01-Jun-2001 -- This was an ambitious (unsuccessful) attempt at a very
remote confluence. The confluence lies just outside the
boundary of French River Provincial Park, nearly 20 km from
the nearest road. Our proposed route involved about 15 km
of kayaking through the French River delta, to the nearest
point reachable by water. The second stage was to involve
a 4 km hike through the forest to the confluence point.
Our first hint of trouble came to us as we entered Wanapitei
Bay (see map). There was a very strong wind from the
south-southwest, and we paddled the length of the bay with
great difficulty. We eagerly anticipated the next leg of
our journey which, according to the map, should have been
along a route that was nicely sheltered from the wind.
Much to our chagrin, however, we found that as we entered
the Western Channel the wind shifted, and was now coming
straight from the east.
Having already spent much more time than we had planned
crossing Wanapitei Bay, and given our current state of
exhaustion, we decided it would be wise to temporarily
abandon the quest. We plan to return in the future, with
a more suitable means of transportation (ie. motor boat).