Quest for the Bay
|Quest for the Bay|
The show's title card
|Directed by||Don Young|
|Starring||Ken Albert, Jr.
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||5|
|Executive producer(s)||Jamie Brown|
|Location(s)||Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada|
|Running time||50 mins|
|Production company(s)||Frantic Films|
|Original network||History Television
Public Broadcasting Service
|Original release||6 January – 20 January 2002|
|Preceded by||Pioneer Quest: A Year in the Real West|
|Followed by||Klondike: The Quest for Gold|
Quest for the Bay was a Canadian documentary television series which aired on History Television and the Public Broadcasting Service in 2002. It is the second entry of producer Jamie Brown's "Quest series", which includes Pioneer Quest: A Year in the Real West (2001), Klondike: The Quest for Gold (2003), and Quest for the Sea (2004). Frank and Alana Logie, a couple who had previously participated in Pioneer Quest, made a cameo appearance during the first episode. It was the highest-rated program on History Television in 2002 and received favourable reviews from newspapers—most notably, the Edmonton Journal. RoseAnna Schick, the sole female crew member, wrote a personal account of the journey for Manitoba History later that year.
The five-part series was produced by Winnipeg-based Frantic Films and was filmed during the summer of 2001. It followed an eight-person volunteer team (seven men and one woman) as they attempted to recreate the journey made by fur traders of the Hudson's Bay Company during the 1840s by travelling from Winnipeg to Hudson Bay. The trip covered a distance of 1200 kilometres (800 miles) and took the team though the heart of the Canadian wilderness. The crew members possessed only equipment used during the period, down to their food and clothing, and included a replica of a 40-foot wooden York Boat.
The trip took eight to twelve weeks to complete, required the members to row between 12 and 14 hours a day, and forced them to navigate dangerous rapids and portages over a mile long as they ferried 4,000 pounds of cargo and furs up the rivers between Lake Winnipeg and Hudson Bay.
- Ken Albert, Jr. - 25-year-old power grid worker
- Rob Clark - 45-year-old financial advisor
- Geoff Cowie - 36-year-old University of Winnipeg student. Cowie was the great-grandson of an 1860s Yorkman trader.
- Paul Gossen - 29-year-old wilderness guide
- Marits Luinenburg - 42-year-old carpenter
- Kevin Mustard - 45-year-old history teacher
- RoseAnna Schick - 33-year-old publicist. She is the sole female crew member.
- Randal Shore - 25-year-old college student
|#||Title||Writers||Original airdate||Series No.|
|01||"Series One Episode One (The Company of Adventurers)"||TBA||January 6, 2002||#1.01|
|The crew of explorers is selected, and they begin the first week of their journey, facing the same hardships the original crew would have had to deal with in 1840s Canada.|
|02||"Series One Episode Two (The Lake)"||TBA||January 7, 2002||#1.02|
|The explorers begin the task of rowing the York boat to Hudson Bay under the hot summer sun, finally arriving at the Cree community of Norway House at the top of Lake Winnipeg.|
|03||"Series One Episode Three (The Great Portage)"||TBA||January 13, 2002||#1.03|
|Setting out into the northern wilderness, the adventurers fight their way past the beaver dams and leech-filled sloughs on the Echimamish River. But on finally reaching the 1,600-meter Robinson Portage, the group's spirit is tested by a torrential downpour of rain.|
|04||"Series One Episode Four (Beyond Hell's Gate)"||TBA||January 20, 2002||#1.04|
|The team reaches the magnificent Hayes River, but rapids with razor-sharp rocks damage the boat and a struggle for the leadership breaks out.|
|05||"Series One Episode Five (To the Edge of a Frozen Sea)"||TBA||January 20, 2002||#1.05|
|The team is still 180 miles from York Factory, but their boat has been destroyed, the arctic cold is closing in, and their food is running low. They must battle illness and distrust to complete their quest to re-live the epic journey of the Hudson's Bay Company fur traders.|
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