The Sloop Cove Hike
Zodiac to Sloop Cove, the fort’s winter harbour, to see 18th century signatures engraved in stone belonging to Hudson’s Bay Company men before tundra-hiking back amid wildlife to Prince of Wales Fort with stops at archaeological sites on the way.
Availability: July-August, dependent on weather and tides
Group size: min. 8 and max. 20 persons/group
Cost: $115 per person (2013 price, subject to change)
Zip in a Zodiac to Sloop Cove, Prince of Wales Fort’s winter harbour 3.2 kilometres (2 miles) up the Churchill River – now high and dry, the site has risen several metres since the 1700s, rebounding from the weight of long-gone glaciers.
Meet Parks Canada guides who introduce you to Hudson’s Bay Company men through their signatures – 18th century graffiti – engraved into stones. Hike easily in their footsteps across tundra ablaze with wildflowers 4 kilometres (2.5 miles) along the shores of Hudson Bay back to the fort watching seabirds and shorebirds, spotting beluga whales in the waters. Find fossils hundreds of millions of years old and drop in at archaeological sites to gain a sense of the rich history of the people who forged an existence here. Then catch a Zodiac across the river and back into the 21st century!