Quest for the Bay

Season 1 Episode 5

Episodes 3 and 4

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As seen on PBS comes this new "living history" series about eight "average people" (7 men and one women) who volunteer to relive an adventure. The epic 1200 kilometer journey by the Hudson's Bay Company fur traders of 1840s from Winnipeg, to the Hudson Bay. They undertake this journey through the heart of the Canadian wilderness in a historically accurate York Boat (a hand made wooden boat 40 ft. x 8 ft.) with only period provisions. Rowing 12 to 14 hours a day, carrying 180 lb. packs, shooting the rapids, and covering over 1200 kilometers, the trip will take eight to twelve weeks. The journey is a return to the real experiences when empires battled for the the wealth of the new world. Episode 3 "The Great Portage" the crew leaves the security of Norway House, as the York boat sets out into the northern wilderness. They fight their way over barricades of beaver dams and drag the boat through the leech-filled sloughs of the Echimamish River before reaching the arduous Robinson Portage. Episode 4 "Beyond Hell's Gate" the crew have reached the magnificent Hayes River. Whitewater rapids and razorsharp rocks damage the boat. The spirit of the group is threatened by a leadership struggle between two strong, but different men. A decision is made to run a dangerous set of rapids and calamity occurs.moreless

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