have also journeyed down the river in years passed.

Bob Saunders and companions spent six summers between 2006 and 2012 hiking, canoeing, and kayaking their way through much of the mainland Arctic. Their epic journeys significantly overlapped not only with Franklin’s overland expeditions, but also Back’s in 1834, and Rae and Richardson’s searches for Franklin in the late 1840s and 1850s.

Routes of the Saunders’ Expeditions

I still don’t understand how you can pack 70 days of food into a kayak but I guess it can be done with comfort.