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Members of the 8 Rivers North Expedition guide their canoes over ledges on the Ferguson River in Canada’s Nunavut. In the foreground are Jake Bendel and Kari Smerud. With the second canoe are Tessa Olson and Adam Maxwell. (Photo courtesy of Alex Compton)

Expedition completed: Paddlers face challenges, wildlife encounters while crossing 900 miles of Canada on 8 river systems

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Sam Cook

The canoes have been left behind on Hudson Bay. The gear packs lie limp and empty somewhere. But the tans and the radiant grins on the faces of the paddlers remain as evidence of a remarkable journey.

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