Fred Nelson Shares an Intrepid Canoeing Adventure in “The Thlewiaza-Seal Rivers: Challenge of the Ice”

Seasoned canoeist and wilderness enthusiast Fred Nelson shares his firsthand experience of a remarkable expedition through the cold, untamed Canadian wilderness in “The Thlewiaza-Seal Rivers: Challenge of the Ice.”

Nelson was born and raised in New York and has been an avid canoeist since his serendipitous introduction to the sport during his time in the Air Force. With a penchant for exploring the Canadian wilderness, Nelson has participated in 19 canoe trips spanning over 4,500 miles. This particular expedition down the Thlewiaza River in 1978, his seventh trip, unfolded as an exhilarating adventure that surpassed all expectations.

Originally chronicled by Gary Gnauck, a fellow canoeist on the trip, Nelson stumbled upon the meticulously prepared log after a fortuitous turn of events. Sharing it with his wife, who was instantly engrossed, Nelson realized the profound impact this real-life escapade could have on readers hungry for gripping narratives.

“The Thlewiaza-Seal Rivers: Challenge of the Ice” encapsulates six canoeists’ arduous 450-mile journey from Nueltin Lake to Eskimo Point (now Arviat), with unforeseen challenges at every turn. Facing treacherous rapids, bone-chilling waters, encounters with wildlife, and an unforgettable night amidst a tempest on Hudson Bay, Nelson’s tale is a testament to the indomitable human spirit.

Following diligent efforts to secure permission from Gnauck’s daughter, who enthusiastically supported the book’s publication, Nelson brings this awe-inspiring odyssey to life, offering readers a front-row seat to the thrill of wilderness exploration.

Nelson’s masterful storytelling transports readers to the heart of the wilderness, inviting them to witness the triumphs and tribulations that define a truly extraordinary expedition. Learn more about the author on his website at

A must-read for adventure enthusiasts, armchair travelers, and anyone seeking an enthralling escape from the ordinary, “The Thlewiaza-Seal Rivers: Challenge of the Ice” is now available on Amazon and other major online platforms. 

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