Stepping Stones of Ungava and Labrador book by Nigel Foster
If you are reading the book (or have already read it), you may enjoy the following resources; Maps shows all the places named in the text. Images offers you color images referenced to the appropriate chapter or page in the book. Bibliography lists reference books and documents used in the research for "Stepping Stones". Baffin Island offers more details about the 1981 trip that is part of the "Stepping Stones" story.
In 1981 Nigel Foster flew to Iqaluit to begin a solo kayak trip south toward northern Labrador. A magical trip in its own right, things went a little awry while crossing Hudson Strait, resulting in several hours battling a tide race in the dark before a bruising landing on Lacy Island in the Button Islands. In perspective, at this stage in the trip Foster, with frostbitten fingers, was 300 miles from the closest village with no way to communicate with the outside world. With unimaginable good fortune, eight days later he ran across and hitched a ride south on an oil tanker.
In 2004 Foster returned to northern Labrador with his then girlfriend (now wife) Kristin Nelson. Launching from Kuujjuaq in Northern Quebec the couple paddled the Ungava Bay coast to the place Foster had boarded the oil tanker 23 years earlier. From this remote location, the couple completed the trip to Nain that Foster originally planned for 1981.
The story of the two trips forms the backbone for "Stepping Stones", which offers an insightful view of Ungava and Labrador, exploring historical stories about settlement and relocation, about the early days of flight, hidden weather stations, missions and trading posts.
Meeting polar bears more often than people, the couple paddled among icebergs, landed on rocky ledges to camp at night beneath the snaking aurora, and discovered the background of Inuit legends about bear and wind.
We hope you'll enjoy the book, so we won't spoil the story with too much detail! However, you can read a little more by clicking the links to; Baffin Island 1981 and Labrador 2004.