Explorer John Dunn Presents "Baffin Traverse" at Malaspina Theatre

September 30, 1996 - 5:00pm

On Wednesday, November 27 at 7:30 p.m., explorer John Dunn will present an audiovisual celebration of Canada's Arctic wilderness called, "Baffin Traverse" at the Malaspina University-College Theatre.

Dunn's multimedia presentation of the 192 day, 3,030 kilometre skiing, kayaking and hiking traverse of Canada's largest arctic island, gathers rave reviews like, "In our 20 years of presenting lectures, this one was the most spectacular and successful," from Alex Davidson, president, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

Dunn uses medium format projectors and a special wide screen to portray the arctic in all its beauty and majesty and complements arresting video and still photography with wilderness recordings, informative narration and music.

Highlights of the expedition were many and varied. During the journey the team had to cope with -40-degree C. temperatures in winter and mosquito-infested days during summer. Landscapes ranged from the fiords of Baffin's northeast coast to the "Great Plain of the Koukdjuak."

They crossed the Penny Ice Cap on skis and travelled the mighty Amadjuak River by kayak and reached the seldom visited Nettilling Lake, using ancient Inuit travel routes.

They battled blizzards and encountered polar bears as they raced to complete a final 375 kilometre hike home before the onset of winter.

Tickets are $10 general admission, $4 child/student and can be purchased at the Malaspina Nanaimo cashier's wicket in building 200, The Bookstore on Bastion Street or at Malaspina's Parksville Campus, and at the door if available.

For more information, call Community Education at 755-8775.

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