On April 3rd 1924, I began a trip with dogs from Fort Smith to Fort Resolution on Great Slave Lake, across the lake and up the “North Arm” to Fort Rae and back to Resolution—over 700 miles allowing for “double tracking”—a distance which we did in about 6 weeks.
It happened this way.
A Survey party came out from Ottawa to survey the shore line of the lake. None of them had ever been in the North before except Mr. Russell, the man in charge, who had only been “inside” once before.
W. McDougall, the Government Agent at Fort Smith, asked me to go, nominally as dog driver, but in reality to give the party the benefit of my years of experience in that country