Its humbling when you step into vast wilderness, or in our case when you get a floatplane to drop you off at Duo Lakes, in the heart of the Peel Watershed, in The Yukon, just outside the arctic circle, for a 14 day descent of The Snake River. Duo Lakes is about 200 miles from the nearest highway and an hour and half by floatplane to the nearest settlement. There is nothing so remote in the lower 48, where the farthest point from a road ” a specific spot in Yellowstone National Park ” is 20 miles.
Having recently completely the trip I can say that “The Big Wild” is descriptive of what we experienced. It also happens to be the name of an activist oriented, social networking community that wants to keep at least half of Canada’s public land and water wild forever. That’s a grand and important vision given that currently less then 10% of Canada’s wilderness is currently protected. Meanwhile, conservation science says that maintaining a healthy ecosystem in Canada requires that at least half of the land and water remain in its natural state.
The Big Wild refers to the part of Canada that is still in its natural state. The large roadless area where rivers flow free, big lakes and oceans lap against wild shores and animals of diverse species roam as they have for thousands of years. The Big Wild is every person across Canada and around the world that gives a damn about wilderness protection. Hats off to its founders – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and Mountain Equipment Co-op.
The Big Wild acknowledges the power of the collective. As they say, “since one voice is seldom heard in our hectic world, The Big Wild is a collective voice that will be heard across Canada and hopefully around the world.”