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Ivan Robertson COLLECTION
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Ivan Robertson of La Ronge was one of the last Bush Pilot/Aircraft Engineers that flew in the 1980's in Northern Saskatchewan. The following is a small part of Ivan's photo and slide collection documenting bush flying in those days.
Ivan and his brother Scott are avid canoers and have paddled most of the rivers and lakes which Ivan has flown over.
We would like to thank Ivan for sharing his collection with us.- Web builder.
  Amil Beacher with Athabasca Airways single Otter, north of the Churchill wailting for weather to clear due to severe icing conditions  
  Amil makes himself comfortable during a 4 hour wait.
The old bush pilot saying...it's better to be down here wishing you were up there...than being up there wishing you were down here!
 
  fish haul from from Wapata lake  - John Echod's camp  
    Rick Konotopits - Otter pilot for Athabasca Airways during his check out ride  
    road into Jay Smith lake by Mclennan lake (Star lake area)
Scott Robertson with Savick in the lead
 
     
    Jay Smith lake mine - Scott Robertson looks out from the top story  
    Jay Smith lake mine  
    Fostern Lake Lodge - the woman pictured is Mona Solander
Ivan flew for owner/operator Brent Bernansky  (Brent's wife and Mona are sisters)
C-FVCK is well known in the La Ronge area
 
    starting the Otter at Points North with DC3 in the background  
    Points North in the early years  
    C-FAZW at Points North airstrip  
    Paul Simmons helping Ivan at Points North  
    C-GQBU just before Ivans flight to Otter Lake where it was sold  
    C-GQBU just before Ivans flight to Otter Lake where it was sold   
    somewhere in North West Territories during a  caribou hunting trip in late late fall, just days before freeze up  
    somewhere in North West Territories during a  caribou hunting trip in late late fall  
    tourists at Wapata lake coming for pick up  
    Scott lake on the border of Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories.  
    "Holy Water hole" a source of Holy Water on an undisclosed lake north of Stony Rapids.  
    Lefty's falls  
    Lefty's falls   
    Ivan and John Campbel near the Sand Dunes south shore Lake Athabasca  
    Yakow lake near the Sand Dunes south shore Lake Athabasca. Sand dunes visible in background  
    John Cambel on the Lake Athabasca Sand Dunes   
    Lake Athabasca Sand Dunes    
    mirage!  
    caribou hunter   
    field dressing a barren ground caribou   
    meat cache at Louis Toutsaint's camp on Wholdia lake  
     Louis Toutsaint's camp on Wholdia lake   
    3 fine sleigh dogs   
    JB Bigeye's camp on Kasba lake  
    Cessna 185 C-FZWQ being loaded with caribou. Note the door is off for easier loading  
    JB Bigeye having tea in his cabin at Kasba lake. note caribou meat on rafters drying to preseve it  
    hauling caribou meat at JB Bigeye's camp on Kasba lake   
    somewhere over the North West Territories   
    Lefty's falls in winter  
    Pine Channel - an exploration company had a swamp buggy go through the ice into deep water
the temperature was -42
Ivan dove to retreive the vehicle
 
    Ivan dove in the fridged water to hook on to the buggy so it could be retreived   
    the swamp buggy pulled to the surface by a skidder   
    inspecting swamp buggy for damage after being submerged in deep water   
    Ivan's "change room"   
  sunset over the north