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Largest Montreal Canoe Ever Built Visits Ketchikan
by Dick Kauffman


May 18, 2004

Ketchikan, AK - The Spirit Dancer, a 42-foot Canot du Maitre (Montreal Canoe), arrived in Ketchikan late Monday morning with a crew of eleven Canadian paddlers. According to the coordinators of the trip Kris Cooper and Bob Saunders, the all-wood Spirit Dancer is the largest Montreal canoe ever built.

photo Montreal Canoe Ketchikan

The Spirit Dancer is well stocked with approximately two tons of supplies aboard...
Photo by Dick Kauffman

The Spirit Dancer's eleven member crew began their 3 1/2 month paddling adventure in Vancouver. The group is headed north to Glacier Bay with many planned sightseeing stops enroute - including Ketchikan. Ports of call prior to reaching Ketchikan included Prince Rupert, B.C. and Metlakatla. The group of eleven left Prince Rupert on May 11th with a one night stay in Metlakatla before arriving in Ketchikan on Monday the 17th.

The Spirit Dancer docked for a few hours Monday at Thomas Basin where the group was cleared by U.S. Immigrations. While in Ketchikan, the crew planned to visit a few shops and visits one of the fine local restaurants. Plans were to camp out overnight north of Ketchikan and to continue on northward Tuesday.

Kris Cooper, one of the coordinators of the trip, said the Spirit Dancer and crew plan to be in Petersburg in approximately one week. As they travel, the group will be camping out along the way and are well stocked with approximately two tons of supplies aboard the Spirit Dancer.

Many adventures await the crew prior to their return to Vancouver, B.C. which is expected in mid-August.


photo trip coordinators

Trip coordinators Kris Cooper (right) and Bob Saunders (left) at
Thomas Basin in Ketchikan ...
Photo by Dick Kauffman


photo Montreal Canoe Ketchikan, AK

The 42-foot Spirit Dancer is the largest Montreal Canoe ever built. The Spirit Dancer was photographed Monday in Ketchikan....
Photo by Dick Kauffman



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