Video Update: Crossing an Icy Lake Winnipeg

Gulf-to-Arctic expedition still encountering snow and ice in southern Canada

When we last heard from the Rediscover North America canoe expedition, they were just south of the Canadian border on their 5,200-mile journey from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Ocean. Now, after passing through international customs by boat, they’ve nearly completed an arduous crossing of Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada.

Since they left the Louisiana coast in January, the six-man team has repeatedly encountered snow and iced-over waterways. And even now, with June just around the corner, they’re still fighting their way through ice-laden waters. “We’ve gotten pretty good at handling it,” says John Keaveny.

The Rediscover North America expedition walking their boats along the shores of Lake Winnipeg in May.

The Rediscover North America expedition walking their boats along the shores of Lake Winnipeg in May.

Check out their latest video update above, or click here for an overview of their expedition route.

Click HERE to follow the crew's progress (and here to follow Rediscover North America on Facebook).

Read more about the impetus for the expedition, funded in part with the $2,500 Expedition Grant presented by Shred Ready, which was awarded to Winchell Delano's 2,600-mile Trans-Territorial Canoe Expedition upon winning the 2013 Canoe & Kayak Awards Expedition of the Year.

The Rediscover North America canoe route.

The 5,200-mile Rediscover North America canoe route.