Born in Scotland and now living in Kingston, Ontario, Dr John Donaldson took up his paddle and canoe and followed in the footsteps of Sir Alexander Mackenzie, to re-create the travels of the original explorer.
In 1993 he set out from Montreal and travelled approximately 8500 kilometres across water and land to Bella Coola, British Columbia.
In June 1997, he set out from Fort Chipeweyan and in three months successfully completed the second phase of his Alexander Mackenzie “odyssey”.
Dr Donaldson has donated his 16 foot, 84-pound, canoe to the Avoch Heritage Association and his paddle to the government of the North West Territories.
Below is the certificate awarded to Dr Donaldson.