Ken Powell – Peterborough Public Library 2023

Individual Exhibit

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Title: Ken Powell Through Canada's Northwest Passage

Peterborough Public Library
Main Branch
345 Aylmer St N
Phone 705 745.5382

Monday to Friday: 10 am - 8 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm

Note: Easter Weekend Hours
Friday, April 7 through Monday, April 10: Closed

Kenneth Powell
Phone 705-930-2304

Meet the Photographer
Tuesday April 4, 11 & 18
2 pm to 4 pm

Kenneth Powell
Through the Canadian Northwest Passage

Last September my wife and I travelled on an Adventure Canada ship from Kugluktuk, located at the mouth of the Coppermine River in the western part of the Canadian Arctic, through the famed, and for many centuries sought after, Northwest Passage. Once through, we crossed Baffin Bay to Greenland and followed its western coast south to the town of Kangerlussuaq, where we caught a charter back to Canada.

Over 2½ weeks we travelled 5,000 kms, through three time zones. We traced the journeys of the many explorers who attempted to find their way through this inhospitable land, until in 1906 a Norwegian, Roald Amundsen, finally made the passage. Our own journey allowed us to sense the conditions these men faced. We encountered the local fungi, flora and fauna and the weather and wildlife. We met the Inuit and ate their food and heard their stories. And we saw the ice and felt the wind and waves and imagined the tales.

My SPARK exhibit this year presents some of the images I feel capture this land: the enormity and austere nature of it, and the people, and the creatures and conditions they face.


Ken has been behind a camera lens ever since he borrowed his father’s Leica when he was 14. Since then, photography has been a passion undiminished by time and circumstance.

His knowledge and experience has been built up through both taking and teaching courses and seminars, camera club memberships, commercial assignments — but mainly by shooting a whole bunch of photos.

His emphasis has been eclectic, but with a leaning to his travels and the outdoor world. Through extensive journeys around the world, he attempts to document and interpret the wide variety of cultural distinctions. He has connected his scuba diving with a large body of work taken underwater. His passions for canoeing, kayaking and wilderness travel, and his proclivity to carrying his camera wherever he goes, has resulted in a record of these endeavours.

Ken has spent a number of years in the oil industry in Canada and internationally. Subsequently he was a business consultant, was Associate Director of the Canadian Outward Bound Wilderness School, and taught part time at Seneca College. He has served/serves on the boards of a number of organizations across Canada and locally in Peterborough where he now lives.
He is married to Penny Rush and together they have five children and eight grandchildren.

Some of Ken's photography can be found at He also writes a blog on a range of political and social issues; it can be found at

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