July 22 Mandolay, Chinlac, then to Finmore

Up early and down the Stuart River.

We paddled 60 km

to Mandolay ranch where we stopped to look around. Peter gave us some history about the old farm, destroyed by fire many years ago and long since deserted.

We had some excitement at the Chinlac Rapids where one voyageur canoe overturned. Everything turned out fine and it was a great learning experience for all, those in the water and those doing the rescue.

We stopped at Chinlac where we were met and shown the area. The First Nations did a drumming ceremony for us and a naturalist explained what had happened, giving us a tour. It is an important historical site.

After Chinlac we continued down the Stuart to the Nechako River. We turned west, paddling upstream to Finmore ending our 103 km paddle that day.

Some paddlers braved a swim in the very cold Netchako River before a chilly dinner around the campfire.