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Alex M. Hall

Alex M. Hall

Male 1942 - 2019  (76 years)

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  • Name Alex M. Hall 
    Born 17 Dec 1942  Brampton, Peel Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 2 Mar 2019  Fort Smith, North West Territories, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • cancer
    Person ID I266  Brydon family tree
    Last Modified 9 Mar 2019 

    Father Dr. Malcolm Maclean Rose Hall,   b. 19 Feb 1903, Brampton, Peel Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jun 1970, Sundridge, Parry Sound Dist., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Mother Mildred Isabel Maclennan,   b. 4 Dec 1913, Westmount, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Nov 2006, Brampton, Peel Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Family ID F84  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 17 Dec 1942 - Brampton, Peel Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 2 Mar 2019 - Fort Smith, North West Territories, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Alex Hall
    alex-lia hall.jpg
    "Over the course of a summer, we often run hundreds of rapids."
    Alex Hall
    Alex Hall
    from Spectacular Northwest Territories

    'Discovering Eden'
    "Discovering Eden"
    by Alex M. Hall

    Published in 2003 by Key Porter Books, Toronto
    "is among the handful of books that can be considered northern classics." - Globe and Mail 2003
    Jones, Gould, Hall etc
    Jones, Gould, Hall etc
    l. to r. Susan, Virginia, Sally, Alec Hall, Helen Hall, Kate Jones, Jane Hall, Ned Jones, Bill Rodgers

    photo courtesy Robert Jenkins

  • Notes 
    • ALEX HALL December 17, 1942 - March 2, 2019 On March 2, 2019, after an 11 month battle with cancer, Alex passed away peacefully at home in Fort Smith, NWT with his loving wife Robyn and stepdaughter Esm?e at his side. Shortly before his death he exclaimed 'I am the most fortunate person in the world, as I had the best job in the world, in the best place in the world, and I loved almost every single minute of it!' He will be greatly missed by Robyn and his sons Graham and Evan, stepdaughter Esm?e, stepson Dominic, sisters Helen Griffiths (Jim), Jane Bousfield (Barry) and nieces Kate and Christine Griffiths, Leigh Carter (Andy), Alexandra and Rebecca Bousfield, grand nephew and niece, Griffin and Paige Carter, his former wife, Lia Ruttan, as well as many friends and relatives. Born in Brampton Ontario to Dr. Malcolm and Mildred Hall (Nee: MacLennan), Alex developed his life long love of the outdoors, hunting and fishing with his father. He graduated from the University of Toronto as a wildlife biologist with a master's thesis written on wolves. As part of his studies under world expert Dr Douglas Pimlott, Alex took his first trip to Baffin Island, and during his return flight over northern Quebec, he described the moment that changed his life. The small plane broke through the clouds, and below he saw the tundra covered in caribou and snow geese. Thus began his lifetime love affair with the Barren Lands, so well described in his award-winning book Discovering Eden. Indigenous groups describe the Barren Lands as "the place where God began". Alex knew he had to return, and founded his one -man business, Canoe Arctic, in 1974. He spent 46 summers paddling pristine "gin clear" Arctic rivers as the first licensed professional guide in the NWT. This past summer Alex was honoured in Yellowknife with the NWT Tourism Award for his lifetime contribution to ecotourism. He guided thousands of clients from all over the world, meticulously recording wildlife observations. Alex's historic diaries and maps, collected over four decades, will be preserved in the Northwest Territories Archives at the Prince of Wales Heritage Centre in Yellowknife. Al's major concern was the negative impact of the resource industry on the Barren Lands of the Arctic. He spent countless hours fighting for the preservation of those lands, including keeping uranium mining out of the Thelon Game Sanctuary in the 1980s, and testifying against diamond mines in the Central Arctic in the 1990s. He, David Pelly and Monte Hummel had the vision of the huge Central Barrens complex of connected protected lands, all the way from the Queen Maud Gulf on the Arctic Ocean, to the Thelon Wildlife Sanctuary, to Great Slave Lake-right up the spine of our country. Up until his death, Alex was concerned about the loss of the once-great caribou herds and tundra wolves. His greatest wish was for these animals to return. Alex's family thank his many friends and clients for their frequent calls, emails and visits. We are particularly thankful to his very close friends Monte Hummel, David Pelly and Kevin Antoniak who last September, accompanied by his sons Graham and Evan, flew Alex to his favorite place deep in the heart of the Barren Lands for one last goodbye. The family would like to express their deep appreciation to Rita and Kevin Antoniak , Genevieve Cot? , midwife Lesley Paulette, Christine and Don Aubrey, Linda Martin and Chris Talbot. We also thank Leah Macdonald, the locum doctors and nurses at the Fort Smith Health Centre for their support. At Alex's request, when the snow melts, there will be a family celebration of Alex's life out in his beloved Barren Lands. Condolences may be sent care of . If desired, donations in Alex's memory may be sent to World Wildlife Fund- Canada. (
      Published in The Globe and Mail from Mar. 9 to Mar. 13, 2019