The modern-day adventure enthusiasts had all heard about the trek but no pictures were taken to document it. Fast-forward to 2013 and Marie-Andrée Fortin, Jacob Racine, Bruno-Pierré Couture and Sébastien Duga decided to recreate the original journey with today's modern equipment and share exactly what they are seeing and experiencing with as big an audience as possible. A key part of that audience are children, who as study after study reveals, are not getting enough exercise. "We are all guides and know how great it is be outside and enjoy wintertime in the province but most people choose to stay inside," says Fortin. "We challenged different schools to travel the same distance we are cross-country skiing, 2,000 kilometres, however they choose. In this way, we are all experiencing the expedition together."
The team are using Globalstar's SPOT Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger, the handheld GSP 1600 satellite phone and the SPOT Global Phone to navigate and track their expedition as well as to communicate with their team, families and the media in Montreal. Each week they share what's happening with Radio Canada listeners, who are also able to follow their progress on the Projet-Karibu site. The expedition, which began on December 27, 2013 and should be completed on May 5, 2014, will be the basis for a documentary to help spread the word even further.