Video: One last trip down the Churchill River (1975)

In 1975, a trio of Canadian trappers took their canoe down the Churchill River before a dam drowned the river

Before the Churchill Generating Station in Labrador was built in the late 1970s, the Churchill River was a draw for canoeists, trappers and fishermen. With the looming completion of the Churchill project, a trio of Canadian trappers decided to take one last 321-kilometer trip down the river from Churchill Falls to Goose Bay. In this video by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the trappers discuss their fading lifestyle and visit old cabins along their route. This stretch of river is now dewatered and the river’s flow is stored in Smallwood Reservoir, the second largest reservoir in the world in terms of surface area.

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