This July two young families will attempt to paddle the length of the Mackenzie river, Canada’s largest and longest river, in a trip designed to challenge the current childhood trends of a sedentary lifestyle dominated by television and computer time…
The Paddle to the Arctic expedition is centered around getting kids outdoors. On average, children spend 35 hours a week in front of a screen and less than 25 percent of school-aged children participate in daily physical activity. The Paddle to the Arctic expedition will challenge these trends as three youngsters will document their experience in the rugged wilderness through blogs, videos and photographs.
The expedition is lead by one of Canada’s most renowned adventures and Explorer’s Club member Kevin Vallely. His wife and two daughters, aged 12 and 10, will be joined by Intensive care physicians Craig Fava and Carole-Anne Yelle and their 11 years old son.
“The perspective of a child will be a refreshing change to the often monotone voice of adventure dialogue,” said Vallely.
Sponsored in part by apparel and PFD-maker Kokatat, the expedition will cover 1750 kilometers from Great Slave Lake to the Arctic Ocean through one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world.