Great story. Hehe just one thing:
>> We will be driving in some of the remotest, inhospitable roads in Canada so we had to be prepared for if things went wrong.
Sorry man... (its okay you are from the other side of the pond) the farther north you get from the US border, the remoteness increases exponentially.
The Tbird roads, thats nothin !
P.S. My RS once went to Alaska, but not the "Alcan" way, the Pacific way (i.e. logging roads). Now thats remote.