Point of Beginning

Northern surveyor explored new frontiers

July 8, 2008
Nothing can beat surveying work on the Canadian frontier, says a newly retired land surveyor as he looks back over his career and how the times and technology have changed.


Ben Morgan
Northern News Services
Published Wednesday, July 02, 2008
 
SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE - Just five weeks after graduating from high school, Lorne McNeice began a love affair with the North, doing survey work in some of the most remote locations of Canada's Arctic frontier.

It was something he dreamed of while growing up on the prairies.
 
Throughout his career, McNeice surveyed parts of northern Saskatchewan and Alberta, Yukon and NWT and in Nunavut he travelled as far as Ellesmere Island - where he saw muskoxen and Arctic hare.
 
On nearby Devon Island, he encountered an "alien" expedition - the NASA Mars program - whose members shared their knowledge of a region that most resembled the surface of another planet.