Dubawnt Lake at Dubawnt River - 'Nunavut Island', Dubawnt Lake
Distance 29km [642km]
Portage 2 
Very Fast Water 0 
Rapids 0 
We slept in after a cold wet night. It was a beautiful morning, a clear sky and no wind, great paddling weather. It didn’t take long to leave the bay and get out on the lake proper and, not unexpectedly, we could see ice to the east and possibly up ahead.
After several hours heading north we struck our first ice and had to detour around it. It was apparent that, as many others who have paddled this route have found, the ice was packed in against Teall Point. This meant we had to portage across a narrow neck of land to avoid the ice. It was here our troubles started. Due to low water levels we were forced to do a small carry-over of a boulder-chocked narrow opening. This section was only several metres long but involved carrying everything about thirty metres to somewhere the canoe could be reloaded. Having crossed this area we soon came to what we believed was the portage selected to avoid the ice blockage. With some difficulty, we portaged everything over a most difficult boulder strewn fifty metres. We then reloaded for the second time and set off only to discover that, due to a navigational error, we were back in the bay from which we had started. To say that John was furious with himself is putting it mildly, he was inconsolable! We then portaged one hundred and fifty metres across the spongy sphagnum moss from our starting point and this time ended up in the correct channel.
Though it was almost 6 pm we pushed on for a further seven or so kilometres and are now camped in a less than desirable spot due to an extremely rocky shoreline making it difficult to land Big Red. We have straddled back and forth over the North West Territory / Nunavut border all day and we are finally camped in Nunavut tonight. Having set up camp, John tried fishing for our dinner but with no luck. It seems like further insult to injury after our trying day. Large flocks of Canada Geese are flocking on both the lake and along the shoreline this evening.