Superb canoe builder Jack Hurley celebrates Canada Day with an entertaining speech about legendary explorer and astronomer David Thompson. Jack has passion for the Thompson, his accomplishments and Canada. He spoke at the unveiling of a new plaque detailing Thompson's activities in the Oxtongue Lake area.
Thompson is often called the greatest land geographer who ever lived. On foot, on horseback, by dog sled or in a canoe he travelled 90,000 kilometers in North America, mapping about one fifth of the continent - more than anyone else. Not bad for a guy with one good eye. As a child, he lived in poverty. As an adult, he died in obscurity. Only later were his achievements fully understood.
If Thompson could overcome his challenges, what's a little weather? It's raining. But I'm going paddling ... in a canoe restored by Jack Hurley.
"We do not remember days, we remember moments."
- novelist and poet Cesare Pavese