Minnesota Historical Society

Canoeing with the Cree: 75th Anniversary Edition

$ 16.95


The eminent journalist began his book-publishing career in 1935 with this exciting account of the adventurous 2,250-mile canoe trip he and a friend made as teenagers from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay.


In 1930 two novice paddlers—Eric Sevareid and Walter C. Port—launched a secondhand 18-foot canvas canoe into the Minnesota River at Fort Snelling for an ambitious summer-long journey from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay. Without benefit of radio, motor, or good maps, the teenagers made their way over 2,250 miles of rivers, lakes, and difficult portages. Nearly four months later, after shooting hundreds of sets of rapids and surviving exceedingly bad conditions and even worse advice, the ragged, hungry adventurers arrived in York Factory on Hudson Bay—with winter freeze-up on their heels.

First published in 1935, Canoeing with the Cree is Sevareid's classic account of this youthful odyssey. The newspaper stories that Sevareid wrote on this trip launched his distinguished journalism career, which included more than a decade as a television correspondent and commentator on the CBS Evening News.


  • By: Eric Sevareid, Foreward by Ann Bancroft
  • Format: Paperback, 224 pp., 30 b/w photos, 2 maps, index
  • Publisher: MNHS Press; Borealis Books (2005)
  • Product ##: 9780873515337


    Praise for Canoeing with the Cree:

    Canoeing with the Cree is an all-time favorite of mine."--Ann Bancroft, Arctic explorer and co-author of No Horizon Is So Far 

    "Two high school graduates make an amazing journey . . . showing indomitable courage that carried them through to their destination. Humor and a spirit of adventure made a grand, good time of it, in spite of storms, rapids, long portages and silent wildernesses." -- Library Journal

    "Imagination and determination are the stuff of this book. It should be refreshing to many, and especially challenging to young people." -- The Beaver

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