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Okanagan Brigade Lecture: MacKenzie River Expedition

February 24, 2015 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Laurel Packinghouse
1304 Ellis Street
Kelowna, BC V1Y

Counting the days till spring? Itching for adventure? Let Kelowna Museums scratch that itch with one of our most remarkable presentations yet: The MacKenzie River - Dehcho Expedition 2014, featuring Wayne Wilson and Bob Groves, our Okanagan Brigade Lecture, Tuesday, February 24, 6:30pm – 8:00pm in the Laurel Packinghouse.

In the summer of 2014, twelve adventurers drove north from the Okanagan and the Hinton, Alberta area to meet in Canada's Arctic. From there they began an epic canoe journey down Canada's longest waterway - the MacKenzie River. Draining fully one fifth of Canada's landmass, the sheer size of the river combined with its remoteness brought a sense of awe to every day of the expedition.

The route took them 1500 km from Great Slave Lake at Fort Providence to Inuvik in the high Arctic, and at every bend of the river they faced not only new challenges and magnificent landscapes, but weather and isolation that was both dangerous and majestic. How did they do it?

“The fact that Wayne and Bob and their team survived this journey says something about the power of positive thinking, combined with true teamwork and sheer guts”, says Christina Neale, Programming Coordinator of Kelowna Museums Society. “As to precisely how they did it...come hear them and find out! Theirs is classic storytelling; the kind that inspires. Exactly the type of thing Kelowna Museums is all about.”

Like Wayne, Bob, and company, it’s good to treat our lives like an adventure. Never be afraid to paddle your own canoe. Come hear some ordinary people who took a most extraordinary canoe trip...and triumphed.

About Kelowna Museums Society
The Okanagan Heritage Museum is a facility of the Kelowna Museums Society, a non-profit, charitable organization dedi­cated to a greater awareness of the agricultural, wine-producing, military, and cultural heritages of the Okanagan. For more information please visit

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